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Microsoft Surface Book

from  $799.89+
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.

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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.

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
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Scores

Engadget

87
 

User Reviews

100
Matthew Hancock
This Surface Book is Microsoft's first ultimate laptop and they have done an...read more
80
falleninsea
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
Sonny Chanhvongsak
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Tablet
Form factor
Convertible
Screen size
13.522
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i5
System RAM
81
Pointing device
Trackpad
Maximum battery life
Up to 1220

General

Type
Tablet (Convertible)
Bundled OS
Windows (10)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)

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
Integrated (Intel)

Other features

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

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 12 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No