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

Discussion in 'Microsoft' started by JoeS, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. chongsen

    chongsen Pen Pal - Newbie

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    1060 is 120W, 1060 Max-Q is 60W. surface book 2 is 95W. I think it is 1060 Max-Q.
    1060 Max-Q and 1060 are pretty close though.
     
  2. cbutters

    cbutters Scribbler - Standard Member

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    If the 13.5" version had the 1060 in it.... I might have been coaxed back over to SB from the SP, but I simply can't even imagine stepping into that 15" version. When I had the SB, holding the 13.5" clipboard, made me feel just 1 notch shy of techno-narcissist. Holding a 15" tablet would make me feel like a real asshole.

    My own insecurities aside, I seriously see the appeal. A quad core do everything and anything device in 4.2lbs is amazing. If I wasn't a dual user of a powerful desktop workstation at home, with my surface device being the travel, mobile and note-taking companion. I think the 15" surface book would be my only device, its that powerful.
     
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  3. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Thank you Peter Bright (Dr. Pizza) for agreeing with me:

    "The one solitary difference is that next to the Surface Connect there's also a USB Type-C port....

    But the port doesn't support one very desirable capability: Thunderbolt 3.

    Microsoft is positioning the Surface Books at high-end users. Their specs are better than the Surface Laptop, the systems are more flexible than the Surface Laptop, and the prices are accordingly higher. Among other groups, the company is aiming this at serious media professionals—people who'll use that potent GPU in Photoshop or CAD apps or for 4K video production—as well as mobile gamers, playing both regular games and VR titles. I love the Surface Book concept, because it affords tremendous flexibility and versatility. The upgraded internals turn it into a seriously capable computer, too. But for both of these target audiences, the lack of Thunderbolt 3 leaves me perplexed.

    For the content producers, the ability to hook up to, for example, a Thunderbolt 3 disk array for handling large volumes of video and graphical assets feels like an important capability to have, if this is truly the target audience. For the gamers, while the 1050 and 1060 are solid offerings today, a year or two down the line, the ability to use an external GPU is a way of giving the system greater longevity and continued relevance even as games become more demanding and 4K gaming becomes more mainstream. These target markets are surely some of the earliest adopters of Thunderbolt 3; for Microsoft to exclude the capability is very disappointing."
     
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  4. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    It took me a while to translate that. First search result was "Bring New Orleans back". :) But apparently it's Brand New Open Box. Sounds like a good deal!
     
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  5. Azzart

    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    Ok I'm officially announcing my I want a 15" Surface Book 2 time. :rolleyes:

    And it'll be a very long time before I can get one. Ouch!
     
  6. Marty

    Marty Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Aren't you still within the return period of the GB12? :p

    (C'mon you know you want to... ;))
     
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  7. Azzart

    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    Lol.
    Nope. it will take months for the 15" to arrive in Europe assuming it will ever arrive. Certainly it will never come to Italy where Microsoft doesn't sell any Surface Book at all, which means I'll have to look for a German one when and IF the time comes.
    Simply put though, I'm currently not working (been on a full break for some months) so it will take some time before I can justify such a huge expense on a computer.
    For that time I hope Microsoft will be able to squish all the bugs the book will have at launch and gives us a pen that works properly. -.-
     
  8. xor01

    xor01 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Ah yes.. only 10-12% slower... still acceptable.
     
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  9. chongsen

    chongsen Pen Pal - Newbie

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    bloodycape confused Senior Member

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    Headphone port, win!
     
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