My new work laptop: a Microsoft Surface Book 2

So last week Friday was my first day at my new job. I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers and of course the thing that gets me the most exited: NEW TECH STUFF! Ahem…

So I’ll be honest. It didn’t really register on my radar that Microsoft was making laptops. And that could have two reasons:

  1. I’m still traumatized by my first Microsoft hardware experience courtesy of my first smartphone a Samsung branded Windows Phone. (Still gives me the shivers just thinking about that device).
  2. If I did stumble upon it. I probably chose to forget about it because of the price tag. ‘Cause, yes, my tech budget is probably slightly higher than it is for most people. But the price tag on this one is more than I can fork out for a laptop at the moment.

Specs

So this Microsoft Surface Book 2, 13 inch laptop has the following specs:

  • 13.5-inch display, 3000 x 2000, 267 PPI
  • Seventh-gen dual-core i5-7300U with 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.9 inches
  • 1.53 kg, 0.72 kg tablet mode
  • Claimed 17 hours battery, five hours for tablet (video watching)
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 2 USB-A, 1 USB-C, Surface connect, SD card slot, headphone jack
  • 5MP camera (front), 8MP rear
  • Supports Windows Hello login
  • Dolby Atmos support for headphones
  • Backlit keyboard, 1.55mm travel

So yeah, they got me the basic one, so no nice upgrades. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers and it’s still an awesome laptop. I’m just a sucker for upgrades (and thus making my wallet cry, but I digress).

Next to the laptop they also gave me a stylus, a Microsoft keyboard and a Microsoft mouse.

Verdict

After using this machine for about a week, I can honestly say I absolutely love it! It’s fast, the colors are vivid and most importantly: the battery life is a-ma-zing.

The touchscreen is quite sensitive, even more so than the one from my HP ENVY. I really needed to be aware to avoid touching the screen. The reaction of the people who are not aware that it’s a touch screen is quite funny though.

I definitely need to get used to the stylus. But then again… I’ve never really been good at operating one. It’s cool that you can detach the screen. Makes for a better tablet experience than my HP ENVY, since it’s nice and thin compared to a quite bulky folded laptop. But I do like the bigger screen of the HP ENVY better. The same goes for the keyboard. I do miss my number pad on the Surface, which means I’m very happy with they keyboard they provided. Most of the time I’m connected to a monitor, so I don’t use the laptop keyboard that often. As for the mouse, it’s just a mouse. But to be fair, I’m usually biased towards trackpads. Force of habit.

Should you buy it?

If you have the budget: yes! I know I would if I could afford one (and I’d get the upgrades and a bigger screen).

Featured image of this blog is found on Google Images. So it’s not mine.

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