Microsoft Surface Book Owners Lounge

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  1. LordDavon

    LordDavon Notebook Evangelist

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    My wife called all around on Monday, to every store we could think of. Most of the Bestbuy stores only had the base models. I wanted the i7, 16GB, 512GB model, and had one preordered at the Microsoft Store. After calling 6 Bestbuy stores, she finally found one with the model I wanted at the busiest store in Orlando, but they wouldn't hold it -- what good is my Bestbuy Rewards Elite status, if it doesn't really allow them to hold a laptop for an hour! We hopped in the car and drove as fast as we could to the store; it took almost an hour to get there. Once we entered the store, we found out that they only received one of the high-end models. Luckily, I was the first person there to get it.

    I am really loving the bugger. The wifi is a bit buggy and slow, and I find the tablet hard to remove, but I am overall really happy with it. My Macbook Pro 15" was given to my daughter, so the first thing I did was compare the two. The Surface Book really does have that "Apple Quality" fit and finish to it.

    Today was my second day with the unit, and I finally decided to put Steam on it. I installed Shadow of Mordor, and noticed that it set everything to Custom Low settings and the resolution was set to 33% (999x666). The benchmark was showing around 78FPS. I moved the resolution to 50% (1500x1000) and the benchmark showed an average of 43FPS. It is very playable at this rate though. I moved back to 33%, and tried medium settings (except for textures), and it got around 33FPS. I really think that once the drivers mature, it may be playable at medium settings. I have hopes that someone will get some hacked drivers that improve the performance.

    My Surface Pro 3 would really bother me with how quickly it heated up, and how much it would throttle all the time. I have the Core i7 version, and it was hotter than the Core i5 Surface Pro 3. So far, the Surface Book hasn't really heated up, and I haven't noticed any throttling. If it is, it is very slight. What an improvement! I will probably give the SP3 to my sister for Christmas now. :)
     
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  2. johnnobts

    johnnobts Notebook Deity

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    battery life of my i5 surface book with dGPU has not been steller, right at maybe 6 hours, at 50 percent battery or below. internet and word processing only. installed geforce experience to make sure the video card wasn't running in the background or anything. any other real-world battery experience from you guys? the 10 hour plus battery is one of the reasons i went with the book, and cancelled my hp spectre x2 which was looking pretty good.
     
  3. Templesa

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    6 hours @ 50% (even 40%) would seem mathematically to make it to 10hrs, does it decline sharply at that point?
     
  4. derylmccarty

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    Wanted to checkout battery life. Ran the powercfg report and not much showed up since not much history at this juncture. It did show that there was a design capacity of 17,902/51,000 mWh. The max charge at this time is 18,577/52,042 so a bit of plus side fudging on MSFT part. I took off the tablet and read a kindle sci-fi space battle book for 3:29 and charge went from 100% to 9%. I did play a scrabble like game on line for part of the time (spellit) and was on-line all the time. I used 75% brightness which was fine. I know that is light usage but battery performed just as expected. Looks now as if it will take 2 hours to charge, maybe 2:15. So far today, pleased with my purchase i7, 512,16, dGPU, running 572.
     
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    derylmccarty Newbie

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    Wanted to checkout battery life. Ran the powercfg report and not much showed up since not much history at this juncture. It did show that there was a design capacity of 17,902/51,000 mWh. The max charge at this time is 18,577/52,042 so a bit of plus side fudging on MSFT part probably to stay on the good side of the lawyers. I took off the tablet and read a kindle sci-fi space battle book for 3:29 and charge went from 100% to 9%. I did play a scrabble like game on line for part of the time (spellit) and was on-line all the time. I used 75% brightness which was fine. I know that is light usage but battery performed just as expected. Looks now as if it will take 2 hours to charge, maybe 2:15. So far today, pleased with my purchase i7, 512,16, dGPU, running 572.
     
  6. derylmccarty

    derylmccarty Newbie

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    Wanted to checkout battery life. Ran the powercfg report and not much showed up since not much history at this juncture. It did show that there was a design capacity of 17,902/51,000 mWh. The max charge at this time is 18,577/52,042 so a bit of plus side fudging on MSFT part probably to stay on the good side of the lawyers. I took off the tablet and read a kindle sci-fi space battle book for 3:29 and charge went from 100% to 9%. I did play a scrabble like game on line for part of the time (spellit) and was on-line all the time. I used 75% brightness which was fine. I know that is light usage but battery performed just as expected. Looks now as if it will take 2 hours to charge, maybe 2:15. So far today, pleased with my purchase i7, 512,16, dGPU, running 572.
     
  7. xor01

    xor01 Notebook Deity

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    Guys, I'm thinking of getting Surface Book Performance Base with the highest spec (16GB 1TB) as my 2nd laptop.
    I've been reading a lot of reliability problems on Amazon and Microsoft Store reviews.
    How's your Surface Book holding up guys, after 6-12 months of use?
     
  8. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope.

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    There were quite a few early problems with the Surface Book. They have largely been ironed out. You may want to wait until Microsoft's London meeting on October 31, 2017 to see if there are any announcements about a new SB. Odds are that there won't be one but can't hurt to wait. Here is a good thread from this forum's sister site. http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/threads/surface-book-discussion-thread.67851/page-203
     
  9. xor01

    xor01 Notebook Deity

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    Yeah, i actually posted the same thing over there :))
    it seems Surface Book doesn't generate the same amount of "forum activity" here compared to other laptops.
     
  10. ThatOldGuy

    ThatOldGuy Notebook Deity

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    I had SB for a few months. Came to the conclusion that it is only a device for the small niche of people who want a Surface laptop with dedicated graphics and very good pen support for artistic purposes.

    It was absolutely useless as a normal 2 in 1. Tablet portion had 1.5 hour battery and 0 ports besides a headphone jack. Ended up only using it as a laptop, and rarely flipped the screen as it needed to be restarted. As a laptop there are much better options.
     
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