CNET First Look
Hands-on with the bigger, better Microsoft Surface Book 2A new 15-inch size, plus updated Intel CPUs and gamer-ready Nvidia graphics hit Microsoft's pro-level Surface 2-in-1.
[MUSIC] Microsoft has a big service update, but it's not what you might expect. No, this isn't a new version of the slick Surface Pro or Surface laptop. Instead, It's the other Surface, the Surface Book. [MUSIC] This is a bigger, bulkier two-in-one with a detachable screen, known for having a lot of computing power and fantastic battery life. The Surface Book 2 now comes in both 13 inch and a new 15 inch size. They're some of the first PCs to get Intel's latest eight gen Core CPUs. The CPU along with the other main components are all in the tablet half, which is fanless. In the keyboard base you get extra battery capacity plus Nvidia graphics. Previous Surface Book models had fairly pedestrian GPU hardware. Now, the 13 inch model gets Nvidia GeForce 1050 and the 15 inch gets an Nvidia GeForce 1060 Both are great mainstream graphics cards for gamers and a big step up from what the surface book had before. Of course both models work with Microsoft pen stylus and the new for creators update version of windows 10 which lets you do all kind of cool augmented reality stuff. Microsoft is pinching the surface book two as the direct competitor of apple mac book pro claiming it has much better performance. That's potentially true as the Macbook is still using previous gen Intel chips. But one area where they're very closely matched is the high price. The Surface Book 2 starts at $1,499 for the 13 inch and $2,499 for the 15 inch and should be available on November 16th. [MUSIC]