Since Microsoft released the Surface Book 2 nobody has been able to take its place permanently. Today we are gonna check out Surface Book 2 HNL-00003, a version configured quiet moderately keeping the price in check.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.9 GHz
- GPU – 2 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
- Memory – 16 GB DDR3
- Screen – 13.5-inch Quad HD+ IPS (3,000 x 2,000) with 10-point touchscreen
- Storage – 512 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – While the Surface Book 2 can be found in a variety of different combination of RAM and storages, this specific one is configured reasonably. An Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigs of RAM and 512 GBof SSD- it packs enough power for taking on even the harshest jobs with ease. The NVMe SSD is literally lightning fast making it boot and load in seconds.
- GPU – Despite being a convertible it houses an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. It’s a starting grade graphics unit aiming the amateur gamers and light graphical users. Despite its limited power, it can run almost any of the current titles in the Medium or High settings in 1080p display resolution.
- Battery – You’re never going to fall short of battery backup with this, that’s for sure. It is powered by a big 75 Wh 2-piece (base + display) battery located separately in the display and the keyboard base. From a full charge, it can stay up for nearly 13 hours under moderate workload such as web browsing. That’s brilliant in short.
- Display – It comes with an excellent 13.5-inch QHD+ panel. The average brightness is simply excellent at nearly 420 nits. The colour coverage and the contrast are also pretty good making the visuals even livelier. But the most exciting feature undoubtedly is the Windows Ink support which allows you to scribble and take note right on the display using the stylus.
- Price – It’s priced much higher at £2500 than any other general purpose notebook. I would say this specific configuration provides the highest price vs. performance ratio and is best for those who would love to save a dime or two.
- No Thunderbolt 3 – That’s really a big mystery as to why there are no Thunderbolt ports in such an expensive machine. Instead, you get a couple of Surface Connect ports. But you can stay assured that it’s never gonna be as powerful and versatile as a TB 3 port.
- No stylus – There’s another bad news waiting for you. This notebook doesn’t ship with a stylus. So if you want to take advantage of the Windows Ink badly then you have to buy this $100 tool separately.
Okay, let’s sum the situation up. It has got the power, it has got the looks and it has definitely got the stamina to go on for hours. The biggest drawback that I could find in this machine was the absence of the Thunderbolt port. But even then Microsoft Surface Book 2 HNL-00003 would be a solid buy and I would encourage you to go for it if you really want it (provided that you can afford this lady). Recommended.