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Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book

from  $799.89+
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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

20
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
chanh015
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Average user Score
 
20
Brian
07.05.18
I was extremely excited to purchase a Surface book after all of the positive reviews and other features it offered over any apple products (touch screen). Everything was going great for 17 months and then the keyboard crapped out. Since my last 2 laptops had lasted years without an extended warranty, i didn't get one. Took it to Microsoft, they said they couldn't fix it and that they didn't manufacture replacement keyboards, but if I wanted to replace the entire computer, they could do it for $599 plus tax, which is above the cost of the same computer new on ebay. after less than a year and a half, and the entire unit is encased in magnesium for durability! Never going with Microsoft computers again. and don't get me started on the smug staff at the Microsoft store (sorry, you can't enter without an appointment).
 
90
MotorMouth
11.28.15
The utility of the whole Surface Book package is formidable and, for me, this is where it is worth the premium they are charging for it. Microsoft really have nailed it. Most of the time it's just a laptop and for that there are zero compromises over any other small/light notebook. Not content with that, however, Microsoft have taken it to the next level, giving you features that extend the utility of the Surface Book beyond anything else available.People who look at it is a device that is trying to be a laptop and a tablet simply aren't seeing it for what it is. Maybe that's why Microsoft are calling the detachable section a Clipboard, not a tablet? What it really is is a laptop that does not stop being useful just because you are not sitting down or at your desk. It is a laptop that keeps working when you are lying flat-out on the sofa after work, when you are standing in the train on the way to work and even when you are walking around at work. It is not trying to replace your iPad, it is trying to make your laptop a whole lot more functional.And it succeeds rather well. It's a great laptop with all the things you want from a workhorse. Then, when you want more, there is plenty waiting for you. In the two weeks I have had mine I have already used the pen more than I did in a year on my Surface Pro 2. Why? Because it's right there, stuck to the side of the Clipboard, ready to go. No need for a mouse and you certainly won't need the trackpad, although it seems as good as any. I've read that the screen wobbles but I've not experienced that myself, possibly because I find it far more natural to write on the screen with one hand while I hold it with the other. You will probably find the same. That said, when I peck at buttons on the screen, there is no wobble.Detach the screen and the Clipboard keeps working just as hard as the whole laptop was. Handwriting recognition means you won't need the on-screen keyboard, which is a bit of a shame as it is really slick in Windows 10. Palm rejection is flawless. Elsewhere, the pen means that Windows 10's lack of touch-friendliness won't be much of a problem. Even your desktop applications are easy enough to use with the pen.Is the Surface Book perfect? No, it has a few flaws but nothing anyone couldn't live with. The most annoying for me is that the SD card sits half-way out of the chassis, which is hardly a real problem. Most of the negatives you read in reviews are, I think, reviewers desperate to find fault. What the Surface Book offers is a unique experience that absolutely nothing else on the market can hold a candle to. It takes a no-compromise laptop and adds things to it that make it so much better than any old-fashioned laptop could ever be. You need to spend some time with one and I think it will convince you.
 
90
chanh015
11.18.15
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80
falleninsea
10.31.15
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
matthanc
10.31.15
This Surface Book is Microsoft's first ultimate laptop and they have done an amazing job. So many options I can do with this Surface Book and everyone freaks out when I pull the screen right off and use it as a tablet. You can also write on it and take great notes. I'm a double E student and running programs for my classes has been a breeze for me and handy with this Surface Book. It's so light in weight and I've replaced all my textbooks with PDF's and I can save them on the cloud with OneDrive. I'm super happy with this purchase and I hope others get to experience greatness from this ultimate laptop.

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