Tuesday, 19 December 2017

A Look at the Microsoft Surface Book 2

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Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft Surface Book 2



Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a beast, beautiful to behold indeed! As it currently stands, it is the most advanced mobile Surface device  in a lot of respects, dwarfing the Surface Pro Laptop as well as the old Surface Book. It boasts of a powerful processor, graphics card and a big battery (one with a lasting battery discharge capability), not neglecting the fact that it embodies an impressive light-to-carry detachable screen that turns it into a tablet whenever you may need to work with one in tablet mode, and it makes it's debut with varying market entry level performances, based on different grades of powerful processor and graphics chip deigned for categories of users in mind.

Side view of the Microsoft Surface Book 2
Side view of the Microsoft Surface Book 2


It entails an honestly amazing range of exciting specs, which include Intel Core i7-8650U CPU clocked at 1.9 GHz, a discrete Nvidia 1060 GPU with 6GB of RAM, 16GB of memory and a terabyte SSD. It comes with a USB-C port, USB 3.0, two regular USB-A ports, an SD-card slot, inbuilt wifi adapter and the usual Surface connector for charging and attaching the Surface Dock if you have one. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio, and a headphone jack as expected is also present. There’s no Mini DisplayPort as seen in the first-gen model, but you can connect up to two 4K monitorsat 30Hz or a single 4k monitor at 60Hz via the USB-C port or via a Surface Doc. The surface book 2 models are all designed with Pixelsense display, basically showing true bright color tones of images, in crisp ultra high definition (UHD).

A view of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 with its lid closed
A view of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 with its lid closed

However, you would have to cough up $3,299 to get the 15-inch Surface Book 2 unit and $1,499 for the 13-inch unit with an intel core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and an integrated Intel GPU. Across the range, there are a number of other 15-inch models with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPUs and varying numbers for RAM and disk space.

Undoubtedly, varying levels of performances exists between these  low-end and high-end machines, which directly translates to 'value for your money'.  Microsoft plainly passes the idea here that the Surface Book 2 is essentially a mobile workstation for people who want to do as many tasks as possible in a seamless manner, ranging from playing games, cut across intensive Video Processing to carrying out complex software development tasks. It’s a suitable contender in the face-off battle with the Macbook pro.  You might want to purchase a surface pen as an added accessory though.

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