It’s been about 2.5 years since the, Microsoft’s laptop that tries to be all things to all people; it’s a clamshell, a and a detachable, where most laptops settle for two out of three. Even after all that time, the Surface Book 3 gets a mostly run-of-the-mill refresh, launched along with a brushed-up version of Microsoft’s tiniest tablet, the : with the accompanying memory improvements, current-generation Nvidia GTX graphics, upgrade to and a .
But the 15-inch model does get a new configuration option with angraphics processor. a professional GPU that’s roughly equivalent to the GeForce RTX 2070. Quadro graphics enable professionals to take advantage of some acceleration capabilities in high-end video and 3D-intensive software that aren’t enabled for GeForce consumer-level GPUs.
It’s the first Microsoft system to enter that fray — not even its supposedly high-enddesktop offers that level of graphics — and pits it against the (the Radeon Pro graphics in Macs are workstation-class GPUs).
Chances are Microsoft’s trying to appeal to the smattering of pro users who want the flexibility of its breakaway tablet design (the discrete GPU is in the keyboard base), much like those whomand, to a lesser extent, the target.
For the rest of Surface Book devotees, the updated graphics in both the integrated GPU and the GTX 1650/1660 Ti should provide a noticeable improvement over the previous generation, in part because the Iris Pro graphics (G7) in thechips are notably better than the earlier generation, and the discrete GPUs have more memory than earlier models. And Microsoft seems to have incorporated them without sacrificing battery life.
The Surface Book 3 will be available later this month starting at $1,599. That’s for the 13-inch model base configuration. Given the current pricing, a maxed-out Quadro-equipped model will likely run to more than $3,330.
Surface Book 3 specifications
|Surface Book 3 (13.5 inch)||Surface Book 3 (15-inch)|
|Price (USD)||starts at $1,599||n/a|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1035G7, i7-1065G7||Intel Core i7-1065G7|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Plus, 4GB GDDR6 GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q (i7)||6GB GDDR6 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q (i7), 6GB GDDR6 Quadro RTX 3000 Max-Q|
|RAM||8GB, 16GB or 32GB 3,733MHz LPDDR4x||16GB or 32GB 3,733MHz LPDDR4x|
|Display||3,000×2,000 PixelSense||3,240×21,60 PixelSense|
|Storage||256GB, 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD, SD card reader||256GB, 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD (2TB option in US), SD card reader|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, Xbox|
|Connectors||1 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, headphone, 2 x Surface Connect||1 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, headphone, 2 x Surface Connect|
|Battery life stated (hours:min)||Up to 15.5 hours||Up to 17.5 hours|
|Weight||3.4-3.6 lbs/1.5-1.6kg||4.2 lbs/1.9kg|
|Dimensions||12.3×9.1×0.9 in/312x232x23 mm||13.5x10x0.9 in/343x251x23 mm|