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  • - [Michael] For the past two years,

  • the Surface Book from Microsoft

  • has been my most coveted notebook computer,

  • the device I would switch to in an instant

  • if I wasn't so dependent on a MacBook Pro for video editing.

  • Well, not anymore.

  • My new favorite non-MacBook to drool over

  • is the Surface Book 2,

  • and it's a much bigger upgrade than it might first appear.

  • I'm Mister Mobile, and these are my first impressions

  • from a two-hour hands-on.

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  • The biggest change is in choice.

  • The Surface Book 2 is available in two sizes,

  • a 13 1/2-inch model like the current one

  • and a new 15-inch trim.

  • The Surface Book has never been a small computer

  • thanks to its tall 3:2 display

  • and the special fulcrum hinge,

  • and the 15-incher feels truly mammoth as a result.

  • While the hinge might look the same on the outside,

  • it's been stiffened internally

  • to accommodate the added mass of the larger clipboard,

  • so you shouldn't get any more wobble

  • than with the current Surface Book

  • when you're using it as a touchscreen.

  • Microsoft says it's reduced the time it takes

  • to eject the clipboard too but to me,

  • the difference was negligible.

  • The net result is a Surface Book that, in both sizes,

  • sticks firmly to its roots.

  • The clipboard itself is a self-contained PC

  • with a display that can register over 4,000 levels

  • of pressure sensitivity,

  • so you can use it with the Surface Pen.

  • It runs Windows 10 Pro out of the box.

  • On the 15-inch, that's powered

  • by an eight generation Intel Core i7.

  • And if you step it down to the smaller model,

  • you've got the option of sticking with that same silicon

  • or saving some dough

  • with a seventh generation Core i5.

  • Drop the clipboard into the keyboard dock

  • and on the higher end models,

  • you get an upgraded graphics processor

  • with between two and six gigs of dedicated memory.

  • That'll help when you're running

  • 3D-heavy programs, video editors, and games.

  • You also get a backlit keyboard

  • with key travel only slightly shallower than last year,

  • and you get access to a whole bucket full of batteries,

  • approximately 80 watt-hours combined in the big one

  • and 70 watt-hours in the junior Book.

  • Microsoft says you should be able to squeeze five hours

  • out of each in tablet mode and 17 hours when docked.

  • Between you and me, that seems outrageously optimistic

  • probably because it's a result of a looping video test

  • but we'll have to wait for the full review

  • to see if it pans out.

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  • so you don't miss it.

  • That's a ton of power under the hood

  • but my favorite features are visible right on the surface.

  • See, unlike Apple, Microsoft isn't interested

  • in courageously pushing the envelope

  • by stripping its laptops of ports

  • that professionals still use,

  • so both new Surface Books come

  • with two full-sized USB-A plugs, an SD card reader,

  • and a new USB-C port

  • that works for both data transfer and charging.

  • To get the same options

  • out of my brand new $4,000 MacBook Pro,

  • I needed to buy a fistful of inconvenient adapters.

  • While Microsoft did have to ditch the display port

  • to make room for USB-C,

  • I think the trade-off is well worth it.

  • Are there decisions here that might give people pause?

  • Yes.

  • As beautiful as this design is,

  • it's basically unchanged from the very first Surface Book,

  • so some might find the aesthetics a bit stale.

  • Also, between 3 1/2 and 4 1/4 pounds,

  • these are not small machines.

  • And with prices starting at 1,499 and 2,499

  • for junior and jumbo sizes respectively,

  • they're not exactly competitively priced either

  • when you take other Windows notebooks into account.

  • But the Surface Book was never meant to compete

  • with lower cost laptops,

  • it was built to take on the MacBook Pro,

  • and that's not blogger hyperbole either.

  • Microsoft name-dropped the MacBook a lot at the launch event

  • calling the Surface Book twice as powerful

  • and reminding us all that it could be used as a laptop,

  • a tablet, or a hybrid.

  • Now add to that what I mentioned before,

  • how frustrated some professionals are

  • with Apple's insistence on forcing us into a USB-C future

  • that our cameras and peripherals just aren't ready for yet,

  • and then consider that the Surface Book

  • starts at about the same price as a MacBook Pro.

  • Even if you're like me,

  • so reliant on Apple's software

  • that moving over just isn't an option right now,

  • you've got to admit, it's tempting.

  • The Surface Book 2 is available for preorder November nine

  • with a launch date of November 16 in the US.

  • Mister Mobile's full review

  • will hopefully be up around then

  • covering all the little stuff from speakers to lapability

  • that didn't make it into this quick look.

  • In the meantime, let me know what you think.

  • Do you own an earlier Surface Book,

  • or are you maybe an Apple user

  • on the brink of making the jump?

  • Drop a line in the comments, let me know, and subscribe

  • to the Mister Mobile on YouTube

  • so you don't miss that full review.

  • Until next time, thanks for watching

  • and stay mobile, my friends.

- [Michael] For the past two years,

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