Launched two years ago as a first-party Microsoft alternative to the MacBook Pro, the Surface Book gained popularity among Windows fans for its powerful hardware, gorgeous screen and attractive design. The Book 2 is a detachable laptop/tablet with a 13.5in or 15in screen - it has a full-size keyboard, trackpad and stylus - but runs Windows 10 on Core i5 or i7 processors, and features discrete Nvidia graphics on the premium models. According to Microsoft, the Surface Book 2 15 has five times the graphics performance of its predecessor and is twice as powerful as Apple's latest MacBook Pro.
The 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 is a relatively minor update to last year's model; the major differences are the new internal components, the loss of the Surface Pen as a standard accessory, and the replacement of the mini-DisplayPort with a USB-C port. Secondly, the 15-inch model starts at 16GB of RAM, unlike the 13.5-inch model which starts at 8GB of RAM.
The 15-inch touch panel is only slightly higher-resolution than its smaller counterpart, at 3,240 x 2,160.
The connectors have also been improved, making it easier to attach and detach the tablet portion of the Surface Book 2 from the keyboard base. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update came out, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets started shipping.
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Initially available in the USA only, the Surface Book 2 is priced at $1,499 for the 13-inch, and $2,499 for the 15-inch version, with preorders beginning on November 9. The GPU is getting a large bump as well to the NVIDIA GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 and when you don't need the power, Intel's 620 integrated graphics will carry the load. Namely, up to 17 hours of continuous video playback, which just so happens to be "70% more than the latest MacBook Pro". Unlike the 13-inch model, all configurations of the 15-inch version are powered by an 8 Gen Intel Core i7-8650U with 4.2 GHz maximum Turbo frequency.
He writes, "The power of Surface Book 2 will help artists and professionals across the creative spectrum take their work to the next level". It's clear that Microsoft wants to offer the best laptop there is, and it looks like the Surface Book 2 should make a lot of power users happy.
The hinges are created to increase the horizontal depth of the base of the laptop. If those claims are true, the Surface Book 2 would be among the longest lasting devices on the market. 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. The 13.5-inch weighs in at close to 3.5 to 4 pounds and the 15-inch at 4.2 pounds. The 15-inch version will have almost seven million pixels - 45 percent more than a MacBook Pro.
The Surface Book 2 will be available for pre-order starting 9 November, hitting stores a week later.