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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Surface Book 2 compatible with internet use?
Just because your use of a laptop is limited to e-mail and web browsing sessions, doesn’t mean you should buy any model.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.The key is to achieve balance with a cheap but solid laptop.Here you have an almost perfect product.By putting on the market the Surface Book 2, Microsoft offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
With a 13.5 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it Surface Book 2 is provided by default with a touch screen. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. The engineers fromMicrosoft have designed an interesting model with solid internal and external components.
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. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 128 Gb. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
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. That’s a good thing in case you want to take it on vacation. Incidentally, you will have all the more pleasure to use it for a long time because of its very pleasant screen.
Is Surface Book 2 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
With this laptop, Microsoft offers a product oriented toward general use. This Surface Book 2 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. 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.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Surface Book 2. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
On the sound side, it Surface Book 2 has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
The Surface Book 2 has a processor Intel Core i5-7300U, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
With Intel HD Graphics, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. 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. The Surface Book 2 only 2 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.With 12 hours of autonomy, it is one of the best models in its range. What a pleasure it is not to have to check the battery level on a regular basis!
Is Surface Book 2 planned for travelling ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. So we put this test to the Surface Book 2. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
It Surface Book 2 is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.6 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. With a 13.5 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
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. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
No backlit keyboard on this Surface Book 2. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. The rendering on screen is good. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
A processor Intel Core i5-7300Uthat allows this computer to be equivalent to other laptops in terms of power and power consumption.
However, please note that the autonomy indicated by Microsoft must be reduced. 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. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, Microsoft was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Its 13.5 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
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. With this Surface Book 2, you can be sure you have the right machine. With these components, Microsoft puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. 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.
Generally speaking, for occasional use, the choice of processor Intel Core i5-7300U makes it possible. Having 8 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Microsoft made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Surface Book 2 has only got one, with total 128 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
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. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. 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.
It Surface Book 2 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And for the right price/quality ratio.
Surface Book 2 the right choice to play online?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this Surface Book 2 is one of the models in the average. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 3000×2000, nothing better at the moment
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since Microsoft has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 128 Gb it Surface Book 2is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For online gaming, it Surface Book 2 has high quality Wi-Fi. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.6 Kg and is 13.5 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
With an autonomy of 12 hours, it’s better than the competition.
It Surface Book 2 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
The Surface Book 2 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.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. Its weight of 1.6 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Surface Book 2. The disadvantage of this is that the same light may tire you out over time. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
The storage of this model, 128 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
In short, the Surface Book 2 is an average choice. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
In short, is the Surface Book 2, the right choice ?
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The Surface Book 2 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– travel use
– making audio and video editing