Help Me Decide Should I buy MS Surface Book now?

Discussion in 'Compare Hardware' started by vemn, Oct 20, 2017.

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

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

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  2. Surface Book 2 (November 2017 - Price not sure for same specs)

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  3. Get a Lenovo Yoga or any other 2-in-1 Laptop better....

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  1. vemn

    vemn Level 6
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    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 =)
     
  2. HarborFront

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    #2 HarborFront, Oct 20, 2017
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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 if it keeps on releasing surface products with legacy specs.
     
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  3. vemn

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    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. Vasudev

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    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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  7. vemn

    vemn Level 6
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    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!
     
  8. Vasudev

    Vasudev Level 22

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    Clean install everything and start over.
     
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  9. vemn

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    Sorry what do you mean by that?
    I should clean install my Mac?
     
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  10. Vasudev

    Vasudev Level 22

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    I meant Clean install the Mac. Sometimes I forget to type in some sentences. Sorry for the mix up.
     
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  11. vemn

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    Possibility for previous owner to plant something inside???
     
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  12. Vasudev

    Vasudev Level 22

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    Indeed. Better be safe than sorry.
     
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  13. Windows Defender Shill

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    I can't help but think you are paying for the Microsoft brand
     
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  14. Local Host

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    He payed for the Apple brand instead, which is also overpriced but with outdated hardware on top.

    I got a Surface Pro from my company some time ago, and I like it quite honestly.
     
  15. vemn

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    ERmm... Did i paid too much for it? :cry:
    It was SGD 1000, which is USD $734.
     
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  16. Local Host

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    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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  17. vemn

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    :sick: 400...............................
     
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  18. Vasudev

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    Pricing varies from region to region. Don't be sad. Even I had a dilemma and regret that I spent $2500 on a PC in India when in the USA its priced half.
     
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  19. Alexhousek

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    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...
     
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