Microsoft Surface Book 2
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to do a full specification review on Surface Book 2 15” Laptop. The Surface Book 2 15” is the bigger, more powerful variant of the 13-inch model. Microsoft claims it’s the most powerful surface they’ve ever made. So, Is it true or not, I’ll tell you. So, let’s start-
You get a full 15-inch 3240 x 2160 PixelSense Display. That ranks at 260 pixels per inch. That’s slightly below the 267 PPI of the Surface Book 2 13-inch but, it’s not noticeable at all. It is the same 3:2 aspect ratio. As we all know for from all surface devices.
Sitting above the display is Windows Hello with a 5-megapixel camera, IR sensor, and two microphones. It’s actually a very good camera for the web. It does about 30 frames per second at the 1080p video you can even do HDR photos and on the back panel of the display is that 8-megapixel camera which I think is actually underappreciated by a lot of people but students who needs to take a photo of whiteboard will definitely appreciate it.
Another trademark of Surface devices are the two front-facing speakers. So, they’re right here in the display cutout in the glass. They’re excellent speakers, as always. They are powered by Dolby Atmos Premium and I really appreciate the sound. They get loud, they’re crisp, and since they fire right at your ears.
The Surface Book 2 keyboard looks a lot like all Surface Book Keyboards, including the one on the original 13-inch. But they have tuned this a bit differently. They learned new lessons from Surface Laptops. So, it’s slightly shallower. It’s 1.55mm versus 1.5mm, does that make a difference?
No, actually, I feel like this Surface Book 2 keyboard is much better than the original Surface Book. It’s even slightly quieter and doesn’t have as much a mushy feeling, I really enjoy typing on it. There’s also a three-stage backlight, so you can type whether it’s dark or light.
Looking at the trackpad, it’s the same model found in all Surface Books. But it has been updated for 2017. It is hands down the best trackpad I have ever used. There’s not much else to say about it. It has full precision. It’s smooth glass, the clicking is excellent. It’s just a blast to use.
Ports & Slots: –
The left-hand side, You get two USB 3.1 ports along with a full SD card slot. Turn to the right-hand side, you get a Surface connect port which is proprietary and magnetic. It could also be used to power a Surface display dock. New to this year is USB type-C 3.1 replacing the display port from the last model. And while that’s welcome, it is missing Thunderbolt 3. However, that just means you cannot use an external GPU with it, or power multiple 4K displays. It does have enough juice, however, to power a 4K display at 60 Hertz. Or you can use it with USB Type-C accessories including hubs, or you can use it for powered delivery to charge the Surface Book 2 or power external devices.
Tablet Mode: –
Turing to the tablet mode of the Surface Book 2, you do get a 3.5mm headphone jack. You also do have your power and volume controls on top that has not changed either. The total package comes in a 4.2 pounds or 1.9kg which sounds heavier but it feels great in the hand.
Tablet mode of the display pops off at a 1.8 pounds or 817 grams. It’s exceptionally light. We’re talking about a full Quad-Core i7 PC and tablet that weighs 1.8 pounds. Speaking of things Microsoft has not changed, we still have the full-Chrome hinge here which is a trademark of Surface Book.
Now, some users don’t like the gap when it’s closed but we have to remember that the design here is essential for balancing the Surface Book 2 when it’s fully opened. They did reinforce the hinge so it’s a little bit stiffer this year.
If you tap the screen it will bounce. But I can say when using this in your lap and you’re riding on a train, it does significantly bounce less than last year’s model. Microsoft has also reworked the muscle wire mechanism for detaching the display. It’s a bit quieter this year.
Surface Pen: –
The surface book 2 Pen, you can still use it with the Surface Book 2 and in fact, it supports 4096 levels of pressure. As well as tilt, which is really fantastic. That also matches the Surface Pro 2017 specifications including its near-zero latency effect.
Now, the big caveat here is, the pen is not included. And that the same case with Surface Pro. So, you’re going to have to charge an extra $99 if you want to use that pen. The benefit here is you get to pick the colour you want and Microsoft says they re-sunk that cost into making the Surface Book a better device.
Processor & Memory: –
Surface Book 2 15” model comes with a Core i7-8650U processor. That’s an Intel 8th generation Quad-Core chipset and it’s a really nice one, too. As it, Turbo Boosts up to 4.2GHz. It has 20watts of power for it. That versus the 15 watts found in the 13-inch version. That means this chip is going to run at a higher clock speed for longer durations than the 13-inch Surface Book 2.
Additionally, you get 16 gigs of RAM, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage. It has a Samsung SSD and we’re getting over a 1000 read and write speeds for that disk as well, which is a great change from the previous Surface Book.
Turning to the GPU, Microsoft put in an NVIDIA GTX 1060 with a full 6GB full of video memory. It’s an awesome card.
Turning to benchmarks, Geekbench 4.0 Surface Book 2 15-inch gets an amazing 5.036 on its Single-Core and 14,237 on its Multi-Core. That of course, beasts the Surface Book 2 13-inch and actually every laptop I’ve pretty much ever tested, except the Razer Blade Pro which is a whole another level of laptop anyway.
For graphics on OpenCL, Geebench 4.0 gets 1,23,602. Again, it beats every single laptop that I have tested. So, synthetic benchmarks are one thing and they’re all super impressed. So in real life, playing HD games like Gears of War set to 1620 x 1080 resolution in Medium graphics yield 96 frames per second. Compare that to the 65 frames per second in the 13-inch model and just 47 frames per second for the Surface Book 2 with performance base.
In fact, I was able to games at 30 frames per second in DOOM and set to High graphics. It’s at the full native resolution of the Surface Book.
When it comes to fans, there are two on this device. You have one in the tablet section of the processor and one for the GPU. And on the load, it does get a little bit loud. I’m talking about 52 decibels, which is not crazy. It is lower than most gaming laptops.
If you’re just using the Surface Book 2 15-inch as a normal laptop, browsing the web, watching videos, doing sort of app stuff, you’ll never hear the fans, they’re super quiet.
When it comes to the temperature, the device gets a little bit warm. 106 degrees Fahrenheit on the bottom, that’s about 41 degrees Celsius. But that is a well-within comfortable range. That just means you’re going to feel a little bit temperature but it never gets hot or uncomfortable. In fact, the whole device was like that.
Microsoft claimed 17 hours. Now, in fairness to Microsoft, they are talking about a Video Loop Test. The reason they do that, a lot of these companies do that, is because these new processors are so dynamic that is completely dependent on what you’re doing and how much battery life you’re going to get. That makes any battery life estimate very difficult and task-dependent. Putting that in perspective, though, I would easily say if you’re just using this as a laptop, 8 hours minimum, you will probably get out of the Surface Book 2 15-inch.
Now, if you’re going to push that GPU and you want to game, there’s a different story. This is true with all gaming laptops. So, that gives you about 2 and half hours of straight gaming.
This is the best laptop out there on the market today. Sure, you’re going to pay for it, it is an outstanding experience. You’re getting excellent battery life, excellent typing, great trackpad, touch screen, a tablet, you can ink on this, you can fully game on the Surface Book 2. If you are a video producer you can output video on it. If you are a scientist or an architect doing a lot of rendering, you’ll have no issue with this.
It starts at $2499 and that’s for 256GB of storage. I’m not really a fan of that model. In fact, I would go for the 1TB version. But that comes in at a whopping $3299. So, it’s nice to have this much power, In conclusion, Microsoft calls this the Ultimate laptop and I think it’s true.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Surface Book 2 15″||Coming Soon||Rs NA|
|Surface Book 2 15″||Coming Soon||$ 2,499.00|
|NETWORK||Wi-Fi; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Xbox Wireless built-in (15-inch Only)
|BODY||Dimensions- 12.3 x 9.14 x (0.51 – 0.90)-Inch
13.5 x 9.87 x (0.568 – 0.90)-inch
Weight; 13.5″- 3.38lbs, 3.62lbs
|DISPLAY||Surface Book 2 13.5″ PixelSense Display, 3000 x 2000p (267 PPI)
Surface Book 2 15″ PixelSense Display, 3240 x 2160p (260 PPI)
|CAMERA||Front- 5.0-MP, 1080p
Rear- 8.0-MP, 1080p with Dual Microphones
Front facing setereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
|PROCESSOR||OS- Windows 10 Pro Creater Update 64-bit
CPU- 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300U Dual-Core Processor, 3.5GHz Max Turbo
8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650-U Quad-Core Processor, 4.2GHz Max Turbo
GPU; 13.5″ i5- Intel HD Graphics 620
13.5″ i7- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
15″ i7- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
|MEMORY||RAM; 13.5″- 8 or 16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
15″- 16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
HDD- 256GB, 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD
|SECURITY||HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello Face sign-in
|SENSORS||Ambient Light, Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyro, Magnetometer|
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