Surface Book

In this article we will do a detailed specs comparison between the newest Surface member, the Surface Pro 2017 and the more powerful, the ultimate laptop Surface Book. Let’s get started.


Surface ProSurface Book
DisplayScreen: 12.3″ PixelSense™ Display
Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multi-touch
Screen: 13.5″ PixelSense™ Display
Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio: 1700:1
Surface Pen enabled
Touch: 10 point multi-touch
ProcessorIntel® Core™ 7th-generation m3, i5, or i76th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 or i7
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 615 (m3)
Intel® HD Graphics 620 (i5)
Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640 (i7)
Surface Book: i5: Intel® HD graphics 520;
i5/i7: NVIDIA® GeForce® dGPU with 1GB GDDR5 memory,
Surface Book with Performance Base: i7: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M 2GB GPU
Battery LifeUp to 13.5 hours of video playbackSurface Book: Up to 12 hours of video playback,
Surface Book with Performance Base: Up to 16 hours of video playback
StorageSolid state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TBSolid state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
Connections1 x Full-size USB 3.0
microSDXC card reader
Surface Connect
3.5mm Headphone jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port
Two full-size USB 3.0
Full-size SD™ card reader (SDXC compatible)
Two Surface Connect ports
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Compatible with Surface Dial Off-Screen Interaction
Camera, audio and videoWindows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p Full HD video
Dual microphones
1.6W Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
Windows Hello4 face sign-in camera (front-facing)
5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video (front-facing)
8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video (rear-facing)
Dual microphones
Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
3.5mm headphone jack
WirelessWi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible,
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking,
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible,
Bluetooth 4.0 LE wireless technology
SensorsAmbient light sensor
Ambient light sensor
Hall effect
Dimensions11.5″ x 7.9″ x 0.33″ (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)Surface Book: 12.30″ x 9.14″ x 0.51 – 0.90″ (312.3mm x 232.1mm x 13.0 – 22.8mm),
Surface Book with Performance Base: 12.30″ x 9.14″ x 0.59 – 0.90″ (312.3mm x 232.1mm x 14.9 – 22.8mm)
Weightm3: 1.69 lbs (768 g)
i5: 1.70 lbs (770 g)
i7: 1.73 lbs (784 g)
Surface Book: Starting at 3.34 lbs (1,516 g) including keyboard,
Surface Book with Performance Base: 3.68 lbs (1,647 g) including keyboard
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro (Office 30-day trial)Windows 10 Pro (Office 30-day trial)
PriceStarts at $799Starts at $1,499

Which one should you buy?

From the specs, Surface Book looks quite the winner when it comes to raw performance. But, you won’t feel any lags or slow down in your daily tasks like web browsing, email or working with Office etc. with either of them. If you are a graphic designer or a user who is solely dependent on graphics intensive tasks like Adobe Photoshop etc. on a multi-monitor set up, then Surface Book with performance base is the best option for you.

However, if you do not fall into any of the categories, then go with the Surface Pro, it is a great new device, too. Surface Pro has a new hinge-design which lets you put it into Studio Mode and works with Surface Dial, too. It is 50% more battery efficient than Surface Pro 4, 1.7x faster than MacBook and 2.5x faster than Surface Pro 3.

One more thing is the price point of the device. Surface Pro is priced at half the amount you pay for the Surface Book. So, if you are on a tight budget but still want to feel premium, buy the Surface Pro else you know what to look for.
Pre-order Surface Pro
Buy Surface Book