What do you want to see in a Surface Book 2

Brad Sams

Well, it’s late on a Saturday…so what do you want to see in a SB2?

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    dstrauss Alpha Member #640 - 2 months ago
    1. At least one Thunderbolt 3/USB-C in the keyboard and Clipboard
    2. Smart frames (no bezel when connected to keyboard; regular bezel when in Clipboard mode)
    3. Small and thin stylus in a silo or stored in gap of hinge (N-Trig had this 4 years ago N-Trig Super Capacitor Pen)
    4. More battery in Clipboard
    5. LTE Option
    6. Fix keyboard backlight (impossible to see key lettering if not dark; uneven lighting)
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    michaelmartinez - 2 months ago

    Interchangeable parts (i.e. buying the screen and power base separately as mentioned on The Sams Report). Apparently nobody at Microsoft has ever heard of Eli Whitney.

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    sott3 Alpha Member #2148 - 2 months ago

    Come out of sleep when I open it up or press the button

    Don't spaz out when I dock or undock you while Windows is running

    - Sincerely, a SP4 owner 

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      Brad Sams Alpha Member #2 - 2 months ago
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    JClishe - 2 months ago
    • Compatibility with existing Surface Dock
    • Quad core i7, something that can actually keep up with a MacBook Pro for video processing
    • USB-C and USB 3.0 ports
    • Power management. Sleep, and stay sleeping, when the lid is closed


    Honestly I feel that my Surface Book is the best all around laptop I've ever owned, and I've owned MacBooks. My only complaints are the power management issues, and a quad core i7 MBP runs circles around the SB when editing video. 

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      orlbuckye - 2 months ago
      In reply to JClishe:

      You can disable the DGPU on an app basic in the Nvidia Control panel it allows you to set the default DGPU and set the default for individual apps. 

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    TheBlueSky - 2 months ago

    1. Proper quad core i7 not the mobile one.

    2. 3 USB C & Thunderbolt 3 ports (1 for charging and 2 free) + 1 USB 3

    3. Except for replacing the charging port, the DP, and the USB ports, don't remove anything else; keep the card reader the headphone port, the escape key, and the function keys ðŸ˜€

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      Polycrastinator Alpha Member #163 - 2 months ago
      In reply to TheBlueSky:

      Number 1 is going to require a laptop form factor. There's no way you can get the required heat dissipation in the tablet form factor.

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    Paul Thurrott Alpha Member #1 - 2 months ago

    USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 for expansion, not Surface Connect.

    No tear-drop hole/gap.

    Optional non-removable screen for better reliability/Ultrabook form factor (this one will never happen).

    An external screen option that will make this thing a Surface Studio.

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      Simard57 Alpha Member #631 - 2 months ago
      In reply to paul-thurrott:

      for the joy of discussion

      There have been a number of requests that there be a Surface Ultrabook (supposedly what MS customers were asking for?) but the market for a Windows Ultrabook seems well served by the OEMs. What is lacking in the Windows Ultrabook market that a Microsoft device would provide?

      it seems like a Surface Ultrabook would be more like direct competition (hence Paul's "this one will never happen" comment?)


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      MutualCore - 2 months ago
      In reply to Simard57:

      Given the problems with Surface Book attach/detach which I believe will NEVER be solved, why does the market need this product. Surface Pro is enough.

      Honestly after the Surface Studio high, I'm feeling very negative about Microsoft now. Apple is actually more forward thinking with Macbook Pro using all USB-C ports and integrating TouchID.

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    Ingi0m4rx - 2 months ago

    Thunderbolt 3.


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    Polycrastinator Alpha Member #163 - 2 months ago

    I want a Thunderbolt/USB-C port on the tablet component of the device. A Dial that's sized more appropriately for the small screen.


    Reliability. I want to see reliability in a SB2.

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    MutualCore - 2 months ago

    Looks like Microsoft is not into delivering quality product anymore. I doubt we'll see any improvement in the sleep/wake issues or Thunderbolt 3 for that matter. Satya Nadella has pretty much given up on hardware it seems to me. All he cares about his Office & Azure.

    Oh, and don't get me started on the forced Windows updates. That's just downright criminal at this point. Even Apple does not force security updates on macOS.

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    ghostrider - 2 months ago

    I'd say most would like;

    Something that works

    Something that's reliable

    Something that's actually been through some sort of viable QA/QC process

    Something not full of bugs

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    TheJoeFin Alpha Member #227 - 2 months ago


    • 1 USB Type A
    • 2 or 3 USB type C (one on clipboard, one (or two) on base)
    • 1 SD card slot
    • 1 Surface connector
    • A screen texture that feels like paper (similar to Surface Hub)
    • Black keys with white lettering
    • Pen lag down to 1ms
    • Fingerprint reader
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    TEAMSWITCHER - 2 months ago

    Better balance.  Using the touch screen of Surface Book while on your lap causes the device to tip...precariously.  Having the user thrust their knees upward to counter the motion is awkward.  Having to move the other hand off the keyboard to brace the laptop is also awkward. 

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      lordbaal1 - 2 months ago
      In reply to TEAMSWITCHER:

      That's physics. That happens with all touch screens.

      Unless you want the base to be like 10lbs.

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    lcars Alpha Member #445 - 2 months ago
    • Add a flip out kickstand to the screen just like the Surface Pro.
    • Same battery life as Surface Pro when in tablet mode.
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    Vuppe Alpha Member #1076 - 2 months ago

    1. Thin

    2. Light

    3. No bugs

    4. Affordable

    Basically, everything MS will not be delivering.

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    Steve757 Alpha Member #387 - 2 months ago

    I like to use it to write on, and I'd appreciate a better writing angle. Today, flipping the screen around then closing it leaves a very slight angle, maybe 5 degrees, I'd like it more like 10 or 15.

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    petvas - 2 months ago

    I just got my Surface Book, so I cannot really say much about what improvements I would like to see, but judging by my first impressions I would like to see the following:

    • Ability to disable the discreet graphics card / enable it on an app basis
    • Put the headphone jack lower..
    • Make the keyboard part sturdier. 
    • Fix all power management issues
    • Add a Thunderbolt 3 port but do not get rid of USB 3