I recently reviewed the Toast wood cover for Surface Laptop. I liked it so much I was curious about adding Toast to other Surface devices, and, just as importantly, what were those other wood options (Ash, Bamboo) like?
Enter in the Ash Toast wood cover for the Surface Book 2 15-inch! How was it and what hilarious popular movie reference did I choose for the custom etching? You'll have to watch my quick video review and read on to find out!
Toast cover for Surface Book 2: What it is
Toast is a small company based out of Portland, Oregon. They make all sorts of custom covers for tablets, laptops, and phones out of real wood.
The Toast cover sticks with 3M tape and due to the design is easily removed (well, relatively and you won't damage your device either).
For Surface Book 2 I opted for the ash wood type, which is very light and should not contrast heavily with the magnesium chassis. There are a few parts to this cover including:
- Top cover
- Bottom cover
The top cover starts at $69 while the optional bottom cover is another $30. If you want the Microsoft logo cut out that's an extra $5 as is getting some custom text engraved on the bottom.
Other optional components include keyboard surround (+$20) and a screen cover (+$20). All combined you could spend anywhere from $70 to $149 depending on what you pick.
You can order the Toast cover for Surface Book, Surface Book with Performance Base, Surface Book 2 13-inch, or Surface Book 2 15-inch.
There are also four types of wood to choose from including ash, bamboo, walnut, and ebony and four unique fonts for the optional custom text.
How was it?
Installation for the Surface Book 2 15-inch took around 45 minutes. I was impressed with Toast's attention to detail in covering this device, including little bits around the sides of the fulcrum hinge and even the power and volume buttons.
I noted in the video that the ash wood seemed a bit tacky to me (as in damp and sticky), and that was accurate. But after a few days, the wood did dry, and it now feels normal, so you can disregard that criticism.
Two weeks on and the Toast cover for the Surface Book 2 has held up with no issues whatsoever.
While I like the walnut cover for the cobalt Surface Laptop, I feel the lighter colors of bamboo, or the ash wood I chose, would look better. Either way, it's a tough choice, so hopefully, these photos will help you decide.
The only concern is the Surface Book 2 15-inch is already a relatively larger laptop and adding this much wood to it does make it, well, bulkier. It's not bad, especially for the look, feel, and unique aesthetic, but you will notice this more compared to the Surface Laptop or even Surface Pro.
Regarding quality and craftsmanship, I think Toast did a great job. Everything arrived within a few days of my custom order, and I was very happy with the presentation and quality of the packaging.
- High quality, custom made, real wood cover.
- Easy to apply and precisely cut.
- Many options.
- Helps protect from scratches or cover existing ones.
- Adds bulk to the Surface Book 2.
Whether you like the look of Toast is a personal choice, but the company delivers on what they promise, and for that, they get a high recommendation.
For those curious about the Surface Pro with a Toast wood cover, I'll be looking at the bamboo option in my next review!
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
Looks interesting, and high quality, not my choice, but to each his own.
Stupid money being spent on stupid ****. What a scam!
Some people buy Android-devices which is money down the drain for me, but they still do.
Looks might be stupid for you, but others care about it.
In order to get along with other people in this world, you need to quickly realize that people have different tastes and views than yours. That's OK. No need to put them down for it. Your comment says more about you than a simple cover for a laptop, "calvincjh"
Given how annoying it is to fit a screen protector onto a phone without bubbles/dust/hairs, I would not trust myself to do this effectively. Does it add much thickness to things like USB ports? I'm also curious about heat dissipation through the metal when the laptop is covered like this.
It's actually not as hard as putting on a glass protector on a screen because there's a bit more room for error and there's no worries with getting bubbles or dust trapped under. I'm not sure if it's noticeably affecting the thermal cooling system but my SB2 seems to be handling the added insulation just fine. As per usual, the fans do not kick on when in "best battery life" mode. If anything, there's the added bonus of a layer of insulation between you and the metal. It's a nice feel and definitely an attention grabber. I have the walnut style and I absolutely love it. A note of caution: I will say that I had to unstick and reattach one of the pieces because I put it on wrong and the wood sort of "dried out" in the area where I bent it...it's hard to explain but the super smooth finish on the individual pieces becomes just ever so slightly rougher if you bend the wood too much when unsticking and reapplying.
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