Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Book 2: which one should you buy? | Digital Trends Spanish


Microsoft’s Surface product line isn’t for everyone, but if you want a powerful 2-in-1 with great battery life, there aren’t many that can beat them. However, when you consider the new and different models within this line, it can be difficult to decide which is the best for you. To help you get to know them, we take on the Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Book 2 and we compare them on design, performance, and portability.

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Design

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Surface Pro 7 and Surface Book 2 are detachable 2-in-1 computers. That means its keyboards are separate devices from the main tablet layout. The big difference between these two models is that the Surface Pro 7 does not include the Type Coverwhile the Surface Book 2 includes a full keyboard with just one hinge.

Almost all of Microsoft’s Surface products exude a cool professionalism that’s hard to find outside of Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup, and the Surface Book 2 is easily the flagship device in that regard.

It is extremely strong, with a solid magnesium frame that is lightweight and durable. It feels solid, professional, and high-quality, although that’s to be expected as such with its high price.

Surface Pro 7 is an equally well-built device, although with its thinner keyboard it’s not as substantial or as dominant. But, since both devices have detachable keyboards, each is incredibly light in tablet mode, and the Surface Book 2 is somewhat lighter, despite its larger screen.

The Surface Book 2 also has a port range similar to the Surface Pro 7. It has a pair of USB-A ports, a USB-C port, a headphone jack, two Surface Connect ports, and a full-size SDXC card reader. .

Meanwhile, Surface Pro 7 comes equipped with a USB-A port, a USB-C port, a headphone jack, a Surface docking port, and a micro-SDXC card reader. That’s a good mix of connectivity, which means you won’t need to use a dongle with neither device.

Finally, the displays on both systems are excellent, each with identical pixel densities of 267 dpi. The Surface Book 2 has a larger 13.5-inch screen with a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels. The Pro 7 is smaller at 12.3 inches and a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels.

Performance

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Because the Surface Pro 7 is a newer device, you’ll see better overall performance only at the processor level. Surface Book 2 is based on 7th and 8th generation Intel Core processors, while Surface Pro 7 uses 10th generation chips.

Throwing in reference numbers seems pointless in this case, but we can at least compare the two Core i7 chips to give you an idea. The i7-8650U chip in the Surface Book 2 scored 1,076 points in the single-core test, while the i7-1065G7 chip in the Surface Pro 7 scored 1,199.

Meanwhile, the i7-8650U chip in the Book 2 scored 3,350 points in the multi-core test and the i7-1065G7 in the Pro 7 scored 4,447. There is a slight improvement over the 8th generation, which lies in the improved performance of the integrated GPU.

However, the Surface Book 2 has the upper hand in terms of GPU. Intel’s 10th generation integrated graphics cannot match the power of a discrete GPU. Nvidia’s GTX 1050 isn’t exactly the top GPU, sure, but it’s better than no discrete graphics at all. This is ideal if you want to play games in Full HD, edit videos, or design your next home in AutoCAD.

For general computing, the Surface Pro 7 is easily the best machine in terms of price vs. performance. However, when you need additional graphics capabilities, the Surface Book 2 is way ahead of its little sister if you configure it with the dedicated graphics chip.

Portability

Surface Pro 7 vs.  Surface Book 2: which one should you buy?
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Both Surface Pro 7 and Surface Book 2 are incredibly portable 2-in-1s, especially when in tablet mode.

The Surface Book 2 is the largest and heaviest device, with Core i5 configurations measuring 0.90 inches thick and weighing 3.38 pounds with the keyboard attached; the tablet part is only 0.51 inches. The Core i7 configuration, with the attached keyboard, is 0.90 inches thick and weighs 3.62 pounds. The tablet part is thicker than the Core i5 versions at 0.59 inches.

Surface Pro 7, on the other hand, is just 0.33 inches thick without the optional keyboard. The Core i3 and i5 configurations weigh 1.70 pounds compared to the 1.74-pound Core i7 configuration. The Type Cover adds another 0.20 inches and 0.68 pounds. This makes the Pro 7 the best option in terms of weight and size.

While the Surface Pro 7 is a bit easier to handle, it can’t match the battery life of the Book 2. The Pro 7 offers eight and a half hours of battery life, but the Book 2 managed 11 hours of web browsing. and 17 hours for video playback in our tests.

An important caveat, however, is that the Surface Book 2 has two batteries, one in the keyboard and one in the tablet, the latter of which is smaller. That means in tablet mode it lasts only two to three hours.

Surface Book 2 is better, but has a ‘but …’

Surface Pro 7 vs.  Surface Book 2: which one should you buy?
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Surface Pro 7 It starts at $ 675 with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 10th-generation Core i3-1005G1 dual-core processor. Upgrades include a quad-core Core i5-1035G4, or for $ 1,349 you can get a Core i7-1065G7 with 256GB of storage. For $ 2,069 you can get 16GB of RAM and a terabyte of SSD space.

The Surface Book 2 It starts at $ 1,034 and comes with a 7th-generation Core i5-7300U, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. That’s a pretty weak starting point compared to the Surface Pro 7, considering the 7300U is a previous-gen dual-core processor. Most importantly though, with the Surface Book 2, you can get a discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU.

However, the Surface Book 2 is out of stock through Microsoft since the company is now targeting the Surface Book 3. But you can still find the second-gen model at Best Buy and other retailers.

Best Buy sells a $ 2,000 setup with the 8th generation Core i7-8650U, Nvidia’s GTX 1050, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. If you want to go beyond that, you will also find configurations of the 15-inch model.

Overall, picking a winner out of these two Surface 2-in-1s is tough, as it’s all about each being better at certain things. Surface Pro 7 is more affordable and offers better hardware at that lower price. But it’s not as rugged, not as graphically capable, or as durable as the Surface Book 2.

Still, Surface Pro 7 will be the best option for most people. Surface Book 2 is the most capable piece of hardware, but it is also more expensive and has outdated processors. If you want a dedicated GPU and long battery life, it’s near perfect. Most people don’t need that graphical power, which makes the Surface Pro 7 the best option.

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