Help Me Decide Should I buy MS Surface Book now?

Surface Book 1 at $2k or Wait for Book 2?

  • Surface Book (8 GB RAM 500 SSD) at $2000

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • Surface Book 2 (November 2017 - Price not sure for same specs)

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • Get a Lenovo Yoga or any other 2-in-1 Laptop better....

    Votes: 9 69.2%

  • Total voters
    13

vemn

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#1
Hi all,

I chanced upon a deal for new Surface Book (8GB RAM 500 GB SSD) for $2000 with keyboard and pen.
I know it's a 2015 October release, but it seems really good deal.
But!! Book 2 is releasing next month, not sure if I should wait or not..
Anyway, not sure of price as well.

So ya, seeking advice =)
 

HarborFront

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#2
Is it worthwhile to buy the SB2? I think not and here's why

1) No TB3 port(s) means cannot connect to eGPU for 4K gaming on external 4K monitor
2) USB ports are 3.1
3) USB-C port is also 3.1
4) That ugly dust-collecting gap between kb and screen is still there when closed
5) MS said can charge the SB2 using external battery bank through its USB-C port. The question is where to find such a high-powered battery bank?
6) White-colored SB2 will slowly turn yellowish in use.
7) Super expensive for the 15-inch 512GB SSD 16GB RAM model. The 1TB SSD will be even more expensive.

Sooner or later MS will have to quit the market if it keeps on releasing surface products with legacy specs.
 
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vemn

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Is it worthwhile to buy the SB2? I think not and here's why

1) No TB3 port(s) means cannot connect to eGPU for 4K gaming on external 4K monitor
2) USB ports are 3.1
3) USB-C port is also 3.1
4) That ugly dust-collecting gap between kb and screen is still there when closed
5) MS said can charge the SB2 using external battery bank through its USB-C port. The question is where to find such a high-powered battery bank?
6) White-colored SB2 will slowly turn yellowish in use.
7) Super expensive for the 15-inch 512GB SSD 16GB RAM model. The 1TB SSD will be even more expensive.

Sooner or later MS will have to quit the market with the latest release of its surface products with legacy specs.
Wow you really nailed it! Yeah I agree, it's expensive and something just feels lacking.
Any recommendation for a 11"-13.3" 2-in-1 laptop?

regards
 
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#5
Wow you really nailed it! Yeah I agree, it's expensive and something just feels lacking.
Any recommendation for a 11"-13.3" 2-in-1 laptop?

regards
get a thinkpad 14" E470. Its more than capable than 2 in 1's. Less heat more power you need for daily tasks. A very good battery life of 6hr+.
 
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#8
Thanks Everyone!
After much struggle, I'd decided to buy a Macbook (first time ever for me!).
Preowned MacBook Air 13" (2015 i7 8GB RAM 256GB) for $1k...

Hopefully i get used to it.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
Clean install everything and start over.
 
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ERmm... Did i paid too much for it? :cry:
It was SGD 1000, which is USD $734.
Over here I can get the same model for around $400, it goes by market and availability.

I wouldn't pay more than $500 for it, then again the portable market has a bad performance/price ratio all around.
 
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#19
I got a Surface Pro from my company some time ago, and I like it quite honestly.
I concur. I got mine probably 2 years ago and I really like it. The hardest part for me is the screen size, but that's only because I'm 55 and I need readers to see the screen. But, I mostly keep it docked to my 25 inch screen. When I do take it to a meeting, it's easy enough to enlarge the screen and/or font size. Oh, and I do hate the built-in mouse pad; but, I hate all laptop built-in mouse pads...