Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)
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Microsoft Surface Book features the 6th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GPU with 16GB memory and a 512GB solid state drive. It is ultra-thin, meticulously crafted, with an incredible 13.5” PixelSense touch-screen display with 3000 x 2000 resolution detachable. Use the included Surface Pen to mark-up presentations, sign documents, take notes and much more. The full punch of a high performance laptop with unprecedented versatility of a tablet. This is Surface Book. This is the future of laptop computing.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #587 in Personal Computers
- Size: 512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA
- Color: Silver
- Brand: Microsoft
- Model: CR7-00001
- Released on: 2015-10-26
- Fabric type: N/A
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 1.93" h x 16.46" w x 10.95" l, 3.48 pounds
- CPU: Core M Family 2.6 GHz
- Memory: 16GB Unknown
- Hard Disk: 512GB
- Graphics: dedicated
- Processors: 2
- Battery type: Lithium Ion
- Display size: 13.5
- 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display (3000 x 2000) resolution
- Windows 10 Pro operating system
- Incredibly mobile at 3.48 pounds (1576 grams)
- Surface Pen included
- Ships in Consumer packaging.
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275 of 283 people found the following review helpful.
The Pros, Cons and Oks for the Surface Book (HR).
By Honest Reviewer
- Futuristic design with its hinge design and polish silver covering. This will defiantly make people turn their heads.
- Tablet separation is seamless, as all you have to do is press the eject button on the keyboard.
- Full magnesium body creates a strong and sturdy design. It’s one flat piece of metal so it’ll be able to hold its ground anywhere you go.
- It's solid, even when you're holding the tablet, when connected to the keyboard, it will not get loss of feel it’s about to disconnect.
- Unlike many laptops, you will never see any key outlines of oily imprints on the screen when you close it.
- This is the first to have a separate graphic processor (Nvidia) into a computer tablet. Very rare right now to have that much power in smaller laptops.
- Tablet, when drawing or writing, is smooth and fluent
- SSD drive, you can never go wrong with an SSD.
- Unlike its previous models with the kickstand, this one is built to stay on your lap.
- The keyboard layout is one of the best as it private a deep click, creating a satisfying feedback.
- Nothing plastic this is as if Apple has built it.
- Pen works at it does and has a built in magnet so you attach it to the side.
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- Nvidia graphic chip will be able to run some basic gaming.
- The battery layout is pretty impressive as there are two batteries built in. When the base battery is dead you can still us it as a tablet because that battery will never be used when attached to the base.
- Not much bloatware. This is something that we can all appreciate when buying a new computer.
- Beautiful display with a 3000x2000 pixel layout.
- Dark scenes in videos are deep and consistent in quality, even when the brightness on the computer is turned up.
- Strong performance, definitely above average.
- The touch surface is stable and not glitchy at all. Smooth and gliding, with no resistance.
- Backlit keyboard is a beautiful light display that illuminates the symbol on each key.
- Brightness level works like a charm when you’re outside facing the evil sun.
- Large trackpad.
- High power I-core and GTX 965M graphics card make this a beast with higher end programs.
- 6-10 hours of battery life (this is also a Con) of the normal day browsing the web, jumping between apps, writing an email, social media. Not bad for the power it holds.
- The webcam is enough to have meetings on it as well has a built-in facial recognition for signing into Windows without a password (Yes, it does work just as it promises).
Cons and Oks:__________
- When your tablet is low on battery, when connecting it to the base you will not be able to eject it until the battery is recharged till a certain amount.
- Battery life is decent but falls in what they promise (12-15 hours). I suppose it’s possible if you just do the bare minimal, but the worse I got was 6 hours. So it’s still a great battery life, just not as long as it’s stated.
- Always need major updates which become annoying.
- The unique hinges make the screen unable to close flat on itself. You will have a noticeable gap between the screen and keyboard when the unit is closed.
- Tablet weights around 1.5-2 lbs.
- This is not a gaming laptop; you will be able to play some basic gaming on medium graphics.
- Overall the tablet and base combine to weigh around 3.5 lbs. Pretty heavy for what it represents. Keep in mind this weight is justified because of its solid, full metal body.
- No key function to control the screen brightness as sometimes the auto-adjusting light sensor isn’t entirely accurate.
- Multi-touch gestures are still not the best in response.
- All ports are on the keyboard so none (except the audio port) of the ports will come with the tablet when you detached it.
- Tablet around 2:30 of battery life.
- No USB Type-C ports.
- Expensive compare what other competitors are selling with closely resemble software.
- The “sleep of death” has occurred This is when the computer will go to sleep but won’t wake up as the only option will need to be a hard set. The “sleep of death” keeps running the battery until it runs out. There have been updates to prevent this from happening.
- You are not able to update the RAM.
- No HDMI port as you will need to purchase and adapter to get this option.
It’s indeed a strong laptop and a powerful tablet. This is the first form of layout that you’ll be able to function both sides of use without any annoyance as both the base and tablet functions work beautifully. I consider the last model the iPhone 6 and this model the iPhone 7. Meaning if you already have a Surface Book there is no need to upgrade to this because it’s relatively the same of its previous models.
The battery life can be as low as 6 hours and as high as 13, given on how much power you use it for, but I believe this system is built for specific people. Specific people who are illustrators, Media professionals, designers, office presenters (PowerPoint), and video / photo editors will enjoy the concept this system. The detachable design makes it excellent for business collaboration and is built for those who need to show others what they’re doing. If you’re looking for a desktop replacement, this will not be the answer as it's built to take on the go, as well as you’ll be able to afford powerful desktop with half the price.
Overall if you want to have best in hardware for a 2 in 1 laptop, this is a must. Is fast, beautifully designed (will turn heads), a powerful processor, a long battery life, futurist design, has the advantage of the GPU hardware, and is the best around in the market for a Surface Pro. Yes, the Surface Book is built more as a laptop than a tablet but, after your work, detach the tablet and use it for entertainment (Netflix time). Verdict: It’s a system that is built for business and pleasure.
Hopefully I was helpful to you,
106 of 109 people found the following review helpful.
the best thing that happened to me was reading all those ...
By Ibrahim Alloub
I did extensive research about the surfacebook and I read so many negative reviews about the software and the bugs, but I was so impressed by the idea of the product so I ended up buying it.
I have to say, the best thing that happened to me was reading all those early reviews about how buggy it is, wireless issues, sleep issues, screen issues all of that. I expected this device to arrive and then I'd have to struggle with it until I find suitable workarounds for the device I'll get.
In the end, I received a product that blows my mind away. 1 week in and I haven't had a single issue with it at all. I'm happy with the purchase and I would recommend it (unless you want your decision to make financial sense, because it doesn't)
Touch and pen work really well
Great finishing and quality
Fast performance and no preinstalled software apart from a couple that are meant to show the capabilities of the surface book
Great battery life (base part)
Wireless performance is OK but 2 years older laptops with Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi cards perform better
You'll have to install loads of updates when you first receive it, not really a con but it took me a few hours
Long charging time
Not very easy to open the lid when its closed
132 of 140 people found the following review helpful.
Easily the Best Portable Computer I Have Ever Used
Just scanning through the reviews, it seems there are some very different experiences here. What is clear, though, is that all of those who are disappointed were first-day buyers so I'd look at the one star reviews as a cautionary tale about the perils of being an early adopter. I was a bit lucky, in that I live in Australia and the release was delayed until Microsoft's new flagship store opened in Sydney a couple of weeks ago. I also had another delay when I broke mine. Apparently you should not try to repartition PCIe drives. Oops. So I took it back to the store and they reinitialised everything and applied the latest updates. The service was excellent and it means my experience is of a Surface Book with the latest Windows 10 updates, which seems to make all the difference.
People who look at this device as something to replace your laptop and tablet are not seeing it properly. I love my Thinkpad 8 and have no intention of replacing it any time soon. But it has it's limitations and the gulf between it and my laptop is sometimes vast, a bottomless chasm, so what I end up doing is taking both my tablet and laptop with me, jus tin case. What my Surface Book (which I shall henceforth refer to as sBook) does is to bridge that gap completely. It eliminates the inner dialogue where I try and work out which device will involve the fewest compromises for any given task and it means I can now leave my tablet at home when I have my sBook with me. For example, at night when I remember something I should have done before I left work, I don't have to think "can I do this on my tablet or will I have to get up and sit at the desk to get this done". Instead I can just whip the screen section (Clipboard) off my sBook and continue to wallow on the sofa while I do a bit of work The pen is key to this as it gives me a very accurate pointing device that makes using desktop software easy to work with on the Clipboard.
Speaking of the pen, it is something of a revelation. I had a Surface Pro 2 and I reckon in just over a week I have already used the pen on my sBook more than I did in a year with the SPro 2. Why? Because it's right there, stuck securely to the side of the Clipboard, ready to go whenever you think it might be handy. And it's always handy. It's also much nicer than the old pen, which felt and looked really cheap, and far more useful into the bargain with it's built in eraser.
So, for me, this is what makes the sBook a five star product - the overall experience and massively expanded utility over my old laptop. The specs are far less important, other than being more than adequate to run all my professional software, from Adobe Creative Suite 6 to Autodesk 3DS Max and Maxon Cinema 4D. It is also very capable when it come sot my realtime music software and I can't wait for an opportunity to use it on stage, in front of an audience. The 3:2 screen aspect ratio is also much better than I thought it would be. It seems to be something Microsoft have actually thought deeply about, rather than just designing around a standard screen spec.
Is it perfect? No, there are a few niggles. Probably the most annoying for me is that SD cards only fit half-way into the slot, leaving around 12mm (half-an-inch) sticking out of the chassis. I'd rather a microSD slot that completely swallowed the card. You also need to find a new way of opening the laptop up as the magnet that keeps it closed makes your usual method unsuitable. I crack the seal from the sides, with both hands, then open it out from the centre. The keyboard backlighting also makes it hard to see some of the keys during the day, even indoors. It should be adjustable but I haven't been able to find any controls. But these are minor quibbles and don't detract from the overall experience too much.
Overall, this is a brilliant laptop with extended functionality that makes it worth whatever premium you have to pay. The build quality is exceptional and the designers have obviously sweated over every detail. If I think about all the reasons I bought a Surface Pro 2 and then all the reasons I decided to go back to a laptop, the Surface Book ticks off every point in both lists. Right now it is as close as you can get to the perfect portable computer for professionals who need to get things done.
EDIT/UPDATE: Many of the problems other users were reporting kicked in for me after a month or so and took until about April for Microsoft to finally fix them all through firmware and software updates. Since then it has been mostly back to brilliant, with just one incompatibility problem outlined in the comments below. This incompatibility has forced me to move on earlier than I might have otherwise, although I do tend to replace my laptop every year so it's not like I have given up in disgust or anything like that. It is more that my needs have changed significantly this year and I no longer need such a high-spec machine, nor are the unique advantages of the sBook as important to me as they were.