Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5″ Professional 2-in-1 Laptop with Detachable Keyboard

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The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a professional-oriented 2-in-1 PC with a detachable keyboard. You can use it in laptop, tablet, or presentation modes. This is an overview of the ultra-portable 13.5-inch version of the Surface Book, with a starting weight of 3.4 pounds and a price of $1,499 and up. Microsoft also offers a larger and pricier 15″ version.

The 13.5″ screen of the smaller Surface Book 2 provides sharp picture thanks to available 3,000 x 2,000 resolution. Microsoft still sticks to the original Surface Book design with recognizable “dynamic fulcrum” hinge and 3:2 screen ratio. 3:2 is rather optimized for productivity than watching movies. The panel supports 10-finger touch, as well as active Surface Pen input with pressure sensitivity and work with Microsoft’s Surface Dial accessory. The Pen and Dial are sold separately.

Internally, the silver-colored magnesium-topped 2-in-1 laptop features Intel’s Core series mainstream processors – the dual-core 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300U and quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U. The latter is noticeably faster when handling demanding tasks. RAM size can be either 8GB or 16GB. For storage, the Surface Book 2 13.5″ uses a solid state drive with 256GB, 512GB or 1-Terabyte capacity. For graphics processing, Surface Book 2 configurations with the i5-7300U CPU rely on its basic Intel HD 620 integrated graphics. For those who want more graphics power for gaming, CAD design, and other purposes, Microsoft has provided an optional Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB discrete video card. The card is available in the i7-8650U-powered configurations and is housed in the keyboard base. So, it can’t be used if the base is detached. The same applies to the device’s secondary battery. Together with the battery located in the tablet portion, it can provide “up to 17 hours” of video playback on a charge, according to Microsoft.

Besides the optional Nvidia GPU and secondary battery, the base of the Surface Book 2 carries a chiclet-style keyboard with backlight and a spacious trackpad. On the sides of the keyboard deck, there are two standard-size USB 3.0 ports, a compact USB-C port with support for video output, an SD media card reader, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect port for charging.

The screen part also includes a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with Windows Hello face authentication, an 8MP rear cam, stereo speakers, a combo audio jack, 802.11AC wireless, Bluetooth, and another Surface Connect port.

Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Book 2

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Brand Microsoft
Laptop type Convertible 2-in-1 laptop

Ultraportable (small laptop)

Tablet PC
Screen size 13.5-inch
Screen resolution 3000x2000 pixels (very high sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes
Other display specs IPS type (wide viewing angles)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-7300U 7th Gen (enables smooth home and office computing)

Intel Core i7-8650U 8th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling effortless daily computing)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 620 integrated graphics of 7th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 dedicated video card (able to run all games, but may not be smooth on high detail settings in heavy games)
System memory (RAM) size 8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)

16GB (for heavy multi-tasking)
Data storage 256GB SSD (decent capacity)

512GB SSD (very good capacity)

1000GB (1TB) SSD (excellent capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard without dedicated number pad

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface

Touchscreen

Active digitizer pen (optional)
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front + rear

5MP front + 8MP rear

Face-recognition camera (supports Windows Hello log-ins)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC (previous-generation Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the latest 802.11AX)
Ethernet network port No
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB-C (compact type of USB port)

2 x USB 3.0 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports Video out via USB-C
Media card reader SD card reader
Other features TPM (Trusted Platform Module, a security feature)
Battery "Up to 17 hours of video playback"
Weight 3.4 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 12.3"
Depth 9.1"
Windows version Windows 10 Pro (Windows with added business-oriented features)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on November 2, 2017

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