4 out of 5 stars.
The Microsoft Surface Book packs high-end components, including new Intel processors and optional Nvidia graphics, into a smart, slim body. Some components and most of the battery are hidden in the base, so the tablet half is lighter. The high-res screen looks great, and the included stylus pen is excellent.
Configurations with the optional Nvidia GPU and more storage get very expensive. There are some first-generation quirks, including an awkward gap between the screen and base when closed.
The bottom line
While it’s not nearly as refined as the new fourth-gen Surface Pro, Microsoft’s Surface Book is a powerful, feature-filled premium hybrid that doesn’t forget it’s a laptop first.
out of 10 Design rating is 8.0 out of 10.8.0
out of 10 Features rating is 9.0 out of 10.9.0
out of 10 Performance rating is 8.0 out of 10.8.0
out of 10 Battery rating is 8.0 out of 10.8.0
Microsoft Surface Book
The ultimate laptop
Incredibly powerful and meticulously crafted, Surface Book is a revolution in laptop design. The detachable 13.5“ PixelSense Display is optimized for Pen and touch and has higher resolution than MacBook Pro 13”.1 With the full power of a high performance laptop and the versatility of a tablet, Surface Book gives you everything you need to work with professional-grade software, anywhere you want.
Built for performance
Detachable PixelSense Display, with Pen and touch
The 13.5” PixelSense Display on Surface Book is simply stunning, while working perfectly with Pen and touch. The 6 million pixels give you unbeatable resolution and color rivaling real life to bring your creations to life. Detach the display to transform Surface Book into a thin and light PC, that runs professional grade software. Surface Pen has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and an eraser on the other end, so handwritten notes on your screen are just like pen on paper.
Watch, draw, or design
Once detached, flip the screen 180 degrees and reattach it to the Integrated Keyboard to present, watch movies, or design with Surface Pen. And you’re only a click away from the Windows Ink workspace, with quick access to sticky notes, a blank page for sketching, or a quick screenshot that you can mark-up and share.
Engineered for professional-grade software
Surface Book speeds through intensive professional software, like SolidWorks 3D CAD, AutoCAD Revit, and Adobe Premiere Pro. With the power to run this software anywhere, you’re no longer chained to your desk. Now you can create anywhere and everywhere, and the latest version of Windows 10 will always include up-to-date security and protection.