Microsoft Surface Book 2 15″ Pro-Class 2-in-1 Laptop with Detachable Keyboard

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The Microsoft Surface Book 2 15″ is a bigger member of the professional-class Surface Book 2 2-in-1 PC series. There’s also a 13.5″ version of the luxury 2-in-1 laptop. Both have detachable keyboards as stand-out features. Other recognizable perks are “dynamic fulcrum” adjustable hinge, productivity-optimized 3:2 screen aspect ratio, chiclet-style backlit keyboard, and magnesium alloy finish of the sleek silver-colored chassis.

The 15″ display has a sharp resolution of 3240 x 2160 pixels and supports finger touch, active digitizer pen input with pressure sensitivity, as well as work with the Surface Dial accessory. The Pen and Dial are sold separately.

The heart of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 15″ is the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U quad-core processor. It’s paired with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB higher-end dedicated video card. This is a powerful CPU / GPU combination for the daily and demanding tasks like video production or 3D modeling, as well as for gaming. The card is housed in the keyboard deck, so it isn’t accessible when the deck is detached. System memory options are 8GB or 16GB, while for storing data there are 256GB, 512GB or 1-Terabyte solid state drives.

According to Microsoft, the batteries in the keyboard base and tablet part can together give up to 17 hours of “video playback” battery life.

The base features two standard USB 3.0 ports, a small USB-C port with support for video output, an SD media card reader, and Microsoft’s Surface Connect charging port.

The tablet portion features a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with Windows Hello face recognition log-in support, an 8-MP camera on the back, stereo speakers, a combo mic / headphones jack, 802.11AC wireless, Bluetooth, and another Surface Connect port.

Here are the specs of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Microsoft
Laptop Type 2-in-1 convertible laptop PC

2-in-1 means the laptop can convert itself into a tablet PC.

Tablet PC

The device can be used as a tablet, without a keyboard connected to it.
Screen Size 15-inch

This is a laptop screen size slightly smaller than the most popular 15.6".
Screen Resolution 3240x2160 pixels

This resolution provides an excellent picture sharpness and a lot of space on the display for the user interface and apps. It's noticeably better than the popular Full HD and almost as good as Ultra HD 4K.
Touchscreen Finger multi-touch input

The screen supports finger touch input, including multi-touch gestures.

Active digitizer pen input

The screen supports active digitizer pen input, besides the common finger multi-touch input. In comparison to simple capacitive pens you can use on any touchscreen, active digitizer pen input provides advanced features like pressure sensitivity. Check with the laptop seller whether the active pen is included in the package.
Other Display Specs IPS type

Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-8650U 8th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling effortless daily computing)
Graphics (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 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 RAM

The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2023. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.

16GB RAM

16GB and greater RAM sizes are recommended for heavy multitasking, gaming, and specialized programs that require a lot of RAM.
Data Storage 256GB SSD

256GB is a decent capacity. If you tend to download and store a lot of large files like movies and install many programs, 512GB or more is a better choice.

512GB SSD

512GB storage capacity is recommended if you store a lot of large files and install many programs.

1000GB (1TB) SSD

1TB is an excellent storage capacity. The sizes above 512GB, including 1TB, are recommended for those who store a lot of large files.
DVD Optical Drive None
Keyboard & Input Backlit keyboard without dedicated number pad

The keyboard has backlit keys for easier typing in the dark. There's no separate numeric pad you can typically find on the right side of the keyboard on many laptop models.

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface

The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.

Touchscreen

Active digitizer pen (optional)
Speakers & Audio Stereo speakers

As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
Camera Front + rear

Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This device additionally has a rear camera.

5MP front + 8MP rear

Besides the usual frontal camera, this device features a rear cam as well. The cameras feature 5 and 8 Megapixel sensors, respectively.

Face-recognition camera

The dedicated infra-red face recognition cameras in laptops are used for Windows Hello log-ins, without password typing.
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11AC

The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
Ethernet Network Port No

This laptop has no Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes

This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
USB Ports 1 x USB-C

A compact type of USB port, commonly found in modern laptops and phones.

2 x USB 3.0

A pair of full-size USB ports.
Video Output Ports Video out via USB-C

The laptop can deliver digital video output via USB-C.
Media Card Reader SD card reader

The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras. You can also use microSD cards with a card adapter.
Other Features TPM (Trusted Platform Module, a security feature)
Battery "Up to 17 hours of video playback"
Weight 4.2 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 13.5"
Depth 9.9"
Windows Version Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro version adds some business-specific features in comparison to the standard Windows Home. Windows 10 Pro upgradeable to the latest Windows 11 Pro for free.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty.

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