Microsoft Surface Book FAQs: Everything you need to know!

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Microsoft Surface Book FAQs

Microsoft Surface Book is the most high-performance laptop with incredible power and versatility. From the 6th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7, up to 16GB, to optional discrete graphics for an unparalleled laptop experience. It features a beautiful 13.5-inch PixelSense display with individually calibrated for true-to-life color with high contrast and low glare. On top of that, it can be detached the screen to use like a clipboard, or rotate and reattach the screen to use the full hardware accelerated graphics.

It’s better to know more about this device before you make a purchase decision, and here is our comprehensive Microsoft Surface Book frequently asked questions that should clear up all your queries. We will try to cover all Surface Book question segments including display, battery, performance, software, and design.

  1. Surface Book Design, Configuration & Purchasing Q&As
  2. Surface Book Display & Screen Q&As
  3. Surface Book Battery & Power Q&As
  4. Surface Book Performance Q&As
  5. Surface Book Software & Compatibility Q&As
  6. Surface Book Comparison Q&As
  7. Surface Book Miscellaneous Q&As

1 Surface Book Design, Configuration & Purchasing Q&As

1How much does a Surface Book cost?

There are three processor configurations of Surface Book:

  • Integrated GPU
    $1499 - i5 | 8 GB | 128 GB$1699 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB $2499 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU with 1GB
    $1899 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB$1999 - i7 | 8 GB | 512 GB
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M 2GB GPU
    $2399 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB$2799 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB$3299 - i7 | 16 GB | 1 TB
2What are the dimensions of the Surface Book?
Microsoft Surface Book has dimensions of:

  • Surface Book
    12.3” x 9.14” x 0.51”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm)
  • Surface Book with Performance Base
    12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
  • Surface Book Clipboard only
    8.67” x 12.3” x 0.30” (220.2 mm x 312.3 mm x 7.7 mm)
3How much does the Surface Book weight?
Microsoft Surface Book is weight at:

  • Surface Book Non-GPU 3,34 lbs (1,515 g)
  • Surface Book NVIDIA GeForce GPU 3,48 lbs (1,578 g)
  • Surface Book NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 3.68 lbs (1,647 g)
  • Surface Book Clipboard only 1.6 lbs. (726 g)
4What ports are on the Surface Book?

Here are all available ports on the Surface Book:

  1. 2 x Full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
  2. 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  3. 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
  4. 1 x Full-size SD™ card reader 
  5. 1 x Surface Connect (in the base)
  6. 1 x Surface Connect (in the tablet)
5Does Surface Book have a camera?
Yes, there are two cameras on Surface Book:

  1. 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  2. 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
6What processor is in the Surface Book?

Microsoft Surface Book has two processor configurations:

  1. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
    • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 520.
    • Base Frequency: 2.40 GHz
    • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.00 GHz
    • Cache: 3 MB SmartCache
    • 2 cores, 4 threads
  2. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U
    • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 520.
    • Base Frequency: 2.80 GHz
    • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.40 GHz
    • Cache: 4 MB SmartCache
    • 2 cores, 4 threads
7Does Surface Book include pen?
No, Surface Book does come with a Surface Pen out of the box. It supports 1,024 levels of pressure and replaceable pen tips.
8Does the new Surface Book come with a keyboard?
Yes, the Surface Book always sold with a keyboard bundled.
9When was Surface Book release?

Microsoft Surface Book was:

  • Announced and preordered on October 7, 2015
  • Available on October 26, 2015.
10Can you upgrade RAM on Surface Book?
No, you can’t upgrade your Surface Book RAM as it was soldered directly onto the motherboard.
11Is the Surface Book fanless?
No, All Surface Book comes with fans:

  • Surface Book has only one fan inside the tablet section.
  • Surface Book with dGPU has one fan in the base and another one in the tablet section.

2 Surface Book Display & Screen Q&As

12What size is Surface Book’s display?
Surface Book has a 13.5-inch PixelSense™ Display.
13What is the resolution of Surface Book?
Surface Book has a resolution of 3000 x 2000 and a pixel density of 267ppi (pixels per Inch).

For more information, check:

14Does Surface Book need a screen protector?
Even Microsoft Surface Book’s screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4, it still prone to scratches. You’d better pick one up for your Surface Book to protect it from scratches.
15What is the default Surface Book display scaling?
Micorosft Surface Book has a default display scaling of 200%.
16What is the aspect ratio of Surface Book?
Surface Book has a 3:2 aspect ratio.

3 Surface Book Battery & Power Q&As

17How long does the Surface Book last?
Microsoft Surface Book last 12-hours of battery life of local video playback tested by Microsoft.
18What is the battery capacity of Microsoft Surface Book?
Microsoft Surface Book has a battery capacity of 69 Wh (9,187 mAh, 7.5V). For more information check:
19How do I charge my Surface Book?

You can charge your Surface Book by using the OEM charger came with your Surface Book – Plug the charger to the power source and plug the Surface Connect connector to the charging port on the right side of Surface Book. It’s a magnet and reversible connector and it’s an official and recommended charging method by Microsoft.

20Can I charge my Surface Book base alone?
Yes, you can charge your Surface Book’s base section alone either with or without tablet section attached.
21Can I charge my Surface Book’s tablet section alone?
Yes, you can charge your Surface Book’s tablet section alone by connecting Surface Connect charging connector to the Surface Connect port available under Surface Book’s tablet section.
22Can I charge Surface Book via USB?

No, USB port on Surface Book is used for data transfer only.

4 Surface Book Performance Q&As

23Can Microsoft Surface Book run Photoshop?
Absolutely yes. Microsoft Surface Book equipped with the latest 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors combined with Intel® HD Graphics and optional high-performance discrete-GPU is perfectly powerful to handle all tasks available on Photoshop.
24Can the Surface Book run games?
Yes, you can play many game titles at medium settings.
25Can you code or programming on Surface Book?
For writing code, Microsoft Surface Book is more than powerful enough to handle most code editor such as VS Code, Atom, or Notepad++. Combined with its great tactile keys, it’s a perfect mobile development machine you want to have. It’s also capable of compiling complex codes on Visual Studio or Android Studio as well.
26Is Surface Book 64-bit?
Yes, Microsoft Surface Book uses the 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors which supports 64-bit instruction and it does come with a 64-bit version of Windows 10.
27Is Surface Book good for drawing?
Yes, drawing is really smooth on most apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Windows Ink, Sketchable, Bamboo Ink, OneNote, and more. It supports the latest Surface Pen with 4,096 levels of pressure and tilts support.
28Will Surface Book run Office?
Yes, Surface Book comes with a Microsoft Office 365 30-days trial. Office apps will run smoothly on Microsoft Surface Book.
29Will Surface Dock work with Surface Book?
Yes, Microsoft Surface Book works smoothly with Surface Dock via Surface Connect port.

5 Surface Book Software & Compatibility Q&As

30Does Surface Book run Windows 10?
Yes, it does. Surface Book shipped with a full version of Windows 10 Pro.
31Can you download apps on Surface Book?
Yes, you can. You can download safe and Microsoft verified apps and games from Microsoft Store. Since it’s a full version of Windows 10, you can also download and install any apps from any source you’d like to.
32Does Surface Book run full Windows?
Yes, Surface Book comes with full Windows 10 Pro.
33How do I reset my Surface Book?

To reset your Surface Book, plug in your Surface Book so you don’t run out of power during the refresh.

  1. Open Settings > Update & Security.
  2. Select Recovery.
  3. Under “Reset this PC“, select Get started.
  4. Choose either Keep my files or Remove everything.
  5. If you choose to Remove everything, you can choose to clean only the drive where Windows is installed and all drives.
  6. Next, you will have the option to just remove my files and remove files and clean the drive. The option to clean the drive is more secure but takes much longer. For example, if you are recycling your Surface, you should clean the drive. If you are keeping your Surface, you just need to remove your files.
  7. Select Reset.
    Surface Book will restart and the Surface logo appears during the reset process (this can take several minutes).
34Is Microsoft Office free on Surface Book?
No, the 13.5-inch Surface Book comes with a free Office 365 30-days trial, and you need to purchase a subscription to continue using the full Office suite when the trial period ended.

35Does Surface Book need antivirus?
In most cases, you don’t need a third-party antivirus. Windows 10 on Surface Book has a built-in Windows Defender for virus and threat protection out of the box. It’s free and receives definition updates regularly via Windows Update.

6 Surface Book Comparison Q&As

36What is the difference between Surface Laptop and Surface Book?
37What is the difference between Surface Book 2 and Surface Book?

7 Surface Book Miscellaneous Q&As

38Is Surface Book a tablet or a laptop?
It’s a 70% laptop and 30% tablet form factor.
39What is the company that makes Surface Book?
Surface Book is a product among other Surface-branded products that are made by the Microsoft company.
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