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Surface Book 2 hands-on video: MrMobile falls in love ... again

It feels vaguely heretical using a MacBook to type out my Surface Book 2 hands-on, but if you've been following my videos for a while, this particular sacrilege will probably come as no surprise. As I've said before, I'm essentially married to the MacBook Pro because all MrMobile videos are built in Final Cut Pro. But as the saying goes, just because I'm on a diet doesn't mean I can't look at the menu.

For the past two years, the Microsoft Surface Book has sat at the apex of my ideal-Windows-device pyramid. When I reviewed its Performance Base upgrade last year, the laptop's funky four-in-one form factor won me over, its vast capabilities making up for its ponderous size and prodigious price tag. Today, Microsoft reinvigorates its halo notebook with the Surface Book 2, a duo of devices offering the same look and feel of the Surface Book, but with revised specs and two available sizes.

I normally wouldn't wax poetic about so iterative an upgrade – but the Surface Book is a special line of machines, and it is just the shot in the arm the portfolio needed. Microsoft calls it "twice as powerful" as the MacBook Pro, and the company seems to be targeting Apple even more aggressively than it did last year, retaining the Surface Book's USB-A ports and SD card reader while adding USB-C support. That kind of offering seems tailor-made for would-be Windows converts like myself … and it'll be a miracle if I get to the other side of my Surface Book 2 review without buying one.

Until then, join me for the MrMobile Surface Book 2 hands-on! I spent two hours with the new notebooks alongside Windows Central editors Daniel Rubino and Mark Guim, and there's a lot more to these upgraded models than it might first appear. Then check out Windows Central's own Surface Book 2 impressions for the full deep dive, and let me know what you think of 'em in the comments below!

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  • When was this announced? Where have i been?
  • I feel confused too. woke up to all this news confusingly....
  • Me, too :D
  • That's because it was just today! We're in the mix of it my friend!
  • YES! This will hopefully be what my work Surface Pro 3 gets replaced with in February.
  • If you do, enjoy the upgrade man. Book 2 looks like a beast.
  • In the same boat. My only problem is that my SP3 still works very well, so I will have a hard time justifying so expensive of an upgrade.
  • I'm in a similar situation with my person al Pro 4. I would love to have my own Book 2, but the Pro 4 is really all I need. My work gives us new machines every 3-4 years, so hopefully they'll replace the Pro 3 with the Book 2. I'm only going to request the 15" 256GB model. I don't see a need to pay more just for internal storage when there are plenty of USB ports and a card reader.