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Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5 Review Rundown

MicrosoftPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5-inch 2-in-1 Laptop
Neoscore* 74%
  • Gorgeous display
  • High-quality keyboard and touchpad
  • Strong performance for a 13-inch laptop
  • Long battery life
  • Thick bezels
  • Only one USB-C port

Summary

Microsoft Surface Book 3 is a performance leader among 13-inch laptops. Compared to the larger 15-inch model, the Surface Book 3 13.5 can be purchased without the discrete GPU and is available with a lower maximum storage capacity. For those who plan on gaming on the device, the 13.5-inch model unfortunately loses the Xbox Wireless built-in found in the larger model.
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

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Book 3 combines the full power of a laptop with the detachable portability of a tablet. It's an excellent clamshell laptop, with a particularly comfortable keyboard and a beautiful display. Still, as good as a laptop as it is, it's prohibitively expensive for those of you who are simply looking for a laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Beautiful display
  • Detachable keyboard
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Pricey for a 13-inch laptop

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Surface Book 3 has an IPS display in the productivity-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio and a high 3,000 x 2,000 resolution. The laptop isn't quite as fast as some other laptops with similar GPUs, though most of those are larger 15-inch laptops. In our real-world Handbrake test that encoded a 420MB video as H.265, the Surface Book3 finished in a second over 3 minutes.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Strong performance for a 13-inch laptop
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Thick bezels
  • Only one USB-C port

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
In our test configuration with an Intel Core i7-1065G7, 32 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q and 512 GB SSD, the Surface Book 3 13.5 costs around 2,650 Euros (~$2,973) Microsoft offers a 12-month warranty period to buyers of the Surface Books.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright, high-contrast IPS display
  • NVMe SSD
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB Type-C port
  • Only 12 months warranty

theverge[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The 13.5-inch Surface Book 3 looks and feels identical to the Book 2 in all but a few small ways. The Book 3 is not powerful enough to catapult the Book 3 into gaming laptop territory. You have a lot more room on the Surface Book's screen to swap between multiple apps and tabs.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Unique detachable screen
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Display wobbles when you touch it

references

1. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5 review: A bold but ageing beauty. cnet. 2020-06-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13-inch) review: A portable powerhouse. digitaltrends. 2020-06-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Surface Book 3 13.5 review: Microsoft convertible is slowly getting old. notebookcheck. 2020-06-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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