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Microsoft quietly rolls out a cheaper 15-inch Surface Book 2

We were quite fond of the Surface Book 2 when we first  reviewed it back in 2017, but if you read said review today you’ll see one major complaint in the ‘Cons’ column: it’s super expensive. That’s especially true of the larger 15-inch model, which still starts at £2349 on Microsoft’s UK store.

That’s because the cheapest 15-inch version is a specs beast, with 16GB RAM and an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor tucked away in the detachable base.

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But that might be about to change if the UK store follows the example of its American sibling, which has just added a cheaper flavour of 15-inch Surface Book 2. Yes, you still need 16GB RAM, but you can now buy a version with a seventh-generation Core i5 processor running the show. That’ll set you back $1999 (~£1575), a full $500 off the previous entry-level configuration.

To be clear, that’s still very expensive considering you drop a generation in processor and lose out on the Nvidia GeForce discrete graphics. It’s especially galling when you consider that the 13.5-inch version with the same processor, same storage and half the RAM is currently on sale on the same website for $1099. Paying nearly double for an extra 1.5-inches of screen space and 8GB more RAM feels like the kind of thing you’d only do if you have significantly more money than sense.

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Nonetheless, more flexibility is good for Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 range. For people that need a bigger screen and the ability to convert to a tablet from time to time, the otherwise fabulous Surface Laptop 2 doesn’t quite cut it. As Alistair wrote in his Surface Book 2 review: “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.”

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