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Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 472 reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015). The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets for all reviews. People really like the design and usability. The durability and performance are also appreciated. The reliability and size get negative comments, while there are some mixed views about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface Book (2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = 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 31 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.co.uk.

68% 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)

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 295 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 4.1/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.com.

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)

Nov, 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 4.2/5 for other Tablets 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)

Nov, 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.

Jun, 2017

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: (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...

Nov, 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: 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

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Camera

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

Design

Color of product:Silver
Form Factor:Convertible (Detachable)
Housing material:Magnesium
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1)

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:13.5
Display Resolution:3000 x 2000
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Wide Quad HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:1916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 520 / Intel® HD Graphics 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Numeric keypad: No
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory:16

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Audio
Dolby technologies: Yes

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
Docking connector: Yes
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2

Processor

Bus type:QPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x4, 4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-6300U
Processor boost frequency:3
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.4
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i5-6300U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel® Core™ i5-6300 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA1356 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1
System bus data transfer rate:4
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88190
Processor code:SR2F0
Processor package size:42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Pro
Trial software:Microsoft Office

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.13
Depth (tablet mode):0.303 / 8.66
Height (front):0.512
Height (rear):0.898
Height (tablet mode):0.303 / 8.66
Weight:3.35 / 3.48
Width:12.3
Width (tablet mode):12.3