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Microsoft Brings All New Powerful Surface Book 2

18 October 2017

This is a bold claim and I'll need additional hands-on time with the laptop before I can say if that figure is accurate or not.

The Surface Book 2 sports 8th-generation Intel processors, compared to the MacBook Pro's 7th-gen processors. That apart, Microsoft also claims that the Surface Book 2 offers "five-times" better graphics performance as opposed to its predecessor and claims that it offers double the power of MacBook Pro.

The Surface Book 2 is available in 13-inch and 15-inch variants, but Microsoft is keen to stress they're both incredibly portable thanks to a lightweight build. For example, it comes in two different sizes with one featuring 13.5-inch 3000×2000 display while the other one has larger 15-inch 3240×2160 display. In addition to the standard laptop mode, the device can also be used in tablet, studio and view modes.

The 15-inch touch panel is only slightly higher-resolution than its smaller counterpart, at 3,240 x 2,160. This is being done because the screen is heavier than usual as it can be detached to use as a standalone tablet. It is Windows Mixed Reality Ultra ready as well, which means you can enjoy the highest-performance VR games on it when you connect a compatible headset and controller.

USB Type-C enthusiasts will be, well, sort of happy to hear that there's now a port on the device for it, on both models. Visuals are provided by an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU (graphics processing unit) and an optional discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of memory in the base. With all that said, if you're looking for a professional, powerhouse laptop that can handle everything you throw at it, the Surface Book 2 aims to be just that.

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With the Surface Book 2, long transpacific flights can also be productive ones. The fulcrum hinge holding the base to the display was redesigned to be sturdier, which will hopefully fix the original's screen wobble issue.

Almost two years after introducing the Surface Book, Microsoft is adding a new member to the family, a 15in Surface Book 2. The 13.5-inch weighs in at close to 3.5 to 4 pounds and the 15-inch at 4.2 pounds.

The 13-inch Surface Book 2 has a screen resolution of 3,000 x 2,000, while the 15-inch model has 3,240 x 2,160. The 13-inch kicks off with a Core i5-7300U 3.2GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB PCIe SSD; more interesting are the Core i7-8650U models, which can be had with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage.

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. 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.

Microsoft Brings All New Powerful Surface Book 2