Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface Book 2, and it’s pulling no punches as it targets Apple’s MacBook Pro. Packing new processors for as much as twice the power of Apple’s flagship notebooks, there’s now not just one 2-in-1 but two. Joining the existing 15-inch model is a brand new 13.5-inch Surface Book 2.

Microsoft’s design hasn’t strayed too far from the original Surface Book we first saw in late 2015. Even as the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop have embraced the tactile charms of Alcantara, the 2-in-1 notebook has remained a fabric hold-out. It’s testament to that original aesthetic that the Surface Book 2 is still instantly recognizable, then.

Much of that is down to the hinge, which resolutely refuses to fold flat and instead gives the Surface Book 2 its unusual profile. As before, you can release the upper touchscreen section – complete with processor, storage, and battery – from the keyboard section and use it as a tablet. However the mechanism for that has been improved, and you don’t have to hold your finger down on the button any more.

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