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Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5-inch (2017)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 600 reviews of Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5-inch (2017). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and design. The performance and battery are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the reliability and connectivity.

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price, portability, keyboard, connectivity, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5-inch (2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Sean Keach (trustedreviews.com)

Surface Book 2 hands-on

 

Microsoft Surface Book 2 hands-on review: We try out Microsoft's latest multimedia laptops

Nov, 2017

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13in) review

 

A hybrid heavyweight that's all about getting the job done

Massive power & performance ; Gorgeous screen ; Seriously flexible device for work and play

Majorly expensive ; Overkill for a lot of people

A productivity powerhouse that’s flexible and portable, but the Surface Book 2 carries a hefty price premium

Nov, 2017

Techradar Recommended 2018

Expert review by : Joe Osborne (techradar.com)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review

 

The best 2-in-1 laptop yet is just a bigger Surface Book – but that's no bad thing

Crazy long battery life ; Massively powerful ; Lightweight yet large tablet ; Excellent cooling

No up-firing base speakers ; Small trackpad ; Very pricey ; No Surface Pen included

As it turns out, the best 2-in-1 laptop to date is just a bigger Surface Book – one that can play the latest PC games and last for a helluva long time to boot. Not to mention that this is the best tablet for drawing that we’ve tested yet, too. We just...

Feb, 2018

Techradar Recommended 2017

Expert review by : Matt Hanson (techradar.com)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) review

 

The smaller version of the 2-in-1 laptop is just as good

Very good battery life ; Powerful ; Feels great to use as a tablet ; Fanless design

Very expensive ; Not as powerful as 15-inch model ; No Surface Pen included

Like its larger sibling, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) is an excellent device, and one of the most powerful 2-in-1 devices we've tested. It has a premium design, excellent features and is a great showcase for Windows 10 - though it comes at...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15in review: Expensive hybrid brilliance

 

Microsoft's 15in Surface Book 2 is a mightily expensive laptop hybrid, but is the bigger screen worth the added price?

The fastest laptop hybrid yet ; Impeccable colour-accurate screen ; Long-lasting battery life

Very expensive ; SSD performance isn't the best

With Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1 on the horizon, promising similar flexibility and (inevitably) a sleeker, lighter design, the Surface Book 2’s days could be numbered before it gets going. It’s just far too niche.

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is bigger, better sequel

 

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 adds new CPUs, gamer-ready graphics and a bigger 15-inch screen option.

The new Surface Book 2 adds a long list of worthy upgrades, from new CPUs and gamer-ready graphics cards to a bigger 15-inch version. Battery life and performance are both excellent.

The two-in-one design still feels awkward at times, and for some users, the detachable screen may be superfluous. The most interesting new components are only available in very expensive configurations.

The Surface Book 2 is a satisfying sequel, but like many sequels, it may be trying to broadly serve too many audiences.

Nov, 2017

TechAdvisor Recommended

Expert review by : Henry Burrell (techadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15in

 

What a surprise: the most expensive Microsoft Surface is the best one. But do you need to spend over £2,000 on the 15in Surface Book 2? Find out in our full review

Expert review by : Chris Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Book 2

 

Microsoft continues to show off what it can do in the hardware game with the impressive Surface Book 2 which has 8th-gen Intel processors and Nvidia graphics. It's now available from a lower price of £1,149.

Expert review by : Jim Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5in

 

We explain the differences between the Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop 2 to help you decide which one is right for you.

Expert review by : Creative Bloq (3dworldmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 review

 

A powerful and flexible alternative to the MacBook Pro that's available in two sizes – 13.5 and 15-inch.

Great screen ; Supreme power ; Excellent keyboard ; Tablet/sketchpad works brilliantly

Heavy compared to rivals ; Rather expensive ; Surface Pen costs extra

Still an astounding screen and unique design, the Surface Book 2 is a winner in every respect – providing you want a tablet as well as a laptop and providing you’re happy using Windows instead of macOS.

Nov, 2018

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio / Dolby Audio Premium
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2

Battery

Battery life (max):17
Battery life (tablet mode):5
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera HD type:Full HD
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Front camera signal format:1080p
Infrared (IR) camera:Y
Privacy camera:Y
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Certification:CE

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver / Silver
Form factor:Convertible (Detachable)
Housing material:Magnesium
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Silver
Product Type:Hybrid (2-in-1)

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Contrast ratio (typical):1600:1 / 1700:1
Display diagonal:34.3
Display Resolution:3000 x 2000
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:LCD
Pixel density:267
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2 / 6
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 32
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel UHD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916 / 0x5917 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 520 / Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel UHD Graphics 620 / Intel® HD Graphics 520 / Intel® HD Graphics 620 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:French / Italian / Pan Nordic
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1866
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 16 / 1 x 8

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1 / 4.1 LE
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Included power plug types:EU
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Stylus pen:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Orientation sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y

Ports & interfaces

Alienware graphics amplifier port:N
CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Docking connector:Y / Yes
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
Headphone outputs:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
On/off button:Y
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:N / No
TV Out:N
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
Volume Control:Digital

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:39 / 95

Processor

Bus type:OPI / QPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3 / 3.4 / 3.50 / 4.2 / 4.20
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Kaby Lake R / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:1.9 / 1.90 / 2.4 / 2.6 / 2.60
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:I5-6300U / i5-7300U / I7-6600U / i7-8650U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-700 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-7300 Mobile Series / Intel Core i7-6600 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-6300 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / LGA 1356 (Socket B2) / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:D1 / H0 / Y0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:124968 / 88190 / 88192 / 97472
Processor code:SR2F0 / SR2F1 / SR340 / SR3L8
Processor package size:42 / 42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Face recognition:Y
Password protection:Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):N / Y / Yes

Software

Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 PRO
Operating System Language:Italian
Trial software:Microsoft Office 365

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / SD / SD,SDHC,SDXC / SD,SDXC / SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / PCI Express 3.0
SSD capacity:1000 / 256 / 512
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.2 / 232 / 232.1
Depth (tablet mode):7.7
Height (front):1.3 / 1.5
Height (rear):2.28 / 2.3
Height (tablet mode):22
Weight:1.52 / 1.53 / 1.64
Weight (tablet mode):719
Width:31.2 / 312 / 312.3
Width (tablet mode):31.2