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Microsoft Surface Book 3 15-inch 2-in-1 Laptop

MSRP 2300 USDExt score 74%

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Product Overview

Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 is a flagship 2-in-1 15-inch laptop with exceptionally powerful internals and the unique set of flexibility pioneered by the original Surface Book. Powered by 10th-gen Intel Core Ice Lake processors and strong NVIDIA graphics, included ISV-certified Quadro 3000, the Surface Book 3 15 delivers 50% more performance than its predecessor and up to 17.5 hours of battery life.
As usual, the Surface Book 3 is also a powerful tablet with detachable touchscreen and a mobile workstation. With the Surface Pen and Surface Dial, it makes for three powerful device in one.
Moreover, the Surface Book 3 15 is a strong option for casual gaming, thanks not only to its powerful components but also support for the Xbox Wireless controller and compatible headset.
Alongside the 15-inch Surface Book, Microsoft also refreshed the 13-inch model.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Very good battery life
  • Detachable display for use as a tablet
  • Long battery life for a convertible
Cons
  • Only one USB Type-C port

What external reviewers found***

Ext 74% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great keyboard
  • Solid performance
  • Incredible battery life
Cons
  • Slow CPU performance
  • Poor performance in tablet mode
  • Mediocre webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No 4K display
  • No dedicated GPU
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
2x USB 3.1 Gen2 + USB-C 3.1 Gen2 + 3.5mm Audio jack + 2x Surface Connect ports + SD card
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, Xbox Wireless (15" only)

Construction

Camera | Front
5.0MP with 1080p HD video
Camera | Rear
8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Form Factor
Laptop Mode, Tablet Mode, View Mode, or Studio Mode
Speakers
Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos

Dimensions

Size | Depth
251 mm / 9.87 inch
Size | Height
23 mm / 0.9 inch
Size | Width
343 mm / 13.5 inch
Weight
1905 g / 4.2 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
3:2
Contrast Ratio
1600:1
Display Diagonal
15 inch
Display Type
IPS (PixelSense)
Pixel Density
260 ppi
Resolution
3240 x 2160

Function

Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q 6GB GDDR6 or Quadro RTX 3000 Max-Q 6GB GDDR6
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
Security
HW TPM 2.0 chip
Sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
Touch Screen
10 point multi-touch G5

Performance

Battery Life
17.5 h
Memory | Capacity
Up to 32 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR4x 3733MHz
Power Supply
127 W
Storage
Up to 2 TB PCIe SSD

Production

Debut
2020-05-06

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
Microsoft's industrial design of the Surface line is so unique, it's hard to find anything else quite like it. Because the laptop has two separate batteries, it lasts for a really long time in laptop mode. While many laptop webcams are terrible, Microsoft used a 1080p-capable 5MP webcam for the front camera.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Unique industrial design
  • Incredible battery life
  • Great keyboard
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
Even docked to the keyboard with the discrete GPU, real-world performance is sub-stellar. It feels held back by the quad-core processor; given its speed, it's likely running at 15 watts. Still, for general-purpose use with a little bit of a graphics kick, it serves quite well.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Three-way operation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Sub-par performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Surface Book 3 is the only device to offer a genuine laptop and tablet in one package. It has a gorgeous design, powerful discrete graphics and an extremely comfortable keyboard. On the back of the tablet is a capable 8MP camera, but it flounders in extreme lighting conditions.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Powerful performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Poor performance in tablet mode
  • No kickstand for viewing content

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
, the new OS drive is significantly slower and the Surface Book 3's competition tends to implement significantly faster solutions as well. Although variants with 512 GB or even 1 TB are also available, the price gaps are very big and it is unclear whether Microsoft uses models from other manufacturers in these higher-end configurations. Despite being equipped with the strongest integrated Intel graphics card Iris Plus Graphics G7, the Surface also comes with a dedicated GPU.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • Fast SSD
Cons
  • Slow CPU performance
  • No dedicated GPU

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Surface Book 3 is an ambitious device that seeks to combine the best qualities of all three current laptop genres into a do-it-all machine. Digital artists and on-the-go professionals who need the flexibility of a detachable tablet and some significant graphics horsepower will probably appreciate it most. If you're on a more reasonable budget, though, the SurfaceBook 3 isn't for you.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • High-resolution display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The Surface Book 3 is essentially a very large tablet with stylus support. It docks into a keyboard base that includes a powerful GPU and a second battery. At just shy of two pounds, it's surprisingly lightweight if not a little unwieldy. The Surface Pro design is far better if you're interested in drawing / tablet functionality.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Display wobble
  • No kickstand

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Surface Book 3's U-series processor doesn't really compare well to the H-series chips in the XPS 15 and 16-inch MacBook Pro. On the Handbrake video conversion test, it completed the task in 21 minutes and 31 seconds. It lasted 11 hours and 10 minutes on our battery test, but only 3 hours and 27 minutes when its battery-bolstered keyboard was detached.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Solid performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No 4K display

tomshardware[8]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The $2,299.99 base model has 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The 13.5-inch variant starts at $1,599.99 with a Core i5-1035G7 with Iris Plus graphics. Microsoft's Surface line is about as clean as Windows 10 gets on laptops.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 15-inch review: Still unique, still expensive. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/microsoft-surface-book-3-review-1130415/. 2020-07-02. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 review: Likable but not lovable. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-book-3-15-inch-review/. 2020-06-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-book-3-15-inch. 2020-06-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 Convertible Review: Still great, but is it better than its predecessor?. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Microsoft-Surface-Book-3-15-Convertible-Review-Still-great-but-is-it-better-than-its-predecessor.477073.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-Inch) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-book-3-15-inch. 2020-06-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) review: more power, more problems. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/21271735/microsoft-surface-book-3-review-15-inch-screen-size-specs-features-price. 2020-05-27. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-book-3. 2020-06-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) Review: Tablet Trade-Offs. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-book-3-15-inch. 2020-07-09. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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