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Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5-inch 2-in-1 Laptop

MSRP 1600 USDNEX score 76%

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Product Overview

Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5 is a high-end 2-in-1 13.5-inch laptop with the unique set of flexibility pioneered by the original Surface Book. Powered by 10th-gen Intel Core Ice Lake processors, the Surface Book 3 13.5 delivers 50% more performance than its predecessor and up to 15.5 hours of battery life.
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.
Still, the Surface Book 3 13.5 is 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.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • High-quality keyboard and touchpad
  • Strong performance for a 13-inch laptop
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Thick bezels
  • Only one USB-C port

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Beautiful 3:2 display
  • Good keyboard and palm rest
Cons
  • No SD card reader
  • Wobbly display
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Specifications

Variants:
i5
i7

Connectivity

Ports
2x USB 3.1 Gen2 + 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 + 1x 3.5mm Audio jack + 2x Surface Connect ports + 1x SD card
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

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
232 mm / 9.14 inch
Size | Height
23 mm / 0.9 inch
Size | Width
312 mm / 12.3 inch
i5Weight
1534 g / 3.38 lbs
i7Weight
1642 g / 3.62 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
3:2
Contrast Ratio
1600:1
Display Diagonal
13.5 inch
Display Type
IPS (PixelSense)
Pixel Density
267 ppi
Resolution
3000 x 2000

Function

i5Graphics
Intel Iris Plus
i7Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 4GB GDDR5
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
10th-gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 or 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
15.5 h
Memory | Capacity
Up to 32 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR4x 3733MHz
i5Power Supply
65 W
i7Power Supply
102 W
Storage
Up to 1TB PCIe SSD

Production

Debut
2020-05-06

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External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
Microsoft's Surface Book 3 is a 13.5-inch laptop with a detaching display. The screen is exceptional, with a 3,000x2,000-pixel resolution and plenty of brightness. The Intel i5 and i7 chips used are 15w rather than the standard 45w versions.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful 3:2 display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No detaching display
  • Only two hours of use

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Microsoft Surface Book 3 has one of the best keyboards around. It has plenty of travel with a snappy feel that makes for a precise typing experience. It's as good a touchpad as you'll find on a Windows laptop, even though it's smaller than it could be given the available space on the keyboard deck.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Unique design
  • Strong performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 4
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
During our test period, the Surface Book 3 13.5 system ran very smoothly. Applications were started quickly and there were no micro-stutters or similar. The design has the advantage that the keyboard and palm rest always remain pleasantly cool. The fans are almost completely deactivated in office use, which makes the Microsoft convertible well suited for use in noise-sensitive environments.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard and palm rest
Cons
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

theverge[4]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
There's not a ton in the way of gesture support, nor is there an impressive ecosystem for tablet-specific apps. Ports are another aspect of the chassis that's a bit out of date. The battery life is stellar; I got around nine hours and 45 minutes of a typical workday in Battery Saver.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim bezels
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Wobbly display
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5 review: A bold but ageing beauty. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-book-3-review/. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13-inch) review: A portable powerhouse. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/microsoft-surface-book-3-13-review/. 2020-06-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Surface Book 3 13.5 review: Microsoft convertible is slowly getting old. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Surface-Book-3-13-5-review-Microsoft-convertible-is-slowly-getting-old.477543.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Microsoft’s 13.5-inch Surface Book 3 puts modern guts in a dated design. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/21271796/microsoft-surface-book-3-review-price-specs-features-13-5-screen. 2020-05-27. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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