Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: The ultimate laptop improves in every way but one

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An under-the-hood issue with the Surface Dock, a USB-C port, and the Surface Book 2 charger is the only flaw in Microsoft’s new convertible tablet laptop. Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 solves a big problem for Microsoft: how do you market the Surface Book as a performance notebook when it’s two years out of date? As our review shows, by making it bigger, faster, and with longer battery life. In this video we cover all those aspects and more.

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27 thoughts on “Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: The ultimate laptop improves in every way but one

  • November 17, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Power supply is 102W, not 180W. The USB C port DOES support charging. You shouldn't use a phone charger to charge it though.

  • November 17, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    It's hard to value your review when you don't fully know the machine you're reviewing. That model does indeed have two fans not one, and the usb drives are 3.1, not 3.0. I find some of your gripes about the machine to be little more than your opinion, but be careful not to come across as disingenuous by mistating facts about the machine.

  • November 18, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Can you not charge the Surface from the Connect on the screen whilst docking using the other Connect on the keyboard deck?

  • November 20, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I did some rough math and I discovered that the gpu, cpu, and ssd all cost about $1,000. Factor in the custom SSD chip shortage with Samsung really being the only provider of 3D NAND. I think that the Surface Book 2 could have been cheaper if there were less problems within the industry at the moment.

  • November 20, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I'm sorry to say this, but I'm not a big fan of the way this guy talks or presents himself. I'm just gonna tune out, but you keep doing you, man.

  • November 24, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Hi would it be possible to use a more powerful adapter with it to prevent the powerdrain?

  • November 25, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    at that price point i expected atlease a thunderbolt and USB 3.1 ports.

  • November 25, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    this thing sucks big time as tablet both in terms of battery and GUI.

  • November 26, 2017 at 2:02 am

    If it uses 120w battery, it would be the best tablet of 2017.

  • November 27, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Nope not that easy to destroy! 3D paint is a pain in the ass

  • November 28, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    But other reviews say it does charge through the usb-c connector, Switch charger for instance.

  • December 9, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    just as a suggestion, make short clips of yourself talking and then edit them together, will make the whole thing more cohesive and better.

  • December 23, 2017 at 4:15 am

    How exactly did you connect the laptop to an external monitor, and if you did, were you using a surface dock?

  • December 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Where are the GPU and CPU in che back in the tablet or in the keyboard??

  • January 6, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Using the Surface Book 2 13", the USB can indeed charge the laptop with a battery pack. But the battery pack must be able to output enough power. My 45watt 20,000mah power bank charges it very quickly. One power bank I can recommend is the Xiaomi ZMI 10, which can also power other devices such as the Nintendo Switch (which also doesn't accept all battery banks). For the interest of others, here is a review of this powerbank:

  • February 5, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Hate when reviewers claim like "it's gonna be used as a desktop, not a tablet". I bought this machine BECAUSE it is detachable and can be used as a tablet in the first place. Otherwise I would have bought conventional laptop.

  • March 1, 2018 at 5:08 am

    i was told that the surface book 2 15” that only has a 102watt power supply isn’t enough to charge the battery if using the cpu at max performance along with the gets 1060 gpu at max performance. that’s the one drawback that i see. i’m wanting it for doing webdesign, coding and also 3d stuff as well as photoshop and lightroom and premier. but i’m having a hard time deciding on it or the lenovo yoga 15” with a thx 1050 for half the price or the wacom mobile studio pro 16 that only has the i7 6th gen cpu, quadro m1000m gpu and a 512 gm ssd. 3d programs will be cinema 4d and maya and zbrush. others programs are visual studio, adobe cc etc. what do you guys think is the best to get? i mean obviously 8 won’t be doing huge scenes. maybe logos, small scenes, shorts, characters and stuff like that. not the next transformers lol.

  • March 13, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    There are so many errors and misinformation in this review… You must triple check your sources/data before recording/publishing.

  • March 21, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Sorry you are the worst tech reviewer I ever seen … can you just be a little bit well prepare?

  • April 17, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Is there a version of the 13 inch one with the graphics card

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