The New Surface Book 2 Is A Threat To The MacBook Pro

06:56 PM | 21 Oct, 2017
The New Surface Book 2 Is A Threat To The MacBook Pro
Microsoft’s  recently unveiled Surface Book 2 is finally worth buying. Will it be a MacBook killer? You can decide for yourself after I give you a quick run-down of what the gadget ha to offer. It comes with a new form factor. The Surface Book 2 is also available in a 15” as well as a smaller 13.5” option. The Surface Book is, by no means, a small computer, because of its 3:2 aspect ratio and its controversial fulcrum hinge, resulting in a 15-incher (feels truly enormous). The design hasn’t changed one bit including the hinge except stiffening from the inside to accommodate the heavier 15” clipboard. You will find it less ‘wobbly’ when using the touch screen in laptop orientation.

Microsoft also claims to have reduced the time to eject the clipboard from the dock (screen from the keyboard), though it is very minimal to the point of not even being noticeable. For starters, the whole PC, which includes the RAM, storage, processor, cooling and more, sits inside the detachable screen, which Microsoft calls the ‘Clipboard’. The keyboard portion doesn’t hold much, except for some extra battery, extra ports and a graphics processing unit.

Each year, Microsoft improves the display’s pressure sensitivity, and it has bumped it up to over 4,000 pressure levels, which could be quite useful for an artist for the Surface Book comes with its stylus; unlike Apple’s, which costs $100 to buy separately. Microsoft has used last year’s dual core 7th generation core i5 processors for the 13.5” model, along with a 2GB GTX 1050 while processor and a more powerful 6GB GTX 1060. For more specs, visit the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft battery claims are notorious for their exaggeration, so take this with a grain of salt. The Seattle-based giant claims that the battery in the Clipboard will last 5 hours, an increase of two over last year’s three and when docked, the Surface Book will last for 17 hours, a hairline of an increase over last year’s 16 hours. In other words, 80 Wh in the 15” model, and 70 Wh in its younger sibling.

Microsoft has finally caught up the USB-C port, so one doesn’t have to worry about future-proofing. Since Microsoft isn’t as courageous as Apple, it has only replaced the display port for the USB-C. For IO (Input/Output), both Surface Books have 2 USB-A ports, a full-size SD card reader and a USB-C port.

The Surface Book 2 is great, but costs $1,500 for the 13.5” model, and $2500 for the 15”.  The price tag is absurdly high to compete with normal laptops. Mind you, the Surface was meant to take on the MacBook Pro, which is not living up to its ‘Pro’ part. Apple has removed all ports except a USB-C, which is not enough to cater to professional users. Microsoft also pushed the point that the Surface Book 2 was twice as powerful as the MacBook Pro 2017. Well, it could be true, especially because of the extremely powerful graphics card and latest processors that put the MacBook Pro to shame. Overall, I have no verdict as to which one is better than the other. So you be the judge as a customer or user.

Saalar Ahmad is a student and deeply interested in innovation, renewable technologies and start-ups. He analyzes consumer technologies such as cell phones, TVs and other smart devices like drones and cars etc. He likes to follow biotech, solar, wind power as much as he is curious about space exploration.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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