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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.
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.
Open Settings > Update & Security.
Under “Reset this PC“, select Get started.
Choose either Keep my files or Remove everything.
If you choose to Remove everything, you can choose to clean only the drive where Windows is installed and all drives.
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.
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?
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