Microsoft has launched the new Surface Book 2 and it kinda feels awesome when you first look into it. Well, this post is dedicated to its pros and cons. So you get to know whether you should go for it or not.
The Surface Book 2 is available in two versions – one is the 13-inch version and the other one is the 15-inch. It has the CPU built into the screen. The GPU is built into the keyboard. This feature is quite unique and might appeal to some people. The screen is a fully removable screen, so you can also use it as a tablet. But it comes at a pretty steep price tag. So we are gonna talk about the 13-inch version here in this post. The 13-inch version is priced at $2000 U.S dollars. There’s also a cheaper version available but it comes without the GPU. And the 15-inch is more expensive.
The screen is a 3 by 2 aspect ratio screen with good color accuracy. It is a bright and a high-resolution screen. There is no pen provided in the box which you can use right away. You need to pay an extra amount of $100 U.S dollars. This is not that a big problem because most of the people don’t use the pen that much.
The keyboard and the trackpad also feel good than the old Surface Book launched in 2015. The keyboard also has better typing experience and it is also a lot quieter and feels more responsive. The trackpad still uses Windows Precision drivers. The button mechanisms also feels more deliberate but they are louder than the Surface Book 1.
The device runs on quad-core Kaby Lake – R. The cheaper version without the GPU runs on 7th Gen Intel Core™ i5-7300U processor while the 13-inch and 15-inch versions with GPU use 8th Gen Intel Core™ i7-8650U processor. The 13-inch version has got 8 gigs of RAM and is provided with a 256 GB SSD. The 15-inch version has just the improved RAM which is 16 GB. The multi-core performance is really strong now. But the real question is that whether it will make a big difference for what you do! The answer is it depends on your workflow, to be honest.
Comparing the 13-inch Surface Book 2(i7-8560HQ / GTX 1050) against the XPS 15(i7-7700HQ / GTX 1050) on who ran the Premier H.264 better on an 8 min clip the results were against the Surface Book 2. It took around 47 mins while the XPS took around 23 mins. And mind it that shorter time is better.
The 13-inch version hasn’t even got a fan in the tablet component. But you get a fan in the 15-inch version. Gaming performance is pretty decent. You can run most mid-level games on medium or low resolutions. The 13-inch version has 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory while the 15-inch version has 6GB GDDR5 graphics memory and also runs on GTX 1060 compared to the GTX 1050 in the 13-inch version.
Battery life is also pretty good. It provides around 10 hours of battery life at 250 nits. It has 23 watt-hour battery inside the screen so you can only use it as a tab for 3-4 hours at max. If you connect it to the body or the base you get another 67 watt-hour battery.
The drive speeds are also mixed. Read speed is fast while the write speed is comparatively slow. Thermals are also good. The webcam is one of the best webcams and the speakers and the microphone have improved since the Surface Book 1. It has two USB 3.0’s, an SD Card slot, and a USB C port.
What I dislike about it is the extravagant pricing of the device. $2000 dollars seems a bit too much for this device. Also the lack of Thunderbolt 3 port adds to its cons. Most of the flagship laptops of 2017 are provided with a Thunderbolt 3 port which allows you to connect to faster storage, external GPU’s and 4K displays.
The hinge is one of the best things on the Surface Book. It is one true piece of fine engineering genius.
Overall a great laptop. Definitely, go for it if you can use it to its max potential. Otherwise, if you want something in the 2-in-1 category there are some other good laptops with a better price.
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