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: #759 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.
Most helpful customer reviews
59 of 60 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
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful.
Spectacular, Gorgeous, Powerful, Expensive! Powerful Laptop Meets Great Tablet Meets Awesome Laptop-Tablet
UPDATE - THREE WEEKS IN
When I originally reviewed this computer, I was just a little tentative about certain elements - the way the screen detaches, the different modes of use, and the computer's power. Let me say that the more I use it, the more places I realize I want to use it.
To give an example, I have been working on a design competition over the past week. With the rate of production we needed to meet the deadline, printing everything out for review would have been a pain and a little difficult to deal with. By putting the laptop into what I'll call "heavy tablet mode" (detach the monitor, flip it around, re-attach, then fold flat), I could use the laptop like instant paper: rotate my 3d model into the view we want to sketch on, then activate screen-sketch mode, which takes a screenshot and displays it immediately in a simple sketching environment. That tool is incredibly powerful, because it lets you get exactly the image you want for every scenario, and not just one or two images that try to cover all scenarios, like when printing material. It's fantastic!
I now work regularly with an external monitor with much lower pixel density. This is awesome for 3d modelling work that runs just a little jerkily on the 3000x2000 laptop display, especially because some of those programs are extremely poorly designed for high-density displays. This fixes really the only issue I've had with the computer, and it's the thing to do with tiny laptops like this anyway.
RESUME EARLIER REVIEW
For context here, I am an architecture student who typically reduces the school desktop computers to a snail's pace of performance by the end of a semester, because of my extreme needs for heavyweight multitasking, like running Creative Suite applications on top of one or more 1-2 hour rendering tasks. So when I got fed up with my last laptop, I went looking for something fast. This is my four-day review, and I'll write a follow-up later.
First impressions - this is a very fast machine. My habit is to turn computers on and then go elsewhere for a minute or so to avoid boot-up time. Not so here: the computer boots in about five seconds and is already looking for my face for login recognition. In most lighting conditions, this is pretty quick. Getting applications started is very fast, and opening files is great. I do feel that the screen resolution is both a blessing and a curse here - pictures are beyond gorgeous, but can take a moment to load fully because the graphics card has to render up so many pixels. But for most of the tasks I need - 3d modelling, illustrator, Photoshop - there is almost no perceptible lag on anything, which is great.
The screen and pen are fantastic. Drawing and writing are a joy, though as a first-time stylus-user I definitely see that it will take me a little while to get used to the new workflows. Here I really wish that the hinge, which is cool and all, could allow the laptop to fold flat so that the keyboard could be exposed while the screen is down for drawing. I can attach another keyboard and all, but it's still kind of unfortunate that the screen only goes back to around 100 degrees open, which is actually not great for working on my lap (though since most of my work is done at a table, this is fine). For drawing, the ability to detach and flip the monitor is fantastic. The monitor can be used on its own as a great tablet computer, or it can be attached backwards and folded flat (as if to close the laptop), giving you a really great, slightly slanted drawing surface (I wonder if this is really the whole point of the silly hinge - if so, good job Microsoft, this is so great!). The battery life for this mode is amazing - I've spent lots of hours doing pretty intense drawing and never felt worried at all about draining the batteries.
Speaking of batteries, there are two on this machine, one for the monitor and one in the base. They charge pretty slowly, but once charged they last a long time - I was drawing for around 6 hours the other day without plugging in and only reached around 50%, so kudos there.
The detaching system works great, but some software (specifically software that uses the discrete GPU) will want to be closed and reopened so it can deal with the changing conditions of use. This is something that is probably just the way things are, but because I run software like that all the time, and frequently want to leave it running so I don't have to keep on reopening things, that might get a little annoying down the road (though the load times are nearly instantaneous, so this isn't as bad as if the computer was using a hard disc). The connection seems to work great, but the actual hardware connecting the two parts is amazingly small so despite the apparent solidity of it all, I still feel like touching the screen lightly while in laptop mode.
Build quality is peerless. As a Windows-lover, I have always found it sad that there were no beautiful Windows machines - dell makes too many moves to try to make their computers look like muscle cars, Lenovo makes the most hideous laptops ever designed (though this is improving now), HP computers are incredibly boring (until the Spectre, which was the first truly gorgeous Windows laptop), and all of the gaming computers are designed to fulfill the imaginations of angsty teenagers. Too judgemental? Well, Apple computers may often look a little plastic, but their laptops have been without compare, until recently when they decided to double down on tradition (read: stagnation) with the silly touch bar. The surface line, however, breaks the laptop-tablet divide and gives you the option of getting a tablet that works fine as a laptop (Surface) or a laptop that can be made to operate as a rather heavyweight but extremely powerful tablet (Surface Book). Is it perfect? No, because the software hasn't caught up to the fact that Windows has created this thing out of nowhere, and because they think that thinness is the definition of beauty (I would accept a laptop twice as heavy and thick if it meant reducing costs, increasing robustness, allowing for more powerful graphics and processing, increased battery life, etc.).
In conclusion, this is an awesome laptop, with some unnecessary effort made to make if feel too delicate (though it is actually quite robust) and some amazing drawing hardware that is ahead of its software (Come on Adobe, you need to fix up touch mode on Illustrator, and develop a better painting interface in Photoshop. I mean, would it kill you to include the layers palette in touch mode? There is so much space!). The pixel density issue varies by software. Some software doesn't adapt (Adobe, Rhinoceros 3D) with the result that the buttons get absolutely tiny. But the operating system is pretty good with many other softwares, especially with the group that has been designed specifically for the Surface line.
My last word is on cost. This is an expensive, beautiful piece of hardware. My version - 512gb SSD, 16gb Ram, Nvidia gpu - is somewhat north of two grand, which is pretty extreme for a laptop, especially when you factor in the cost of the software to be added on top of that (thank goodness for student discounts). As I said before, I think that laptop manufacturers are too concerned about weight, and that I wouldn't mind if they eased up on making costs escalate and reducing performance by pushing ever thinner. That said, I can see where every penny went here, and if you need a high-octane, efficient laptop good for extended periods away from power sockets, with a fantastic touchscreen (and pen), then congrats! You've found it!
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful.
Okay Tablet, Fantastic Laptop
By Isaac Honigford
Microsoft Surface Book (256 GB, 8 GB RAM, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)
To start off here is a little bit about my interest and why I decided to pull the trigger on buying a Surface Book. I travel a lot, I have been a long time PC gamer, programming hobbyist, and artist wannabe. Just a side note but I tend to stay away from major AAA game titles so I didn't really need a major graphics processor in a laptop.
- Works fantastic in laptop mode (has a maximum tilt angle which keeps it from falling over)
- Battery life is fantastic (You can browse the web and watch videos for quite a few hours on high brightness, and even a decent time during high performance use. I can't really give specific times because I hop from web browsing, to videos, to games, to applications too much)
- Keyboard has great tactile feedback (I use a mechanical keyboard for my desktop, and I don't grumble when I switch to my Surface Book)
- Back-lit keyboard (for all you cave dwellers)
- Switch between Tablet/Canvas/Laptop is super easy and works well)
- Very fast boot up/shut down times and windows 10 works well on it
- Heat dissipation is rather amazing
- Touchpad (feels high quality and works very well)
- Screen Resolution (1920x1080 is hard to go back to)
- Canvas mode with the tablet tilted makes browsing the web and reading documents much easier/enjoyable
- Has more gaming capability than I expected (runs Dark Souls 2 flawlessly, Runs Black Desert Online around 30-40 FPS 3000x2000 res at low graphics)
- Can choose to run certain applications with the dedicated graphics card or use the integrated one (to save battery and this is assuming you picked one with the dedicated GPU)
- Surface Pen is just mind blowing and awesome
- Has Windows 10, so virtual desktops are amazing for multitasking
- Random battery drain when it should be sleeping (Not putting this in the bad because it is possible software I have installed is preventing it from hibernating, but sometimes I'll let it hibernate while its around 50% battery, go to work, come back and it is at like 10% and other times I come back and its at nearly what I left it at)
- Fn must be enabled to use the F1-F12 keys, but lets be honest who really uses those?
- I personally don't like the location of the Headset jack, but its not exactly a negative thing
- No disc drive (Not sure if I should put this under "the good" or "the bad"....)
- Up and down arrow keys (I use the arrow keys a lot for coding and after 2 Months I still haven't gotten used to them)
- Charging brick can overheat and stop charging your laptop during prolonged heavy usage (only happened once, and I had the power supply slightly covered)
- Touchpad (Yes I know this is in my "good" as well, but the touchpad seems touchy with "left clicks" sometimes. My wife is a major Mac lover and user, who I'm not sure how, but always seems to "right click" when she means to "left click" on my Surface Book)
- Problems with virtual keyboard during Tablet and Canvas use, where sometimes the virtual keyboard won't pop up when you want to type into a text field. (The current work around is Settings >> Devices >> Typing >> "Show the touch keyboard or handwriting panel when not in tablet mode and there's no keyboard attached")
- No HDMI/Mini HMDI port (has mini Display port though so you can buy an adapter)
Using this Surface Book has made life away from my desktop much more enjoyable. So if you are looking for Windows 10, portability, high quality, and power then I highly suggest taking a good hard look at buying a Surface Book.