Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a bigger and better hybrid laptop for power users

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17 October 2017

We’ve been waiting a long time for Microsoft to give its Surface Book a proper upgrade, and it arrived today in the form of the - you guessed it - Surface Book 2. There are all new and much more powerful 13in models, but the headline-grabber here is the stupidly powerful 15in variant. On the outside it just looks like a blown up version of its little bro, but this beast is kitted with an 8th-Gen Quad-Core i7-8650U (as standard), while a GTX 1060 and 6GB of video RAM means it will handle your Xbox games without breaking a sweat, and we’re not just talking about puny 2D platformers. Elsewhere, there’s a redesigned hinge to reduce screen wobble when you’re in laptop mode, a better backlit keyboard, USB-C and the promise of a MacBook Pro-crushing 17 hours of battery life across the board. The scary bit, predictably, is price. The entry-level core i7-kitted 13in model, backed by GTX 1050 and 2GB of graphics memory, clocks in at £1,499/$1,499, but the big guy will set you back an eye-watering £2,999/$2,999. Both will be on sale in the US from November 16, with European dates expected to drop soon.

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