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.

Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 15

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Brand Microsoft
Laptop type Convertible 2-in-1 laptop

Tablet PC
Screen size 15-inch
Screen resolution 3240x2160 pixels (very high sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes
Other display specs IPS type (wide viewing angles)
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 (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 4.2 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 13.5"
Depth 9.9"
Windows version Windows 10 Pro (Windows with added business-oriented features)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on November 3, 2017

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