1. zachthebomb13's Avatar
    I'm looking for a new laptop, and the Surface Book form factor meets my needs. However, my budget is about $1000.

    I found the original Surface Book, i7 on Newegg for $1,000. But I can also get the i5 Surface Book 2 on Microsoft for $1080 with a discount. I'm trying to figure out which would be best. More specs below.

    Surface Book
    Processor: generation 6 i7
    Ram: 8 gb
    Hard drive: 256 gb
    Graphics: Nvidia with 1gb ram
    Cost: $1,000

    Surface Book 2
    Processor: generation 7 i5
    Ram: 8 gb
    Hard drive: 128 gb
    Graphics: integrated Intel graphics
    Cost: $1,080

    I don't do gaming or anything crazy. Just Microsoft office and browsing. I'll be using this when I go back to get my Master's degree. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
    03-18-2018 12:14 AM
  2. bulls96's Avatar
    I think dGPU always defeats no-GPU. And newer processor beats older processor.

    If you just do office and browsing, nonGPU might work.

    Another thing is memory. Always buy the most HD and RAM that you can afford.
    03-18-2018 08:30 AM
  3. zachthebomb13's Avatar
    I think dGPU always defeats no-GPU. And newer processor beats older processor.

    If you just do office and browsing, nonGPU might work.

    Another thing is memory. Always buy the most HD and RAM that you can afford.
    Thanks for the reply. What about build quality between the two? I keep hearing about a screen wiggle in the first.
    Last edited by zachthebomb13; 03-18-2018 at 09:27 AM.
    03-18-2018 08:51 AM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    I would go for the first-gen because...

    - More storage space (can't upgrade that down-the-road in the SB - this is probably the biggest one for you since you don't game)
    - Dedicated GPU (more graphics horsepower doesn't hurt)
    - Most any Core i CPU from the last few generations is sufficient for most work, I get by just fine on a 3rd-gen, and I don't think you'll see a tangible improvement between that i5 an i7.

    However, I don't remember the 2's benefits off the top of my head so see if those differences tip the scale in its favor.
    03-19-2018 02:18 PM
  5. zachthebomb13's Avatar
    I would go for the first-gen because...

    - More storage space (can't upgrade that down-the-road in the SB - this is probably the biggest one for you since you don't game)
    - Dedicated GPU (more graphics horsepower doesn't hurt)
    - Most any Core i CPU from the last few generations is sufficient for most work, I get by just fine on a 3rd-gen, and I don't think you'll see a tangible improvement between that i5 an i7.

    However, I don't remember the 2's benefits off the top of my head so see if those differences tip the scale in its favor.
    Thanks for the reply. I from like I'm leaning that way after a weekend of research myself.
    03-19-2018 02:20 PM
  6. Mattemt294's Avatar
    I would go with the first one. Differences in build are minor
    03-26-2018 04:04 AM
  7. bulls96's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply. What about build quality between the two? I keep hearing about a screen wiggle in the first.

    They are close. Sb2 wiggle is less but not by much, not enough to make a difference.
    03-27-2018 06:59 PM
  8. Jont1967's Avatar
    I'm looking for a new laptop, and the Surface Book form factor meets my needs. However, my budget is about $1000.

    I found the original Surface Book, i7 on Newegg for $1,000. But I can also get the i5 Surface Book 2 on Microsoft for $1080 with a discount. I'm trying to figure out which would be best. More specs below.

    Surface Book
    Processor: generation 6 i7
    Ram: 8 gb
    Hard drive: 256 gb
    Graphics: Nvidia with 1gb ram
    Cost: $1,000

    Surface Book 2
    Processor: generation 7 i5
    Ram: 8 gb
    Hard drive: 128 gb
    Graphics: integrated Intel graphics
    Cost: $1,080

    I don't do gaming or anything crazy. Just Microsoft office and browsing. I'll be using this when I go back to get my Master's degree. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
    03-29-2018 05:44 PM
  9. Jont1967's Avatar
    I would stick away from either of them until Microsoft sorts out its quality control. First I had to change my 13.5 twice due to coil whine (just gave up in the end as they all had the same problem), now I have the mysterious disappearing GTX 1050 issue accompanied by the occasional BSOD. So fed up with it, go with a dell or ASUS would be my recommendation.
    03-29-2018 05:47 PM

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