The appeal of a Surface Book never seems to fade away. It literally shocked the convertible hybrid market since it was released back in late 2017. It promises to deliver all the goodies that you might ever ask for. This time around we will take a look at Microsoft Surface Book 2 HN4-00003, one of the rather heavily specced version.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.9 GHz
- GPU – 2 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
- Memory – 8 GB DDR3
- Screen – 13.5-inch Quad HD+ IPS (3,000 x 2,000) with 10-point touchscreen
- Storage – 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – As told earlier it’s decently configured. It includes a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor which is pretty powerful for your day-to-day tasks. It’s accompanied by 8 gigs of RAM which seems a bit low for professional jobs and 256 GB of NVMe SSD. In short, other than the memory (which I honestly don’t think would be a big deal) it packs enough power for even the most gruesome tasks.
- GPU – It includes an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU which is really a rare sight as there are not many convertibles out there with a dedicated graphics unit. This GPU would be enough for occasional gaming in 1080p resolution. Most of the titles would run smoothly in Low or Medium preset. It would also come handy for the professionals.
- Display – It is equipped with a 13.5-inch QHD+ display which supports Windows Ink. The first thing you’d notice about this display is that it’s blindingly bright. As a result, it won’t be a headache while doing work outdoors. The colours are pretty vibrant as well due to the high colour coverage of the panel.
- Battery – It comes with a 6-cell battery which is divided into the base and the display. It literally gives a day’s worth of backup while the display is attached to the base. If you aren’t gaming it would last more than 10 hours easily no matter how much you decide to strain it. And it might even go over 13 hours if used for slightly less demanding jobs.
- Price – It’s a great notebook; there can’t be any argument about that. And great things don’t come cheap. It touts a price tag of £1750 which other than the hardcore professionals many would certainly find overpriced.
- No Thunderbolt 3 – One of the biggest shortcomings of the Surface Book 2 is the absence of a Thunderbolt port. Despite being such a costly product it only includes a USB-C port which is not TB3 supported.
To be honest it’s not for everyone. It would surely be a waste to use such a powerful and capable machine for mere everyday chores. It would be best suited for a professional like a graphic designer or a content creator. Recommended.