Ever since Microsoft announced the Surface Book 2 last October, the new 15-inch model has sort of stood on its own. It only comes with a Core i7 and a dedicated GPU, giving it a much higher barrier of entry than its 13.5-inch sibling, which is offered with a seventh-gen Core i5 and no dedicated GPU for just $1,199.
One might have expected for Microsoft to lower the barrier of entry by releasing a Core i5 model of the 15-inch variant, or at least discounting it once in a while. But these things really haven't happened, until today, as you can currently get up to $300 off of a Surface Book 2, including both the 13.5- and 15-inch models.
Here are the deals for the Surface Book 2:
|Size||CPU||RAM||Storage||Old price||New price||Discount|
|13.5-inch||7th-gen Core i5||8GB||128GB||$1,199||$1,199||-|
|13.5-inch||7th-gen Core i5||8GB||256GB||$1,499||$1,299||$200|
|13.5-inch||8th-gen Core i7||8GB||256GB||$1,999||$1,699||$300|
|13.5-inch||8th-gen Core i7||16GB||512GB||$2,499||$2,199||$300|
|13.5-inch||8th-gen Core i7||16GB||1TB||$2,999||$2,699||$300|
|15-inch||8th-gen Core i7||16GB||256GB||$2,499||$2,199||$300|
|15-inch||8th-gen Core i7||16GB||512GB||$2,899||$2,599||$300|
|15-inch||8th-gen Core i7||16GB||1TB||$3,299||$2,999||$300|
There are some big differences in power between the lowest end model and the highest end one. For one thing, there's a big performance jump between the seventh-gen Core processors and the eighth-gen chips. The new generation is quad-core, whereas the last gen was dual-core, so you're getting a lot more out of the Core i7 model.
Also, all Core i7 models come with a dedicated GPU in the base, while the i5 models do not. The 13.5-inch Book 2 comes with a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, while the 15-inch comes with a substantially more powerful 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.
If you want to check out the Surface Book 2, you can find it here.