"If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63."
Surface Book 2 review: Clean Looks, Clean Power, Dirty Secret
- Great aesthetics
- Solid battery life
- Battery drain issues
- Too big to realistically use as a tablet
The Surface Book 2 is a product for a very specific kind of person. The kind of person who digs the glamor of the Surface range but needs more grunt than is offered by the other options on the table.
Price$ 2,199.00 (AUD)
These days, looks are probably the biggest point of difference offered by each brand - and Microsoft’s Surface hardware has always been exceptional at accentuating that difference. Put more bluntly, the Surface range is really nice to look at. Sure, the performance found in the company’s flagship foray into convertibles has also been really good too. However, it’s the slick and distinctive design sensibilities that’s helped the Surface range cut through the competition.
When every portable PC vendor is packing the same Intel core processor and 16GB of RAM, looks can kill. Unfortunately, those aesthetics have usually been let down by the limits of what portable PC hardware can actually deliver. At the end of the day, tablets, laptops, and everything in-between just don’t have that little bit of extra grunt to make them appropriate for all use cases things.
It’s into that unlikely niche that Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 fits.
Envisioned as a marriage of the clean slate-like aesthetics that have worked well for Microsoft in recent years and an abundance of high-end specs you don't usually find in a 2-in-1, it's a veritable workhorse of a machine. Put more elegantly, it’s the Surface device that does the things that you didn’t think could be done on a Surface device.
The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a 2-in-1 notebook that comes with a 13.5-inch PixelSense display (267 PPI) with a 1600:1 contrast ratio. The PC is available in four variants:
8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with 256GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM.
8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage and a discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card.
8th-generation Intel i7 processor with 512GB of SSD storage, 16GB of RAM and a discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card.
8th-generation i7 processor with 1TB of SSD storage, 16GB of RAM and a discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card.
It’s got Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and Bluetooth (4.2 LE) connectivity and, port-wise, packs in two USB 3.0 slots, a USB-C slot, a UHS-II SDXC card reader, a headphone jack and two Surface Connect ports (one used to charge when in tablet mode and one used otherwise). There’s also a 5.0 MP front-facing camera (1080p) and rear-facing 8.0 MP one (1080p).
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- 3 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 4 Nokia 7 Plus review: Predictable and plus-sized
- 5 Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
Latest News Articles
- Apple’s new MacBook Pro: First impressions
- Microsoft teases new Surface hardware
- Fujitsu Launches a New Enterprise Thin Client Model
- Breaking down Dell's complex route back to becoming a public company
- Computex 2018: The VAIO laptop returns lighter than ever - but there's a catch
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Amazon Prime Day 2018
- Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?