Microsoft has finally done it, they are one step away from perfection. The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is almost the best laptop you can buy if you set aside the price. With the new 8th Gen Intel CPUs and Nvidia’s GTX 10 series graphics, without compromising on thinness and portability.
The 13-inch version gets both the i5 and the i7 variants whereas the 15 inch will only be available in core i7. The graphics selection is only available in the i7 variants. The smaller 13 inch gets the GTX 1050 graphics whereas the bigger 15 inch gets the more powerful GTX 1060.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13 inches)
The 13-inch surface book has a 13-inch PixelSense™ Display with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI) resulting in a 3:2 aspect ratio. It has a thickness of 0.90 inches and weighs at around 1.5kg all packed inside a magnesium casing. Microsoft also claims a battery life of up to 17 hours of continuous video playback.
13 inch/Core i5
The 13 inch i5 (7th gen) is only available in one variant, that is without the dedicated graphics. This base model has 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, with Intel’s integrated graphics. This one costs $1,499.
13 inch/Core i7
The i7 variant features the dedicated GTX 1050 graphics power. It also gets the newer 8th gen Quad-Core i7-8650U CPU with storage options of up to 1TB of SSD and a maximum 16GB of RAM.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15 inches)
The Surface Book 2 15 inch has a 15-inch PixelSense™ Display with a resolution of 3240 x 2160 (260 PPI) with the same 3:2 aspect ratio. It is only available in the 8th gen Quad-Core i7-8650U variant with GTX 1060 as the only option. The storage option starts at 256GB and goes up to 1TB with a base and max 16GB of RAM. This one also has the Xbox wireless built in so more points for flexibility. The 15″ also shares the same 0.90-inch thickness as the 13″ and weights at around 1.9kg and a claimed battery life of 17 hours of video playback.
Both the laptops have rich connectivity options with 2 full sized USB 3.1, one USB-C, a 3.5mm audio jack and a full-sized card reader. Even though these are convertible laptops, they feature two cameras, one at the front (5MP) and one at the back (8MP). They also have a dual microphone setup and dual front-facing speakers.
It also has a really good selection of sensors including an Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Magnetometer. This makes it more of a productivity champ. It’s obviously detachable so you can use it as a tablet or a laptop or anything you feel like.
Microsoft has finally created a laptop for all the productivity junkies. The lower end variants will attract the content consumers whereas the higher end variants will be an easy choice for graphics-intensive users, not to mention the new surface pen. Finally a huge and very much needed improvement over the previous generation. If you want to pre-order any of these laptops click the link here (pre-orders start on November 9).