Surface Book i7 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about 2016 Surface Book i7 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Surface Book i7 image

Surface Book i7

Availability

Surface Book i7
Released2016
Release Date
  • Introduced: October 26, 2016
  • Pre-ordered: October 26, 2016
  • Released: November 10, 2016
PricingStarting at 2,399$
Generations
Surface Book i7 Price
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$595.00
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$564.00
Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB)
By Microsoft
$450.00
$899.99 50% OFF
Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
By Microsoft
$989.99
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$414.69
$441.40 6% OFF

Exterior

Surface Book i7
Dimensions12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
Weight
  • Tablet only: 1.6 lbs (726 g)
  • Total: 3.68 lbs (1,669 g)
Colors
Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1.55mm travel.
    • Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
  • Trackpad:
    • Larger size 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gesture.

Display

Surface Book i7
Size13.5 Inches
Info
  • Display Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (6M Pixels)
  • Display Density: 267 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1700:1
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch

Ports

Surface Book i7
Ports
Surface Book i7 Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
  • 2 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 2 x Surface Connect™
    1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base, both supports charging and docking.
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size SDXC card reader (UHS-II performance)

Internal Specs

Surface Book i7
Processor
  1. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.60 → 3.40 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Surface Book i71
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U745100.00%
0745

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

Surface Book i71
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U1,584100.00%
01,584
Integrated Graphics
  1. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U
    Intel® HD Graphics 520
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1050 MHz
Memory
8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965m
    Maxwell Architecture, 2GB GDDR5 128-bit, 924/935 - 950/1151 MHz, 1024 CUDA Cores.
Storage
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
Soldered PCIe 3.0 SSD

Connectivity

Surface Book i7
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology

Battery

Surface Book i7
Size
  • Total: 81Wh
    Clipboard: 18Wh
    Base: 63Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 16 hours of video playback
Power Supply102W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port.

Software

Surface Book i7
OSWindows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 365 30-days trial

Camera & Audio

Surface Book i7
Camera
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium

Misc

Surface Book i7
InkingSupports Surface Pen
1024 levels of pressure
Magnetic storage
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • HW TPM chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box
  • Surface Book
  • Surface Pen
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty
MoreSupports Surface Dial
Supports off-screen interaction only.

Key Features

Surface Book i7
At Glance
Released in Late
2016
3:2 3K
13.5”
2000p 60Hz
Weight
3.68 lb
1.67 kg
Powered By
Intel Core i7-6600U
2C/4T, 2.60 → 3.40 GHz
Geekbench 5
745
Single Core
Geekbench 5
1,584
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® HD Graphics 520
24 Execution Units, 300 → 1050 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3
Surface Book i7 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
GTX 965M
2GB GDDR5

Photos

Our analysis and reviews

Surface Book i7 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface Book i7.

All-day battery life of up to 16-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface Book i7 lasts up to 16 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 16 hours of video playback
Upgradable storage

Surface Book i7 comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future. Learn more

Storage SlotsSurface Book i7
M.2x1
Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Surface Book i7.

Not supports Windows 11
RequirementsSurface Book i7
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i7-6600U
4GB RAM8GB → 16GB
64GB Drive256GB → 2TB
2 Cores CPU2 cores
Non-upgradable memory

The memory on Surface Book i7 is soldered to the motherboard, and there is no additional RAM slot for expansion. Since you can't change or add more RAM after you buy, you want to make sure you pick the configuration with the right amount of memory at the initial purchase. Learn more

MemorySurface Book i7
Slots0 - Onboard
TypeLPDDR3
Speed1866 MHz

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

About 57% heavier

Surface Book i7 weighed 3.68 pounds, 57% heavier than the 1.6 pounds Surface Book.

WeightSurface Book i7Surface Book
Pound
3.68 lbs.
1.6 lbs.
Kilogram
1.67 kg
0.73 kg

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