What Do You Want in the Surface Book 2

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  1. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Now that the Surface Book has been out for a few days it's time to start dreaming about the next device. What would you like MS to change for the next model? I'll start:

    - a pound lighter overall
    - AND more battery life for the tablet portion (I know..)
    - a hinge that doesn't leave a gap when the device is closed
    - an almost invisible kickstand on the tablet portion
    - compatibility with a keyboard cover like that of the SP4
    - a configurable second barrel button on the pen (preset to also be an eraser)
    - a hinge that can open by a full 360 degrees for yoga-like usage without undocking
    - USB-C ports, including one for charging

    Basically I'd want the system to act as an SP4 when separated, and as ThinkPad Yoga while connected, and still be lightweight. Is that too much to ask? (likely answer: yes)

    Collected requests from this thread and elsewhere:
    - ports on the screen (USB and display)
    - SD card slot in the screen (so still available when undocked)
    - lower price (personal wish: i5/8GB/512GB, no discrete GPU for about $1500)
    - bigger screen (15")
    - improved pen performance
    - ethernet port (on base or screen?)
    - HDMI 2.0 ports on the dock (on the base?)
    - black keys for better visibility of white/gray characters
    - improved keyboard layout with dedicated home/end, page up/down keys
    - black casing
     
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  2. Mesosphere

    Mesosphere Geek. Senior Member

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    HDMI 2.0 ports on the dock... although probably by the time I'm ready to replace my still too new desktops with a future SB there will be active DP to HDMI 2.0 converters...
     
  3. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Speaking of ports: I want it to charge via USB-C, but if I hook up my future Surface Phone to a second USB-C port on the SB2 I want it to start charging my phone AND I want my phone's continuum mode to show up as a virtual desktop, AND I want my phone to appear as a USB drive on my active desktop.

    Users would just hook up their phone for charging and see it as a USB drive and never have to worry about this continuum thing, but when a text comes in there could be a notification on the SB offering to switch to the 'phone desktop' for a quick text reply. Plus the phone graphics would be readily available to play those ported Android apps on the SB screen.
     
  4. Mesosphere

    Mesosphere Geek. Senior Member

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    I think I like the gap. The reason for it that they've been talking about is to increase stability in laptop mode, but as @Marty and @jhoff80 pointed out. It is also useful for a better writing angle and keeping the GPU cool in "Rip and Flip" mode.

    Also, I think we can stop at the first thing on your list and your already at "too much to ask" =P
     
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  5. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    If they were somehow magically able to do the entire yoga fold-over trick, they could leave the gap in that 'inside out' flipped over version. Although that kind of mode leaves the keyboard exposed, which many people don't like. OK, fine, keep the gap, now let's get back to work making it fifty percent lighter with double the battery life. Come to think of it, these devices need a way to use my ATP for power. So many benefits! :)
     
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    Mesosphere Geek. Senior Member

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    lol
     
  7. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...Come to think of it, these devices need a way to use my ATP for power...>>

    ...But to do that, wouldn't it need to consume your flesh...???
     
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    Mesosphere Geek. Senior Member

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    Well there are tradeoffs with everything I guess...
     
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    alextrela182 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Yes exactly what I want and is missing now.:p


    Sent from my iPad Air 2
     
  10. jhoff80

    jhoff80 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Personally as someone who only uses the pen for writing, I love the idea of the button running up the entire body and sort of blending in to the design like it does in the new SP4 / Book version.
     
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