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: #678 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
84 of 86 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
122 of 130 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.
49 of 53 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.