Microsoft Surface Book review. Should I buy at this point?


Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book is a series of machines that bring about major changes in the 2-in-1 laptop market. Since the first day of its release, Surface Book has redefined the concept of a hybrid laptop in the market. The laptop’s influence comes in part from its impressive build quality, flexible switchability, brilliant 3000 x 2000 pixel display, and powerful internals.

CPU Intel Core i5-6300U
GPU Intel HD graphics 520
RAM 8GB
Memory 256GB SSD
Screen size 13.5-inch
Resolution 3,000 x 2,000
Mass 1.58kg
Size 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51-0.90 inches

Microsoft Surface Book is a laptop with a modern design, from the hinge system to the sleek case design. Made from 2 magnesium alloy plates, Surface Book gives users a solid grip with an extremely minimalist design language.

Along the body, you will see 2 lines running straight from the top of the screen and eliminating the corners of the palm rest area, which is not the only seamless design of the laptop.

Unlike other hybrid laptops on the market, the screen and body of the laptop have similar thickness and weight. For those who do not know that the Surface Book is a hybrid, they may mistakenly think that this is a traditional laptop because the hinge system is designed to be seamless.

Microsoft Surface Book Design

From the keyboard area to the palm space, the Surface Book is made entirely of metal, except for the touchpad with a glass surface.

Placed in the center of the Surface Book is the special screen hinge system of the device. Instead of folding the screen completely like a regular laptop, the hinge system of the machine rolls up, causing the screen and keyboard of the laptop to open up a space.

While the screen of conventional laptops has the largest weight of only about 0.2 kg, the screen of the Surface Book has a measured mass of 0.7 kg, the reason is because the important components of the laptop are equipped. behind the screen, allowing the user to use the display as a standalone tablet. Therefore, the new machine is equipped with a special hinge system, which helps to strengthen the screen during use.

The keyboard of the machine has buttons with a depth of 1.6 mm, providing firm tactile feedback to the user. The touchpad of the machine is equally good quality, with the surface made entirely of glass.

One of the other special features of the Surface Book is its screen, which can be completely disassembled from the body with a simple push of a button. Although Microsoft is not the first 2-in-1 laptop manufacturer on the market to apply this conversion mechanism, it is the company with the most seamless conversion solution.

Microsoft Surface Book

The Surface Book’s screen disassembly is done seamlessly, similar to the design of the laptop. After pressing the disassemble function button located on the keyboard, the screen of the machine will notify the user that the machine is ready to be disassembled.

One of the other special features of the laptop is that the Surface Book is one of the first 2-in-1 laptops on the market with discrete graphics. Hidden below the keyboard of the machine is an Nvidia GeForce card, providing a reliable graphics performance for the laptop.

At 1.51 kg, the Surface Book is one of the heaviest 13-inch laptops on the market. With the version using the discrete graphics card, the machine is even heavier, with a measured weight of 1.58 kg. Theoretically, the machine may be a bit heavy when compared to other models in the same segment, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro also has the same weight despite owning a smaller screen, no discrete graphics card and no discrete graphics. lower battery capacity.

Due to its 3:2 screen ratio and equipped with a 13.5-inch screen, the Surface Book looks much taller than a traditional 13-inch laptop.

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As a laptop with a discrete graphics card, the Surface Book has a pretty good gaming performance. Combined with the Intel Sky Lake chip, the machine has more than enough performance to play Hearthstone well, even at 1080p resolution. Attaching the machine’s monitor to the keyboard provides improved processing performance thanks to the connection to a discrete graphics card.

Microsoft Surface Book Keyboard

The powerful performance of the laptop gives users great multitasking ability, able to perform many different tasks at the same time.

Surface Book performed well in our benchmark tests thanks to its Intel SkyLake chip and Nvidia GeForce graphics card. The machine achieved an overall performance score of 301 when scored with Cinebench, outperforming the segment and beating competitors like the Dell XPS 13.

Thanks to its discrete graphics card, Surface Book possesses outstanding levels of graphics processing performance. The proof is that the laptop scored 1,868 points when scored with 3DMark, more than double the Dell laptop’s score of 739.

With a screen resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels, Surface Book has superior image quality compared to laptops with FHD screens without the limitations of a machine with a 4K screen, namely: battery life

Microsoft Surface Book display

The laptop’s 3:2 screen ratio makes it possible to work more efficiently with documents and surf the web.

The screen of the machine possesses impressive color coverage, measured in our test is 132% of the sRGB range, superior to laptops in the same segment. Its competitors, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Dell XPS 13, have lower color coverage, measuring 112 and 121%, respectively.

The screen of the machine has a brightness index of 321 nit, allowing users to comfortably use the Microsoft laptop outdoors. This brightness index also surpasses the segment average of 301 nit, which includes major competitors such as the MacBook Air (311 nit) and Dell XPS 13 (315 nit).

The Surface Book’s battery life is both good and disappointing. Although Microsoft promises that the machine can run continuously for 12 hours, in fact the laptop can only last 7 hours 39 minutes in our battery life test. When taking apart the screen and performing the test, the machine turned off after 4 hours and 12 minutes.

While this is a pretty good battery life result for a laptop with high-performance components, the resulting battery life is still below the category average. The good news is that the laptop has the ability to charge the battery relatively quickly, being able to charge from 0 to 100% in just 2 hours.

For comparison, the older version of the Dell XPS 13 series lasted 7 hours and 40 minutes, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro got up to 9 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Microsoft Surface Book

So is this a super laptop from Microsoft? The answer is not really. Surface Book still has some points to improve, and the slightly bulky size of the laptop may make many people think twice before deciding to buy the machine. However, this is still an impressive 2-in-1 laptop, bringing a lot of utility and performance to users.

Most hybrid laptops currently on the market use a screen hinge mechanism that extends up to 360 degrees to switch working states. The reason is because the models using the screen-removable switch mechanism are often bulky and not very seamless. Microsoft is the manufacturer that changed this with the Surface Book.

All the key features of a Windows 10 tablet are encapsulated inside the screen, which can be used independently of the keyboard.

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9.3
total score

Microsoft Surface Book is a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop. It has good performance, beautiful screen, eye-catching design.

Strength

  • Eye-catching design
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Seamless conversion solution

Weakness

  • Battery life is below the segment average

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