Updated 26 Jul 2018

Microsoft

Surface Book 2

Snapshot: The Microsoft Surface Book 2 laptop has a 14-inch screen. It has an Intel Core i5-7300U processor and 8GB RAM. How good is its display?

Surface Book 2
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$2439

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Test results

Overall score
81
Design and use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Battery life
?/10
Display
?/10

Good points

  • Good design and use.
  • Very good battery life.
  • Very good performance.
  • Excellent colours on the screen.
  • Some reflectance.
  • Excellent brightness and contrast.
  • Very good video playback.
  • OK audio.
  • Excellent viewing angles.
  • Detachable screen.
  • Has 2 USB 3.0 ports and a USB-C port.
  • Front and rear cameras.
  • Has a light sensor to automatically adjust screen brightness.
  • Base has its own battery.
  • Excellent read speeds.
  • Very good keyboard.
  • Very good touchpad.
  • Large trackpad.

But

  • Very slow to charge.
  • Stylus not supplied.
  • Too much preinstalled software.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Design and use (35%) includes status lights/indicators, connections, laptop design, general use as a laptop, overall style and mobility as well as evaluating its security, manual and recovery options (if provided). For hybrids we also test laptop-to-tablet conversion and general use as a tablet. We also assess the audio quality of the speaker.

Performance (25%) is assessed using 3 benchmark software tools to evaluate the laptop’s performance during a range of tasks as well as its storage capabilities.

Battery life (20%) looks at the battery consumption for both heavy and light usage. Heavy usage is defined as playing an HD-quality video on loop, with power management features set for maximum performance, screen brightness at 100% and connected to a network with WiFi. Light usage is daily tasks, such as browsing the internet and checking email.

Display (20%) includes colour accuracy, brightness, depth and contrast, vertical and horizontal angle of view and glare and surface reflections.

Price is from a July 2018 survey.

Key data

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
82
Brand satisfaction (%)
78
Brand value for money (%)
45

Model

Avg price
$2439
Type
Hybrid
Full model number
Surface Book 2 (HMW-00009)
Body type
Detachable

Specifications

Screen size (in)
14
HDD (GB)
n/a
SSD (GB)
256
Available user space (GB)
205
RAM (GB)
8
Processor type
Intel Core i5-7300U
Cores
2
Processor model
Intel Core i5-7300U, 2.6GHz
Video type
Intel HD Graphics 620
Video RAM (GB)
Shared
Native resolution
3000 x 2000
Weight with / without keyboard (kg)
1.5/0.7
Weight of power supply (kg)
0.2
Size HxDxW (mm)
23 x 232 x 312
Trackpad size (mm)
105 x 70
Average heavy use battery life (hr:min)
7:35
Average light use battery life (hr:min)
18:51

Features

Operating System supplied
Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit
Stylus included
No
Optical (DVD or CD) drive
No
USB 2.0 ports
0
USB 3.0 ports
2
USB-C ports
1
Thunderbolt port
0
Ethernet port
No
Headphone / microphone port
No
Microphone port
No
Headset port
Yes
HDMI
No
Mini DisplayPort
No
WiFi (GHz)
2.4 / 5
WiFi 802.11
a/b/g/n/ac
NFC
No
Memory card reader
Yes
Front camera
Yes
Rear camera
Yes
Backlit keyboard
Yes - 3 levels

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