1. ajcletus500's Avatar
    I wonder if MS is thinking about adding a kickstand to the*clip board of the surface book 2 so that*it can be used independently. Also while they are at it if the keyboard of the surface book 2 doubles as a wireless bluetooth keyboard.*The clipboard can then be dethatched and kept at a distance while the keyboard could be on your lap and still be used to type.
    01-02-2017 01:51 AM
  2. DQuiLon's Avatar
    I don't really mind the kickstand for the clipboard... If you need the tablet portion so much, the Pro line is fantastic... However I do agree that having a Bluetooth keyboard option while detached would be awesome.... They already have most of the battery there, a Bluetooth chip wouldn't compromise it internally.

    For me, I wish for at least 1 thunderbolt 3 port (while still offering mixed connectivity). A fingerprint reader wouldn't hurt.

    However to be honest, my recently purchased Book has been almost the perfect device, I really wouldn't know what can be done to improve it substantially.
    01-06-2017 08:36 PM
  3. hopmedic's Avatar
    I heard from a source - a source whose reliability I do not know, but someone at Microsoft - that the next gen of SB will have USB-C in the base, and that in the future, you would be able to upgrade by swapping out the base. He also said that in order to swap out bases to upgrade, you'd have to start out with at least the SB with performance base.

    Again, I do not know how reliable this source is, but he is a Microsoft employee - that much I can vouch for.
    01-07-2017 12:24 PM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    I heard from a source - a source whose reliability I do not know, but someone at Microsoft - that the next gen of SB will have USB-C in the base, and that in the future, you would be able to upgrade by swapping out the base. He also said that in order to swap out bases to upgrade, you'd have to start out with at least the SB with performance base.

    Again, I do not know how reliable this source is, but he is a Microsoft employee - that much I can vouch for.
    Well I guess that makes sense!
    01-08-2017 08:30 AM
  5. hopmedic's Avatar
    I don't know why you'd have to start with the 2016 model, either. This isn't someone I can follow-up with. This isn't someone I know, but someone that I met at a Microsoft event, and like I said, I cannot vouch for his accuracy, only that he works for Microsoft - and NOT in any position that I would have thought would be privileged with this information, although I do not know how much of what information Microsoft shares internally at various levels. I just found it interesting, and at the time, thought, "Well, I guess we'll watch and see."
    01-09-2017 08:06 PM
  6. ajcletus500's Avatar
    upgrading the base would be the best thing to come out as you wouldn't end up paying a lot of cash for a completely new device
    Last edited by ajcletus500; 01-12-2017 at 01:07 PM.
    01-12-2017 11:44 AM
  7. orlbuckeye's Avatar
    I don't see them selling the base and clipboard separately. Mainly because both parts contain hardware affecting performance. The Surface Pro has the keyboard sold separately that is just a keyboard. The Book has a battery and DGPU in the base and could cause support issues down the line by mixing and matching hardware.
    01-13-2017 09:12 AM
  8. hopmedic's Avatar
    I don't see them selling the base and clipboard separately. Mainly because both parts contain hardware affecting performance. The Surface Pro has the keyboard sold separately that is just a keyboard. The Book has a battery and DGPU in the base and could cause support issues down the line by mixing and matching hardware.
    Never changed a graphics card in a PC?
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    01-13-2017 01:16 PM
  9. surfacefanboi's Avatar
    upgrading the base would be the best thing to come out as you wouldn't end up paying a lot of cash for a completely new device
    I wonder if you can swap the clipboard between the SB & SBi7 now ?
    01-16-2017 09:57 AM
  10. orlbuckeye's Avatar
    Yes i have but most users haven't. I'm saying I don't think they will sell them separately not that it's not possible. That's why they have a Surface Pro line and a Surface Book line.
    01-18-2017 08:40 AM
  11. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    I wonder if you can swap the clipboard between the SB & SBi7 now ?
    Yes you can and it will work fine.

    Sent from mTalk
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    01-28-2017 07:17 AM
  12. Dush Ku's Avatar
    Microsoft new Surface Book enters mass production

    huh, no more detachableness? maybe they'll sell performance base separate
    03-16-2017 04:22 PM
  13. hopmedic's Avatar
    Microsoft new Surface Book enters mass production

    huh, no more detachableness? maybe they'll sell performance base separate
    Neither Paul Thurrott nor Mary Jo Foley, nor anyone here at Windows Central has reported this. I'd take it with a large chunk of salt.
    03-16-2017 04:39 PM
  14. mtf1380's Avatar
    I'd like to see a little somethin-somethin (ribs, dimples, something) on the Clipboard to hold onto when removing from the base...I'm always fearful it will slip from my grip....
    03-16-2017 05:16 PM
  15. zerospace-net's Avatar
    Neither Paul Thurrott nor Mary Jo Foley, nor anyone here at Windows Central has reported this. I'd take it with a large chunk of salt.
    I've seen a couple of articles on this same subject re: the next gen SB. I hope they aren't true, or at least that maybe MS is making a lower end unit without the 2-in-1 functionality alongside the detachable units. I would absolutely miss the 2-in-1 functionality and would be really upset to have to return to a unit without a discrete GPU like the Surface Pro line once I decide to upgrade.

    I haven't seen this written on any of the usual Windows/MS rumor sites like Thurrott or even here on WC either, so I remain hopeful that it's either a partial truth or completely misleading somehow.
    03-17-2017 01:57 PM

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