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Microsoft Surface Book Core i7

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Book Core i7
Microsoft Surface Book Core i7 (Surface Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) - 1024 MB, Core: 953 MHz, Memory: 1252 MHz, GDDR5, 10.18.13.5415, HD Graphics 520
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4 1066.7 MHz, 10-10-10-28, Dual-Channel
Display
13.5 inch 3:2, 3000 x 2000 pixel, 5-point capacitive, native pen support, IPS, Model: Panasonic MEI96A2, Monitor name: VVX14P048M00 100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung MZFLV512 NVMe, 512 GB 
, PCIe 3.0
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm-Combo, Card Reader: SD UHS-II, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, TPM
Networking
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 312 x 232 ( = 0.91 x 12.28 x 9.13 in)
Battery
78 Wh Lithium-Polymer, secondary battery: 51 Wh, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 12 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 8 MP at the rear with 1080p video, 5MP at the front
Primary Camera: 8 MPix auto-focus camera, with 1080p HD camera
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix 1080p HD camera Windows Hello5 face-authentication
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Quick-start guide, Manual, Stylus, OneDrive, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.51 kg ( = 53.26 oz / 3.33 pounds), Power Supply: 230 g ( = 8.11 oz / 0.51 pounds)
Price
2920 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 82.07% - good
Average of 24 scores (from 32 reviews)
price: 52%, performance: 89%, features: 70%, display: 94% mobility: 84%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 89%

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Book Core i7

86.7% Microsoft Surface Book (Core i7, 940M) Convertible Review | Notebookcheck
Without competition. It is certainly powerful and does not make any compromises in terms of performance, and now even with a surprisingly good runtime of 10 hours. The Book easily beats the competition. But: Surface Pro 4 Core i7 and the i5 sibling are in the same ballpark – except for the runtime, which is a surprise.
90% Microsoft Surface Book review
Source: Techradar English
While the Surface Book brings many technological innovations to the laptop space, its greatest strength is that it's just an all-around terrific device.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Microsoft Surface Book Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
By gracing it with top-tier processors, a responsive touchscreen, pen functionality and a versatile design, Microsoft has squarely aimed the Surface Book at the same creative audiences who flock to Apple’s stores to buy the iconic MacBook Pro. For some the Surface Book will undoubtedly be the more appropriate tool for the job, but despite the competency of this device, the biggest challenge it faces is convincing consumers that it’s the better option.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Surface Book review
Source: V3.co.uk English
The Surface Book is another solution to the 2-in-1 transforming laptop. Detachable hybrids or hinged, we have to wonder whether Microsoft et al are striving to solve a problem that even exists. And with all the evidence so far, whether it's the Lenovo Yoga 900 with its 'watchband' hinge or Asus with its earth magnets on the Transformer Book T300 Chi, Microsoft's 'fulcrum' hinge is clever but not without some niggles.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Microsoft Surface Book
Source: It Pro English
The Surface Book is a very good laptop, especially as a first effort from Microsoft, with plenty of finely designed components and elements coming together nicely (in spite of the various software bugs) to make a sleek, powerful and desirable computer. We can’t recommend it unconditionally though unless you have deep pockets.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% You probably can't afford one
Source: PC Pro English
But, just like we saw with the Surface tablets, it’s going to take at least one more revision before Microsoft completely nails the design. Even now, it is tantalisingly close to my idea of a perfect Windows laptop, but on a device this good, the flaws stick out like a sore thumb. Personally, I’d want Thunderbolt 3, a better GPU, a faster quad-core CPU, and although battery life is superb in laptop mode, I definitely want better battery life from the tablet. I’m a hard task-master.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% One for the books
Source: Pocket Lint English
For those who do take that leap, though, it's certainly no gamble: the Surface Book is a sophisticated and stand-out hybrid device in many senses, one that, in our review sample case, has ironed out the majority of issues that affected the earlier US release. It's yet another high brow Windows machine to put on the shortlist, if, that is, you've got the cash to afford one.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book review
Source: Stuff TV English
Although the Surface Book isn’t quite the slam dunk you might assume it to be, that’s almost to be expected. There’s a good reason why Microsoft took three decades to create its own laptop, and that’s because it’s a tough job to get right. So why bother?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Surface Book is the best Windows 10 laptop I’ve tested. It features a wealth of top-end hardware within a slim, travel-friendly chassis, as well as a solid, well-connected keyboard dock. Thanks to the inclusion of the dock's optional Nvidia GPU, the Surface Book also smokes most competing Ultrabooks, like the Lenovo Yoga 900 or Dell XPS 13, when it comes to performance. If money is no object, this is the best Windows 10 laptop you can get.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
80% Microsoft Surface Book review - the ultimate Windows 10 laptop?
Source: Expert Reviews English
There’s no doubt that the Microsoft Surface Book is a stunning piece of engineering. As Microsoft’s inaugural laptop that doubles as a tablet, it’s a device the company can be proud of. In terms of design, it’s by far my favourite Windows laptop, and it marries a lot of the Surface Pro 4's best features with more practical design choices taken from Apple’s MacBooks and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. The touchpad in particular is the best I’ve used on a Windows laptop.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% Surface Book Review
Source: IGN English
While the Surface Pro 4 is a tablet that can replace your laptop, the Surface Book is a laptop first and works as a tablet for certain tasks. It won’t replace your Android tablet or iPad, but it’s not supposed it. It’s a killer laptop that’s great for professionals and people just looking for a laptop that does more. The base Surface Book starts at a reasonable $1,499, but other configurations can go all the way up to $3,199. Microsoft has its sights aimed squarely at the 13-inch Macbook Pro, claiming three times the performance with the Surface Book’s dedicated graphics. However, with price taken into account, the Surface Book actually slots in between the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro, offering more power than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, but less than the 15-inch model. Of course, neither MacBook works as a tablet.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/05/2015
Rating: Total score: 85%
90% The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Carrying the Surface Book under one arm is done with the Microsoft badge facing outwards; it’s done with a sense of pride. If only the review would end there, but imagine what Microsoft could do if it didn’t have to pop the computing hardware in the screen and bother with a thick hinge. Imagine if Microsoft poured the same blood, sweat and tears into a dedicated notebook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Microsoft Surface Book
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
Windows 2-in-1s are always a compromise, as we noted in our Surface Pro 4 review, you don't get the very best tablet possible or the very best laptop. As a tablet, the relatively large screen, pen, light weight and slim dimensions still make Surface Book one of the better tablets on the market. It's also one of the most powerful among tablets and 2-in-1s, but it's not nearly one of the most powerful laptops similar money could buy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Microsoft Surface Book Review
Source: Slashgear English
For all the launch day excitement it caused, Surface Book will inevitably be a niche product. As the standard bearer for a new architecture of modular graphics, though, it may be in Microsoft's better interests in the long run if, Nexus-style, other OEMs see what's been done and experiment with the same approach themselves.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 10/21/2015
70% Microsoft Surface Book
Source: Digital Trends English
The Surface Book has attracted a lot of attention in the Digital Trends office. People ask about the hinge, and the display, and then the price. They’re always shocked to learn that it starts at $1,500, and I can’t understand why. We had the opportunity to test the base model along with this more powerful Core i7, and we found it’s also a miniature powerhouse.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/21/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, dGPU)
Source: Digital Home - Heft 3/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2016
85% Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, dGPU)
Source: Connect - Heft 6/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 85%
Microsoft Surface Book ausprobiert
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/20/2016
86% Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, dGPU)
Source: PC Magazin - Heft 5/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 86%
Mehr als ein MacBook
Source: Futurezone.at German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/21/2016
Microsoft Surface Book
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/21/2016
75% Mehr Schein als Sein
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 75% display: 85% mobility: 80%
90% Microsoft lässt die Muskeln spielen
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Microsoft Surface Book
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/03/2016
Microsoft Surface Book
Source: Turn On German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/03/2016
94% Der beste Notebook Tablet Hybrid
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 94% performance: 95% display: 100% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 90%
85% Das perfekte Laptop?
Source: Tabtech German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 100% display: 100% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
93% Brillantes Kraftpaket
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 93% price: 43% performance: 100% features: 86% display: 100% mobility: 86%
80% Microsoft Surface Book Core i7,16GB 512GB SSD (Performance Base) - Reviews
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book Review - Mooi, maar van binnen iets verouderd
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Eerste indruk: Surface Book
Source: Bright.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; elegant design; high performance; long battery life. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/05/2017
80% Test Microsoft Surface Book i7 version 2016
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Обзор Microsoft Surface Book i7: Уникальный, производительный и невероятно автономный
Source: DGL.ru RU→EN
Positive: High performance; powerful hardware; fast system; long battery life. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/23/2016

Comment

Model: The Microsoft Surface Book packs powerful specifications, including the Intel 6th generation Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM, into a compact machine. It has amazingly transformed itself into an ultrathin, high-performance touchscreen laptop, which plays a double role as the versatile tablet too. This solid and premium 13.5 inch model comes with a detachable display and an accurate Surface pen. In conjunction with its full-time laptop character, the Surface Book is designed flawlessly for use on the laps.

The 13.5 inch display with 3000 x 2000 resolution is a bit uncommon. This gives an 3:2 aspect ratio with the size of A4 paper. Therefore, it makes a marvelous canvas for those working on a project, taking notes or preparing presentations. When it is closed, this heavy hybrid features a clamshell-like shape with a visible gap between base and lid. This is perhaps due to the thick dynamic fulcrum hinge, which tends to push the keyboard base deeper and support the display in order to stay stable and upright. Nevertheless, the Surface Book is a wonderful package with top-notch performance, useful features, and well-thought-out battery life. Now, Microsoft takes a bold step to crown it as "the ultimate laptop".

Series:

Both the Microsoft Surface RT and the Surface Pro never really made it big and couldn't compete with its Android and iOs counterparts. A large reason for its low sales figures was due to the unpopularity of the tablet-notebook hybrid category itself. However it is important to note that the Surface Pro 2 is actually a full blown laptop acting as a hybrid. For a start, it comes with Windows 8.1 backed up with an Intel Core i5-4300U ultrabook class processor, 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD. It looks and has the same dimensions as the first version making both their accessories compatible with each other. However, there's also the new optional Type Cover 2 which adds backlighting but is on the heavy side and is rather pricey.

The good thing about the surface is of course its ultra portability and undeniable performance. With its specs, it will quite likely outperform many other ultraportable laptops and hybrids. Also not to forget is the fact that it comes preinstalled with Windows 8.1 and has all the necessary built-in ports making it an actual laptop and not just a replacement. The primary I/O, the FHD screen is also accompanied with an included active stylus. The downside to all this is definitely the asking price for the tablet and detachable keyboard combination. There may be some serious competitors giving almost if not the same kind of specs for a lower price. Its kickstand, although improved, is still a letdown as it doesn't conveniently sit on a lap despite being a laptop. All in all, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is worthy laptop if budget is not an issue.

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5): Mid-range dedicated graphics card based on the Maxwell GM108 chip. Basically a GeForce 940M with slightly altered clocks and faster GDDR5 graphics memory. The performance is slightly above the 940M but still below a 945M. 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.  
6600U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» 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.
1.51 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).


82.07%: 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.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Microsoft Surface Book, Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), Core i5 6300U

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Microsoft Surface Pro X
Adreno 685, Snapdragon SQ1, 13", 0.774 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 256 GB
UHD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake Refresh 8250U, 12.3", 0.781 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 i5 256GB
UHD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake Refresh 8250U, 12.3", 1.087 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake Refresh 8250U, 12.3", 0.781 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake Refresh 8650U, 12.3", 1.09 kg
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, Pentium 4415Y, 10", 0.523 kg
Microsoft Surface Go MCZ-00002
HD Graphics 615, Pentium 4415Y, 10", 0.522 kg
Microsoft Surface Book, Core i5-6300U
GeForce 940M, Core i5 6300U, 13.5", 1.7 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE
HD Graphics 620, Core i5 7300U, 12.2", 0.77 kg
Microsoft Surface Book 2
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Kaby Lake Refresh 8650U, 13.5", 1.632 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
HD Graphics 615, Core m3 7Y30, 12.3", 1.072 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, Core i5 7300U, 12.3", 1.078 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Iris Plus Graphics 640, Core i7 7660U, 12.3", 1.078 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
HD Graphics 615, Core m3 7Y32, 12.3", 0.766 kg
Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base
GeForce GTX 965M, Core i7 6600U, 13.5", 1.658 kg
Microsoft Surface Book 2016, Core i7
GeForce GTX 965M, Core i7 6600U, 13.5", 1.7 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, Core i7 6650U, 12.3", 1.092 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, Core m3 6Y30, 12.3", 1.066 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6300U, 12.3", 1.092 kg

Devices from the same Manufacturer

Microsoft Surface Pro 7, i5-1035G4
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Ice Lake 1035G4, 12.3", 0.776 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake 1065G7, 12.3", 0.79 kg
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13, Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake 1065G7, 13.5", 1.31 kg
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15, Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, Ryzen 5 3580U, 15", 1.54 kg
Microsoft Surface Studio 2-LAL-00003
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), Core i7 7820HQ, 28", 9.4 kg
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake Refresh 8250U, 13.5", 1.251 kg
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2, i7 (JKQ-00069)
UHD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake Refresh 8650U, 13.5", 1.28 kg
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
UHD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake Refresh 8250U, 13.5", 1.4 kg
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Kaby Lake Refresh 8650U, 15", 1.894 kg
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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2015-10-31)