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Microsoft Surface Book 2 Power Problem Confirmed, Battery Drain is Serious in High End Tasks

By Radu Iorga

We wrote about the availability of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 just a few days ago and already there are problems with it. It’s no wonder Consumer Reports couldn’t quite recommend the machine yet. Anyway, the fresh problem has to do with the device’s power, or better said the battery drain.

It was actually found during The Verge’s review of the product from last week. They discovered that the laptop is plagued by serious battery drain during strenous tasks like gaming or GPU usage. If you plug it into the supplied charger, the battery on the base of the machine drains during several games, if the power settings are set to max performance in order to fully use the power of the hardware.

Surface Book 2 was meant to offer a lot of power on the go, so developers, designers and professionals will surely use it to the max, with the risk of draining the battery fast and completely. Microsoft explains via a spokesperson that there’s a Power Mode Slider here, which offers the user control over the performance and battery life. In some of the intense and prolonged gaming scenarios, if you set the Power Mode Slider to “best performance” the battery may end up discharging even when the device is connected to the power supply, it seems.

Though, full drainage doesn’t happen, thanks to power management design. The amount of percentage you lose varies from game to game, app to app, screen resolution settings and max load on the GPU. The Verge did highlight that they had a defective power supply unit on their test model, so they’ll be back with more input after they look into it. What’s clear is that the Surface Book 2 is designed to supply 95 watts of power from the charger of the device, which is not enough to run the CPU, graphics card and all the other hardware at the max level.

Sudden bursts of usage may raise things to 35 watts consumption and much more. Even 120 watt was mentioned in tests. The NVIDIA GTX 1060 is quite hungry, with a drain of 70 or 80 watts itself, so the peak goes to 105 watts. Maybe a heavy power brick with an extra fast and high wattage charge would have been a good idea…

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 Available Right Now, Price Starts at $1499

By Radu Iorga

While everybody is gearing up for Black Friday, companies are pumping out last minute launches and making products available. One of the high profile debuts is the one of the Microsoft Surface Book 2, that just became available for $1499 and up.

It’s been two years since the 2015 Surface Book, so it was high time for an update. Just like the original model, the newcomer is a premium laptop that has a detachable screen. It’s both a tablet and a notebook, but of course with higher end specs. You can also pick two diagonal sizes now. The basic model is a 13.5 incher with a generous 3000 x 2000 pixel resolution, plus it also uses an Intel Core i5-7300U dual core CPU, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

Of course specs go higher than that, to a Core i7-8650U CPU, 8 or 16 GB of RAM and with an NVIDIA GTX 1050 card in the mix. 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB of storage are all here. The 512 GB Core i7 one goes for $2499 and the 1 TB model is $2999. If you want something bigger, there’s also a 15 inch Surface Book 2, with a 3240 x 2160 pixel resolution and it offers a GTX 1060 card, plus up to 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage.

 

It starts at $2499 and tops at $3299. The smaller unit weighs 3.4 pounds and the bigger model 4.2 pounds. Backlit keyboards are bundled and just so you know, the Surface Pen, Dial and other accessories are sold separately. The hinge mechanism is now stronger than on the first gen model and the metal case is smooth and well built. You can buy the Surface Book 2 here.

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Hands-on with Microsoft’s high-end Surface Book 2

By Frederic Lardinois

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is the most powerful mobile Surface device yet. It easily blows away the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and, of course, the old Surface Book. It’s also one of the odder devices in the lineup, though. It’s not just a Surface Pro with a rigid keyboard. It’s a relatively heavy base with a powerful processor and graphics card and a big battery… Read More

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Jests About iPad Users “Not Using a Real Computer” While in India

By Radu Iorga

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO made the headlines this week, after a gesture and line that would fit in the antics of Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer, rather than the cool and laid back official. Microsoft’s main man was visiting India, when he ran into two journalists using iPads. What happened next is detailed below.

Nadella said to the two “You need to get a real computer, my friend”. This completes the whole Microsoft attitude towards the iPads, which made the headlines before, when other officials said that Apple copied the Surface Pro with the iPad Pro. Ryan Gavin, General Manager of the Surface line also said that the iPad Pro is a result of Apple copying Microsoft in the 2 in 1 segment.

It’s true that the devices are similar, since they have touchscreens, metal bodies and attachable keyboards, but from that to copying there’s a long way to go. Back to Nadella he claimed at one point that Microsoft and Apple were competing in different segments. Microsoft was mentioned as a tool creator, while Apple was named as the maker of luxury goods.

It’s also true that Satya Nadella was much more polite than Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer would have been in similar situations. The two I just mentioned are famous for getting angry fast, or even stomping on rival products. It’s also bizarre that Microsoft seemed to move very fast with the Office for iPad, faster than any other Office released, so when it comes to profit they don’t stray from working with competition.

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Microsoft Andromeda Device Could Feature Holographic Display Apparently

By Radu Iorga

We keep hearing about this Microsoft Andromeda project, but details are never clear. The latest info about it includes a holographic display somehow. Since Windows Mobile is out of the picture, Surface Phone too, the best we’re going to get is a Surface Note thingie probably.

We’ve heard of an Andromeda foldable tablet, which was inspired by the dead Courier e-reader. Since the device is pretty sure to get two screens, one of them is basically going to be holographic according to the latest info. If this is real, the Andromeda would be the first holographic mobile device. Actually, not exactly the first, since RED also has a holographic display handset coming.

The project is said to include Alex Kipman in charge of hardware, who is known for developing and pushing Microsoft’s Mixed Reality platform. We’ve recently seen the ZTE Axon M debuting, so we know there’s potential for dual display foldable machines, but holographic? That’s just sci fi, man. The problem is that I can bet it uses a ton of processing power and battery, too. It may be something lost in translation, between the “HoloLens” and “Holo”graphic display of a mobile device.

Things have to be cleared between big companies too, because Google had an Andromeda project and Microsoft has an Andromeda project and Mass Effect Andromeda is a thing (was a thing). I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple also has a project with this name. Of course, the whole holographic dual display machine is going to be a super limited edition device, like the Galaxy X from Samsung, so don’t get hyped.

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