Microsoft unveils Surface Book 2

Oct 18, 2017, 00:27
Microsoft unveils Surface Book 2

Coinciding with the official release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book 2, now with a 15-inch model. With the company making such a bold claim, you can bet the tech blog-o-sphere will put the laptop to the test versus the MacBook Pro, so the company had better be 200% certain that it will come out on top. The refresh should also be significantly more powerful than its predecessors, with available 8th-generation quad-core processors that Microsoft claims make the Surface Book 2 twice as fast as the MacBook Pro.

The Surface Book 2 is offered with your choice of 13.5-inch (3,000 x 2,000 resolution, 267 PPI) or 15-inch (3,240 x 2,160, 260 PPI) display.

The detachable display/tablet design is still present, though there are now 13-inch and 15-inch options available. If you can get around the whole using Windows thing, Surface Book 2 does have some impressive specs on paper... The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update came out, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets started shipping.

What about portability? Surface Book 2 comes in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes which weigh 3.38-pounds and 4.2-pounds, respectively. But in August, Consumer Reports pulled its recommendation for the product, as well as other Surface devices.

Microsoft has also finally seen the light and added a USB-C port to one of its Surface devices, in addition to a SD card reader and two USB 3.0 ports.

In terms of graphics, the 13.5-inch model has Intel HD Graphics 620 (Kaby Lake), Intel UHD Graphics 620 (Coffee Lake) or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB). He paints the Surface Book 2 as a laptop without compromises, for the gamer or creative professional who needs both power and flexibility on the go.

Microsoft has called Surface Book 2 as the "most powerful Surface Book ever". If those claims are true, the Surface Book 2 would be among the longest lasting devices on the market. The Surface Book 2 measures 0.9 by 13.5 by 9.87 inches, about 0.2- to 0.5-inch larger than the Notebook 9 Pro in each dimension, and weighs a manageable 4.2 pounds when attached to the keyboard.

Coming to the 13.5-inch model, it has a screen resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels and is powered by the 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor. While you wouldn't want to buy either laptop with gaming as the focus (you can clearly get more bang for your buck elsewhere), this makes the 15-inch rig a tempting option if you don't want to give up your game library just to try Microsoft's removable tablet design. "That's same as the two 15-inches, you would see it two times more powerful".

Pre-orders for the Surface Book 2 go live on the 9 of November in the United States as well as a few other select countries around the world. It has been more than 2 years when Microsoft launched the original Surface Book and earned praises for its new foray into desktop hardware.

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