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Surface Book 2 13.5” image

Surface Book 2 13.5”

Surface Book 2 15” image

Surface Book 2 15”

Key Features
What's new
  • Performance Info
    • Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U (4-Core, up to 4.20Ghz w/Turbo Boost)
    • Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5)
    • Up to 1TB SSD
    • Up to 16GB (1866Mhz LPDDR3 RAM)
    • Up to 17 hours of battery life
  • New Size Now available in 15-inch with the same beautiful PixelSense display.
  • Better Performance Surface Book 2 has up to 5 times more graphics performance than the original Surface Book.
  • Longer Battery Life Lasts up to 17 hours.
  • USB-C Allows you to charge, transfer data, and video out.
  • More Features
    • Updated hinge design for reducing screen wobbling.
    • Supports the latest Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure.
    • Supports Surface Dial on-screen interaction.
  • Performance Info
    • Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U (4-Core, up to 4.20Ghz w/Turbo Boost)
    • Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
    • Up to 1TB SSD
    • Up to 16GB (1866Mhz LPDDR3 RAM)
    • Up to 17 hours of battery life
  • New Size Now available in 15-inch with the same beautiful PixelSense display.
  • Better Performance Surface Book 2 has up to 5 times more graphics performance than the original Surface Book.
  • Longer Battery Life Lasts up to 17 hours.
  • USB-C Allows you to charge, transfer data, and video out.
  • More Features
    • Updated hinge design for reducing screen wobbling.
    • Supports the latest Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure.
    • Supports Surface Dial on-screen interaction.
    • Xbox Wireless built-in.
What's missing
  • MiniDisplay port replaced with a USB-C port
AvailabilitySurface Book 2 13.5”Surface Book 2 15”
Released2017
Release Info
  • Introduced: October 17, 2017
  • Pre-ordered: November 9, 2017
  • Released: November 16, 2017
PricingStarting at 1,149$Starting at 1,999$
Surface Book 2 13.5” Price
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$199.00
$325.00 39% OFF
Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5"(Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256 GB), silver
Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5"(Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256 GB), silver
By Microsoft
$629.99
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$595.00
Surface Book 2 15” Price
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$564.00
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB), Silver
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB), Silver
By Microsoft
$599.00
$799.99 25% OFF
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop Core i5-8350U 16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD, 3240x2160, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop Core i5-8350U 16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD, 3240x2160, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$699.00
DisplaySurface Book 2 13.5”Surface Book 2 15”
Size13.5 Inches15 Inches
Info
  • Display Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (6M Pixels)
  • Display Density: 267 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1600:1
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Display Resolution: 3240 x 2160 (7M Pixels)
  • Display Density: 260 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1600:1
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
ExteriorSurface Book 2 13.5”Surface Book 2 15”
Size Comparison
Dimensions
  • Surface Book with Intel Core i5:
    12.3” x 9.1” x 0.51”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm).
  • Surface Book with Intel Core i7
    12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm).
13.5” x 9.87” x 0.57”-0.90” (343 mm x 251 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
Weight
  • Surface Book with Intel Core i5:
    • Total: 3.38 lbs (1,533 g)
    • Tablet: 1.59 lbs (719 g)
  • Surface Book with Intel Core i7
    • Total: 3.62 lbs (1,642 g)
    • Tablet: 1.59 lbs (719 g)
  • Total: 4.20 lbs (1,905 g)
  • Tablet: 1.80 lbs (817 g)
Colors
Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1.55mm travel.
    • Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
  • Trackpad:
    • Larger size 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gesture.
Ports
  • 2 x Full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
    Supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort.
  • 2 x Surface Connect™
    1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base, both supports charging and docking.
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size SDXC card reader
    UHS-II Performance
Internal SpecsSurface Book 2 13.5”Surface Book 2 15”
Processor
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.60 → 3.50 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.70 → 3.60 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.70 → 3.60 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
    Intel® HD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050
    Pascal Architecture, 2GB GDDR5 128-bit, 1354 → 1493 MHz, 640 CUDA Cores.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060
    Pascal Architecture, 6GB GDDR5 192-bit, 1404 → 1670 MHz, 1280 CUDA Cores.
Memory
8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
128 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
1 x M.2 2280 PCIe SSD
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
1 x M.2 2280 PCIe SSD
ConnectivitySurface Book 2 13.5”Surface Book 2 15”
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
BatterySurface Book 2 13.5”Surface Book 2 15”
Size
  • Surface Book with Intel Core i5:
    Total: 69Wh
    Clipboard: 18Wh
    Base: 51Wh
  • Surface Book with Intel Core i7:
    Total: 75.3Wh
    Clipboard: 18Wh
    Base: 57.3Wh
  • Total: 90Wh
    Clipboard: 23Wh
    Base: 67Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 17 hours of video playback
  • Up to 5 hours in tablet mode
Power Supply
  • Surface Book with Intel Core i5:
    44W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port.
  • Surface Book with Intel Core i7
    100W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port.
  • 102W power supply with USB-A (7.5W) charging port.
SoftwareSurface Book 2 13.5”Surface Book 2 15”
OSWindows 10 Pro (Creators Update)
Free upgrade to Windows 11
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 365 30-days trial
Camera & AudioSurface Book 2 13.5”Surface Book 2 15”
Camera
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • Support for Windows Sonic for Headphones
  • Support for Dolby® Atmos for Headphones
MiscSurface Book 2 13.5”Surface Book 2 15”
InkingSupports Surface Pen
4096 levels of pressure
Tilt sensing
Best in class latency
Paper feel
0.1mm precision
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box
  • Surface Book 2 13.5”
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
  • Surface Book 2 15”
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty
MoreSupports Surface Dial
Supports both on-screen and off-screen interaction.

What’s new

New 7th & 8th Gen Intel processors

Processor7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i58th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
Launch DateQ1’2017Q3’2017
Base Frequency2.60 GHz1.90 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.50 GHz4.20 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB SmartCache8 MB SmartCache
# of Cores24
# of Threads48
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPI
Max Memory Support32 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s
GEEKBENCH 4
Single-Core Score3,9674,956
Multi-Core Score7,73614,377

Integrated graphics specs

Processor7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i58th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 620Intel® UHD Graphics 620
Base Frequency300 MHz300 MHz
Max Dynamic Frequency1.10 GHz1.15 GHz
Graphics Max Memory32 GB
Graphics 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz
Graphics DirectX12
Graphics OpenGL4.4
# Display Supported3
Graphics Technologies
Intel® Quick Sync Video Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Intel® Clear Video Technology Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Intel® Clear Video Technology Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology

Discrete graphics specs

GPUGEFORCE GTX 1050GEFORCE GTX 1060
Memory Size2 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
GPU Engine Specs
NVIDIA CUDA® Cores6401280
Base Clock (MHz)1354 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz)14551708
Memory Specs
Memory Speed7 Gbps8 Gbps
Memory Interface Width128-bit192-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)112192
Technology Support
Technologies
Simultaneous Multi-Projection VR Ready NVIDIA Ansel NVIDIA SLI® Ready NVIDIA G-SYNC -Ready NVIDIA GameStream -Ready Vulkan API
Simultaneous Multi-Projection VR Ready NVIDIA Ansel NVIDIA SLI® Ready NVIDIA G-SYNC -Ready NVIDIA GameStream -Ready Vulkan API
NVIDIA GPU Boost3.0
Microsoft DirectX2 API with feature level 12_1
Vulkan APIYes
OpenGL4.5
Bus SupportPCIe 3.0
OS CertificationWindows 7-10, Linux, FreeBSDx86

Tips and tricks

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Update History

Catch up on the latest information about the new Surface Book 2 features and fixes introduced via driver and firmware updates from Microsoft. Here are the last five releases:

2023
Sep
14
  • Surface Book 2 Image
    This update addresses security vulnerability and improves system stability and performance.
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Jun
22
  • Surface Book 2 Image
    Improves Surface Dock2 stability and addresses potential security vulnerability.
    View
2022
Aug
26
  • Surface Book 2 Image
    Resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft Security Advisory ADV220002.
    View
Jun
17
  • Surface Book 2 Image
    Improves system stability and resolves system bugcheck and improves graphics performance and stability.
    View
Apr
04
  • Surface Book 2 Image
    Addresses critical security vulnerability and improves system stability.
    View

For a complete driver and firmware update release timeline, please visit our Surface Book 2 update tracker page.

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FAQs

Before making a purchase decision, it’s essential to have a thorough understanding of the device you’re interested in. With that in mind, we’ve written a list of FAQs that cover all aspects of the new Surface Book 2, including its display, battery life, performance, software, and design.

1How long will Microsoft support Surface Book 2?

According to Surface lifecycle documentation, Microsoft Surface Book 2 reached the end of its driver and firmware updates on June 30, 2023. The company promises to support all Surface devices for at least four years starting from its release date.

DeviceRelease DateEnd of Servicing Date
Surface Book 2November 17, 2017June 30, 2023
Last checked: February 21, 2024.

After the end of the servicing date, Surface Book 2 devices will continue to receive Windows OS features and security updates as long as they meet minimum hardware requirements for any future Windows OS.

In some conditions, Microsoft will consider releasing additional updates if there are critical security issues for Surface Book 2 devices that can only be fixed through patching the firmware.

2What processors are used in Microsoft Surface Book 2?

Microsoft Surface Book 2 has the following CPU configurations available:

Surface Book 2 13.5-inch

  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300UKaby Lake, 2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 2.60 → 3.50 GHz
    Intel® HD Graphics 620, 24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350UKaby Lake R, 4 cores, 8 threads, 6MB SmartCache, 1.70 → 3.60 GHz
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620, 24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650UKaby Lake R, 4 cores, 8 threads, 8MB SmartCache, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620, 24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz

Surface Book 2 15-inch

  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650UKaby Lake R, 4 cores, 8 threads, 8MB SmartCache, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620, 24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Surface Book 2 Processors
Surface Book processor information.
3Does the Surface Book 2 support Biometric Facial Recognition?

Yes, it does! All Surface Book 2 models have an integrated infrared camera to support Windows Hello Face Authentication (also known as Face Unlock) that allows you to sign in to your account faster, easier, and more secure with your face.

Surface Book 3 Infrared Camera
Integrated IR sensor on Surface Book 2.
4What ports are available on Microsoft Surface Book 2?

There are seven ports available on Microsoft Surface Book 2:

  1. 2 x Full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
  2. 1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 (Supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort)
  3. 2 x Surface Connect™ (1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base, both supports charging and docking)
  4. 1 x Headset jack
  5. 1 x Full-size SDXC card reader (UHS-II Performance)
Surface Book 2 Ports
Surface Book 2 ports and slots.
5Does the Microsoft Surface Book 2 have a USB-C port?

Yes, it does! All Surface Book 2 models come with a single USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 port as a standard. The port supports data transfers (up to 5Gbps or 625MB/s), display out, and charging. It is beside the Surface Connect port on the base section’s right side. Here are the complete specs of the USB-C port.

  • USB Type-C port.
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard.
  • Transfers up to 5Gbps or 625MB/s.
  • Supports DisplayPort 1.2 Alt Mode and Digital Audio.
  • Supports up to One 4K@60Hz or two 4K@30Hz.
  • Supports Power Delivery revision 3.0 with power rules of 5v, 9v, 15v, and 20v supports chargers rated at 45W or bigger. It is also backward compatible with PD 2.0.
Surface Book 2 USB-C Port Specs
Surface Book 2 USB-C port details.
6Does Microsoft Surface Book 2 support external Graphics (eGPU)?

No, it doesn’t! Currently, all standard external graphics processing units use Thunderbolt 3 technology, which has a bandwidth of 40Gbps to utilize the performance of graphics cards. Unfortunately, Microsoft Surface Book 2 has only a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 with a maximum bandwidth of 5Gbps.

Surface Book 2 eGPU
eGPU supports on Surface Book 2.
7Does the Surface Book 2 have a full-size USB port?

Yes, it does! All Surface Book 2 models have two high-speed full-size USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports as a standard. The port supports super-speed data transfers up to 5Gbps or 625MB/s. It is on the laptop’s left side beside the full-size SDXC card reader. Here are the complete specs of the USB port:

  • 2 x Full-Size USB ports
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard
  • Transfers up to 5Gbps or 625MB/s
  • Power output up to 5V/900mA
Surface Book 2 USB-A Port Specs
Dual full-size USB ports on Surface Book 2.
8Does the Microsoft Surface Book 2 have a headphone jack?

Yes, it does! All Surface Book 2 models have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the tablet section’s top-right side.

9Does the Microsoft Surface Book 2 have an HDMI port?

No, it doesn’t! Both 13-inch and 15-inch models of Surface Book 2 don’t have HDMI ports. However, you can use a USB-C adapter, hub, or dock with an HDMI port to connect to the laptop’s USB-C port.

Surface Book 2 HDMI Port
USB-C to HDMI adapter for Surface Book 2.
10Does the Microsoft Surface Book 2 have an Ethernet port?

None of the Surface Book 2 models come with an Ethernet port. However, you can use a USB-C adapter with an Ethernet port to connect to the laptop’s USB-C port. Once connected, you can plug in a network cable to access the local network.

Surface Book 2 Ethernet Port
USB-C to Ethernet Hub

Since the USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port on Surface Book 2 has high bandwidth (up to 5 Gbps), you can opt for a Gigabit ethernet adapter without issue.

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