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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

Summary

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.

from $1820+
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
Surface Book review (2016): The laptop to beat doesn't come cheap

Last year, when Microsoft introduced its first-ever laptop, the Surface Book, the company proclaimed that this was the "ultimate laptop." And it was -- mostly. This two-in-one notebook offered long battery life, with a distinctive, well-constructed case, a comfortable keyboard, fast performance and a detachable display that worked well as a standalone pen tablet. Starting today, the company is shipping a refreshed version, and it's mostly more of the same. The biggest changes are under the hood, with Microsoft claiming twice the graphics performance, a second fan and a larger battery, rated for either 12 or 16 hours, depending on the configuration. It's more of a good thing, but do you need that kind of horsepower enough to spend $2,399 and up on one of these newer models?

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Breakdown

Display
9.3
Durability
9.0
Battery life
8.0
Portability (size / weight)
7.6
Design and form factor
8.4
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Specs

Surface

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to16 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Surface

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to16 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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