Surface Book 2 refresh: What's new and what we hoped to see

A Surface book 2 refresh showed up in Microsoft’s store today. Here is all that is new about it and what we wished they added in the refresh.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Refresh


What’s New

The surface book 2 refresh only brings a spec bump with no update to design. The base model of the previous edition was incredibly lacking. The laptop used a dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core-i5 processor, while the other models all featured more powerful quad-core 8th-generation Core-i7 processors.

The software giant is introducing Intel’s latest 8th Gen quad-core i5 processor for the 13-inch Surface Book 2 model and keeping the existing dual-core 7th Gen model at a discounted price of $1,299. The refreshed quad-core model will be priced at $1,499 and includes an i5-8350U which bumps the processor’s maximum boost clock speed up to 3.6GHz also with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM

What we hoped to see

Microsofts decision to exclude thunderbolt support was a letdown. with the public backlash on the device after its launch we hoped the software giant would consider adding Thunderbolt support in a refresh but no.

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The fact that the Surface Book 2 uses Intel’s integrated graphics makes the device run longer on battery. Though the graphics performance from the integrated graphics will suffice for light graphics tasks, thunderbolt support would have a much-welcomed feature and would have brought the possibility of using an external GPU for light gaming or video editing and rendering in Premier.

Microsoft makes it hard for the Surface Book 2 to be a viable option contender for laptop buyers. The value per dollar is low considering what other laptops provide for about the same price. the Dell XPS 13 for example, currently sells on Amazon for $1,569 which would get you the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 512 GB SSD in contract with i5-8350U which bumps the processor’s maximum boost clock speed up to 3.6GHz also with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM offered by the Microsoft