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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 Is Here, But Who Is it For?

By Justin Heyes on March 25th 2018

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 has been the topic of many debates since its introduction in late 2017. The Microsoft Surface Book stands out from the devices that come from Cupertino, as it is a full blown 2-in-1 convertible compared to the hamfisted touch bar on the MacBook Pro line.

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The Surface Book 2 may have a low starting price for a premium product at $1,499 and is a top specced machine reaching the price of comparable Apple devices. The question emerges, who is it really for? Linus over at LinusTechTips asks that question in his latest review of the product.

From palm rest to keyboard, the entire interior of this laptop is machined from two blocks of magnesium, giving the Microsoft portable a sturdy and premium feel. With the Surface Book 2 Microsoft finally brings a USB-C port to its Surface line, but the computer unfortunately isn’t Thunderbolt 3 compatible for  fast NVME based external drive or graphics amplifiers. The design, however, often gets in the way of itself.

The screen and dock portion share roughly the same dimensions and weight, making the machine a bit top heavy. The extraordinarily design hinge has more of a place in an engineering museum and less on a day-to-day machine. Though the screen is detachable, Microsoft hasn’t addressed the ‘gap’ that makes the machine bigger than it needs to be. If you want a similar form and function, Porsche Design pulled a Tim Gunn and made it work.

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The real question is, who is this device for? Users who want a sleek Apple-like device have many options on the market from Razer, Dell, or even the option of installing Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro. The Surface Book 2, and arguably the entire Surface lineup, have become just as much a mess as the OS it runs.

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About

Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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  1. Nick Buchholz

    Another impartial review. Thank you SLR.

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