The new Microsoft Surface Book i7 is a great tablet-laptop product, don’t get me wrong, but for some, the price tag has not justified for what it truly gives.
The lowest-end new configuration (256GB SSD, 8GB RAM) will set you back at $2,400, while the most high end model (1TB, 16GB RAM) will cost $3,300. They’re available for preorder today and will be shipping on November 10.
This new laptop does take some of the most crucial features of the original Surface Book and improves upon them. Most notable is the new battery life: Microsoft is promising up to 16 hours of battery life with the new Surface Book i7 and a more powerful graphics processor.
However this is where it pulls an Apple (Oh, the history between them). Microsoft has left the tablet portion untouched on the outside and the inside with just only an extra additional fan inside.
Some gamers and graphic designers might question its decision to not opt for the ever more powerful graphics processor of Nvidia’s new 10-series chips which is a top notch option compared to the GeForce GTX 965M it has right now.
Another annoying thing is that, it hasn’t really improved upon its CPU as the Surface Book i7 offers the 6th-gen Skylake CPU instead of the newest 7th-gen Intel Kaby Lake CPU. Yes I understand, it is just a 10 percent performance bump but with that price tag hanging over its head, we all expect the latest technology when we buy a new laptop don’t we?
According to Panos Panay, who runs Microsoft’s Surface division, improving the Surface Book was no easy task.
People already love the debut model, with its detachable 13.5-inch screen, 12-hour battery, and chippy performance. In fact, Panay says the Surface Book has a higher level of customer satisfaction than any other portable PC in the Windows universe, and even the MacBook.
Beyond that, not much has changed on the outside. With just a new thermal-management system, the new machines look identical to last year’s notebooks
The new improved horsepower on this laptop with the new Surface Book’s base configuration using a quad-core Intel Core i7 chip instead of last year’s Core i5 and the big boost in graphics power, with the new hybrid machine offering twice the graphical capabilities of its predecessor is enough to make it a good, solid purchase for anyone looking for a more powerful and efficient tablet-laptop.