Full specs

Key Features
What's new
  • Performance Info
    • Up to 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U (2-Core, up to 3.40Ghz w/Turbo Boost)
    • Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU (1GB GDDR5)
    • Up to 1TB SSD
    • Up to 16GB (1866Mhz LPDDR3 RAM)
    • Up to 12 hours battery life (69Wh)
  • The most powerful Microsoft's Laptop
    • Surface Book is a high-performance laptop with exceptional power and unprecedented versatility as a laptop, powerful tablet,  detachable touchscreen, and a portable studio.
  • Best-in-class screen
    • 13.5-inch PixelSense™ display with 6 million pixels (3000x2000), 1700:1 contrast ratio, and 100% sRGB color gamut.
    • It supports 10-point multitouch and Surface Pen with 1,024 pressure sensitivity (magnet attached to the side of the screen).
  • More Features
    • Magnet charging connector, Full-size USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, 5MP front and 8MP rear camera.
AvailabilitySurface Book
Released2015
Release Info
  • Introduced: October 7, 2015
  • Pre-ordered: October 7, 2015
  • Released: October 26, 2015
PricingStarting at 1,499$
Surface Book 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
NEW Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 15" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
NEW Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 15" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
By Microsoft
$899.99
$1,299.00 31% OFF
Microsoft Surface Book, 256GB, 13.5, Windows 10 Pro, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM - Silver (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book, 256GB, 13.5, Windows 10 Pro, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM - Silver (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$325.00
New Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
New Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
By Microsoft
$709.99
Microsoft Surface Book 13.5-Inch (128GB, 8GB RAM, Intel Core i5) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 13.5-Inch (128GB, 8GB RAM, Intel Core i5) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$267.00
Microsoft Surface Book 3 (SMW-00001) | 15in (3240 x 2160) Touch-Screen | Intel Core i7 Processor | 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD Storage | Windows 10 Pro | GeForce GTX 1660 GPU (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 3 (SMW-00001) | 15in (3240 x 2160) Touch-Screen | Intel Core i7 Processor | 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD Storage | Windows 10 Pro | GeForce GTX 1660 GPU (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$1,799.99
DisplaySurface Book
Size13.5 Inches
Info
  • Display Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (6M Pixels)
  • Display Density: 267 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1700:1
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
ExteriorSurface Book
Dimensions12.3” x 9.14” x 0.51”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm)
Weight
  • Tablet Only: 1.6 lbs (726 g)
  • Surface Book: 3.34 lbs (1,515 g)
  • Surface Book with dGPU: 3.48 lbs (1,578 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 3.0
  • 2 x Surface Connect™
    1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base, both supports charging and docking.
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size SDXC card reader (UHS-II performance)
Internal SpecsSurface Book
Processor
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.40 → 3.00 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.60 → 3.40 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
    Intel® HD Graphics 520
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1000 MHz
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U
    Intel® HD Graphics 520
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1050 MHz
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU
    Maxwell Architecture, 1GB GDDR5 128-bit, 954 - 993 MHz, 384 CUDA Cores.
Memory
8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
128GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
ConnectivitySurface Book
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
BatterySurface Book
Size
  • Total: 69Wh
    Clipboard: 18Wh
    Base: 51Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 12 hours of video playback
Power Supply
  • Surface Book
    36W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port.
  • Surface Book with dGPU
    65W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port.
SoftwareSurface Book
OSWindows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 365 30-days trial
Camera & AudioSurface Book
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
MiscSurface Book
InkingSupports Surface Pen
1024 levels of pressure
Magnetic storage
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • HW TPM chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box
  • Surface Book
  • Surface Pen
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty
MoreSupports Surface Dial
Supports off-screen interaction only.

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 individually calibrated for true-to-life color with high contrast and low glare. On top of that, it can be detached from the screen to use like a clipboard, or rotate and reattach the screen to use the full hardware accelerated graphics.

What’s new

6th Gen Intel processors

Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
ProcessorIntel Core i5-6300UIntel Core i7-6600U
Base Frequency2.4 GHz2.6 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.0 GHz3.4 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB4 MB
Max Memory Size32 GB
Detailed specs for processors on Surface Book

Integrated graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphic 520Intel HD Graphic 520
Graphics Frequency300 – 1000 MHz
Graphics Max Memory32 GB
Graphics 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz
Graphics DirectX12
Graphics OpenGL4.4
# Display Supported3
Detailed specs for integrated graphics on Surface Book

First Surface with discrete graphics

NVIDIA Geforce GPUNVIDIA GeForce GPU
Graphics
Also known as NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
Graphics Frequency954 – 993 MHz
Graphics Memory1024 MB GDDR5 memory
CUDA Cores384
Graphics DirectX12
Graphics FeaturesGPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, GeForce Experience
Detailed specs for NVIDIA GeForce GPU on Surface Book

Tips and tricks

Discover how to make the most of your Surface Book (1st Gen) with our carefully curated collection of tips and tricks. Our comprehensive guide will help you extend battery life, increase performance, improve productivity, and troubleshoot any problems that may occur.

Update History

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

2021
Jul
29
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    Addresses critical security vulnerability.
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May
06
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    Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
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2020
Sep
15
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    Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
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Apr
30
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    Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
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Feb
13
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    Resolves screen detach scenarios when using “Light Theme”.
    View

Please visit our Surface Book update tracker page for a complete driver and firmware update release timeline.

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FAQs

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.

1Is the Surface Book a tablet or a laptop?
It’s a 70% laptop and 30% tablet form factor.
2Does 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
3Does Surface Book include pen?
Yes, Surface Book does come with a Surface Pen out of the box. It supports 1,024 levels of pressure and replaceable pen tips.
4Does the new Surface Book come with a keyboard?
Yes, the Surface Book is always sold with a keyboard bundled.
5When was the Surface Book released?

Microsoft Surface Book was:

  • Announced and preordered on October 7, 2015
  • Available on October 26, 2015.
6Can you upgrade the RAM on Surface Book?
No, you can’t upgrade your Surface Book RAM as it was soldered directly onto the motherboard.
7Is 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.
8How long will Microsoft support the original Surface Book?

According to Surface lifecycle documentation, Microsoft Surface Book will reach the end of its driver and firmware updates on November 13, 2021. The company promises to support all Surface devices starting from its release date for at least four years.

DeviceRelease DateEnd of Servicing Date
Surface BookOctober 26, 2015November 13, 2021
Surface Book with Performance BaseNovember 10, 2016November 13, 2021

After the end of servicing date, the original Surface Book devices will continue to receive Windows OS feature and security updates as long as it meets minimum hardware requirements for any future Windows OS. Currently, Windows 10 is the latest supported operating system for Surface Book.

1Can 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.
2Can the Surface Book run games?
Yes, you can play many game titles at medium settings.
3Can you code or program on Surface Book?
For writing code, Microsoft Surface Book is more than powerful enough to handle most code editors such as VS Code, Atom, or Notepad++. Combined with its great tactile keys, it’s the perfect mobile development machine you want to have. It’s also capable of compiling complex codes on Visual Studio or Android Studio as well.
4Is 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.
5Is 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.
6Will Surface Book run Office?
Yes, the Surface Book comes with a Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial. Office apps will run smoothly on Microsoft Surface Book.
7Will Surface Dock work with Surface Book?
Yes, the Microsoft Surface Book works smoothly with Surface Dock via the Surface Connect port.
1How long does the Surface Book last?
Microsoft Surface Book lasts 12 hours of battery life of local video playback tested by Microsoft.
2What is the battery capacity of the Microsoft Surface Book?
Microsoft Surface Book has a battery capacity of 69 Wh (9,187 mAh, 7.5V). For more information check:
3How do I charge my Surface Book?

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

4Can I charge my Surface Book base alone?
Yes, you can charge your Surface Book’s base section alone either with or without the tablet section attached.
5Can I charge my Surface Book’s tablet section alone?
Yes, you can charge your Surface Book’s tablet section alone by connecting the Surface Connect charging connector to the Surface Connect port available under the Surface Book’s tablet section.
6Can I charge the Surface Book via USB?

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

1Does Surface Book run Windows 10?
Yes, it does. Surface Book shipped with a full version of Windows 10 Pro.
2Can you download apps on Surface Book?
Yes, you can. You can download safe and Microsoft-verified apps and games from the 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.
3Does Surface Book run full Windows?
Yes, the Surface Book comes with full Windows 10 Pro.
4How 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 will appear during the reset process (this can take several minutes).
5Is Microsoft Office free on Surface Book?
No, the 13.5-inch Surface Book comes with a free Office 365 30-day trial, and you need to purchase a subscription to continue using the full Office suite when the trial period ends.

6Does 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.

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