Editor’s Observe: We have up to date this Floor Ebook 2 evaluate on Nov. 27 after reflecting on the Surface Book 2 power problem we found not too long ago. We have left our evaluate rating unchanged, and we’ll focus on why afterward.

Microsoft’s Floor Ebook 2 solves a giant drawback for Microsoft: How do you market the Floor Ebook as a efficiency pocket book when it’s two years outdated? As our evaluate exhibits, by making it greater and sooner, with longer battery life. Solely an influence drawback slows it down.

With the Floor Ebook 2, Microsoft brings Eighth-generation Intel Core processors and highly effective, discrete Nvidia GPUs with sufficient horsepower to start out pondering of the Floor Ebook 2 as a graphics workstation. However Microsoft’s big October surprise was the debut of not one, however two Floor Ebook 2 gadgets: a 13.5-inch and a brand new 15-inch mannequin (we reviewed the latter). Neither is a straightforward clamshell pocket book, although calling them convertible 2-in-1s as a substitute looks as if we’re promoting them quick.

As our evaluate of the 15-inch Floor Ebook 2 exhibits, nevertheless, the brand new technology isn’t good. An bold resolution to make use of a USB-C port has ripple results for growth capabilities. There is a energy problem. After which there’s the value: as much as nearly $Three,300! Must you purchase it? Sure, there’s purpose to look elsewhere. However none of its flaws are deal-breakers.

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The 15-inch Floor Ebook 2 (left) sits subsequent to the unique 13.5-inch Floor Ebook, which in any other case appears almost an identical. 

Floor Ebook 2: Primary specs

With a reputation like Surface Laptop,” you’d assume that the Laptop computer, not the Ebook, could be Microsoft’s flagship pocket book. It’s not. I very not often ever undocked both the first- or second-generation Floor Ebook, and the mix of a sturdy building, full-sized ports, terrific battery life, and glorious efficiency makes the Floor Ebook 2 the undisputed star of Microsoft’s cellular lineup. Examine it to Apple’s MacBook Pro, in the event you’d like: On paper, the Floor Ebook 2 tops it.

In the event you already personal a Floor Ebook, you recognize what the Floor Ebook 2 appears like: It’s just about an identical. However now it has a much bigger sibling, because the Floor Ebook 2 ships in both a 13.5-inch or a 15-inch type issue. The most cost effective Floor Ebook 2 is priced at $1,499 (with a 10 p.c low cost for navy, college students, college and even dad and mom of Ok-12 or higher-ed college students). Although it makes use of a Seventh-gen Intel Core i5-7300U with an built-in GPU, the opposite fashions will ship with the Eighth-gen Core i7-8650U, as proven under.

We examined the priciest Floor Ebook 2 obtainable: the $Three,299 (!!) 15-inch mannequin, which ships on December 15. The opposite SKUs will likely be obtainable on November 16, Microsoft says.

Listed below are the essential specs of the Floor Ebook 2:

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