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Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book

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87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Microsoft's first laptop raises the bar for other notebooks, with fast performance, best-in-class battery life and a design that manages to be both premium and unforgettable. The detachable screen is also comfortable to use as a tablet, thanks to both its light 1.6-pound design, accurate pen input and some well-thought-out dimensions. Overall, we recommend it, especially to people who value performance, design and battery life above all else, and are willing to pay dearly for it. We just hope that next year's model is a little lighter and that it offers longer battery life in tablet mode.

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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
  • Lots of configurations to choose from
Cons
  • Short battery life for just the tablet
  • High cost of entry
  • "Fulcrum" hinge makes the laptop appear fatter when shut
  • Feels heavy compared to some other flagship laptops
  • Screen wobbles a bit it in laptop mode
87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

87
 

User Reviews

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Brian
I was extremely excited to purchase a Surface book after all of the positive...read more
90
MotorMouth
The utility of the whole Surface Book package is formidable and, for me, this...read more
90
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
 
80
The Verge
If Microsoft had just made a laptop, I suspect I'd be calling it the best Windows laptop out there, but it didn't. While it's great Microsoft is pushing the idea of a tablet and a laptop hybrid constantly, I'm still hunting for the perfect mix of hardware that really shows this is the future.
 
90
PC World
The Surface Book is actually more than one of the best laptops out today. You effortlessly detach that gorgeous display for a large tablet experience that no other laptop can give you. That truly is something.
 
90
Gizmodo
You’ll be paying in part for design. Did you ever think you would say that about a Microsoft gadget? Wow, Microsoft designed this thing. I love it.
 
70
Wired
If you buy a Surface Book—and it’s very much worth considering—you might not ever find reasons to pull the screen off, or flip it over. ... So what? You’ll still have as good a Windows laptop as there’s ever been. And for now, that’s more than enough.
 
90
Mashable
Microsoft’s taken every lesson it’s learned from years of watching others build Windows laptops and done them all one better with the base-level, $1,499 Surface Book.
 
90
PC Mag
The innovative Microsoft Surface Book offers comfortable ergonomics, a big, beautiful screen, more than 15 hours of battery life, and the power to make short work of everyday and multimedia tasks. It's the first premium detachable-hybrid tablet to earn our Editors' Choice.
 
90
The Next Web
The Surface Book ... is both Microsoft’s MacBook and Nexus. Like the MacBook, it’s the best showcase for its own operating system ... And like the Nexus devices, it sets a high standard for third parties to aim for.
 
80
CNET
While it's not nearly as refined as the new fourth-gen Surface Pro, Microsoft's Surface Book is a powerful, feature-filled premium hybrid that doesn't forget it's a laptop first.
 
80
TechCrunch
If you are in the market for a new Windows 10 tablet, or laptop, doodle around with the Surface Book. Carrying two devices, after all, is for the birds.
 
90
Engadget
Overall, we recommend it, especially to people who value performance, design and battery life above all else, and are willing to pay dearly for it. We just hope that next year's model is a little lighter and that it offers longer battery life in tablet mode.

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