Surface Book 2 Discussion Thread (13.5" and 15" models)

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  1. surfaceproartist

    surfaceproartist Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Offensive pricing strategy.


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  2. MobileTechReview

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    But did you check out that FreeDOS 2.0 option that drops the price by $193? o_O:D

     
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  3. okieiam

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    haha :D Not far from what people expected
     
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    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    It's embarrassing.
     
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  5. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Maybe that's the model they sell to the U.S. government...

    President Whitmore: I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something (Area 51) like this?
    Julius Levinson: You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?
     
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  6. thatcomicsguy

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    I've not really been following this device's story.

    Is there really $5000 worth of parts in that thing? Is it truly miles better than the bog standard?

    Or is HP just nuts? (Planning for a plunge of the dollar value like all the paranoid savvy have been saying is inevitable for the last.., well since the 90's)?

    I guess we have been living in an artificially suppressed value bubble wrt computers, and really ALL consumer goods, for a long time. I wouldn't mind so much a shift back to real values, but ONLY so long as manufacturers start making things which are built to last. (Not likely.) -And it would sure be nice to see things made again in the West.

    Guess it's a good thing I've taught myself how to maintain the heck out of technology. Get your electronics tools and stock up on solder now while the Chinese are still accepting Amex.
     
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    Full details review for the 15” version from AnandTech.


    The Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-Inch) Review: Second Time's The Charm

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/12167/the-microsoft-surface-book-2-15-inch-review

    Some basic observations.

    1.CPU Conclusion

    As we saw with the ASUS ZenBook 3, the move to quad-core in the U series of Core chips has been very welcome. The performance increase is impressive over the older dual-core models, and although the eight threads run into the thermal limit quicker than the do on the higher-wattage HQ series chips, such as seen in the Dell XPS 15, the Core i7-8650U is still a very strong performer.


    2.The GTX 1060 is a massive improvement over the original GT 940MX based Surface Book, and moves it out of being somewhat better than integrated, into a laptop with some serious gaming potential. The performance difference on the most GPU demanding test, Fire Strike, over the GTX 1050 is also a huge leap

    GPU Conclusion

    The jump from the original GT 940MX found in the Surface Book, to the GTX 1060 in the Surface Book 2, is a massive increase in performance. The Surface Book 2 isn’t what most people would consider a gaming laptop, but the 15-inch model offers plenty of compute if you ever do want to game. For office productivity, apps that take advantage of CUDA, such as Adobe’s suite, should see some much-improved performance over almost any other productivity laptop. Really, to match the GPU performance in this laptop, you’d have to jump into the gaming notebook arena with something like a Razer Blade 14.


    3.Display Conclusion

    Microsoft continues to be the only major PC maker to color calibrate all of their devices, and the Surface Book 2 sets new levels for accuracy in a notebook. The display also has amazing contrast. It’s not difficult to add these together and say that the Surface Book 2 has the best display on any laptop


    4.Speakers

    Much like the new Surface Pro, the speakers on the new Surface Book 2 have improved in sound quality, offering stronger mid-range and bass levels than before. They sound remarkably good, for a notebook. The speakers are located in the display and are front firing, which likely helps with the sound as well. They don’t get overly loud, at around 74-75 dB(A) on our test track, but with the better sound quality that’s a good trade-off.

    5.Final Words

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/12167/the-microsoft-surface-book-2-15-inch-review/8



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  9. Mr. Boosh

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    These machines are so damn expensive. I'm thinking of upgrading my beloved Z Canvas to a Surface Book with Performance Base, can't justify the cost of the SB2 with specs that I'd want.
     
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