Microsoft’s update to the 15-inch , the aptly named Surface Book 3, remains essentially the same. It’s still the laptop that tries to be all things to all people: it’s a clamshell, a and a standalone tablet, where most laptops settle for two out of three. But in the past couple of years the competition for creative dollars has gotten a lot tougher while the Surface Book has pretty much stood still. If you want its exact combination of convertible/detachable/clamshell operation or want to stick with it as an upgrade from the Surface Book 2, it won’t disappoint.
- Flexible and unique laptop-tablet-convertible design
- Decent 1080p gaming performance for its class
- Solid battery life
- Good, touch-typing-friendly keyboard
- Unremarkable processor performance given its price and size
- No Thunderbolt 3 connection
Microsoft does offer a new configuration with angraphics processor. The Quadro’s a professional GPU that’s roughly equivalent to a GeForce RTX 2070. Quadro graphics enable professionals to take advantage of some acceleration capabilities in high-end video and 3D-intensive software that aren’t enabled for GeForce consumer-level GPUs.