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Microsoft Surface Book 2 Launches With 15-Inch Model, Powerful Specs

The new design of the Surface Book 2 is nearly the same as that of its predecessor with a removable screen and hinge is on the keyboard, Microsoft reports. This time, the company has tried to fix existing issues. "The 15" Book 2 is 0.9" (2.3 cm) thick and weighs 4.2 lb (1.9 kg) all told.

The 13-inch Surface Book 2 has a screen resolution of 3,000 x 2,000, while the 15-inch model has 3,240 x 2,160. It's a decent selection of ports, certainly, though I can't help but wish that they'd slotted a second USB-C in there, even if only on the larger 15-inch model.

Surface Book 2 pricing starts at $1,499 (ERP, or estimated retail price) for the lowest end 13.5 inch model, and goes up to $3,299 for the highest end, 1 TB 15-inch model.

"Microsoft unveiled today the Surface Book 2, the successor to the company's "ultimate laptop" that will be available in 13.5" and new 15" models.

As expected, the new machine is powered by the eighth-generation Intel core processors. The Book 2 is a detachable laptop/tablet with a 13.5in or 15in screen - it has a full-size keyboard, trackpad and stylus - but runs Windows 10 on Core i5 or i7 processors, and features discrete Nvidia graphics on the premium models.

The pressure-sensitive Surface Pen is now a $99 option, as is the Surface Dial, which is the same price. Keyboard backlighting is strong, and it is very comfortable to type on the chiclet-style keys with 1.5mm of full key travel.

The ports are being updated as well and this machine finally includes a USB-C port but it does not support Thunderbolt. Microsoft didn't provide battery-life details, though the mouse appears to use microUSB to recharge. Users can have the Surface Book 2 be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of solid-state storage. The 13in model is nearly the same weight and thickness as the first-generation Surface Book, and the design hasn't changed. It can handle most of the popular PC games and will match the graphics performance of game consoles like Xbox One.

But while power is important, Panay says, Apple enjoys one major advantage that Microsoft has hustled to capture for itself across the whole Surface line: Mac owners see their computers as "precious objects", and feel "a sense of pride" just for owning one, he says.

That's more than enough to fuel the Mixed Reality experiences deeply embedded within the latest version of Windows 10, dubbed Fall Creators Update. So, you can connect a compatible headset and controller for apps to enjoy crisper visuals and a higher refresh rate.

Certainly the device has a lot going for it on that front, including the 3240 x 2160 touchscreen display on the 15-inch version. Deliveries will start from December 16.

The standard Core i5 verison comes with 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage.

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