Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB) – 15″

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB) – 15″

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB) - 15

  • Microsoft Surface Book 2 Features a 8th generation Intel Quad Core i7 Processor, 1 TB of storage, 16 GB RAM, and up to 17 hours of video playback
  • Enhanced Graphics performance with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory
  • The fastest Surface Book yet, with 4x more power. Battery type : 4-cell Lithium-ion
  • Vibrant PixelSense Display: now available with a new 15″ touchscreen
  • Four versatile modes of use and new USB-C port

Get powerhouse performance and amazing graphics with the new Surface Book 2, a robust laptop, tablet, and portable studio in one with up to 17 hours of battery life and 2 times more power than before. Now available with a stunning 13.5″ or 15″ PixelSense display, designed for pen and touch.

List Price: $ 3,299.00

Price: $ 3,299.00

2 thoughts on “Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB) – 15″

  1. 350 of 366 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Luxurious laptop that does it all – but lacks Surface Pen and storage capacity, November 28, 2017
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    Matthew T. Weflen (Chicago, IL)

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    INTRODUCTION

    Can any laptop possibly be worth $2,500? This is the question that will vex anyone in the market for a Surface Book 2 – the 15 inch model starts there and only gets more expensive as the storage sizes increase (topping out at $3,300). I will try to evaluate the Microsoft Surface Book 2 from the perspective of someone who has other devices already, as well as from the perspective of someone who wants one unit to do it all.

    BUILD QUALITY AND FEATURES

    The Surface Book 2’s body is made of machined magnesium. I don’t know what benefits magnesium purports to give us over steel or aluminum, but it does sound nice. The feel of the body is very matte. It is not shiny at all, and doesn’t really collect fingerprints.

    The “fulcrum hinge” works well, though it only allows the screen in laptop mode to be pushed back to about 115 degrees or so. Basically every time I open the laptop, I push it back completely and run up against the limit, then decide “eh, it looks pretty good anyway” and get over it.

    The display is a 3,240 x 2,160 resolution IPS LCD. It has fabulous viewing angles, black levels, contrast ratio, overall brightness, and color.

    Ports included are one USB-C, two USB 3.1, one full-size SD slot, and the magnetic-detach charging port. I kind of wish, given the gaming chops of this device, that an HDMI out had been included. There is a headphone jack, as well as a power and volume key on the screen/tablet portion. The jack is in a very odd place when in laptop mode – the top right corner. In laptop mode, this means that a cord will hang across the keyboard from above. The power button as well is a bit inopportunely placed, on the top left edge, and often gets pressed when re-attaching the tablet to the keyboard dock.

    The detachable tablet portion of the Surface Book 2 is activated with a physical “Detach” key. It takes about 2 seconds to fully detach, assuming no conflicting program is in use. Once detached, you can flip the screen around and close the whole thing in a sort of “studio” mode. You could also tent the laptop and use the keyboard as a stand. Reattaching the tablet/screen is relatively easy, and it automatically detects that you are doing so. The screen does wobble when touched, but not tremendously so.

    Front and rear cameras are very high quality for things like Skype, and the front camera also features Windows Hello, which Microsoft pioneered with its late, lamented Windows Phone, the Lumia 950. It is blazing fast, and unlocks the laptop even in a dark room by scanning for your face. I have not tried to defeat this with a picture, so I can’t comment on overall security of this unlock method – it can be deactivated, and a PIN or password are still unlock options.

    NOT included in the package is the Surface Pen. This is pretty egregious given the market segment this is aimed at and the price of even the entry level unit. Also verging on chintzy are the storage options. A 256gb SSD is included in the base model, with very expensive step-ups available up to 1tb. Folks, for $2500, I think 512gb should be the absolute minimum. And while I realize that there may be bulk concerns from a design standpoint, I think a 2tb HDD should live in the keyboard base.

    There are fans in both the tablet and the keyboard base. These are present to cool the Core i7 CPU in the tablet and the GTX 1060 card in the base. During heavy gaming, the fans kick in, but they are admirably quiet – much quieter than the Acer Predator Helios 300 that I use for gaming.

    Front facing stereo speakers are contained in the tablet, not in the base. Given the size of the keyboard base and the generous extra space, I think speakers could have been placed on the base, as well. That said, the tablet speakers are truly excellent. Watching Netflix or playing a game, there is very little feeling of audio sacrifice. They are loud, clear, and even deliver a small feeling of bass response.

    TABLET

    When detached, the tablet functions very well compared to other Windows 10 slates. This is no doubt owing to its Core i7 CPU and 16gb of system RAM. Watching Netflix or doing light computing is a breeze. The thing is enormous, though! It feels vaguely ridiculous to carry around such a big tablet, and it has no stand, so overall I think its utility is greater in terms of reversing the orientation of the screen on the keyboard base.

    SURFACE PEN

    Once you purchase the Surface Pen, you are able to do a number of pen-based activities. The pen can be used as a stylus for the operating system. The pen can mark up documents and web pages using the Edge browser. And, of course, the pen can be used to draw and paint with the appropriate software. A few free trials are available, such as SketchBook and Drawboard PDF. Free apps are also available in the store, like Microsoft’s Fresh Paint and Paint…

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  2. 90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    A powerful computer plagued with some powerful problems, May 8, 2018
    By 
    Monsieur Mouton (USA)

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    This is an edited review.

    I purchased the Surface Book 2 for graduate school and some gaming when I travel. I cannot recommend it after several months of use.

    Yes, what everyone says about the Surface Book 2 is true: It’s a luxury laptop which provides a great of power and functionality. But it also runs like a vintage American muscle car, unable to make the best use of its powerful engine while being plagued by critical problems. I have had to exchange one model already and I am now contemplating returning the second—I am by no means alone. Some have exchanged their Surface Book 2 over five times, encountering the same variety of critical failures over and over.

    The first problem you will likely encounter is that the Surface Book 2 will stop recognizing its main graphics card, reverting to the far less powerful Intel graphics card. You can forget about doing anything moderately intensive once your fancy Nvidia graphics card vanishes. Games will crash or run at potato level graphics, while any other moderately intensive editing program will sputter like they’re running on a computer that costs 1/4 of what the Surface Book 2 does. Many people have encountered this problem. Some suggest that you can temporarily fix the problem by detaching the tablet and re-attaching it. But the problem *will* return.

    I routinely “lost” my graphics card with my Surface Book 2, even when I updated all my drivers and reattached the tablet. And then the computer kept telling me that the tablet was detached when it was in fact locked to the keyboard. The keyboard, as well as the charging port, failed to respond, letting the computer slowly die. I couldn’t turn it back on once the computer failed to recognize its own keyboard, would not detach the tablet, and failed to charge. I had to return the computer, which Microsoft thankfully exchanged with a new Surface Book 2. But in the process I lost all my licensed software and could save only what I had backed up.

    I encountered the same problems with my new Surface Book 2 within weeks. My graphics card vanished and my Microsoft Surface charger burnt out and needed to be replaced (a $100 charger, mind you). I decided to purchase a $20 app that manually upgrades every driver on my computer, which may have solved my graphics card problem. But now I encounter blue screen video tdr errors, which force the computer to slowly reboot. I’ve been shut out of games, word editing, and many other tasks, which makes me risk losing progress on whatever I’m working on.

    On top of that, the Surface Book 2 has battery issues: Even when plugged it at lowest power settings, your computer will slowly deplete its battery while doing anything moderately intensive (e.g. gaming). Playing games on “best performance,” the highest power setting, can take down up to 10% of your battery in an hour. Maybe that’s not an issue for some, but I don’t like knowing that my expensive computer can’t sustain itself and is slowly taxing its non-replaceable batteries even while plugged in,

    You’ll certainly get to know Microsoft tech support if you purchase this computer. One of the women I spoke to plainly told me that the Surface Books 2, while “great,” was a common source of complaints.

    My other complaints are that the Surface Book 2 lacks a lot of what you’d expect from such a high price computer. Namely, it has no HDMI port and very few USB ports. You’ll have to purchase another expensive item, the Surface dock, if you want the kind of connectivity you’d likely expect from a high-power, high-cost laptop. You’ll also have to buy yourself a stylus if you want to make use of the touch screen, as Microsoft does not include one with the Surface Book 2 model (it does come with the Surface Book 1, however). That’s gonna add up to a lot of moolah.

    Having said all that, you’ll probably love this computer at first if you’re fortunate to be able to afford it: it IS powerful, has a smooth keyboard, can run games like Witcher 3, and looks great. It reminds me of my mom’s old Camaro, a beast of a car that could accelerate in a flash but couldn’t idle too long at a stoplight or the whole thing would sputter out and die. You might want to consider something more sensible.

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