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89
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

The Surface Book 2 is one of the most powerful and well-designed Windows laptops on the market. And thanks to its improved hinge, it doesn’t feel any different than a traditional notebook. It’s the best MacBook Pro competitor we’ve seen yet.

Pros
  • Hinge is stronger than before
  • Better CPU and graphics
  • 15-inch screen can fully compete with the MacBook Pro
  • Works well as a tablet
Cons
  • Expensive if you need more storage
  • Doesn’t come with Surface Pen
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score

Durability

80
 

Speed and features

89
 

Portability (size / weight)

80
 

Display

100
 

Noise

90
 

Battery life

88
 

Expandability

72
 

Design and form factor

82
 
 
80
The Verge
You’re probably deciding between a MacBook Pro and a Surface Book 2. That’s a decision that’s more about platform preference than hardware, but Microsoft just made it a lot more difficult.
 
80
PC Mag
The Surface Book 2 is a feat of design, a top-of-the-line premium convertible 2-in-1 laptop that's fast, long lasting, versatile, and portable. It's even up for gaming.
 
80
CNET
The Surface Book 2 is a satisfying sequel, but like many sequels, it may be trying to broadly serve too many audiences.
 
90
TechRadar
The best 2-in-1 laptop to date is just a bigger Surface Book – one that can play the latest PC games and last for a helluva long time to boot. Not to mention that this is the best tablet for drawing that we’ve tested yet, too. We just wish Microsoft did a bit more with the extra space.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
If you don't intend to use it beyond its laptop form, however, then it's a high price to pay for the ultimate 2-in-1. Still, it'll be more than worth it for many.
 
80
Expert Reviews
A great all-round laptop that offers up a unique set of features, but it is a pricey option if you don’t want to game.
 
90
Gizmodo
If you do fall into that class of people with important ideas and creative futuristic things to do—or maybe you just aspire to that fantasy—the Surface Book 2 is a whole lot of machine.
 
80
Wired
The Surface Book 2 is way too expensive and way too much for most people. It's a serious tool for serious work. And for serious Assassin's Creed sessions after work is over.
 
80
PC World
Microsoft adds to its "ultimate laptop," the Surface Book 2, by increasing the performance, battery life, and display size.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
The 15-inch Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the most versatile Windows 10 machine for creative pros, if you're willing to pay a premium.