10 Features We Want to See in a Microsoft Surface Book 2

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10 Features We Want to See in a Microsoft Surface Book 2

There has been plenty of talk for months that Microsoft has been working on a new Surface Book to succeed its popular first-generation hybrid computer. Yet, Microsoft has released other Surface models and left customers wondering when the Surface Book 2 might arrive. Now a new report says Microsoft is finally ready to release the Surface Book 2 and will be able to deliver it to buyers in early April. While Microsoft hasn’t said what it has planned for the latest version, it would be ideal if the new Surface Books comes with an improved screen resolution, higher-end Intel processors and enough ports to satisfy both sophisticated consumers and enterprise users. This slide show will provide a wish list of sorts of the features we’d like to see from the Surface Book 2.

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It Will Be a Hybrid Rather than a Notebook

Some recent reports have pondered whether the Surface Book 2 will be a notebook and not a hybrid, like the first Surface Book. But considering the market is now dominated by hybrid devices, it makes no sense for Microsoft to change the device’s type.

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It Will Run the Latest Windows 10 Build

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 will ship with Windows 10, of course, and hopefully also with the upcoming Creators Update. Microsoft should offer its latest OS build in the Surface Book 2 and showcase its features.

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It Will Feature High-End Intel Processors

Microsoft is committed to Intel processors and so the Surface Book more than likely will include them—hopefully the new Kaby Lake Intel processors. Microsoft also is reportedly planning to deliver a midrange Nvidia graphics chip.

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It Will Have a Better Screen

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 likely will have a 13.5-inch screen, matching the size of the first-generation Surface Book. However, there is talk Microsoft will offer a higher resolution—3,840 dpi by 2, 160 dpi—in the display.

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There Will Be Surface Pen Support, Of Course

Microsoft must offer the Surface Pen with the Surface Book 2. With it, users can digitally write on the screen, sign contracts and perform other tasks. It’s a major selling point that Microsoft cannot neglect in the Surface Book 2.

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Microsoft Shouldn’t Skimp on Storage

Microsoft historically has delivered ample storage in its computers. That shouldn’t change. Microsoft should offer solid-state drive options that top out at 1TB and lesser storage options for those who want to save some cash, but nothing less than 256GB.

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Battery Life Should Be Improved

Customers buying new notebooks expect their machines to deliver better battery life. Microsoft should ensure the Surface Book 2’s battery can last an entire workday without forcing users to recharge. And the battery should top video playback by at least a couple hours.

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Include Enough Ports for Professional Users

Microsoft’s Surface Book comes with two USB 3.0 ports and a full-size SD card reader. That should be the bare minimum for the Surface Book 2. Microsoft should consider offering three USB 3.0 ports, so one can used for charging and the others for monitors and external storage.

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Surface Book 2 Should Have Strong Security Features

Microsoft is targeting enterprise users, who want strong security, with the Surface Book 2. The company should include security features such as a TPM chip in the device. A fingerprint sensor or other biometrics also would be well-received.

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Will the Price Justify the Value?

Microsoft’s Surface Book costs $1,299 and higher based on the configuration. To be successful, the Surface Book 2 must be priced the same as its predecessor. Many hybrids cost much less than the Surface Book and may be more appealing if Microsoft increases its price.

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