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Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB review: specs and price

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB

Why is Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB better than the average?

  • RAM
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    16GBvs9.57GB
  • Resolution
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    3240 x 2160pxvs1.98MP
  • Weight
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    1.53kgvs1.98kg
  • Pixel density
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    260ppivs149.2ppi
  • Battery life
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    17hvs8.15h
  • RAM speed
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    2400MHzvs1734.57MHz
  • Internal storage
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    1000GBvs530.31GB
  • Screen size
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    15"vs14.62"

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Design

1.Has a backlit keyboard
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
The keyboard is backlit, making it easier to type in the dark or dim lighting.
2.weight

1.53kg

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
4.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
5.Has a flip and fold design
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
A flip and fold design allows you to fold the screen over the keyboard and transform the device into a tablet, without splitting the device into two pieces.
6.width

343mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.
7.volume

1980.14cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
9.Has a detachable keyboard
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
You can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.

Display

1.resolution

3240 x 2160px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
3.has a touch screen
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
5.has an LED-backlit display
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
Uses LED backlighting, resulting in better image quality, more vibrant colors and richer blacks.
6.has an IPS screen
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
Using multiple displays you can create a larger workspace, making it easier to work across multiple apps.
Contrast ratio is the visual distance between the lightest and the darkest colors that may be reproduced on the display. A high contrast ratio is desired, resulting in richer dark colors and more distinctive color gradation.

Performance

1.RAM

16GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
3.Uses flash storage
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
Flash-based storage devices such as SSDs have no mechanical components. Due to this, they are typically faster, run silently, and are more shock resistant than traditional HDDs.
The internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.
7.Supports 64-bit
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB (Intel Core i7-8650U)
A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit apps.
More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.
When the CPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.

Connectivity

1.Has USB Type-C
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
2.supports Wi-Fi
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
3.has an external memory slot
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.
5.supports Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
6.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.

Battery

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
2.Has a MagSafe power adapter
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
The MagSafe power adapter uses a power connector that is attached magnetically. When pulled or tugged, the connector will come out of the socket safely.

Features

1.has stereo speakers
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a front camera
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
A front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
3.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
4.Stylus included
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
A stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
5.Has a fingerprint scanner
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
The device has a fingerprint scanner which identifies the user.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
8.Has an optical disc drive
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
An optical disc drive (ODD) allows you to read data from discs such as DVDs and Blu-Rays.
9.has voice commands
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB (Windows 10 Pro)
You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

Miscellaneous

1.has a battery level indicator
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
2.has a rechargeable battery
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
The clock multiplier controls the speed of the CPU.
A larger L1 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
The bus is responsible for transferring data between different components of a computer or device.
More data can be stored in the L3 cache for access by each core of the CPU.
A larger L3 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
More data can be stored in the L2 cache for access by each core of the CPU.
A larger L2 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.

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