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Microsoft updates Macbook Pro competitor, here's the new Surface Book 2

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 17 Oct 2017 18:10 User comments (5)

Microsoft updates Macbook Pro competitor, here's the new Surface Book 2 Microsoft has announced today a new Surface Book 2, the second generation of the hybrid laptop. It is aimed solely at competing against the MacBook Pro, which Microsoft promises it will blow out of the water.
According to Microsoft's Panos Panay, the new Surface Book 2 offers double the performance compared to Apple's offering. What this exactly means is questionable but it definitely offers impressive specs.

The device comes now in two form factors, 13.5" and 15", which offer either Core i5 (for 13.5") or Core i7 (both) processors, GeForce GTX 1050 or 1060 graphics chips, massive 70 (13.5") or 80 Wh (15") batteries, improved hinge mechanism that allows multiple use cases, and detachable display for tablet use.

With big battery (and touchscreen) comes big burden: 13.5 inch Surface Book 2 weighs in at 3.38 lbs while the bigger one is fairly hefty at 4.2 lbs. Fortunately Microsoft promises up to 5 hours battery life in tablet mode and a whopping 17 hours with the keyboard base.

Storage options include 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1TB SSDs, the display is either a 10-point PixelSense touchscreen with 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI) on the 13.5" or 3240 x 2160 (260 PPI) on the 15" model.

Surface Book comes with a more impressive array of connectivity compared to MacBook Pro. While it only has one USB-C, capable of charging and data transfer, many will appreciate two USB-A ports as well as the integrated memory card reader.

All this does not come cheap, at least compared to other Windows 10 brethren. However, at $1499 (13.5") and $2499 (15") starting prices it is definitely in the range of MacBook Pro. If you want the top of the line model, you'll have to shell out way more than that though.

Preorders start on November 9 with shippings beginning a week later on November 16.


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5 user comments

118.10.2017 11:11

Total rip!!!!!!!!!!!

Difference between any MS product and Apple is that Apple's hardware is vastly superior..........PERIOD!

A THOUSAND BUCKS increase for a measly inch and a half screen size increase??? I don't THINK so!

To add insult to injury, it's a fu*king Windows 10 machine. That in and of itself should knock this pricetag down to 1100 bucks. I mean, Windows 10 is a virus essentially, taking over your computer in just about every facet, breaking shit, causing other stuff to become incompatible and removing random settings and printers. Ugh!


If MS thinks the world will buy into this simply because they claim "Macbook Pro competitor", then I believe they should think again.


My career is getting discouraging knowing I have to support a Win10 environment for an indefinite period of time. It f*cks my end-user's PCs up all the time. This is just more MS crap. Sad, I used to love MS back in the glory of Win 7 days.

218.10.2017 21:48

Apple's hardware is superior *exactly until* you need to change/upgrade it. Sorry but you're all wet, as usual.

320.10.2017 17:47

Not a fan of windows 10 but thrilled companies are finally making hardware for windows worth getting excited about.

427.10.2017 2:49

Originally posted by hearme0:
Total rip!!!!!!!!!!!

Difference between any MS product and Apple is that Apple's hardware is vastly superior..........PERIOD!

A THOUSAND BUCKS increase for a measly inch and a half screen size increase??? I don't THINK so!

To add insult to injury, it's a fu*king Windows 10 machine. That in and of itself should knock this pricetag down to 1100 bucks. I mean, Windows 10 is a virus essentially, taking over your computer in just about every facet, breaking shit, causing other stuff to become incompatible and removing random settings and printers. Ugh!


If MS thinks the world will buy into this simply because they claim "Macbook Pro competitor", then I believe they should think again.


My career is getting discouraging knowing I have to support a Win10 environment for an indefinite period of time. It f*cks my end-user's PCs up all the time. This is just more MS crap. Sad, I used to love MS back in the glory of Win 7 days.
I don't agree, windows 10 is fantastic and never slows don't on my machines. However i still have windows 7 on my main machine but i'm just too lazy to make the switch. my problem with this machine is that the specs are amazing but like usual it will throttle like crazy when you really need the juice.

fire burning.

528.10.2017 14:09

The day I pay $2500 or more for a computer will be the same day the world comes to an end. I'm quite happy with my quad core desktop and my little Lenovo laptop that I use remotely to run the desktop when I'm away. And I got both of them for a fraction of the cost of this Surface thingamabob.

It's bad enough that M$ has their greedy fingers in almost every facet of life, but I will not give up a month's worth (more, actually) of my retirement income for this "new and improved" money sucking black hole of technology.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Oct 2017 @ 14:10

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