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Microsoft now offers a cheaper 15-inch Surface Book 2, but buying one doesn't make sense

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Microsoft is now selling a cheaper version of the Surface Book 2 15. The new model swaps the Core i7 CPU for a Core i5 and drops the dedicated GTX 1060 GPU. However, at $2000, the Core i5 Surface Book 2 15 is hardly a bargain considering the Core i7/GTX 1060 model is a mere $200 more.

Want a 15-inch Surface Book 2 but can’t afford the exorbitant US $2500 price tag? Microsoft is now offering a cheaper version with a Core i5 CPU for $2000… but buyers should probably pass on the model.

On paper, the cheaper Surface Book 2 is virtually identical to its more expensive brother save for two components. The CPU has been cut from an 8th gen Intel Core i7-8650U to an Intel Core i5-8350U, and the dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU has been cut. Due to these sacrifices, the cheaper Surface Book 2 only costs US $2000, or $500 cheaper than the Core i7/GTX 1060 Surface Book 2.

However, the Core i5 model doesn’t make a lot of economic sense. Microsoft’s own pricing will surely cut into sales of the cheaper model; the Core i7/GTX 1060 model is actually on sale for $2200 right now at Microsoft and Best Buy, and it’s been priced there for a while.

Additionally, a “budget” 15-inch Surface Book 2 doesn’t make much sense when the similarly-specced 13-inch model is $1100-1300 (depending on the configuration). It’s not likely that consumers on a budget would consider a slightly larger display worth the $700-900 increase.

Our advice: those hunting for a 15-inch Surface Book 2 are better off shelling out the extra $200 for a better CPU and a much more powerful graphics solution. The Core i5 Surface Book 2 15 is going to have a hard time finding a niche in the convertible market, especially compared to other variants of the same machine.

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Sam Medley, 2019-06-20 (Update: 2019-06-20)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.