Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 Review Rundown

Microsoft | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Microsoft Surface Book 3 15
  • Very good battery life
  • Detachable display for use as a tablet
  • Long battery life for a convertible
  • Only one USB Type-C port

Summary

Microsoft Surface Book 3 is a compelling device, even though not much has changed in the 2.5 years since the release of the Surface Book 2. It is never going to be the sales leader in the Surface lineup, mostly due to the price, but there is no denying that it is still one of the best notebooks on the market.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

anandtech[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
The Surface Book 3 is the third generation of Microsoft's most powerful notebook computer. The Surface Book was a unique take on a convertible laptop, thanks to the detachable tablet, putting a dGPU in the keyboard base, and especially the dynamic fulcrum hinge. Microsoft has also included the latest NVIDIA GPUs targeting laptops in 2020, with the smaller 13.5-inch model offering an optional GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q. For comparison devices, there will be a mix of devices to see where the Surface Book3 performs compared to new Ice Lake devices.
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Pros[**]
  • Removable display
  • Long battery life
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Two UHD 60 Hz display connections via Surface Dock
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB Type-C port

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's 15-inch Surface Book 2 is still the laptop that tries to be all things to all people. The display section detaches to become a tablet, but can also be flipped around. It's fine for streaming video or web surfing, though it's awfully expensive if that's all you want to do with tablet mode.
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Pros[**]
  • Decent performance for the price
  • Long battery life
  • Decent keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Surface Book 3 is the only product where you get a full tablet and laptop in a single package. It comes in 13-inch and 15-inch versions, which start at $1,599 and $2,299, respectively. The screen regained some footing when we tested for brightness. But the price-to-performance ratio is a problem.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Bright, vivid display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard is undersized
  • Keyboard doesn't connect to tablet

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
As with the preceding Surface Book generation from 2018, there is both a 13.5-inch and a 15-inch version of the Microsoft convertible. We have tested both models and the review of the smaller Surface Book will be available at a later date. The Surface Book 3 is equipped with two cameras: An 8-MP main camera and a 5-MP front camera for video calls & more.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright 4K IPS display
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
  • Long battery life
  • Very good speakers
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB Type-C port
  • Only one year of warranty

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Surface Book 3 is a category-defying device for the few laptop buyers who can afford it and realize its full potential. It comes in either 13.5-inch or 15-inch display sizes and many different internal component configurations. Digital artists can take advantage of the device's flexibility to sketch, retouch, and edit using their fingers.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful graphics performance
  • Comfortable keyboard base
  • Good battery life
  • Two cameras and two USB ports
Cons[**]
  • Lacks a physical keyboard and touchpad

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's 15-inch Surface Book 3 does very little to change its niche appeal. Microsoft has picked Intel's 10th Gen Core i7-1065G7 on the Book 3, a quad-core 15W chip. It's exactly six minutes faster than what we got from the 45W eight-core Core i9 and Radeon Pro 5500M combo in the MacBook Pro 16.
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Pros[**]
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Strong performance for a 15-inch laptop
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the Book 2

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Surface Book 3 is a true laptop (no kickstand or keyboard cover) that detaches to give you a tablet. While the screen is bright, its chassis has a strong build quality and its keyboard is great. The 4.3-pound laptop might not be heavy for its class, but at 13.5 inches it's thicker than the Dell XPS 15.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, colorful 15-inch screen
  • Strong build quality
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Lacks USB-C and USB-A ports

tomshardware[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
In its third iteration, the Surface Book 3 (15-inch), ($2,299.99 to start, $2,799.99 as tested) hasn't changed much on the outside. Microsoft can't take advantage of more powerful processors, despite the premium price and positioning it takes in its lineup. With two batteries (22.3 Whr in the tablet, the keyboard base, it lasts a long time on a charge.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 15-inch display
  • Long battery life
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as competitors

references

  1. 1. ^ The Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-Inch) Review: A Refreshing Dip Into Ice Lake. Anandtech. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 review: Likable but not lovable. Cnet. 19 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) review. Laptopmag. 06 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 Convertible Review: Still great, but is it better than its predecessor?. Notebookcheck. 21 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-Inch) Review. Pcmag. 10 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) review: more power, more problems. Theverge. 27 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) review. Tomsguide. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) Review: Tablet Trade-Offs. Tomshardware. 09 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  10. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  11. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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