89
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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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Surface Book review (2016): The laptop to beat doesn't come cheap

The refreshed Surface Book has very few flaws, with a well-crafted chassis, comfortable keyboard, vibrant screen, fast performance and even longer battery life than on last year's model. As ever, you'll pay dearly for the privilege of owning it, and the relatively heavy weight and imbalanced weight distribution make it less portable than lighter systems. What you accept in heft, though, you'll make up for in both battery life and port selection.

Pros
  • Distinctive, well-constructed design

  • Impressively light as a tablet

  • Gorgeous screen
  • 
Pen input works well

  • Comfortable keyboard

  • Fast performance

  • Best-in-class battery life in laptop mode

Cons
  • Expensive
  • Even heavier than last year's model
  • "Fulcrum" hinge makes the laptop appear fatter when shut
  • Screen wobbles a bit in laptop mode
  • Slightly top heavy when you use it in your lap
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Average Critic Score

Display

9.3
 

Durability

9.0
 

Battery life

8.0
 

Portability (size / weight)

7.6
 

Design and form factor

8.4
 

Expandability

6.7
 

Speed and features

9.0
 

Noise

8.0
 

How It Stacks Up

87

Engadget

87
 

Critic

85
 

User

90
 
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84
 

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75
 

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87
 
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81
 

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78
 

User

90
 
89

Engadget

89
 

Critic

86
 

User

80
 
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