Microsoft Surface Book review

This original Surface Book might have been replaced, but there are some great deals available on it – is it still worth buying?

Our Verdict

Although the MacBook Pro – and Microsoft’s own Surface Book 2 – are formidable opponents, the Surface Book remains hugely powerful and flexible for the creative professional. You do need to want the flexibility of the tablet part to make it worthwhile, though (and you’ll need ).

For

  • Great screen
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Hugely powerful
  • Turns into a sketchbook in seconds

Against

  • Remains expensive
  • You probably want a Surface Book 2

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While this model has now been replaced by the Surface Book 2, there are plenty of original Surface Book bargains and Black Friday deals to be had. The fact remains that this is a formidable device if you’re in the market for a PC as an alternative to Apple’s MacBook Pro

There’s now no reason not to use a Windows machine for creative work and Microsoft’s continued preaching about Windows as an operating system for creatives goes right to the heart of Apple’s traditional stronghold. 

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Microsoft Surface Book review

Although the MacBook Pro – and Microsoft’s own Surface Book 2 – are formidable opponents, the Surface Book remains hugely powerful and flexible for the creative professional. You do need to want the flexibility of the tablet part to make it worthwhile, though (and you’ll need ).

Dan is the Editor of T3.com and covers the latest in computing, home entertainment and mobile tech. He's also the former Deputy Editor of TechRadar and former Editor of Lifehacker UK. Dan has written for numerous computing and lifestyle magazines and has also written a book, too. You'll see him pop up in numerous places, having been quoted in or on The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, ITN News, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4 and Sky News Radio.