Microsoft adds new entry-level Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop

Microsoft's Surface line of portable machines has made progress in advancing the Windows laptop market, but the sales increases the company likely expected from expanding the lineup haven't come. Redmond is apparently responding to the lack of meaningful sales growth by introducing lower-priced, lower-specced versions of the Surface Book 2 and the Surface Laptop.

Surface Book 2 with optional accessories

The new bottom-rung Surface Book 2 has the same specs are the same as the previous entry-level model with a two-core, four-thread Core i5-7300U processor, and 8 GB of memory. The only cut is that SSD size is reduced from 256 GB to 128 GB. The screen is still the same 3000×2000 13.5" unit from other current 13" Surface Books. The new machine comes in at $1199, so buyers net an extra $300 in their pockets by accepting less storage space compared to the 256 GB model.

Surface Laptop

The Surface Laptop gets a new low-end model with a more obvious performance reduction. The previous base model bore an Intel Core i5-7200U processor, but it's now undercut by a new version with Core m3-7Y30 chip. The machine still has 4 GB of memory and 128 GB of solid-state storage. The screen is still a fancy 13.5" touch unit with a resolution of 2256×1504. The new Core m3-equipped version goes for $799, which is $200 less than the otherwise-identical Core i5 version. Microsoft backs all of its Surface machines with a one-year warranty, which Consumer Reports says could come in handy.

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    • frogg
    • 2 years ago

    the magic is for 200$ less, the basic surface has roughly the same performance, more battery life, fanless . No fan means less noise, and much less prone to failure (dust, bearings …). What’s not to love ?
    U series in these tiny machines is just a nonsense.

    • shank15217
    • 2 years ago

    128GB is nonsense, its more useless that 4GB of ram.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      PC makers figured out how to get your to not buy the min spec and upgrade it yourself – just solder everything to the board and then you have to pay exorbitant* prices for that extra storage and RAM.

      * well, even more than normal.

    • Topinio
    • 2 years ago

    Sorry to carp, but clicking on a headline about “new entry-level” machines wasn’t because I expected to read about machines costing $1200 and $800 — it’s somewhat misleading.

      • ludi
      • 2 years ago

      Everything in context. These are “mine is thinner than yours” ultrabooks. Anything under $1k IS entry level for this class.

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    Do they come with proper Windows, or crippled Windows 10 S nonsense?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      It’s not heavily advertised, but you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free until the end of March.

      [url<]https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-extends-free-upgrade-offer-from-windows-10-s-to-pro[/url<]

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    Microsoft saved costs by replacing even more stucture with glue.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      We find Microsoft’s glue ideas intriguing.
      — Intel’s TIM team.

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        Through a joint venture, the silicon is now glued directly to the alcantara

        *shudder*

          • Growler
          • 2 years ago

          Wow! This new material feels just like burning!

            • tipoo
            • 2 years ago

            Germ free!

      • Wirko
      • 2 years ago

      We’re not there yet. 2020 models will be 3D-printed using glue and conductive glue, with some chips thrown in between.

        • trackerben
        • 2 years ago

        Spot the gluestick:

        [url<]https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-W162fehJ288/U2BRsQkhaoI/AAAAAAABcT8/G2rKOhUwQFc/s1600/1618487_10152171866357236_1761941471_n.jpg[/url<]

      • jihadjoe
      • 2 years ago

      They should call it the Surface Adhesive

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    Yes, but can they [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=120601&view=unread#unread<]flicker?[/url<]

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