PCWorld helps you navigate the PC ecosystem to find the products you want and the advice you need to get the job done. Well, wonder no longer. Both the tablet and the base together contain the usual complement of ports: two USB 3.0 Type A connectors; a SDXC card reader, a 3.5-mm headphone jack, and two Surface Connect ports. There’s even a first for Microsoft—USB-C!—plus a next-generation Surface Pen and a lovely Surface Precision Mouse to round it out. The standard 3,000 x 2,000 (267 ppi) 13.5-inch PixelSense display graces the 13-inch model, while a 3,240 x 2,160 (260 ppi) 15-inch display is built into the larger model. We pushed the system almost to its limits. As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. Be sure to check back: We’ll be updating this page with more specific details as they arrive, and eventually a review. (By comparison, here is one Twitter user’s own GoW4 benchmark using the original Surface Book.). As you can see, the graphics performance is excellent—enough to run the game at Ultra and High settings. x 0.57 in. and weighs 4.2 pounds, or 1.8 pounds for the tablet alone. The fact that the tablet can be detached almost feels like an afterthought. Here are the options, according to Microsoft: As you can see, only one of the Surface Book 2 models has a 7th-generation Core chip inside it: the cheapest $1,499 13-inch Surface Book 2 model. Memory and storage: Surface Book 2 buyers can purchase models with either 8GB or 16GB of 1,866MHz LPDDR3 memory, and either 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD options. On the 15-inch Surface Book 2, the benchmark confirmed that yes, the Surface Book 2 can run GoW4 at 60 frames per second. Microsoft’s existing Surface Dial also works right on the Surface Book 2 screen. Sure, the two-year-old original Surface Book was overdue for an update, though we still recommend the Book’s combination of power and long battery life even today. More interesting is the new Surface Precision Mouse, a $99 mouse that reminds me of older mice like the Logitech M510. That GTX 1060 is what provides five times more graphics performance than the original Surface Book, Microsoft says. Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 was an unexpected surprise. Hopefully, a review for all of these. Microsoft now has both a 13-inch as well as a 15-inch Surface Book 2. The 15-inch model, though, includes something special: integrated Xbox Wireless, so that an Xbox One or Xbox One X wireless controller can be connected to the Surface Book 2 for playing games. The bases, however, aren’t, and the Surface Book 2 will turn on the fan during gameplay. to 0.9 in.). But consider the Surface Book’s performance against gaming laptops like these, many of which haven’t even made the leap to 8th-generation Core chips. Here it is: The Surface Book 2’s raw horsepower—4.3 teraflops—naturally means it can be used to play games as well as create content. PCWorld |. “How many hours do you sleep at night? The Surface Book 2 is heavier, though: either 3.38 pounds or 3.62 pounds for the two 13-inch versions, and 4.2 pounds for the 15-inch model. Naturally, the two Surface Book 2s ship with Windows 10, specifically the Creators Update. To reach this goal, the Surface development team developed a special hinge on the keyboard that would increase the footprint of the device when opened, thus maintaining the balance without increasing the weight differential between the two parts. So we ran it. As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Connectivity and cameras: Both Surface Book 2s include the expected connectivity options:  802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 LE. The Surface Book 2 reclines to the same angle as the original, officials said. Three buttons are on the side, with one on top. A “handed” mouse—and exclusively designed for righties, sadly—the Precision Mouse uses Bluetooth to connect. There’s also a bit of a surprise: a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a first for Microsoft’s computers. Though the Surface Book 2 weighs more on paper, it didn’t feel substantially heavier in the hand. Only the cheapest $1,499 Surface Book 2 model has a 7th-generation Core chip inside it, the 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5-7500U. The bottom line: The 13-inch Surface Book 2 looks and feels like the original Surface Book. So we ran it. All but one of the 13-inch and 15-inch models ship with either a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or GTX 1060, for performance that’s up to five times faster than the original Surface Book's. What’s next? That’s a one-two punch competitors like Apple and Google employ. What isn’t disappointing, though, is our first look at the Surface Book 2. We pushed the system almost to its limits. The Surface Book 2 reclines to the same angle as the original, officials said. Surface Book 2s will be way better than the original, we can’t wait to see what they can do. Microsoft didn’t provide battery-life details, though the mouse appears to use microUSB to recharge. The Surface Pro (revamped for 2017) is a more traditional tablet, lighter and thinner and emphasizing mobility above all else. The tablets are fanless. Hang on a little longer! The latter is the most interesting, as it contains an integrated benchmark mode. Upon closer inspection, though, that appeared to be a trick of the light. The similarities between the Surface Book and the Surface Book 2 extend to the display, which still hasn't reached the 4K threshold. Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. The Surface Book 2’s key travel is 1.55 mm, Microsoft says. The 15-inch Surface Book 2 feels appropriately massive, though, giving the whole thing a sense of weight to match its under-the-hood performance. The Surface Book contained both front and rear cameras, and the 5MP front-facing camera (1080p video capable) and the 8MP rear-facing camera are the same as on the original Surface Book. Small improvements crop up everywhere you look. The standard 3,000 x 2,000 (267 ppi) 13.5-inch PixelSense display graces the 13-inch model, while a 3,240 x 2,160 (260 ppi) 15-inch display is built into the larger model. The 15-inch Surface Book 2 feels appropriately massive, though, giving the whole thing a sense of weight to match its under-the-hood performance. A pair of USB Type A ports are still on the left-hand side of the Surface Book 2. I've been a Surface Book 2 user — and fan — since it was released in 2017. Read our, Learn more about PCWorld's Digital Editions, Surface Book 2 Hands-On: Faster CPUs, discrete GPUs and style to spare, Windows 10 October 2020 Update: 5 biggest changes, Windows 10 at 5 years: How it transformed the PC, PCWorld reviewed the GTX 1060 card in 2016, 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5-7500U; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD: $1,499, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD; dGPU: $1,999, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; dGPU: $2,499, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD; dGPU: $2,999, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD; dGPU: $2,499, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; dGPU: $2,899, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD; dGPU: $3,299. It was high time for an upgrade, though, and Microsoft refreshed the Surface Book’s innards, while leaving everything else mostly unchanged. (By comparison, here is one Twitter user’s own GoW4 benchmark using the original Surface Book.). Three buttons are on the side, with one on top. Remember, though, that it lacks the kickstand of its Surface Pro cousins. Surface Book 2 preorders started November 9 for shipments on November 16, with one catch: Microsoft’s 15-inch Cadillac of convertibles will ship only to U.S. customers, at least initially. Battery life: Microsoft hasn’t disclosed the size of the batteries in either the tablet or the base, but apparently they’re enough for a whopping 17 hours of battery life. Right next to the Surface Book 2’s Surface port is a new USB-C port. But we have one benchmark that can shed some light: Gears of Wars 4. Read our, Learn more about PCWorld's Digital Editions, PCWorld reviewed the GTX 1060 card in 2016, 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5-7500U; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD: $1,499, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD; dGPU: $1,999, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; dGPU: $2,499, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD; dGPU: $2,999, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD; dGPU: $2,499, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; dGPU: $2,899, 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD; dGPU: $3,299. There’s also something new: a single USB Type C port for data, and charging in and out. “For many, this is likely the most performant desktop they’ve ever seen.”. Externally, the two are much the same. The hinge (which still leaves a bit of a gap) appears a bit more articulated, and the tablet disconnects a bit faster. Though the Surface Book 2 weighs more on paper, it didn’t feel substantially heavier in the hand. “We’ve got you covered.”, From the outside, the 13-inch Surface Book 2 looks almost identical to the first Surface Book: At 12.3 x 9.14 inches, and 0.59 to 0.9 inches deep, the measurements are essentially identical. The 13-inch Surface Book 2 includes the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB), while the 15-inch model Surface Book 2s include the GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB). Where the Surface Pro tablet embodies mobility and the Surface Studio all-in-one is a digital easel for creativity, “this is a desktop,” Microsoft’s corporate vice president of devices, Panos Panay, went so far as to call the Surface Book 2. The Surface Book 2 is the successor to the original Surface Book, one of the most powerful machines in Microsoft’s Surface roster. In fact, that’s the only Surface Book 2 with an integrated GPU, too. That GTX 1060 is what provides five times more graphics performance than the original Surface Book, Microsoft says. While I didn’t have a chance to try out what Microsoft calls the Next Generation Surface Pen, Microsoft officials assure me that it’s more sensitive, with 4,096 levels of pressure. The new Surface Book 2 looks nearly identical to the original Surface Book, with a glassy touchpad that seems about the same as its predecessor. PCWorld |. October 30 release. (The  "muscle wire" that holds it in place now works more consistently across different temperature ranges, too.) The Surface Book's design was influenced by a goal to design a 2-in-1convertible tablet that could be folded like a laptop, and not require the keyboard to be heavier than the tablet portion in order to support and balance the tablet portion. The Surface Book 2, like the original Surface Book, is designed for professionals who crave a high-performance laptop-like experience, but with massive battery life as well. You can use our index to the left to jump to a specific section. We expect our review to be published sometime on or before the Surface Book 2 launch on November 16. The hinge (which still leaves a bit of a gap) appears a bit more articulated, and the tablet disconnects a bit faster. (PCWorld reviewed the GTX 1060 card in 2016.) Microsoft hasn’t said anything about its color gamut, such as whether it will be able to switch between DCI-P3 color and RGB. Note that refurbished, older Pens cost as little as $33. It ships in metallic silver with blue accents, as well as three other colors. (Discounts are available for eligible students, parents, teachers, and the military.) According to Pete Kyriacou, who heads the Surface team at Microsoft, the reason to forgo 4K was simple: battery life. 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