I received a Surface Book 2 review unit yesterday, in the larger 15-inch size. It has a Core i7, 16 gigs of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060, which is more than sufficient for many. Unfortunately, I won’t be doing a full review here but I am very impressed with this machine (if you can read Polish, make sure to take a look over here, for my daily diary).
It’s surprisingly light with the keyboard detached.
I’m a MacBook Pro Escape (late 2016) user, to which I had updated from a mid 2014 model for two reasons — I needed a larger SSD and I wanted a Display P3 screen for my work in Lightroom. I chose the Escape because I couldn’t stand the Touch Bar — I couldn’t get used to it even after using on it for a month. Anyway, I’ll be in the market for a new notebook in a year or two and Apple’s current crop of MacBook Pros does not fulfill my needs. In fact, there is currently nothing in Apple’s line-up that satisfies my needs, which is frightening. I really love macOS and having been a macOS user for over a decade now, I had hoped to make it for another 10 years at least.
I have only spent a few hours with the Surface Book 2 but it is truly an impressive machine. I’m very curious about the refresh (expecting one this year) and I’m actually tempted to make the switch once again, only the other way. Sure, Windows 10 is far from perfect when used in tablet mode, but this feels like the future, while Apple is stubbornly refusing to budge. I have also found that even using non-touch optimized apps, such as Firefox, is fine on a 15″ screen — the tap targets are more than big enough. The beauty of this is only one computer, which can be used in different ways, depending on the situation, which beats having to juggle devices.
And it’s lovely to type on!