Both Surface Book 2 models feature gorgeous displays, something Microsoft has gotten steadily better at over the past few years. The 13.5-inch notebook still features a 3,000 by 2,000-pixel display, while the 15-inch one sports 3,240 by 2,160 pixels. While they're not 4K, they still look very sharp when displaying text, photos and video. Both screens also felt well-balanced when in standalone-tablet mode. The smaller one weighs 1.59 pounds, while the 15-inch display clocks in at 1.8 pounds. Sure, they're far heavier than the iPad and just about every other standalone tablet. But they're still easy to hold if you just want to watch Netflix in bed or read The New York Times app on the couch without holding the keyboard.
Because these are Surface devices, you can bet that Microsoft is pushing its new Surface Pen heavily. It originally rolled out with the Surface Laptop, and it works just as well on these new machines. We're at the point where drawing on Surface devices feels almost as instantaneous as putting ink to paper.
As you'd expect, both Surface Book 2 laptops handled just about everything I threw at them, be it dozens of browser tabs while streaming video or games like Minecraft. You've got Intel's new eighth-generation CPUs and their improved graphics to thank for that. At this point, they seem like powerful notebooks that can easily satisfy demanding users. They're also more port friendly than the newest MacBook Pros, with two USB 3.1 Type A ports, a single USB-C connection and an SDXC card reader.
I didn't have a chance to really stress-test either machine, but I'm looking forward to putting them through their paces closer to their November 16th ship date. Microsoft is still being coy about pricing, though. All we know is that they'll start at $1,499/£1,499 for the Core i5 13-inch model with integrated graphics and $2,499 for the 15-inch model. If you want a Core i7 and a dedicated GPU, be prepared to shell out much more.