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Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 970 reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The usability and screen are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the connectivity and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Microsoft Surface Book (2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the usability and keyboard are overall positive. The screen and price also get good opinions, but there are some negative comments about the reliability.

performance, price, screen, keyboard, usability

reliability

70% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)

Mar, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 297 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and screen. The portability and usability also get good opinions. Comments are divided on the image quality, and many are critical about the reliability.

performance, usability, portability, screen, design

reliability

65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)

Mar, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.ca.

33% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: uShopMall Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)(US Version, Imported)uShopMall Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)(US Version, Imported)

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Microsoft Surface Book (Core i7, 940M) Convertible Review

 

Without competition. It is certainly powerful and does not make any compromises in terms of performance, and now even with a surprisingly good runtime of 10 hours. The Book easily beats the competition. But: Surface Pro 4 Core i7 and the i5 sibling are...

high-quality case made of magnesium alloy, CPU and GPU performance of a notebook in a convertible, no serious CPU or GPU throttling, good runtime of 10 hours, high resolution, bright display also for outdoor use, native 3:2 aspect ratio for picture...

thicker and heavier than 13- and 14-inch Ultrabooks, no USB-C or HDMI, no WWAN or RJ-45, no SmartCard reader or fingerprint scanner, no secondary storage device, no TrackPoint or dedicated mouse buttons, software-undocking still prone to errors, bad...

It tries really hard and can score one point more than its Core i5 sibling from our first review of the Surface Book. The decisive factor was the longer runtime, because we could only find very small – if at all – advantages of the i7/512 GB version in...

Expert review by: Allen Ngo (notebookcheck.net)

Microsoft Surface Book (Core i5, Nvidia GPU) Notebook Review

 

A book with some missing pages. If you want a one-of-a-kind notebook, then the Surface Book is the first to offer a dedicated Nvidia GPU in the keyboard dock to power an equally unique 3:2 tablet with one of the best displays for the size. It's...

high quality magnesium alloy chassis, notebook-class CPU and GPU performance in a detachable form factor, no major CPU or GPU throttling, high resolution, bright display fit for outdoor use, native 3:2 aspect ratio for full-frame SLRs, accurate colors...

thicker and heavier than 13- or 14-inch Ultrabooks, battery life could be better, no USB Type-C or HDMI options, no WWAN or RJ-45 options, no SmartCard or fingerprint reader, no secondary storage options, no TrackPoint or dedicated mouse keys, native...

One of the main goals of a detachable notebook is to replace both the user's tablet and notebook with a 2-in-1 solution. The outcome is usually less than perfect with spotty quality, poor keyboard, a heavy display, less features, and slower performance...

Expert review by: Brad Bourque (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Surface Book review

 

If the Surface Pro is the tablet that can replace your laptop, the Surface Book is the laptop that can replace your tablet.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Sandra Vogel (zdnet.com)

Microsoft Surface Book review: High-quality premium-priced 2-in-1 hybrid

 

Interesting design ideas, solid construction and a high-end specification make Microsoft's first hybrid laptop an intriguing option at the more expensive end of the market.

Tough construction ; Superb 13.5-inch screen ; Screen detaches for tablet-mode use ; Discrete Nvidia GPU (on some models) ; Surface Pen is a pleasure to use ; Supports Microsoft Surface Dock

Clever but not entirely successful hinge system ; Poor tablet battery life ; Relatively heavy ; Expensive

Mar, 2016

Expert review by: Mark Spoonauer (laptopmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Book Review

 

Talk about chutzpah. The Surface Book is the first notebook Microsoft has ever made, and yet the company boasts that it's the "ultimate laptop." It has reason to be confident. The Surface and Surface Pro are the most successful 2-in-1s yet, and the...

Gorgeous and sharp display; Very long battery life; Smart pen integration; Fast overall performance; Discrete graphics option

Touchpad needs work; Some performance bugs; Needlessly difficult to open; Expensive

An impressive display, superb battery life and 2-in-1 versatility make the Surface Book one of the most exciting laptops yet, but its high price narrows the appeal.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Brett Howse (anandtech.com)

The Microsoft Surface Book Review

 

When Microsoft first launched the Surface Pro, they decided to tackle a market that was pretty much untested. Sure, tablets had been around for a while already, but no one had packed a full Ultrabook inside of a tablet. True, the initial Surface Pro...

And then there is price. The Surface Book is not an inexpensive device. Microsoft is playing at the very top of the market with this offering. Prices range from $1500 for the base model with Core i5/8GB/128GB, all the way up to a staggering $3200 for a...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (pcworld.com)

Surface Book Review: Microsoft reimagines the laptop, and it's glorious

 

It's not hype. The Surface Book is powerful, fast, beautiful, and unlike any other laptop you've ever seen

Tremendous battery life ; Beautiful screen ; Doesn't compromise on laptop use and adds wonderful Clipboard mode

Rather large and heavy ; Very expensive as you add options on

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Oct, 2015

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Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Book

 

The innovative Microsoft Surface Book offers comfortable ergonomics, a big, beautiful screen, more than 15 hours of battery life, and the power to make short work of everyday and multimedia tasks. It's the first premium detachable-hybrid tablet to earn...

Versatile detachable-hybrid design. Light and comfortable to use in Tablet mode. Constructed of premium materials. Brilliant 3,000-by-2,000-pixel display. Electrically actuated mechanical latch. More than 15 hours of battery life in testing. No bloatware

Pricey. No ports on tablet body. Does not lie flat when closed

Just when you thought Microsoft would never make its own PC, it releases the Surface Book ($1,699 as tested), a powerful, capable hybrid that marries the best qualities of a laptop with the versatility of a Windows tablet. Its innovative design and...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Surface Book review: The ultimate laptop, even if it isn't perfect

 

Microsoft's first laptop raises the bar for other notebooks, with fast performance, best-in-class battery life and a design that manages to be both premium and unforgettable. The detachable screen is also comfortable to use as a tablet, thanks to both...

Distinctive, well-constructed design ; Impressively light as a tablet ; Gorgeous screen ; Pen input works well ; Comfortable keyboard ; Fast performance ; Best-in-class battery life in laptop mode ; Lots of configurations to choose from

Short battery life for just the tablet ; High cost of entry ; "Fulcrum" hinge makes the laptop appear fatter when shut ; Feels heavy compared to some other flagship laptops ; Screen wobbles a bit it in laptop mode

The Surface Book isn't perfect — no product is. But if "the ultimate laptop" merely means it raises the bar for other laptops, then it mostly lives up to that promise. I would recommend it b ased on its long battery life alone — 11 hours at a minimum....

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (engadget.com)

Surface Book review: the ultimate laptop, even if it isn't perfect

 

That battery life, though.

Distinctive, well-constructed design ; Impressively light as a tablet ; Gorgeous screen ; Pen input works well ; Comfortable keyboard ; Fast performance ; Best-in-class battery life in laptop mode ; Lots of configurations to choose from

Short battery life for just the tablet ; High cost of entry ; Fulcrum" hinge makes the laptop appear fatter when shut ; Feels heavy compared to some other flagship laptops ; Screen wobbles a bit it in laptop mode

Microsoft's first laptop raises the bar for other notebooks, with fast performance, best-in-class battery life and a design that manages to be both premium and unforgettable. The detachable screen is also comfortable to use as a tablet, thanks to both...

Oct, 2015

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8

Display

HD type:Wide Quad HD
Panel Type:IPS

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Processor

Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1600,1866,2133 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR2-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6600 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel TSX-NI: Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88190 / 88192
Processor package size:42

Security

Password protection: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (tablet mode):0.303 / 8.66
Height (tablet mode):0.303 / 8.66
Width (tablet mode):12.3