Latest release in the range Microsoft, we’ve been running tests onSurface Book 2…Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.So we ran tests on Microsoft Surface Book 2 to find out what it was worth.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Surface Book 2 to surf the Internet?
Just because your use of a laptop is limited to e-mail and web browsing sessions, doesn’t mean you should buy any model.This laptop will ensure that the tasks you perform will be reliable and trouble-free for years to come.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
By putting on the market the Surface Book 2, Microsoft offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 13.5 inches size. This laptop is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Surface Book 2 on your lap. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by Microsoft with a lot of care.
The processor chosen for this model is a Intel Core i5-7300U. Microsoft basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Surface Book 2is a good product. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 128 Gb, Microsoft considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 12 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. Microsoft is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
Is Surface Book 2 okay to watch videos ?
Microsoft has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Surface Book 2; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 13.5 inches, with a 3000×2000. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.6 kilogram.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Surface Book 2. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Surface Book 2. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
The processor installed on this model is a Intel Core i5-7300U sufficient one for audio and video. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. Indeed, it Surface Book 2 has only 2 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.With 12 hours of autonomy, it is one of the best models in its range. Your viewing will not be abruptly stopped in the middle of your movie, Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.
The Surface Book 2- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. So we put this test to the Surface Book 2. Is he home-work oriented? Or will you be able to take it on a trip? These are the questions we will answer. Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
It Surface Book 2 weights 1.6 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. A 13.5 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Note that the screen of this Surface Book 2 being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
The processor Intel Core i5-7300Uinstalled on this model makes it possible to save batteries.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
With this laptop and its autonomy of 12 hours, you have in fact one of the best models of the moment.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 128 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 13.5 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
It Surface Book 2 provides only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Taking all this into account, we can say that it will be useful for you on holiday.
The Surface Book 2 for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. Clearly, this Surface Book 2corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Since the last generation designed by Microsoft, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 Pro system.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Intel Core i5-7300U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. With its 8 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. If you decide to install pro applications, you may need to add more memory or you may experience performance degradation.
The designers of Microsoft have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 128 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Here, it’s 12 hours of autonomy available. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
For the connector part, the Surface Book 2has the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
With the Surface Book 2, you’re moving towards a very good product. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And at a price that is well ranked.
Surface Book 2 for video games?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Microsoft in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 3000×2000, that is to say one of the best on the market.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Our tests have shown that for Microsoft this computer is not intended for playing video games. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 128 Gb.
For Wi-Fi technology, Microsoft decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.6 Kg and 13.5 inches), comparable to most similar products.
An excellent autonomy of 12 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Surface Book 2 the right choice for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, Surface Book 2 it’s still a good product. Here are the main reasons.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10 Pro, last generation.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. In short, an average laptop with 1.6 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Surface Book 2. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
The storage of this model, 128 Gb, is one of the smallest. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it Surface Book 2 is less interesting than its competitors. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
What about the Surface Book 2 ?
There is no such thing as a perfect laptop for every purpose, unless you put a price tag on it, and keep in mind that it will be too powerful for most of your needs. With the Surface Book 2 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– travel use
– making audio and video editing