Unboxing the Core i7 Microsoft Surface Book

Best microSD expansion cards for Surface Book
Best microSD expansion cards for Surface Book

Last week we reviewed the Surface Pro 4 in-depth. Unfortunately, we were not given a Surface Book review due to limited quantities. We know you folks demand more from us so what else to do but buy one on day one at a Microsoft Store?

Luckily, we were able to walk into the New York City flagship location around 3PM and still pick up the hard-to-find Core i7 version with 512 GB of storage and a nice heaping 16 GB of RAM. Plus, yeah, it has that nifty Nvidia GPU on board too. Cost before tax? $2,699.99. Yowza!

We roll hard.

Although we plan on reviewing this impressive hardware next week, for now we'll do a quick unboxing and hands-on of the latest Surface. Have you pre-orderd? Still deciding which Surface to get? Sound off in comments and let us know what you think!

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Display13.5-inch Pixel Sense displayContrast Ratio: 1800:1
Display Resolution3000 x 2000 at 267ppiAspect Ratio: 3:2
SoftwareWindows 10 Pro
Processor6th Gen Intel Core i7 dual-core
Storage512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Memory16GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce custom graphics (GPU)
Rear Camera8MP with autofocus, 1080P recording
Front Camera5MPFull HD (1920 x 1080)Windows Hello face-authentication
SpeakersFront-facing stereo speakers with Dolby audio
PortsTwo full-size USB 3.0, Full-size SD card reader, Surface Connect, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort
SensorsSensors, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
SecurityTPM chip for enterprise security
Battery Life12 hours of use
PenSurface Pen1,024 levels of pressure sensitivityMagnetic storage
Power Supply36W power supply with USB chargin port65W power supply with USB charging power (discrete GPU SKU)
Weight1.6lbs (tablet)3.48lbs (full)
DimensionsLaptop: 9.14 x 12.30 x 0.51- 0.90 in ( 232.1 x 312.3 x 13 -22.8 mm)Clipboard: 8.67 x 12.30 x 0.30 in (220.2 x 312.3 x 7.7 mm)
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.