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The main draw of the Sur­face Book is that it can be con­fig­ured with a dis­crete NVIDIA GPU. This makes it more pow­er­ful than the Sur­face Pro 4 for in­ten­sive cre­ative tasks like photo and video edit­ing, as well as gam­ing. You can also turn the screen around and use it like a cre­ative can­vas, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing any graph­i­cal pro­cess­ing power be­cause the GPU is lo­cated at the key­board base. That said, the in­te­grated graph­ics on the Sur­face Pro 4 is no slouch, es­pe­cially the In­tel Iris graph­ics that's on the Core i7.

With the base re­moved, the Sur­face Book be­comes a pow­er­ful, but still thin-and-light 13.5-inch tablet; or in Mi­crosoft's own words, a portable clip­board. Un­less you need the big­ger screen, we think the Sur­face Pro 4 is a bet­ter choice in this use case. This is be­cause in tablet mode, the Sur­face Pro lasts up to nine hours, but the Sur­face Book just three. The Sur­face Book does get up to 12 hours when it's docked to the key­board base.

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