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Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 981 reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and design. The screen and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the size and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface Book (2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.co.uk.

70% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 297 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.com.

65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Book (2015) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.ca.

33% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: uShopMall Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)(US Version, Imported)uShopMall Microsoft Surface Book (512 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce graphics)(US Version, Imported)

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Kevin Lee (techradar.com)

Microsoft Surface Book review

 

An amazing laptop that does even more as a tablet

Futuristic design ; Unrivaled display ; Seamless tablet separation

Battery life falls well below promises ; Major updates are still in tow

While the Surface Book brings many technological innovations to the laptop space, its greatest strength is that it's just an all-around terrific device.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Microsoft Surface Book review: One for the books

 

After picking up the Microsoft Surface Book the bag in which it was placed promptly ripped through at the handles as we wandered down the street. Ah, this isn't a lightweight tablet-esque Surface product and, we suppose, we learnt that the hard way...

Clever combination of tablet-style screen and powerful laptop/keyboard sections, muscle wire release system, great keyboard experience, funky hinge mechanism ensures firm/weighted laptop positioning

Hinge fairly upright at maximum and reverse position not solid enough, weighty, expensive, would like a smaller version (more Surface like), combined battery not as claimed (around 8-hours average)

So is the Microsoft Surface Book odds-on favourite for best in its class? In one sense, yes, because it's well conceived and potentially ultra-powerful hybrid device with a great screen and release mechanism.

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Microsoft Surface Book review

 

The ultimate Windows 10 laptop, or a magnesium alloy flop?

Delightful keyboard ; Plenty of processing power ; Pixel-packed touchscreen

Expensive. Really expensive ; Struggles with gaming, despite its graphics card ; Average battery life

Shorn of its initial bugs, the Surface Book is a lustrous Windows laptop with premium appeal

Feb, 2016

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Expert review by: Alastair Stevenson (trustedreviews.com)

Microsoft Surface Book

 

Microsoft's Surface range of tablets has steadily been growing a huge following since the US powerhouse started shipping the devices in 2012. And for reasons that go beyond monstrous amounts of marketing and product placement.

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Book review

 

Microsoft thinks it has made the ultimate laptop, which is also a tablet. Here's our full, in-depth Surface Book review.

It's expensive but the Surface Book is an amazing piece of technology combining excellent (and unique) design, top-notch build quality and high-end specifications. Battery life is amazing and there's a lot you can do with the Surface Book model with...

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Ashleigh Allsopp (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Book hands-on review

 

Microsoft has unveiled its first ever laptop, the Surface Book, which sits alongside the Surface Pro 4 in its new line-up

It's a pricy little laptop, but it really does feel worth it for the practicality and design, as well as its build quality and the addition of the Surface Pen. I'd consider buying one myself, and everyone I spoke to at the Microsoft stand was in...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Alex Todd (recombu.com)

Microsoft Surface Book Review: In Depth

 

Microsoft Surface Book review: The Surface Book may look like a conventional laptop, but it retains much of what loyal Surface fans hold dear and packs a serious punch too.DesignThe Surface Book does not…

Versatile design w/ great keyboard ; Exceptional performance ; Stunning display

Awkward hinge design ; Expensive ; Heavy

The Surface Book is a valiant first foray into the realm of laptop computing hardware from Microsoft. It’s a decidedly unusual setup that works surprisingly well, with an emphasis on being a laptop first and a tablet second - essentially the reverse of...

Mar, 2016

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray Sasha Muller (alphr.com)

Microsoft Surface Book review: It's expensive, very expensive

 

Microsoft works its design magic, but while it gets a lot right, the Surface Book is outlandishly expensive

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Thomas Wellburn (whatmobile.net)

Microsoft Surface Book Review

 

What Mobile is dedicated to bringing you the latest news and in-depth reviews in the world of mobile devices, everything from phones to tablets as well as apps and games. Microsoft's Surface line goes full laptop with the Surface Book, but is it...

Dedicated GPU ; Best-in-class-screen ; That hinge

So expensive it hurts ; Battery life in tablet mode is short ; Connectivity low without dock

An even better screen than what can be found on the Surface Pro 4, the most incredible, over-engineered hinge we’ve ever seen and the addition of that all-important dedicated GPU make this more than just a fancy premium edition. If you’re serious about...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Alan Lu (itpro.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Book review

 

Microsoft's first laptop is also a strikingly sleek and breathtakingly expensive hybrid

Very attractive; Excellent build quality; Good stylus, Comfortable keyboard and touchpad

Expensive; Disappointing tablet battery life; Buggy

Like the Surface Pro tablets, the Surface Book is great if you fit its peculiar niche and have loads of cash to spare - and can put up with lingering, persistent bugs.

Mar, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio / Dolby® audio
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):12
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:2

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Swivel webcam: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Silver
Form factor:Convertible (Detachable)
Housing material:Magnesium
Product Type:Hybrid (2-in-1)

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Display diagonal:34.3
Display Resolution:3000 x 2000
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce 940M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 32
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 10501050
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 520 / Intel® HD Graphics 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:French / UK English
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:Dolby Audio / Dolby® audio
Dolby technologies:Y / Yes

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:No / Y / Yes
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
Headphone outputs:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2

Processor

Bus type:DMI3 / OPI / QPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1600,1866,2133 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR2-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4, 4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3 / 3.4
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.6
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:I5-6300U / I7-6600U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1356 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88190 / 88192
Processor code:SR2F0 / SR2F1
Processor package size:42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Password protection: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 PRO
Trial software:Microsoft Office / Office / Office 365 30-day trial

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA III
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.2 / 232.1
Depth (tablet mode):22 / 7.7
Height :2.28
Height (front):1.3
Height (rear):2.2 / 2.28
Height (tablet mode):22 / 7.7
Weight:1.52 / 1.58
Width:31.2 / 312 / 312.3
Width (tablet mode):31.2