Surface Book i7

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  1. pdagal

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    i really like her reviews!
     
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    Greetings all,

    I ordered the i7 Surface Book with performance base and intend to use it with the Microsoft surface dock.

    They imply the dock works with the Surface book series, but I have some concerns.

    The Surface Book with performance base uses a 102 watt power supply the regular Surface Book that uses a 65 watt supply.

    As we know computers can sense what power supply they are on and adjust charging current and performance.

    I called Microsoft and talked to their Surface team, It took three people until I even found somebody that knew that the Surface Book, with performance base used a bigger power supply.

    Their usual answer, after consulting their computers was, “it will work”. Well I agree that the dock itself will most likely work, but I doubt it will run the computer and charge the batteries on a 65 watt power supply.

    I had them transfer me to a technician, who after explaining my concerns, did understand that there indeed was a discrepancy. between the dock power supply and needs of the Surface Book with performance base, but had no answer.

    So I asked to talk to a supervisor. After a 55 minute wait I talk to a lady that had been briefed on my situation. “ Yes, we are aware of this situation”, I asked when will a dock designed to work with the Surface Book, with performance base will be released? She said, “ there are no plans for that at this point”. She promptly followed up with “ Thank you for bring this to our attention” …. In other words we are done here.

    Congratulations Microsoft your support team achieved genius status.



    So here are my thoughts…

    I suspect the dock will works fine as far as its port distribution functions.

    If the computer is fully charged up, it probably will work fine.

    If the batteries are low, it will probably Slow charge.

    Since the processor and GPU are scalable, I can’t even guess if it will go into a power saving mode that will impact performance.



    Can anyone offer opinions or even better practical experience?



    Thanks

    Mark
     
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    Mark,

    The Surface Dock comes with a 90 watt power supply, so your Surface Book will only have to make do with 12 watt less. I don't expect that would effect performance, and when the Book isn't using the dGPU it consumes considerably less power.

     
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    Lisa,
    Thanks for the quick response,
    90 watts should be close enough. I will be using it for parametric modeling and rendering, so expect the GPU to be sucking up the juice.
    I guess I'll go ahead and try one at this point.

    Thanks again,
    Mark.
     
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    Can you plug in the new power supply to the dock? Unless it's not going to use the added power - limiting - it should just pass it through to the laptop. Hopefully they are the same connector. :)
     
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    It is not the same connector. It's s simple barrel connector.

     
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    Its lisa! :D:D
     
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    :vbthumbsup: I'm a veteran lurker and sometimes poster hehe.

     
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    We've literally watched like 75% of your videos in the last 2 or 3 weeks as we laptop shop. Your reviews are great!
     
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