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89
Engadget
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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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Engadget Review

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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Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Screen size
13.522
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i7
System RAM
81
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
DisplayPort
Maximum battery life
Up to 1620
Model
256GB / Intel Core i7 - 8GB / dGPU

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (10)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

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 16 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
512GB / Intel Core i7 - 16GB / dGPU

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (10)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Other features

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

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 16 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
1TB / Intel Core i7 - 16GB / dGPU

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (10)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Other features

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

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 16 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No