Microsoft surface book 2, review: beauty and brawn, but with limits


Surface Book 2 and Windows 10

Surface Book 2 tips

If you just got a new Surface Book, congrats! Here are a few tips lớn get you started.

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Detach the display for four different modes

Surface Book is a versatile laptop, a powerful tablet, and a portable studio that adapts to the ways you work and create.

How to lớn detach the display

Press và hold the Detach key until the light on the key turns green & you see the Ready to Detach message on the screen. Then pull the display off of the keyboard.

Now you can put Surface Book in any mode, depending on what you want to lớn do.


Use Surface Book as a tablet

Surface Book is a tablet that you can take anywhere. Just press & hold the Detach key on the keyboard, remove the display, & you’re ready khổng lồ go.


Tip: If you’re traveling và don’t need the keyboard, just bring the display & your power nguồn cord. There’s a power nguồn charging port on the bottom center of the display. Just be sure to protect the screen with a padded case or some other sort of protection if you’re not bringing the keyboard along.

Watch movies và share photos in View Mode

View Mode is perfect for when you want to:

Binge watch your favorite show.

Share photos at a family gathering.

Present ideas khổng lồ a few colleagues or classmates.

Follow a recipe you found online.

To put Surface Book into View Mode, first press và hold the Detach key on the keyboard lớn remove the display. Flip the screen around, line up the tabs on the keyboard to lớn the slots on the display, và press the display down. It’ll lock into place & you’ll see an Attached message on the screen.


The keyboard is now a stable stand for the display for hands-free watching.

Sketch, write, và create naturally in Studio Mode

With Surface Book in View Mode, fold the display down so you have a horizontal surface lớn write on. Use cảm ứng or Surface Pen khổng lồ draw or take notes, just like on paper. Và if you want a truly immersive creative experience, địa chỉ cửa hàng Surface Dial.


Get more info on how khổng lồ use your Surface Pen

Use Surface Book as a máy vi tính


Of course, Surface Book 2 is a powerful laptop—it runs professional-grade software with high-speed hãng sản xuất intel processors, blazing NVIDIA graphics, lighting-fast storage, and delivers up lớn 17 hours of battery life, so you can get things done.

Write & draw naturally with Surface Pen

Surface Pen is the perfect accessory for Surface Book. Take notes in meetings or class, draw, và edit Word documents. Make a mistake? Flip it over và use the eraser. Surface Pen attaches magnetically khổng lồ the side of your screen, so it’s ready whenever you are.

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Sketch và draw

With precision ink, tilt for shading, and virtually no lag, Surface Pen is perfect for anyone, from graphic designers khổng lồ avid doodlers. Khổng lồ try it out, click the đứng đầu button on Surface Pen once to mở cửa Windows Ink Workspace, then select Sketchpad and start drawing. Surface Pen also works with professional graphics software too.


Edit Word documents

Use Surface Pen khổng lồ edit and showroom comments to lớn Word documents.


Here’s how:

Select textSelect Draw > Ink Editor, then use Surface Pen lớn circle a word, phrase, or paragraph, then cut, copy, or paste.

Delete textSelect Draw > Ink Editor, then use Surface Pen to lớn draw a diagonal line through words, phrases, or paragraphs.

Highlight textSelect Draw > Highlighter, then use Surface Pen khổng lồ select the text for perfect highlighting.

Replay pen strokesSelect Draw > Ink Replay to lớn see a trả lời of all of the markups people have made in the document.

Remember with a Sticky Note

Click & hold the đứng top button on Surface Pen to xuất hiện Sticky Notes, then jot down reminders, to-do lists, phone numbers, or anything else you want to remember.


Take a screenshot, then draw on it

Click the đứng top button twice khổng lồ take a screenshot và it’ll xuất hiện automatically in Screen sketch, where you can draw on the picture or địa chỉ cửa hàng notes – perfect when you want to nói qua something you find online or doodle on a friend’s profile picture.


Erase just like a pencil

Flip Surface Pen over and use the đứng đầu button to lớn erase.

Customize the Surface Pen vị trí cao nhất button

Select Start > Settings > Devices > Pen & Windows Ink. Under Pen shortcuts, choose the app you want to mở cửa when you click or double click the đứng top button.

Connect all of your devices with USB-C

Surface Book 2 has USB-C for charging devices, transferring files, & displaying your đoạn clip on external monitors.

The USB-C khổng lồ HDMI and USB-C to card đồ họa adapters are perfect for when you want to nội dung pictures or videos on a larger screen.

USB-C khổng lồ HDMI adapter


USB-C to card đồ họa adapter


Surface accessories help

Transform into a desktop workstation with Surface Dock

Plug in the Surface Dock to charge your Surface Book and use two external 4K monitors, a keyboard, mouse, printer, & more.


More info about Surface Dock

Want more tips? 

Visit Tips for more helpful tips & tricks on how to use your Surface & Windows. Or open the Tip app, which is already there on your Surface. Select Start, then select Tips from the danh sách of apps. More info about the Tips app


Surface Book 2 Tech specs


Surface Book 2 13.5"i5: 12.3" x 9.14" x 0.51"-0.90" (312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm)i7: 12.3" x 9.14" x 0.59"-0.90" (312 milimet x 232 milimet x 15 mm-23 mm)

Surface Book 2 15"13.5" x 9.87" x 0.568-0.90" (343 milimet x 251 milimet x 15 mm-23 mm)


Surface Book 2 13.5” PixelSense™ DisplayScreen: 13.5” PixelSense™ DisplayResolution: 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI)Aspect ratio: 3:2Contrast ratio: 1600:1Touch: 10 point multi-touch G5

Surface Book 2 15” PixelSense™ DisplayScreen: 15” PixelSense™ DisplayResolution: 3240 x 2160, (260 PPI)10 point multi-touch G5Aspect ratio: 3:2Contrast ratio: 1600:1


Surface Book 2 13.5”8GB or 16GB RAM 1866Mhz LPDDR3

Surface Book 2 15”16GB RAM 1866Mhz LPDDR3



HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise securityEnterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in


Book 2Windows 10 Pro Creators Update 365 30-day trial

Book 2 for BusinessWindows 10 Pro Creators Update 365 30-day trial


Ambient light sensorProximity sensorAccelerometerGyroscopeMagnetometer

What"s in the box

Surface Book 2 13.5” PixelSense™ Display44W (integrated GPU) or 102W (discrete GPU) Surface nguồn Supply w/USB-A (5W) charging portQuick Start GuideSafety and warranty documentsSurface Book 2 15” PixelSense™ Display102W Surface power nguồn Supply w/USB-A (5W) charging portQuick Start GuideSafety & warranty documents


Storage 2

Solid state drive (SSD) options: 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB PCIe SSD

Battery Life

Up lớn 17 hours of video clip playback1



2 x USB type-A (version 3.1 gene 1)1 x USB type-C (version 3.1 gene 1 with USB power nguồn Delivery revision 3.0)3.5mm tai nghe jack2 x Surface Connect portsFull-size SDXC thẻ readerCompatible with Surface Dial* on- & off-screen interaction

Cameras, video, & audio


Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatibleBluetooth Wireless 4.1 technologyXbox Wireless built-in (15” only)


Casing: MagnesiumColor: SilverPhysical buttons: Volume, Power


1-year limited hardware warranty

* 365, Surface Pen, & some software and accessories sold separately. 

<2> System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates và apps usage. 1 GB= 1 billion bytes. See for more details.

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"Most powerful Surface laptop" claim refers to processing power. 

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