Microsoft Surface Book 2 Specs and Configurations
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By Admin - October 17, 2017 11:48 pm   1   150   0

Surface Book 2 does not include Surface Pen. So this is another $ 100 you will have to spend, which is a bit irritating in that they have not lowered the $ 100 price to match. In other words, if you need a pen, Surface Book 2 is more expensive than its predecessor.

Surface Book 2 is not available in an LTE / 4G configuration. I suspect that part of the reason is that Microsoft is basically reusing its first generation surface book design for these products.

Surface Book 2 includes a USB-C port, in a nod to the future. Thunderbolt 3, so you can not drive two 4K screens at 60 Hz. This is only for video-out. (OK, yes, you can load the device with this port, but you do not want to: It is about 1 / 6th of the surface loading speed.

Finally, the location of the misdirected headset is retained in Surface Book 2, which means that the cord is often cut off in front of the screen when you try to work or watch videos. It should be bottom right, not top right.

And because I think I have this record, yes, Surface Book 2 is very expensive. In particular, the 15-inch version, which starts at $ 2,500. That said, consider the competition: A somewhat comparable 15-inch MacBook Pro is about the same price - $ 2,400 - and has a much less impressive GPU. And a Dell XPS 15 quad-core (but the previous generation) is about $ 2,200. These two devices do not have the detachable screen functionality of the Apple lack of (real) touch.

Beyond these complaints, Book 2 is rather interesting. Is, in fact, exactly what I was hoping Microsoft would do and turn this product into a portable workstation.

The first-generation surface book with dGPU was not such a thing: it's unreliable and unnamed NVIDIA graphics chip was a big step forward in integrated graphics, but it was barely able to play effectively in modern games. So Microsoft "brought thunder" to Surface Book with Performance Base. This one presented a decent NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M decent with 2 GB of RAM, and this was a big step forward. No, not a gaming PC per se, but it could play.

For Surface Book 2, Microsoft really brings the thunder finally. Yes, you can still get embedded graphics, but only on the 13-inch version (really 13.5 inches). NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU and 2 GB of dedicated graphics memory GDDR5. It is a portable gaming PC class.

But if you opt for the 15-inch, you'll get better graphics: each 15-inch model includes a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU graphics card with 6 GB of GDDR5 graphics memory. It's just a simple PC game, people. (1920 x 1080) at 60 frames per second with this PC. This is a great game for you. No doubt about it.

Of course, Surface Book 2 is not just about graphics. Each version can be obtained with 8th generation Core i7 quad-core processors, faster than their dual-core predecessors. That said, the entry-level 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 uses a seventh-generation Core i5 processor and dual-core processors, just like its predecessors.

Surface Book 2 offers 8 or 16 GB of RAM. I'm a little surprised that there is not a 32GB option, but I suspect it's also a side effect of Microsoft reusing its existing Surface Book designs.

The storage options are at least impressive: you can choose between 256, 512 or 1 TB of SSD fast PCIe storage, as expected.

PixelSense display of the previous generation at 267 pixels per inch (PPI). So I was expecting the new 13.5-inch version to offer the same display, which seems to be the case. But the 15-inch version is a slightly higher resolution, with a slightly smaller pixel density. It offers a resolution of 3240 x 2160 or 260 PPI. Yes, always 3: 2, which will help you get awkward in tablet mode. (A little less embarrassing, it's still huge, of course.)

Microsoft reports both Surface Book 2 versions at 17 hours of battery life. If they come into the real world, I'm fine.

Interestingly, there are enormous differences between GPU's Surface Book 2 model and non-GPU models. That is, if you get a 13.5-inch version with normal aspiration, you get a 39W power supply. But if you get a 13.5-inch version with a GPU or a 15-inch version, you get a 95W power supply. (Yes, both always come with a USB charging port.) This is a big difference. Purpose Surface Book with a performance base with a 102W unit.

For specific configurations, here is what is available.

Surface Book 2 (13.5 inches) with Intel Core i5 7th generation processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and integrated graphics. $ 1,499

(13.5 inches) with 8 GB of Intel Core i7 generation, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dGPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 graphics memory. $ 1,999

(8.5 GHz) with 8 GB of generation Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dGPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 graphics memory. $ 2,499

(2 GB), 1 GB Tape Drive, 1 TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dGPU graphics card with 2 GB GDDR5 graphics memory. $ 2,999

(15 inch) with Intel Core i7 8th generation, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 dGPU with 6GB of GDDR5 graphics memory. $ 2,499

(15 inch) with Intel Core i7 8th generation, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 dGPU with 6GB of GDDR5 graphics memory. $ 2,899

(15 inch) with Intel Core i7 8th generation, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 dGPU with 6GB of GDDR5 graphics memory. $ 3,299