If you’re looking forward for the Surface Book 2, you’ll have to wait a lot longer, because this is just about slightly improving what’s on the market today. The new Surface Book with Performance Base sports the same sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor; same set of ports (no USB Type-C); and the same 13.5-inch PixelSense display with 3000 x 2000 pixels of resolution. The only upgrade that Microsoft is making is adding the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M that includes 2GB of GDDR5 memory, bringing up to twice the graphics from the previous model. And the battery capacity has been increased to deliver up to 16 hours of battery life on a single charge, which translates into four more hours compared to the original model.

Surface Book with Performance Base

Although these might seem like minor changes, adding the powerful processor (even though, it’s not a Kadylake), upgrading the graphics, and adding more battery forced Microsoft to modify the base of the Surface Book to fit the new hardware. While the Surface Book features impressive new graphics chip, keep in mind that Microsoft is not advertising the new Windows 10 laptop as a gaming device. Sure, you can play some lightweight gaming, but for the money you’ll be spending, there are better alternatives. You can even get new gaming laptops with other Nvidia processors with virtual reality support to use the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. The Surface Book with Performance Base is slightly thicker, heavier, and pricing is $100 more than the original model. However, if you’re looking for the top-of-the-line device with unmatched performance this is what you want to get.

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