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Review: 5 Things I Love About Microsoft's Surface Book 2

The notebook's strong battery life and terrific display make it one of the best all-around notebooks and a worthy rival to Apple's MacBook Pro.

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Battery Life

Probably my most consistent complaint with laptops, especially Apple laptops, is the shortage of battery life. If a laptop doesn't have enough juice to last a full day of work and travel, your productivity is going to take a hit, and that's not an acceptable trade-off for me. Microsoft's Surface Book 2 erases those battery life anxieties. I got 10 hours of battery life on a charge across several tryouts (with heavy usage of web and PC apps, and the brightness set to the "brighter" setting in Windows 10). That's an amazing result. The gold standard for battery life that I've tested recently was Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which offered nine hours of battery life on a charge. For buyers who value battery life as much as I do, the Surface Book 2 deserves some serious consideration. (One note: I haven't had a chance to try out the 13.5-inch model, so I can't speak to the battery life results of that version.)

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