Mi­crosoft Sur­face Book 3

This de­vice re­ally blurs the line be­tween a tablet and a graph­i­cally com­pe­tent pro­fes­sional work­sta­tion.

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Much like the Sur­face Pro line, Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face Lap­top 3 takes a lot of el­e­ments from its pre­de­ces­sor and up­dates the core com­po­nents for a ser­vice that’s even closer to be­ing the ‘desk­top re­place­ment tablet’ the com­pany pitches it as. The unit re­turns with ei­ther a 13.5-inch or a 15-inch 3:2 Pix­elSense dis­play at 3000 x 2000 or 3240 x 2160 pixel res­o­lu­tions, re­spec­tively. The smaller size can be con­fig­ured with ei­ther an In­tel Core i5-1035G7 or an i7-1065G7 CPU; and a choice of 8, 16 or 32GB of RAM and costs be­tween $2,649 and $4,499. The 15-incher on the other hand only comes as an i7, with ei­ther 16GB or 32GB of RAM and ranges be­tween $3,699 and $4,759. If you opt for the more pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor it comes with a Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU on the 13.5-inch and a GTX 1660Ti on the big­ger model and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing 256G, 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD stor­age is pegged to vari­a­tions in other com­po­nents, which means you need to pay for more power if you want more stor­age. The most pow­er­ful 15-inch model per­formed within about 10% ei­ther way of the av­er­age lap­top in the roundup (ex­clud­ing the fully gam­ing ca­pa­ble pow­er­houses here), and per­formed more than four times bet­ter than de­vices re­ly­ing on in­te­grated graph­ics. This is enough for rea­son­able 1080p gam­ing and de­cent graph­i­cal work­loads. Bat­tery life was solid at six hours and 37 min­utes in PCMark 8, which means you’ll eas­ily get a full day’s work out of it (un­less you’re lean­ing heav­ily on the GPU).

A tablet that’s at least as pow­er­ful as the best pro­fes­sional ul­tra­books and is even a com­pe­tent gamer and graph­ics worker.

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