Surface book 2The second generation of the Microsoft surface book series is a 2-in-1 PC that is considered the most powerful device produced by Microsoft. It combines between an advanced tablet and a laptop that is reviewed as one of the most powerful laptops in the market. You can use it as a tablet to draw, read E-books, and edit documents or as a laptop to enjoy playing latest PC games. Despite imitating the design of the first generation in some of its basic elements, there are many important improvements in software and hardware components that made the surface book 2 outstand its predecessor.
In this topic, we will talk about improvements that are available in the surface book 2, its disadvantages, and what to expect in the next edition in order to cover these disadvantages.
What does Microsoft Surface book 2 provide?
When the surface book 1 is released, no one had imagined that the second generation of this device could be as great as the surface book 2. Even the MacBook pro couldn’t be compared to it. To be fair, the surface book 2 should be referred to as two powerful devices rather than a device.
Microsoft managed to convert criticisms of the Surface book design into a new generation of a stunning thin, light and bigger surface book. The surface book 2 15-inch edition could be the lightest one you can ever have. It sounds like if it is actually small while it isn’t. There is another 13.5-inch edition for those who prefer smaller sizes. Both editions come with an attachable keyboard that could be removed easily thanks to the sturdy docking system. A screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio could be the greatest design for productivity but not as great for watching movies.
Specs of the surface book 2 are the reason why it is considered one of the most powerful laptops in the market. You will these amazing specs when you play top PC games or use engineering or designing programs that usually requires high capabilities. Specs of the 15 inch edition are as presented below:
- RAM: 16 GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
- CPU: 1.9GHz Core i7-8650U (8th generation)
- Storage: 1 TB
Furthermore these powerful specs, it comes with 3 USB ports, an SD card reader, and a 3.3mm audio jack. Those who are publishing a lot on their Instagram account will be too satisfied with both the 8MP real camera and the 5MP front camera. Both of them produce a 1080p HD image.
The performance of the surface book 2 is incredible thanks to the previously described specs. Regarding graphics, it beats all of its competitors and you will be sure about this if you compared the way it applies tasks like digital media creation or web page rendering to the way its competitors does. It also beats competitors by a very fast CPU that could be experienced in quick loading of applications, web pages, and games. Furthermore, it can handle multitasks perfectly.
With the surface book 2, you can easily flip the screen around to display documents or images in a presentation mode. This is how easy it is to display something on the surface book 2. Regarding the quality, viewing on a bright and sharp screen with 3,240 x 2,160 dimensionsprovides the top looking screen you could ever have. It may not produce a real 4K quality but it is too close to this quality. The surface book 2 also responded to what users faced regarding the touch response of the previous edition. The touch response is improved so you can hardly notice any latency between toughing and displaying.
Users sometimes compare between the surface book series and Apple laptops regarding their performance. But when we talk about the battery life, Apple laptops are too far from competition. In contrast, Microsoft considered the fact that a battery that is enough for a whole day work is the main representation of a productive laptop. So, Microsoft released the surface book 2 with a 10-hour battery life that could be used for web surfing and running apps without having to reduce the brightness of the screen.
The surface book 2 makes use of the surface pen accessory as well as its predecessor edition but without the latency that is experienced before. With this pen you can handle many tasks such as the following:
• Natural drawing: the surface pen could be used for drawing to provide natural results as if you are drawing on a real sketch, you can also use its eraser by flipping it over. • Edit documents: the surface pen will be so beneficial for students, they can use it to mark important portions of their word, PDF or power point documents. • Share notes: you can also take a screenshot of anything online or whatever and use the surface pen to add notes or mark portions of the screenshot to share an idea with someone else.
Disadvantages of Surface book 2
There is no doubts that the surface book to is a great competitor in the market if it wasn’t the best of all. But there are some issues to be considered.
While the surface book 2 battery is considered a competitive advantage as it lasts for a whole day, it is also criticized for draining during high workloads such as using the device continuously for gaming or video transcoding.
Price is too high
Users were hoping to get the great features and specs of the surface book 2 for a better price that it is actually sold. In the UK, it has an average price of £2,349 that could have only a little discount. This is the price for the 15 inch edition. With this price, the MacBook Pro is considered a cheap device in the comparison. The 13.5 inch edition costs £1,149 on average, but it comes with lower specs like an 8GB Ram, a dual core i5 CPU and a storage that is limited to 128 GB.
The surface pen is not included
You can see how important it is to have the surface pen for drawing and editing documents of the surface book 2, but unfortunately this pen is not included in the package. It is sold separately and will cost you about £66 on average.
What to expect in the next edition
Users usually expect what is not covered in the previous edition. So, what is not provided by the surface book 2 should be expected to come in the surface book 3. This new generation is waiting to be released in 2020. You can just hope that the following features are provided.
Better power management: a better power management is necessary to be considered in the new generation in order to solve the problem of battery drain during playing games.
Real 4K: users who had experiences a 1080p quality that is close to the 4K in the surface book 2 hope to really experience a real 4K display on the coming edition.
Make use of additional space: the 15 inch screen of the surface book 2 led to the existence of unused space in the attached keyboard. Users hope that Microsoft could expand this keyboard to fulfill unused space.
Include accessories: because surface book 2 accessories are sold separately, some retailers are raising their prices because they are treaded as luxury items. So, we hope that Microsoft would attach these accessories to the package of the new generation without charging separate costs.