Microsoft - Surface Book 13.5" Touch Screen with Performance Base - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Hard Drive - Silver

The ultimate laptop. Now more powerful than ever. Incredibly powerful, meticulously crafted, and built for extreme performance, Surface Book with Performance Base is a revolution in laptop design. The detachable 13.5“ PixelSense™ Display is optimized for pen and touch. With the full power of a high performance laptop and the versatility of a tablet, Surface Book gives you everything you need to work with professional-grade software, anywhere you want. With a perfect mix of performance and versatility, this is the ultimate laptop.

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What's Included


  • Surface Book 13.5" Touch Screen with Performance Base - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Hard Drvie
  • Surface Pen

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (271 out of 284)

Features


  • Intel 6th Generation Core i7

Most powerful device in its class

Surface Book with Performance Base is built for power with Intel® Core™ processors and up to 16GB of RAM.

Built for Windows Ink

Enjoy Ink driven experiences in apps like Office, Messenger, and Microsoft Edge, as well as apps from brands like Adobe. Windows Ink is integrated with Illustrator to bring you an intuitive pen experience.

Intel® Core™ processors & a graphics accelerator

For video playback (3) keeps you going all day, every day.

512 GB of lightning fast SSD

Available with up to 512 GB of lightning fast SSD4 for all of your programs, apps, photos, videos, and music.

Meticulously crafted & built to last

Surface Book with Performance Base is built for power while remaining thin and light enough to take with you anywhere, without losing an ounce of performance.

Design & create with Surface Pen

Sketch, write, and erase naturally with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity; Surface Pen attaches magnetically for easy storage.

Windows Ink

Now you’re only a click away from Windows Ink workspace with quick access to sticky notes, a blank page for sketching, or a quick screenshot that you can mark-up and share.

Watch, draw, or design

Take the screen off, flip it around, and reattach it to watch a movie or fold it up to use it for drawing and design.

Always up-to-date security

Windows comes with the most comprehensive security features that stay up-to-date, helping to protect you from viruses and malware.

Log-in with a smile

Enterprise-grade facial recognition with Windows Hello (7) lets you and your family can sign in more quickly and securely.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 284 reviews

96%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Near Perfection

    Posted
    Shenzhen2112

    I'm glad I waited. It was so difficult to resist buying a Surface Book last October when they first came out. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive, but lamented various bugs. Subsequent reviews starting summer 2016 more or less confirmed that all those bugs had been resolved with firmware and OS improvements, but by that time I started to expect there might be a hardware refresh around the holidays. Well, this is it. This is what I waited for, and I'm so glad I did. The look and finish is fantastic. Awesome glass trackpad that feels great, is accurate, responsive, and executes Windows 10 touch gestures perfectly. The screen is incredibly high resolution with rich colors, and super bright. Be careful though. If you are in bed with the lights off and you toggle through the brightness settings, you can almost be blinded by the brightest setting! I am not being hyperbolic by any means. The OS compliments the hardware perfectly. Or... is it the other way around? The sound is much, much better than expected. I had the original Surface Pro which had the worst and most inaudible sound of any device I've owned. Yet, the Surface Book delivers great stereo sound and I frequently have to run it at 60% or less to avoid annoying my family members. What else... I am mainly using this for a business daily driver, but decided to test the GPU in gaming. Again, no disappointment here. I ran Fallout four fullscreen at max resolution and max settings and it is BUTTER smooth. The SSD seems to be excellent at both reads and writes, but I haven't run any benchmarks. The only cons I can find really are that the fans can occasionally be a bit louder than I'd like.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    From a windows and mac user...

    Posted
    TechGeek
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Let me first say that I love both Windows and iOS. I believe they both bring quality to the table. I built a windows pc for gaming but everything else I've always had (for school/work/picture editing) I always used iOS. *I bought this beautiful machine 17 days ago This time I wanted to give Windows some love though and bought this beautiful machine. Out of the box everything worked great at first but then the very next day it wouldn't turn even turn on but I was able to trouble shoot it through searching the web - it turns out its a popular problem with the Surface family and requires to just hold down the power button for about 10 seconds but why should I have to do something like that with a premium computer? Anyways, I figured that I could live with that issue. Then came another problem which is the opposite of the first issue - this time the computer would randomly freeze and wouldn't even turn off if pressing the power button. This problem fixes itself after about 3 minutes though but again, why should I have to deal with that? The final problem for me which prompted me to perform a factory reset so I could return it was that the wifi kept cutting in and out...it was extremely annoying, especially when you're working on a project which requires you to be logged onto a server. So that was the last straw for me and now I have a macbook pro. Oh one more problem I ran into was that there was some type of miscommunication with its screen detach mechanism because sometimes the right-side connectors would sort of come loose and not stay connected. I would subsequently have to push it in myself. What I liked -Pen - allowing me to take notes and draw (this was probably my favorite feature about it -Versatility - I loved that it could detach (when I wanted it to), it made taking notes in class a breeze -Drawboard PDF works flawlessly with the pen..If you use powerpoints in class then you can just write on each powerpoint during lectures -Its premium look and feel What I didn't like -Wifi extremely unreliable -Screen detaching mechanism is faulty sometimes -Machine freezes -Cannot turn on sometimes (without power-cycling it) -Cannot turn off sometimes (fixes itself in about 3 minutes) *If it wasn't for the wifi connectivity then I would have kept it because I really loved the ability to take notes on it in class (on the powerpoints). **Maybe I was just unlucky and got a faulty one

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Switched From MacBook Pro, Fantastic Laptop

    Posted
    GoIllini1

    My primary computer before this was a Macbook Pro 15". Had trouble getting time on "my" computer as the kids got older. So decided to get another one. Was initially thinking another Macbook, however, I was at a conference last week and saw someone using Surface Book (SB). I was blown away with the note taking capability. So I researched it and was very impressed with the specs and functionality of the SB. The screen resolution is incredible and looks fantastic. The ability to take off the screen and use as a tablet works great and it is a great tablet on its own. However, the pen use on this laptop is incredible. I have have retired my paper notebook and have gone paperless using One Note. You can write just as good as paper (and erase), it works very well. I ended getting the i7, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB Storage with Performance Base. Best Buy matched the best price I found online which was great. I have setup the look and feel to be just like my MacBook pro and have not missed a beat on performance or ease of use. iTunes installed and worked fine so I have all my media to watch. Also, like the facial recognition, no password or fingerprint needed which is great! The fit and finish of this laptop is incredible and equal or better than the MacBook Pro in my opinion. Overall the performance, versatility and functionality of this laptop is fantastic and so far I have been very happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great but not a Macbook pro 15" replacement yet

    Posted
    Drew
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Since Apple seems to be drifting away from the creative and power user markets with a pretty weak 2016 MacBook pro update with all the battery issues and weak benchmark performance I thought I'd go Windows completely. I work in motion graphics and a lot of the 3D technology I need is currently Windows only. Working across ecosystems with a Mac laptop and Windows desktop is kind of a chore. This looked like it would bring a lot of advantages like the touch interface, pen input. and that battery life. And for the first week or so, doing light work and playing games over Christmas break it was amazing. Windows Hello was awesome and the touch screen proved quite handy. It was the first time I was really excited to own a new laptop in a long time. Unfortunately, it's just not quite meeting my needs. The dual core processor makes rendering much much slower I can tolerate and the fans are just constantly running. Although the pen input is great for 2d drawing, the combination of smaller screen and high resolution makes apps like After Effects a real challenge to navigate. Either the timeline is too short or the icons or too small or both. There's just no good middle ground. I also found that the drawing situation, particularly in zBrush or substance painter is kind of a mess too since you need the base attached for many of the graphics apps to run. Drawing with it in laptop mode is not comfy at all but then putting the screen on backward hides all the keyboard shortcuts. If you could connect the top and bottom with a cable- problem solved, but you can't. I ultimately ended up going back to the 2015 Macbook and I guess I'll wait and see if Apple gets their Mac act together or if the next iteration of the Surface book is more useful. Ultimately having access to free Mac apps like Garageband seemed like more of an advantage than the drawing experience on the Surface book and a side shift to an XPS or Razer didn't have either of those advantages.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Laptop

    Posted
    TeslaNinja
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The Surface Book with Performance base is a great laptop. I purchased an HP Spectre 360 before this and it had a ghost touching problem that rendered the laptop useless. I returned it. This reminded me that I have had too many bad laptops from Dell, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo over the years so I figured I would spend the cash on this (admitted expensive) laptop. After a couple of months of use, I have not been disappointed. The laptop can handle any task I throw at it including large powerpoints with a lot of pics, multiple programs open at the same time, along with some light photo and video editing. I am not much of gamer, but most reviews report this laptop can handle moderate gaming. The screen is bright, the pen/stylus is responsive and very useful and the trackpad is one of the best I have used on PC (closest to a mac I have used yet, mac still has the best trackpads). When it comes to big multitasking projections, Windows 10 is still the best (this is where I find my Mac is just too painful to use, mostly because of OS). Finally the detachable feature is fun when I want to workout. I pop off the screen and can watch a video for a 1-2 hours while I run the treadmill. I have also have used it to scan documents and sign...a very helpful feature. Finally, the battery life has been amazing. I just charged my laptop and it currently reports about 13hrs of use left and I would say this is pretty accurate. A few negative I report would include the occasional Windows forced update, cost of the laptop and weight (it is a bit heavy, but I would expect this with all of the batteries in there, overall the weight hasn't been a bother). Overall I would highly recommend this laptop to any professional who needs a capable and functional laptop that will (hopefully) last for years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You will not regret purchasing...

    Posted
    HowBuds
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    ... the Microsoft Surface Book performance base. I'm not going to bore you with how many devices I own between Windows and Mac but this is my favorite device and now my current go to as well. No one knows me personally but exercise the 14-day return or if you're in Elite or Elite plus membership, enjoy longer return times and purchase this and you'll see for yourself. I'm not going to bore you with the specs either or any of the type of things that you can do on the Surface Book because most of you probably already done your homework and know what the device can do but I will tell you it is performs flawlessly. If any of you were reading any reviews for the 1st Gen Surface Book from October 2015 there were many firmware and driver issues. If you're like me and don't purchase 1st Gen devices you will see that out of the box and after critical updates are performed the device works as designed. My next step is to decide how many of my laptops are going to go on Craigslist! Thanks for taking the time to read my review and thank you Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly flexible and great battery life

    Posted
    Qwksivr
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased this Surface Book Pro with Performance base to replace my MacBook Pro 15" with Retina display. I wanted a flexible laptop with the best combination of performance, battery life, portability and if at all possible the ability to game (REAL PC GAMES not iPhone/ipad or internet flash games but AAA games). While this does not perfectly meet my desires it does more than meet my NEEDS! the screen is nice and bright, the processor is responsive the battery life is great!!! I mostly use it as a traditional laptop but I do also find myself popping the screen off and using tablet mode when I have long documents to read for work of pleasure. Again the battery is great. I honestly haven't tried to play any real games on it yet as I haven't had enough time but I have run 3DMark on it and was pleasantly surprised by the results, There are a few features that I wish this had which would really make this a cross between the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book PRo with Performance Dock. I would have liked for there to be at least 1 or 2 USB ports on the tablet portion of the system so that they can be used without the base. I would have also liked to have a thunderbolt port on either the tablet of the base as that would allow this to truly run AAA games at high resolution, and a display port on the Tablet portion. Finally I would have really liked it if Microsoft would sell the performance bases on their own, to give customers the ability to upgrade in the future. Because the GPU and about half of the battery are housed in the 'performance dock' if you could buy the doc on its own it would be the perfect future upgrade path to extend the life of the surface book!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I would recomend

    Posted
    JimBowen0306
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    I think in life, you have to decide what you want a computer to do. Being honest, that's the question you MUST ask yourself here. This is probably as powerful an all-in-one tablet/computer that there is in the market. If your thing is computer aided design, or artistic or photographic presentations, and travel a fair bit for work, then you can justify this computer/laptop. If you're mostly office based, I'm sure you can probably justify it too, if your work is design based. Otherwise I would recommend the Surface Pro 4. This is not meant to be critical of this computer. It is a great computer. The pen is nimble, responsive, and accurate, the i7, 16GB specification is responsive and speedy, and the art functions are impressive. If there was every a computer that suggests that Microsoft could be competing with Apple for the "artistic market" now or in the future, then this computer is it. My grumble would focus on the size of the screen. which is great for a tablet, okay for travel, but a problem for office work. Couple this with the price, and you're probably going to ask yourself, can I justify this for work, or a hobby you're passionate about. If the answer is yes, then buy this. I don't think you'll be disappointed. If it's either hmmm, or no, I'd recommend maybe the Surface Pro 4. Not because This is bad, but because you'll probably struggle justifying the bang you'll get for the buck you spent. I know a lot of firms that use it instead of the Surface Book, and they can't all be wrong.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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