That's $125 off the regular price for this rarely discounted three-in-one powerhouse.
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always tends to do better the third (or, in some cases, tenth) time around, and the
Surface Book 2
-- the third iteration of the product -- is no exception. It's a three-in-one portable with a lot of power under the hood and plenty of advanced features.
Watch this: Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is bigger, better sequel
Wait, three-in-one? If a laptop with a 360-degree hinged display qualifies as a two-in-one, then a laptop that also has a detachable display must score a third point, right? The Surface Book 2 can flip around for view-mode tasks (such as presentations and movie-watching), or it can separate for full-on tablet duty.
Does a 13.5-inch, 3,000x2,000-pixel tablet offer a lot of utility? Depends on who's using it. I honestly think it's too big for comfort, but there may be times when it's exactly what you need -- especially if you add the Surface Pen (sold separately) to the mix.
Beyond that, I'll turn you over to CNET's Surface Book 2 review (which focuses on the 15.6-inch model, but still provides plenty of insight into what you're getting here).
To be clear, this isn't a laptop for cheapskates. It's a premium laptop you can get for less than usual.
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