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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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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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Key Specs

Type
Tablet
Form factor
Hybrid
Screen size
13.522
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i5
Processor speed
3.519
System RAM
81
Pointing device
Trackpad
Maximum battery life
Up to 1720
Model
13.5-inch Core i5

General

Type
Tablet (Hybrid)
Bundled OS
Windows (10)

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (7300U)
Processor speed
3.5 GHz

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Screen size
13.5 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
3:2
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
256 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 17 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
13.5-inch Core i7

General

Type
Tablet (Hybrid)
Bundled OS
Windows (10)

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7) (8650U)
Processor speed
4.2 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Screen size
13.5 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
3:2
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
256 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 17 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
15-inch Core i7

General

Type
Tablet (Hybrid)
Bundled OS
Windows (10)

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (7300U)
Processor speed
3.5 GHz

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Screen size
15 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
3:2
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
256 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 17 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No