Microsoft Surface Book 2 HNL-00003 Review

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On March 13, 2018
Last modified:March 13, 2018


Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, since its release has been the talk of the town. And to add more glory to the name, Microsoft has presented the Surface Book 2 HNL-00003, the surface book with 2 times more power, more battery, and the best of almost everything Microsoft had, keeping a price check on the product.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 HNL-00003 Specifications

Model Microsoft Surface Book 2 HNL-00003
Processor Intel i7-8650U
Memory (RAM) 16 GB  RAM
Storage 512 GB SSD
Screen Size 13.5 inch
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Battery Life 17 Hours
Weight 1.53 kg
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics
Wifi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Ports 4
Warranty 12 Months

Microsoft Surface Book 2 HNL-00003 Review


  • Performance: It comes with an Intel Core i7 processor and in a variety of storage and RAM options, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD and 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, to suit the use to the different users. Out of these, the 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD model seems good enough to process hardest of operational tasks with ease, and the NVMe SSD makes the boot and load lightning fast.
  • Graphics: This product is a perfect host to amateur gamers or first timers, as it features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, which though a starting grade GPU, is capable and powerful enough to run any of the games in Medium or High settings.
  • Battery Backup: This laptop is powered by a big 75 Wh 2-piece (base + display) battery located separately in the display and the keyboard base which is rare to find. As a result, you do not need to worry about the battery on this laptop ever as it gives a backup of around 13hours.
  • Display: The 5-inch QHD+ is marvelous, and it comes with an average brightness of about 420nits. The color coverage and the contrast make the picture vibrant and lifelike to make the experience of the user immersive. The most exciting feature of this Surface Book is the Windows Ink support which allows you to scribble and take note right on the display using the stylus.


  • Price: When compared to general purpose laptops, the Surface Book is marked at a higher end. At £2500, it performs great and has the best configurations, but for those who are running on a tight budget, the cost might be a problem.
  • Ports: It is quite surprising to know that even at such price, the Surface Book 2 HNL-00003, comes with no Thunderbolt Ports. They do provide a couple of Surface Connect ports, but they are not as good as the thunderbolt ports.
  • No Stylus: Though the Surface Book provides the feature of scribbling right on the display, but to avail that feature you will have to buy a stylus separately at $100.

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The verdict

This Surface Book is built for performance and can last up to 17 long hours. Microsoft has packed the goods of everything in this book-it runs on Windows 10 Pro, it can run professional software all day long without hampering the performance, the graphics and sound are great, it is capable enough for hosting amateur gaming needs and is easy to carry anywhere. In short, this is a laptop strongly recommended for everyone who wants more than just surfing the net or streaming videos.

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