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Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5
Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5 (Surface Book 3 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-1065G7 4 x 1.3 - 3.9 GHz, Ice Lake U
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q - 4096 MB, Core: 1020 MHz, Memory: 1751 MHz, 26.21.14.4219 (GeForce 442.19), Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
Memory
32768 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
13.5 inch 3:2, 3000 x 2000 pixel 267 PPI, capacitive, Panasonic MEI96A2, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Storage
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, 512 GB 
, 420 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, Audio Connections: combined 3.5-mm jack connection, Card Reader: SD, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Proximity sensor, acceleration sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, Surface-Connector
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 312 x 232 ( = 0.91 x 12.28 x 9.13 in)
Battery
69 Wh Lithium-Ion, 18 Wh (tablet mode) plus 51 Wh (within dock)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix 4:3 (3264x2448)
Secondary Camera: 4.9 MPix 4:3 (2560x1920)
Additional features
Speakers: 2 Speakers, Stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 95 watt power supply, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.642 kg ( = 57.92 oz / 3.62 pounds), Power Supply: 385 g ( = 13.58 oz / 0.85 pounds)
Price
2700 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 80.77% - good
Average of 18 scores (from 26 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 83%, features: 74%, display: 88% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 92%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5

86.9% Surface Book 3 13.5 review: Microsoft convertible is slowly getting old | Notebookcheck
With the latest edition of the Surface Book 3, Microsoft updates its multi-talented device to Intel's Ice Lake generation. We get an overall picture of the i7 variant with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and clarify what performance users can expect from it in our review.
Microsoft Surface Book 3: It Surely Does the Job but You Need Deep Pockets
Source: iTech Post English
Microsoft Surface Book 3 promises to bridge the gap between a traditional laptop and a tablet. But from experience, this approach hasn't usually worked out fine for either side. As much as possible, users prefer laptops with a justifiable screen real estate. Usually, a portable computing device that has a 12.5" to 14" screen is the sweet spot. However, those screen sizes aren't usually ideal for tablet PCs. Aside from the weight, the large handheld devices can be a pain to hold since most tablets are design to be held on one hand with the other hand taking care of touching the screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/02/2020
70% Microsoft Surface Book 3 review
Source: Tech Advisor English
The Surface Book is a minor upgrade over its predecessor, and some clear shortcomings mean it’s starting to look a bit dated when compared to the competition.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/21/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13.5) review – a rarely seen abomination that deserves your attention
Source: Laptop Media English
Despite that, there are some things like the lack of Thunderbolt support, practically no upgradability, and an unimpressive I/O. On the other side of the scale, you will find the WiFi 6 support, ability to work with a stylus, and pretty much everything else we just said about this device. And it definitely deserves our Editor’s choice award, thanks to its unnatural design and huge versatility.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/23/2020
80% Surface Book 3 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Surface Book 3’s design is very retro and its lack of Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is a glaring omission in today’s market, but it still ticks most of the boxes expected of any device targeting power users.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/17/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Microsoft Surface Book 3 review: Please Microsoft, just make a convertible
Source: Neowin English
The Surface Book is and always has been a very cool idea. It's a powerful laptop that lets you detach the screen. I'm just not sure that it's practical for most users looking to buy a premium PC. And if it is practical, surely the 15-inch model makes more sense with its additional power and larger screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/04/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 3 review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Microsoft Surface Book 3 is an odd duck. It has the most inventive laptop-tablet hybrid design around. Microsoft must have spent a fortune to avoid it coming across a techy science experiment.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/01/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13.5-inch) review: Still the 2-in-1 champion?
Source: Pocket Lint English
If you're in the market for an all-powerful pro-spec 2-in-1 then the Surface Book 3 is hard to beat. But we know Microsoft has the potential to turn things up to 11 for a fourth-gen model - so if you're not in a rush you might want to wait for the goodness that brings.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/30/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 3 Review: It’s time to rethink the hinge
Source: Mobile Syrup English
Ultimately, Microsoft’s Surface Book 3 is a powerful option for anyone who needs to do heavy professional work while on the go. It’s also arguably one of the most versatile laptops available thanks to its detachable display. If you’re drawing, inking or doing other digital art, that will likely be invaluable to you. Outside of those use cases, I never found a need to take the screen off.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5 review: A bold but ageing beauty
Source: CNet English
Have you seen the original 13-inch 2015 Surface Book, or its 2018 followup? Then this new version is going to look and feel very familiar. In fact, you're likely to be underwhelmed by the design. That's not because it's bad, but rather because it's the same. It's not unusual for Apple to release three samey-looking MacBook Pros in a row, or for Dell to do so with its XPS line, but those laptops come out every year. The Surface Book, Windows' laptop-tablet hybrid, has retained the same design language since 2015.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/23/2020
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
2020 Surface Book 3 Review - It's NOT What You Think..
Source: Max Tech English
In this video, we review Microsoft's 13.5" Surface Book 3 to see how well it compares to the competition in 2020. There are some things that we really enjoyed about it, like the build quality, the keyboard and the 2-in-1 design, but there are other things that really bothered us. The 10th-Gen Intel i7 chip and the dedicated graphics card were nice, but there were some issues with it..
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/21/2020
Microsoft Surface Book 3: Detached Ideals?
Source: Pocketnow English
Microsoft threw everything they could in the Surface Book 3, creating an enviable laptop and potentially the greatest tablet of all time. But by filling this convertible laptop to the brim with 2020's computing trends, does the premium price go too far?
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/21/2020
Surface Book 3: Revisiting A Modern Classic
Source: MrMobile English
As I said in my hands-on with the Razer Blade Pro 17 a couple weeks back, now is the time for big beefy laptops to shine – because for most of us sheltering in place, our travel is limited to hopping from room to room. Now, Microsoft's 15" Surface Book 3 isn’t a desktop replacement like that Razer Blade; but it is one of the only computers that becomes a tablet on demand. And that means despite its familiar looks, it’s worth a video tour! Join Michael Fisher for a look at the Surface Book 3's (nearly identical) hardware, a musing or two about the long-term durability of its one-of-a-kind hinge, and an extended gushing session about Microsoft's Your Phone app ... in MrMobile's Surface Book 3 Hands-On!
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/05/2020
75% Microsoft’S 13.5-Inch Surface Book 3 Puts Modern Guts In A Dated Design
Source: The Verge English
I've been a 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 owner since 2018. I love the thing because it has a combination of unique advantages, such as its 3:2 aspect ratio, discrete GPU options, and unique detachable screen, that you won’t find in any other laptop on the market. But those features brought with them a number of small (but glaring) flaws: a large and wobbly hinge, a limited port selection, and very visible bezels. If Microsoft fixed those, I thought the new Surface Book 3 could be a nearly perfect device.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/27/2020
Rating: Total score: 75%

Foreign Reviews

Microsoft Surface Book 3 Die 3. Generation des Tablet-Notebook überzeugt nach wie vor
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/28/2020
90% Microsoft Surface Book 3 Review en Español (Análisis completo)
Source: Profesional Review Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/21/2020
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 80% display: 91% workmanship: 97%
100% Microsoft Surface Book 3: un dispositivo único, potente y versátil
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/29/2020
Rating: Total score: 100%
70% Microsoft Surface Book 3 – Ideale laptop en tablet?
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/13/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
85% Review: Microsoft Surface Book 3, flexibel productiviteitsmonster
Source: Techzine Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/13/2020
Rating: Total score: 85%
Microsoft Surface Book 3: wel indrukwekkend, niet vernieuwend | Review
Source: Want.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Elegant design; solid workmanship; nice ergonomy.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 08/13/2020
80% Test du Microsoft Surface Book 3 13,5 pouces, un convertible puissant et flexible
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/05/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% [Recenzja] Microsoft Surface Book 3 (+Dock 2) – świetna hybryda laptopa i tabletu
Source: Android.com.pl Turkish PL→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/12/2020
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
Microsoft Surface Book 3 - krótka recenzja laptopa z podwójną mocą
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Positive: High performance; excellent display; long battery life; comfortable keyboard. Negative: Relatively high price; small SSD.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 07/28/2020
91% Recenze Microsoft Surface Book 3: výkonný notebook a grafický tablet v jednom
Source: Smartmania.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/11/2020
Rating: Total score: 91% features: 95% display: 85% mobility: 85% workmanship: 94% ergonomy: 96%
Microsoft Surface Book 3: stále unikátní notebook s odtrhávacím displejem, rychlost tu ale nehledejte
Source: Zive CZ→EN
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 08/07/2020
70% Test Test Av Microsoft Surface Book 3
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/29/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Test: Microsoft Surface Book 3 – Bättre dator än surfplatta
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Model:

The Microsoft Surface Book 3 is the latest addition to the Surface-Book family. With this latest addition, Microsoft has updated its multi-talented device to Intel’s Ice-Lake generation. In terms of its design, the Surface Book 3 is surrounded by a magnesium alloy that was also used for the keyboard dock. Since the hardware is almost completely on the display, the convertible is somewhat heavy, especially at the top. While it is very steady on the table, special care needs to be given if the device will be used while being placed on the thighs, as there is a high possibility of the device tipping backwards. It should also be noted that the Surface Book does not have maintenance hatches or anything of that sort. However, the holding mechanism between the keyboard dock and the tablet is very reliable.

The Surface Book 3 has been equipped with a 13.5-inch touch-capable IPS panel screen with a 3000 x 2000 pixel resolution. However, the dimensions of the device are somewhat unusual compared to other Windows tablets. This is not only due to the fact that the tablet has a rather rare 3:2 display format, but also because of its height in connection with the keyboard dock. Due to the unusual hinge, the Surface Book 3 has a thickness of 2.4cm, which makes the device anything but slim.

As far as connectivity is concerned, this device has been packed with only a few ports. It should nevertheless be noted that there is a surface connector on both the tablet and the keyboard dock, which acts in conjunction with the optionally available Surface Dock 2. The Surface Dock 2 is able to provide all conceivable ports. The device itself comes with a USB Type-C port that can also be used to charge the device.

In terms of its keyboard, the Microsoft Surface Book 3 has a keyboard that is well suited for longer typing tasks. The pressure point almost immediately triggers an input, and the feedback is also very pleasant. The labels on the keyboard are readable even when the lighting is deactivated. However, in the presence of the white light, it would be rather difficult to decipher the labelling of the silver keys in bright surroundings. Contrastingly, in poor or no ambient light surrounding, the keyboard is evenly illuminated and easy to see.

As for the processor, the device comes in two different variations. The model with the Intel Core i5-1035G7 with the integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 is well-suited for everyday tasks, while for more graphics performance, users would have to use the model with the Intel Core i7-1065G7 and the integrated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q. Overall, the Surface Book 3 offers a lot of qualities for a smaller convertible model, but the choice of owning one depends on the needs and preferences of the users.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q: Mid range dedicated graphics card for thin and light laptops based on the GTX 1650 but with reduced clock speeds and power consumption. Uses the Turing architecture (TU117 chip in 12nm FFN) but without Raytracing or Tensor cores.

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.


i7-1065G7: Ice Lake based low power quad-core processor for thin and light laptops. The four cores clock between 1.3 - 3.9 GHz and should offer 18% more IPC (instructions per clock) than the previous generations (and therefore partly close the clock speed gap). Produced in 10nm at Intel.» 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.


1.642 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).


80.77%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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