Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 aspires to repeat a strange Surface Book’s history, floating users away—only some-more so, with opening it claims to be five times greater than what a strange 2015 indication achieved. We got a tighten demeanour during a new hardware during a new press lecture and have all a information for we below.
Not one, yet dual Surface Book 2 models
The fact that there is a Surface Book 2 is startling enough, let alone two: a inheritor to a strange 13-inch form factor, and a new 15-inch model. We spent some time with both, even detection what could be a initial opening numbers on Microsoft’s new beast.
How quick is it? Try 8th-generation Core fast. Microsoft sprang for an Intel Core i7-8650U to energy both many of a 13-inch and both of a 15-inch machines, and bundled them with what finished a Surface Book line famous: discrete, absolute Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 GPUs, mounted in a base. There’s even a initial for Microsoft—USB-C!—plus a next-generation Surface Pen and a poetic Surface Precision Mouse to spin it out.
No Surface is cheap, though, and you’ll compensate between $1,499 and $2,999 for a 13-inch Surface Book 2, and between $2,499 to a whopping $3,299 for a 15-inch model. You can preorder both on Nov 9 for shipments on Nov 16, with one catch: Microsoft’s 15-inch Cadillac of convertibles will ship only to U.S. customers, during slightest initially.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 specs and prices
Microsoft positions a Surface Book 2 as a appurtenance that that outpunches a import class. Where a Surface Pro inscription embodies mobility and a Surface Studio all-in-one is a digital easel for creativity, “this is a desktop,” Microsoft’s corporate clamp boss of devices, Panos Panay, went so distant as to call a Surface Book 2. “For many, this is expected a many performant desktop they’ve ever seen.”
As it has finished previously, Microsoft has also supposing options for consumers to select between opposite amounts of memory and SSD storage. Here are a options, according to Microsoft:
13-inch Surface Book 2:
- 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5-7500U; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD: $1,499
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD; dGPU: $1,999
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; dGPU: $2,499
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD; dGPU: $2,999
15-inch Surface Book 2:
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD; dGPU: $2,499
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; dGPU: $2,899
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD; dGPU: $3,299
As we can see, usually one of a Surface Book 2 models has a 7th-generation Core chip inside it: a cheapest $1,499 13-inch Surface Book 2 model. In fact, that’s a usually Surface Book 2 with an integrated GPU, too—all of a other 13-inch models embody the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB), while a 15-inch indication Surface Book 2s embody the GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB). (PCWorld reviewed a GTX 1060 label in 2016.) That GTX 1060 is what provides 5 times some-more graphics opening than a strange Surface Book, Microsoft says.
The kicker? The tablets are fanless. The bases, however, aren’t, and a Surface Book 2 will spin on a fan during gameplay.
The similarities between a Surface Book and a Surface Book 2 extend to a display, that still hasn’t reached a 4K threshold. The customary 3,000 x 2,000 (267 ppi) 13.5-inch PixelSense arrangement graces a 13-inch model, while a 3,240 x 2,160 (260 ppi) 15-inch arrangement is built into a incomparable model. According to Pete Kyriacou, who heads a Surface group during Microsoft, a reason to abandon 4K was simple: battery life. Both a 13-inch and 15-inch Surface Book 2 are rated during a whopping 17 hours of battery life—up from 12 hours in a strange Surface Book. Pushing pixels consumes additional battery life, and Microsoft wanted to say a 17-hour battery life on both models, Kyriacou explained.
“How many hours do we nap during night? How many hours do we work and play?” Panay asked. “We’ve got we covered.”
From a outside, a 13-inch Surface Book 2 looks roughly matching to a initial Surface Book: At 12.3 x 9.14 inches, and 0.59 to 0.9 inches deep, a measurements are radically identical. The Surface Book 2 is heavier, though: possibly 3.38 pounds or 3.62 pounds for a dual 13-inch versions, and 4.2 pounds for a 15-inch model. (The 15-inch Surface Book 2 measures 13.5 inches x 9.87 in. x 0.57 in. to 0.9 in.)
The 15-inch inscription alone weighs only 1.80 pounds, surprisingly light to reason in a hand. Remember, though, that it lacks a kickstand of a Surface Pro cousins.
Surface Book 2 hands on
Though a Surface Book 2 weighs some-more on paper, it didn’t feel roughly heavier in a hand. we would have sworn that a edges were somewhat rounded, and that a backlit keyboard keys were somewhat scalloped. Upon closer inspection, though, that seemed to be a pretence of a light. The Surface Book 2’s pivotal transport is 1.55 mm, Microsoft says.
Like prior members of a Surface family, a Book 2 has a span of Surface connections, that it uses for energy and I/O: one that connects a bottom to a tablet; and a second on a right of a tablet, for energy or joining to a Surface Dock.
There’s also a bit of a surprise: a USB-C port, a initial for Microsoft’s computers. That USB-C pier supports energy in and out, video, and USB 3.1, according to Microsoft’s documentation.
Small improvements stand adult everywhere we look. The hinge (which still leaves a bit of a gap) appears a bit some-more articulated, and a inscription disconnects a bit faster. (The “muscle wire” that binds it in place now works some-more consistently opposite opposite heat ranges, too.) The Surface Book 2 reclines to a same angle as a original, officials said.
Surface Book 2 initial benchmark
The Surface Book 2’s tender horsepower—4.3 teraflops—naturally means it can be used to play games as good as emanate content. Panos Panay waxed poetical again: “These products are for a creator that sees no limit… we wish to dream, do not let a opening get in your way.”
Though only a 15-inch Surface Book 2 supports formation with a Xbox One controller, video games will apparently highlight a laptop to a limit. Microsoft showed off two: Cuphead, and Gears of War 4.
The latter is a many interesting, as it contains an integrated benchmark mode. So we ran it. On a 15-inch Surface Book 2, a benchmark reliable that yes, a Surface Book 2 can run GoW4 during 60 frames per second. As we can see, a graphics opening is excellent—enough to run a diversion during Ultra and High settings. (By comparison, here is one Twitter user’s possess GoW4 benchmark regulating a strange Surface Book.)
We pushed a complement roughly to a limits. Without a tangible fortitude numbers handy, we simply set a fortitude to 3,000 x 2,000—-close to a maximum. We’ll exam a Surface Book 2 some-more when we can get a section in for review, yet that’s a really earnest initial start.
The bottom line: The 13-inch Surface Book 2 looks and feels like a strange Surface Book. The 15-inch Surface Book 2 feels reasonably massive, though, giving a whole thing a clarity of weight to compare a under-the-hood performance. we can’t assistance yet feel a small terror about a hardware issues Microsoft’s Surfaces infrequently humour early on, yet fingers crossed regardless.
Surface Pen and a Surface Precision Mouse
While we didn’t have a possibility to try out what Microsoft calls a Next Generation Surface Pen, Microsoft officials assure me that it’s some-more sensitive, with 4,096 levels of vigour sensitivity. It ships in lead china with blue accents, as good as 3 other colors.
Microsoft’s existent Surface Dial also works right on a Surface Book 2 screen.
More engaging is a new Surface Precision Mouse, a $99 rodent that reminds me of comparison mice like a Logitech M510. A “handed” mouse—and exclusively designed for righties, sadly—the Precision Mouse uses Bluetooth to connect. Three buttons are on a side, with one on top.
What’s nifty about a rodent is that it can be boldly set for possibly well-spoken scrolling, or a notched scrolling that provides haptic feedback. Microsoft didn’t yield battery-life details, yet a rodent appears to use microUSB to recharge. It felt good in a hand, yet bearing righties was a small disappointing.
What isn’t disappointing, though, is a initial demeanour during a Surface Book 2. And distinct years past, Microsoft is rising a vital OS update, a Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, on tip of this new hardware. That’s a one-two punch competitors like Apple and Google employ. Now Microsoft is holding that tactic and regulating it to a advantage.