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  • - This is the Surface Book 3

  • which Microsoft updated for 2020

  • with new and faster components on the inside

  • but left the outside pretty much exactly the same.

  • Actually, exactly exactly the same.

  • It's the same.

  • The idea here is you're supposed

  • to get a full power pro laptop with a GPU

  • and lots of horsepower battery in the base,

  • but if you want, you can

  • detach it and turn the screen into a tablet.

  • Now, this idea the first time we saw it was like "whoa"

  • and then the second time we saw it, it was like "okay, yeah"

  • and now I feel like with this third iteration,

  • we finally understand the trade-offs.

  • The Surface Book 3 isn't a traditional laptop

  • and that means different trade-offs.

  • You have to ask yourself how important this really is.

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  • Alright, first trade-off with the Surface Book 3,

  • when you're in the standard laptop mode,

  • I just think there's little too much bulk.

  • It's like the volume to power ratio is just a bit off.

  • It's big and it's thick, even this 13.5 inch version.

  • Now, the reason for that is because there's so many,

  • you know, computer guts in here behind the screen

  • which does make it just a little bit top-heavy.

  • It's never tippy, but you can really feel

  • it's a little bit odd when you carry it around.

  • But, look, it's very well made

  • and the keyboard here is great.

  • The trackpad is a little tiny bit on the small side for 2020

  • but it is super smooth and accurate, precise,

  • I love the trackpad.

  • I do wish that there were thunderbolt ports,

  • but Microsoft has some evidence

  • that says that thunderbolt ports are insecure.

  • At least there's usb-c and there is an sd card slot.

  • Thank you.

  • No, really, seriously, I mean this.

  • Thank you.

  • The screen is great, it's 13.5 inches

  • and a three by two aspect ratio

  • so it actually feels really really big,

  • bigger than other 13 inch laptops

  • even though the bezels here are substantial.

  • It also feels really really big

  • when you use it as a tablet.

  • This is not like your ultra portable tablet thing.

  • This is substantial.

  • Finally, the whole reason this entire system works

  • is because of this very fancy strong snake hinge

  • on the locking mechanism and all that

  • and as neat and cool as it is,

  • I sort of feel like

  • this isn't the final form of what a tablet laptop hybrid

  • is meant to be.

  • When you close it, the hinge gap here is just really big,

  • a whole bunch of stuff can get in there,

  • and it makes the whole thing thicker

  • than other modern laptops.

  • It's very very nicely built.

  • Hardware, I really like surface hardware

  • but it just feels like it's a little bit ungainly.

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  • So okay, what's new here?

  • Well, because it's all internal changes,

  • we have to talk about some specs.

  • Here we go.

  • The big thing is Intel's 10th gen processors.

  • The basic model of the Surface Book 3

  • has a Core i5, Intel standard Iris plus Graphics.

  • Eight gigs of RAM, 256 of storage,

  • and that goes for 1600 bucks.

  • This review unit is $2500

  • which gets you a Core i7,

  • 32 gigs of RAM, 512 of storage,

  • and the keyboard base here

  • has a basic Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU.

  • The 15 inch can have an even better GPU.

  • (sighs)

  • So, you can spec one of these up to be,

  • a bit of a beast, but like,

  • the X-Men live-action movies version of the beast.

  • Not the super burly one from the comics or the cartoons.

  • It's a smaller, more refined beast.

  • Because the thing about the Intel Core i7 chip

  • that's inside the Surface Book 3

  • is that on the 13.5 inch and even the bigger 15 inch,

  • it's the 15 watt version of the Intel chip.

  • The kind that you usually see in Ultrabooks.

  • It's not the 45 watt version that you might see

  • in a Dell XPS 15

  • or a 16 inch Macbook Pro.

  • Of course, the reason for that is you can detach this

  • and they need to keep the processor with the screen

  • and so, they can't fit, you know,

  • the higher thermals inside this little tablet here.

  • So, that is the second trade-off.

  • You get a slightly less powerful CPU.

  • Now even with this separate special Nvidia GPU,

  • this is still not like a traditional gaming laptop.

  • I mean look, you could definitely do way more gaming

  • on this thing than you could on an Ultrabook

  • or a Surface laptop or something like that,

  • but a traditional gaming laptop, like a Razer

  • is gonna give you way more power for way less money.

  • But if you do a bunch of stuff

  • that leans heavily on the GPU,

  • like I don't know, CAD drawing or something,

  • this will be able to take advantage of that,

  • make your work flow a bit faster

  • when of course, the thing is docked.

  • We are gonna run some benchmarks for the full review

  • and by we, I mean Tom Warren and Monica Chen

  • who are actually reviewing this thing

  • so stay tuned for that,

  • but, tell you what.

  • Here's the Geekbench score

  • and here's the Cinebench.

  • You may now debate in the comments.

  • Bottom line, there's three main downsides

  • to the Surface Book 3.

  • Price, a little bit of power, and bulk.

  • It's pretty big for a 13 inch laptop.

  • But in exchange for that,

  • you get really good quality hardware

  • because it's a Surface.

  • You get a clean, Microsoft software experience

  • without all that extra junk on it.

  • And, of course, you can remove the tablet.

  • That's the whole point of this thing,

  • which means that there's no clean one-to-one,

  • heads up comparison that I can give you

  • to another laptop,

  • because the extra cost that you pay

  • for a Surface Book 3 doesn't really fit on a spec sheet.

  • Instead it's about, you know, trade-offs.

  • Hey everybody, thanks so much for watching.

  • Let me know in the comments,

  • are the trade-offs on the Surface Book 3 interesting to you

  • or do you want something more traditional?

  • Also if you missed it,

  • I reviewed the Surface Go 2,

  • an entirely different set of trade-offs

  • and you can click and watch that somewhere, here.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/12
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