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Microsoft Surface Book 2

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Book 2
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) - 2048 MB, Core: 1493 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 388.08, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3-1866, 2x 4 GB, Dual-Channel
Display
13.5 inch 3:2, 3000x2000 pixel 267 PPI, capacitive, native pen support, Panasonic MEI96A2 , IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, 206 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 0 USB 3.1 Gen2, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, Card Reader: SDXC (UHS-II), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, 2 microphones, Surface Connect, TPM 2.0, Windows Hello
Networking
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1 LE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 312 x 232 ( = 0.91 x 12.28 x 9.13 in)
Battery
75 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 57 Wh Tablet, 17 Wh Base, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 17 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix Autofocus, 1080p video
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix 1080p video
Additional features
Speakers: 2 stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Power supply (102W), Quick start guide, Safety and warranty documents, Office 365 (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.632 kg ( = 57.57 oz / 3.6 pounds), Power Supply: 381 g ( = 13.44 oz / 0.84 pounds)
Price
2249 Euro

 

Average Score: 86.49% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 15 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 88%, features: 69%, display: 94% mobility: 89%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 88%

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Book 2

87.4% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5", i7, GTX 1050) Convertible Review | Notebookcheck
Powerhouse performance? According to Microsoft the new Surface Book 2 combines the best of two worlds and is also the most powerful Surface device yet. The specifications look promising, thanks to the new Kaby Lake-R processor and Nvidia's Pascal GPU. Our in-depth review reveals some shortcomings – some can easily be bypassed, but others are just incomprehensible in this price range.
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: PC Mag English
The Surface Book 2 is a feat of design, a top-of-the-line premium convertible 2-in-1 laptop that's fast, long lasting, versatile, and portable. It's even up for gaming.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
89% Surface Book 2 review: Microsoft gets closer to the 'ultimate laptop'
Source: Engadget English
The Surface Book 2 is exactly what we've wanted from a high-end Microsoft laptop. It's powerful, sturdy and its unique hinge doesn't come with any compromises. While there are cheaper Windows laptops out there with similar specs, the Surface Book 2 stands apart by bringing together some of the best hardware around with the flexibility of a convertible notebook. It's the closest a PC maker has come to taking on the MacBook Pro, both in style and substance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 89%
90% Surface Book 2 Review (15-inch): The MacBook Pro eater
Source: Slashgear English
If you’re a Windows fan, though, there are several very good reasons why the Surface Book 2 should be top of your list when it comes to upgrading your laptop. Only the absence of Thunderbolt 3, and the fact that you get a single USB-C port mar the experience. Otherwise, the Surface Book 2 wraps cutting-edge performance in a beautifully made package, and if that’s not giving Apple sleepless nights then they’re not paying enough attention.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
83% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review:
Source: CNet English
The Surface Book 2 is a satisfying sequel, but like many sequels, it may be trying to broadly serve too many audiences.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: The ultimate laptop improves in every way but one
Source: PC World English
The bottom line? If you can afford a Surface Book 2, we’d recommend it. So many of its attributes are simply fantastic, including its graphics performance and stellar battery life. If Microsoft had avoided all of the complications associated with its decision to incorporate USB-C (omitting Thunderbolt, upgrading the Dock), we’d be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the Surface Book 2 at all. Microsoft has made its “ultimate laptop” even better, in many ways. Just not all of them.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Hands-on: Microsoft Surface Book 2 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Book 2 looks to be a very accomplished laptop, taking the original and improving it. There's a lot to like here across all areas - unsurprising when we were very impressed with the first generation. The only real downside is the steep cost.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2017
Surface Book 2 Hands-on: Is this Microsoft’s best laptop yet?
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Surface Book 2 is the perfect tool to showcase Microsoft’s ever-improved Windows 10 ecosystem, and comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect of a premium laptop.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/09/2017
Hands-on: Microsoft Surface Book 2 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Book 2 looks to be a very accomplished laptop, taking the original and improving it. There's a lot to like here across all areas - unsurprising when we were very impressed with the first generation. The only real downside is the steep cost.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/09/2017
Surface Book 2 hands-on review
Source: It Pro English
Microsoft is on a roll with its hardware, and the Surface Book 2 looks set to continue that. There’s simply very little on the market that can come close to the mobility, power, and functionality that the Surface Book promises to provide.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/31/2017
Surface Book 2 initial review: It's still super sexy, it's still super expensive
Source: Pocket Lint English
Surface Book 2 brings this wonderful hybrid up to date. It's designed to empower its users, to ensure that the hardware doesn’t present any limitations within Microsoft's vision of the future of mobile productivity. But that still comes at a price and great as it may turn out to be, cash is still king and you can get this power elsewhere for cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2 hands-on review – bigger and 5x faster
Source: Digital Arts English
What isn’t disappointing, though, is our first look at the Surface Book 2. And unlike years past, Microsoft is launching a major OS update, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, on top of this new hardware. That’s a one-two punch competitors like Apple and Google employ. Now Microsoft is taking that tactic and using it to its advantage.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2017
Hands on: Microsoft Surface Book 2 review
Source: Techradar English
While Microsoft digs its feet in the sand on the Fulcrum hinge design and resultant 'gap', the Surface Book 2 is absolutely current with the most powerful Intel and Nvidia hardware, while getting thinner and lighter than ever. Plus, with a 15-inch model now in the cards, Apple's claim to creative pro supremacy (and otherwise) has been seriously challenged.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/17/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-Inch)
Source: PC Mag English
The 15-inch version of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a 2-in-1 detachable tablet that caters to artists, gamers, and performance-craving users who value a large screen and powerful components.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2017

Foreign Reviews

96% Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 96% performance: 97% features: 87% display: 97% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 93% emissions: 92%
Quiero un Surface Book 2, pero no lo necesito
Source: Incognitosis Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Impressive design; compact size; light weight; nice display. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/18/2017

Comment

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook): Mainstream graphics card based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture and successor to the GeForce GTX 960M. Is manufactured in a 14nm process at Samsung and the technical specifications are very similar to the desktop version. With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  
8650U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.9 and 4.2 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
13.5":

Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
1.632 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


Microsoft:

Microsoft smartphones and tablets have been tested since 2012. There are many reviews with average ratings. The reader's interest is quite given, but the market share is not big enough for the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers (as of 2016).


86.49%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2017-11-24)