In a nutshell: Microsoft’s Surface Book lineup was overdue for a refresh, and it is lastly right here. The new Surface Book Three retains the identical elegant exterior for each the 13.5-inch and 15-inch fashions, however the up to date {hardware} inside is ~50% quicker whereas maintaining the identical battery life. A brand new Surface Dock additionally provides help for 2 4K 60 Hz screens, plus the addition of wi-fi Surface headphones to the line-up.

The Surface design has aged fairly effectively, so the corporate did not must make any main modifications. It may have executed smaller issues like including a Thunderbolt Three port, shifting the headphone jack decrease on the clipboard half, or including a fingerprint reader for conditions the place the Windows Hello digicam isn’t ideally suited to authenticate, however that did not occur with the Surface Book 3.

The internals now embrace 10th era (Ice Lake), quad-core Intel processors paired with as much as 32 GB of RAM. You additionally get the choice to have both a GeForce GTX 1650, 1660 Ti Max-Q or a Quadro RTX 3000 Max-Q GPU relying on what you need to do together with your Surface Book 3.

Microsoft says that utilizing CAD design instruments like Solidworks with the Quadro-based model can cut back render time by about 50 %.

With all that processing energy, one of many points with the earlier 15-inch Surface Book was that the charger would not present sufficient juice, so the battery would additionally discharge slowly when doing intensive stuff like gaming or something that approached a full load. Microsoft says the brand new charger is ready to present 127 W, to make sure it has a bit of additional energy to cost the battery as effectively.

The new SSD contained in the Surface Book Three is considerably quicker than the earlier era, and Microsoft claims that you could anticipate round 15.5 hours of battery life on the 13-inch variant and 17.5 hours on the 15-inch, relying in your workload.

The port choice stays the identical: two USB-A ports, a Surface Connect port, a full measurement card reader, and a single USB-C port with USB Power Delivery capabilities however no Thunderbolt 3. Apparently that is as a result of Microsoft thinks it might be a security issue, since anybody with a well-prepared USB drive would be capable to exploit the direct reminiscence entry nature of a Thunderbolt port. This means there is not any help for exterior GPUs — not now nor within the foreseeable future.

Microsoft launches Surface Book 3 with updated internals, new Surface accessories 

Microsoft additionally announced the Surface Dock 2 priced at $259.99 that sports activities an extended cable, quick charging, and 4 USB-C ports with help for as much as two 4K screens at 60 Hz. And because you’re gonna need to use wi-fi headphones with the brand new Surface Book, the corporate launched the Surface Earbuds and an up to date model of the Surface Headphones, at $199 and $249, respectively. Both supply contact gesture help for controlling calls and audio playback.

Whether or not you can purchase the Surface Book Three is determined by how a lot you want a removable pill, pen help, and whether or not you possibly can dwell with the limitation of getting 15 W CPUs in a tool with a beginning value of $1,599. Microsoft will begin transport the brand new Surface Book on May 21 within the US and Canada.