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Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base
Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base (Surface Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M - 2048 MB, Core: 1150 MHz, Memory: 1253 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 376.67, Nvidia Optimus Intel HD Graphics 520
Memory
16348 MB 
, DDR3-1866 10-10-10-28 Dual-Channel
Display
13.5 inch 3:2, 3000 x 2000 pixel 267 PPI, 10-Punkt-Multitouch, native pen support, Panasonic MEI96A2, IPS, Monitor name: VVX14P048M00 100 percent sRGB color, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung MZFLW1T0HMLH,  GB 
, M.2 2280, M.2/​M-Key, PCIe 3.1 x4, 913 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Stereo jack, Card Reader: SD, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
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, 60 + 17 Wh (Tablet + Base), Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 16 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 8.0 MP rear autofocus camera with 1080p video
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 5.0 MP front camera with 1080p FHD video
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers Dolby Audio Premium, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Surface Pen, PSU, Quick-start guide, security information and warranty, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.658 kg ( = 58.48 oz / 3.66 pounds), Power Supply: 378 g ( = 13.33 oz / 0.83 pounds)
Price
2600 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 83.9% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 40%, performance: 92%, features: 77%, display: 90% mobility: 86%, workmanship: 70%, ergonomy: 100%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base

Surface Book with Performance Base Review – 1 TB SSD Update | Notebookcheck
Top model. We review the high-end SKU of Microsoft's luxury 2-in-1 with a fast 1 TB NVMe-SSD and 16 GB DDR4 of RAM. We check the differences to the entry-level version from 2017 that we have already reviewed.
90% Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base Review: Is It Good for Business?
Source: Business News Daily English
The Surface Book has always been a one-of-a-kind laptop, and that hasn’t changed since it first launched in 2015. No other device offers such a versatile design, transforming from sleek tablet to mighty workstation in seconds. And its top-notch pen support will make it an indispensable tool for note takers and artists alike. A gorgeous display and strong security round out the package.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
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: 06/28/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%

Foreign Reviews

88% Mehr Power, schwächeres Display
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 100% features: 83% display: 80% mobility: 88%
Highend-Surface überzeugt mit Riesen-Akku
Source: Heute German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2017
80% Für smartes Business
Source: hifitest.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 70% ergonomy: 100%
86% Review: Microsoft Surface Book laptop – opvallende verschijning
Source: Techzine Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 85% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
90% Review: Microsoft Surface Book – krachtige Windows 10-convertible
Source: Tablets Magazine Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/05/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Microsoft Surface Book – Meer laptop dan tablet
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
75% Microsoft Surface Book Review - Zeer waardig apparaat
Source: XGN Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%
Microsoft Surface Book met Performance Base
Source: Consumentenbond Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; high performance; smart stylus pen; excellent display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/08/2017
90% Microsoft Surface Book Performance Base
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
70% Microsoft Surface Book [TEST]: Bærbar med begyndervanskeligheder
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 80% workmanship: 60%
Microsoft Surface Book test – fremragende og virkelig fed
Source: Mere Mobil.dk DA→EN
Positive: Great built quality; beautiful design; nice performance; good cameras. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/22/2017

Comment

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 GeForce GTX 965M: Lower high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell chip GM204 and GM206 (newer 2016 version with higher clock rates). Part of the GeForce GTX 900M series. 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.
1.658 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).


83.9%: 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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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2017-05-21)