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Best Surface For Business: Microsoft Surface Pro 6 vs Surface Book 2.

November 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Opinion, Tech/Internet, Weekly Columns

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( Microsoft Surface product line is simply amazing. All the Surface products look classy and professional. These are the qualities which you will rarely find in any device unless it belongs to Apple’s MacBook Pro line of computers. The Surface Pro 6 and the Surface Book 2 stand out for the unique qualities and features they offer. If we have to sum up the Surface Pro 6 vs Surface Book 2 comparison in one phrase, it would be “both are aimed to provide value for money”.

If portability is your top priority, both the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 are good as they support the detachable keyboard. You can use them as a PC and without a keyboard, they can be used as a tablet. Both the devices are lightweight. The Surface Pro 6 with the Intel i5 processor weighs 1.70 lbs and the i7 variant weights just 1.73 lbs. The Surface Book 2 is available in two sizes 13.5-inch and 15-inch. If you max out its specs (with the Intel i7 processor)on the 15-inch variant, it weighs 4.20 lbs and the smaller ones weigh between 3.38 lbs and 3.62 lbs.

Overall, these 2-in-1 PCs are perfect for professionals who carry their device regularly and use it at home, office, cafes, outdoor meetings, and also while traveling. They both feature almost the same hardware, but there are some major differences and it’s confusing. For the Surface Book 2, which starts from $1149, the entry-level model sports a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor. The Surface Pro 6, on the other hand, starts from $899 and is powered by 8th-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor.

If you want slightly more performance, let’s say you want 8th-generation Intel i7 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For this configuration, you will be paying $1299 for the Surface Pro 6 and $1999 for the Surface Book 2. Remember that the Surface Pro 6 is only available in one display size which is 12.3 inches. The processor related details may sound confusing to you, but other than the display size, there’s one more key difference between the two devices.

The Surface Book 2 features 2GB GDDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050 discrete graphics memory on the i7 variant of the 13.5-inch model. If you go for the bigger one, you get GTX 1060 graphics. The Surface Pro 6 comes with Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU on both the i5 and i7 models. So, if your work requires you to run more graphics-rich programs, you should choose the Surface Book 2 because it will be long-lasting and durable.

The Surface Pro 6 is a very simple and budget-friendly solution for business and other work-related tasks. It looks stylish, comes in a decent size, the display looks beautiful and it offers the same pixel density with slightly lower resolution than the Surface Book 2’s display. One of the major advantages of buying the Surface Pro 6 is that its battery lasts for 13.5 hours.

The Surface Book 2 has two batteries – one in the tablet itself and the second one is on the keyboard. When the keyboard is attached, both the batteries work together and the device can easily last for up to 17 hours. The only concern is its poor battery life in tablet mode. With the smaller battery in the device, it can only last for 2 to 3 hours in tablet mode.

Surface Pro 6 vs Surface Book 2 – Which is better

Each of these 2-in-1 PCs is best at what they do with their unique differences in performance, hardware, and design. Business users can choose any of them because these PCs are powerful enough to handle even heavy software and the connectivity to the internet is impressive on both the devices. So, if you run accounting software, cloud-based applications and other lightweight programs on your PC, the Surface Pro 6 would be sufficient for you as you can upgrade the hardware by paying less.

If your work demands a high-performing PC, and power-hungry apps are your regular companions, choose the Surface Book 2 and you won’t have to worry about upgrading the device at least for another two to three years.

Staff Writer; Corey Shaw

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