Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i5, Late 2015)

Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i5, Late 2015) is the first 2-in-1 tablet-laptop designed and manufactured by Microsoft. It consists of a tablet or clipboard and detachable keyboard which can be locked in place on dynamic fulcrum hinge and open as a laptop cover. Surface Book is a Skylake powered hybrid either on i5 or i7 processor with an integrated GPU and an additional discrete graphic card in the keyboard casing.

Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i5, Late 2015)

All the connectivity ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot, Mini Display Port and a charging port has gone to the detachable keyboard as well. But the 3.5 mm headphone jack has stayed on a clipboard. As for hardware, Surface Book resembles Surface Pro 4. They share processors, hard drive and RAM capacity and hybrid water cooling system as well. Both the clipboard and the keyboard casings are made of machined magnesium and when clipped together give a look of a very slim laptop. Surface Book (Late 2015, Intel Core i5-6300U) touch screen supports 10 touches and the handwriting with a Bluetooth powered Wacom digital pen. Surface Book (Intel Core i5, Late 2015) has two iterations regarding the CPU installed.

It features a 13.5-inch ClearType Full HD display, a 2.4 GHz Intel Core I5-6300U processor, an Intel HD Graphics 520 graphic processor and an Nvidia GeForce 940M, a 128 GB \ 256 GB \ 512 GB \ 1 TB solid state drive aboard. The storage capacity can be expanded up to 200 GB with an SD card. 128 GB \ 256 GB \ 512 GB \ 1 TB has two USB 3.0 with host support, 3.5 mm audio socket, 2 microphones, 2 Dolby Digital Plus stereo speakers, a Mini Display Port 1.2, one full HD webcam in the front and one in the rear, one infrared camera to support Windows Hello ID system. This is a non-GSM tablet, but it has Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connection. 128 GB \ 256 GB \ 512 GB \ 1 TB is shipped with a keyboard and a stylus pen. The Surface Dock with expanded connectivity is available for an extra cost.

Introduced on: October 26, 2015.

Specifications

  • Display type: LCD.
  • Display diagonal size: 13.5.
  • Display aspect ratio: 3:2.
  • Pixel density: 267 ppi.
  • Resolution: 3000×2000 pixels.
  • Contrast ratio: N\A.
  • Multi-touch support: 10 touches.
  • Touchpad multi touch support: 5 touches.
  • Pen support: Wacom digital pen.
  • Portrait orientation: Yes.
  • Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz.
  • Turbo Speed: 3.0 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
  • Processor Upgrade: Soldered.
  • Processor type: Intel Core I5-6300U (Skylake).
  • Cores: 2.
  • Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 520.
  • Graphics card in keyboard: Nvidia GeForce 940M.
  • On-Board RAM: 8 GB \ 16 GB dual-channel DDR3, 1600 MHz.
  • Storage: SSD, 128 GB \ 256 GB \ 512 GB \ 1 TB.
  • Expandable storage: MicroSD.
  • Max. expandable storage: 200 GB.
  • Battery: Lithium-ion.
  • Battery capacity: 42 Wh.
  • Clipboard battery life: 4 hours.
  • Keyboard battery life: 8 hours.
  • Input\Output: 2 x USB 3.0 with host support, 3.5 mm audio socket, 2 microphones, 2 Dolby Digital Plus stereo speakers, Mini DisplayPort 1.2.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.
  • SIM-card: None.
  • Sensors: ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer.
  • Front webcam: 5 megapixels, FHD (1920×1080).
  • Rear webcam: 5 megapixels, FHD (1920×1080).
  • Infrared cam: yes.
  • Preinstalled OS: Windows 10 Pro.
  • OS max. upgrade: Windows 10 Pro (free).
  • Online services: Windows Store, Xbox Music, OneDrive, Xbox Games, Xbox Video.
  • Accessories: pressure-sensitive Wacom Pen, detachable keyboard.
  • Dimensions as tablet: 8.67 x 12.3 x 0.3 inch maximum Weight: 1.6 lb.
  • Dimensions as laptop: 9.14 x 12.3 x 0.9 inch maximum Weight: 3.34 lb.

Discontinuation and Price

Discontinued: N\A.

Price: $1499.

Miscellanea

  • Battery life falls well below the declared one.
  • The firmware driver update failed to properly reinitialize the infrared camera after waking from sleep mode, causing Windows Hello crash until reboot. Both issues have been already patched by updates.

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