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Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 overpowers Apple’s MacBook Pro

by Brandon Russell | October 17, 2017October 17, 2017 10:00 am PST

Two years after the original Surface Book was introduced, Microsoft has finally updated the ambitious hybrid laptop. Aptly named Surface Book 2, Microsoft says the update is “the laptop of the future for the creators making the future.”

“A laptop powerful enough to fuel the next wave of computing across mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and immersive gaming,” said Microsoft’s Panos Panay. “A laptop that empowers the designers, developers, artists, and scientists to imagine and build without limits and without compromises.”

The Surface Book 2 comes in two sizes: 13-inch and 15-inch, the latter of which weighs 4.2lbs when docked. Microsoft’s smaller version packs an Nvidia 1050, while the 15-inch model sports an Nvidia 1060, more than enough to chug through photo and video editing, and maybe even some high-end games. (Cuphead would look spectacular running on these machines.)

Along with the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors, Microsoft claims the Surface Book 2 is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro, and up to five times as powerful as the original Surface Book. Battery life, meanwhile, is claimed to be around 17 hours of video playback.

To complement the updated specs, Microsoft says the Surface Book 2 features a redesigned hinge, which is smoother and faster to detach. It’s still mostly like you remember it, with a noticeable gap when the laptop is closed shut. I suppose that’s just something fans will have to accept.

Other notes:

  • 2 USB-A, USB-C, SD card slot, headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 15-inch model can be configured with Intel’s 8th generation quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB SSD
  • Ready for Windows Mixed Reality Ultra
  • Windows Hello
  • Support for Dolby Atmos for headphones

Microsoft says both models of the Surface Book 2 will go up for preorder on November 9, with shipments expected to arrive on November 16. The 13-inch model starts at $1,499 and the 15-inch model retails for $2,499.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...