As a preamble to this test
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We’ve put this Surface Book 2 through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
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.This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.A laptop that meets all the requirements! This is what the Surface Book 2 from Microsoft seems to be.
With a 13.5 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. It Surface Book 2 comes standard with a touch screen; one more argument if you are not a regular mouse user, or if you don’t have a space available. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Microsoft has been taken in the overall design of this model.
The manufacturer has chosen to equip this model with a processor Intel Core i5-7300U. Microsoft basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. By offering only 128 Gb, this Surface Book 2 is one of the smallest in its category. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, thanks to an autonomy of 12 hours, you will have enough time to browse the web in Internet browsing mode with active Wifi. 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 ?
Microsoft has not designed this model for strictly multimedia 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. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 13.5 inches, with a 3000×2000. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.6 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. 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.
For the sound part, the Surface Book 2 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
This Surface Book 2, equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-7300U, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). 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. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Microsoft didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. 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.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.Microsoft promises 12hours of battery life; it’s the best on the market right now.Enjoy streaming, locally or on your Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.
Surface Book 2 compatible with on the move use ?
The main interest of the laptop, is how easy it can be taken away. We therefore analysed this Surface Book 2 from the point of view of nomadic use. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
However, we were able to discover through his overall score, that it is among the best for the travel aspect.
It Surface Book 2 weights 1.6 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. 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. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
The processor Intel Core i5-7300Uinstalled on this model makes it possible to save batteries.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 12 hours.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 128 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.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.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Equipped with a compact 13.5 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
All in all, this Surface Book 2 is an interesting product for travel.
The Surface Book 2 to make audio or video editing.
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. It appears that this Surface Book 2meets this need perfectly. With these components, Microsoft puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 Pro are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Core i5-7300U of this laptop is within the market average. Having 8 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
The designers of Microsoft have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. 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 interest of the laptop is to be able to be used in unplugged mode. With 12 hours in calculation mode only on battery, you will be able to work in nomadic mode on your audio or video editing. This is the best on the market today.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Surface Book 2 receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. 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.
With the Surface Book 2, you’re moving towards a very good product. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And at a price that is well ranked.
The Surface Book 2- the right model to play with?
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. 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.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 3000×2000 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
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.
A better access to wifi on this Surface Book 2 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. 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.
With a weight 1.6 Kg and a screen size of 13.5 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
An excellent autonomy of 12 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Is the Surface Book 2 adapted to office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Microsoft may have put a rather low computer on the market. Here are the main reasons.
Microsoft has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 Pro that’s running it.
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.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Surface Book 2. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 128 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Surface Book 2can be quickly filled.
So, in summary, it appears that it Surface Book 2 is less interesting than its competitors. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
Finally, the Surface Book 2….
There is no such thing as a perfect laptop for every purpose, unless you put a price tag on it, and keep in mind that it will be too powerful for most of your needs. The Surface Book 2′ is average but will do the job very well.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– travel use
– making audio and video editing