New Microsoft Surface Book 2 variant actually makes it affordable

The Microsoft Surface Book 2, as impressive as it is, is prohibitively priced.

Until now the Windows 10 laptop/tablet has been £1,499/$1,499, even for the entry level model.

Now, Microsoft is lowering the barriers with a new configuration starting at $1,199. That’s $300 less than the previous asking price.

The base model has Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB SSD.

All that’s different is the smaller hard drive, so that’s a significant saving for those who operate mostly in the cloud (via Neowin).

The new variant currently isn’t yet available in Microsoft’s UK store, but we’ve reached out for more information.

Related: Microsoft Surface Book 2 review

The Surface Book 2 received an 8/10 score from TrustedReviews during our test drive last year. It would doubtless have been higher, but for the price tag.

We praised its excellent performance, great laptop battery life and better keyboard hinge.

In his review Alastair Stevenson wrote: “If you’re a power user for whom money is no object, you’ll struggle to do better than the Surface Book. Featuring a super-swish design, cutting-edge hardware and a pleasingly bloatware-free Windows install, it’s hard to fault the Surface Book 2 for most tasks.”

He concluded: “The Surface Book 2 is a great convertible for power users with cash to burn.”

Now, if you can survive with a little less onboard storage, you don’t have to burn so much of it.

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