I’m a longtime MacBook user and tried Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 for a week — here’s what I learned

 

 

  • I have used a MacBook Pro as my main computing machine for the past five years, but I switched to Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 for a week.
  • The hardware is fantastic — but you need some time to adjust and appreciate it.
  • The complexity is tied to the Windows 10 operating system, which is more flexible and intricate than macOS.

 

Windows 10 is a great operating system that’s both powerful and complex That camera, which can enable Windows Hello, is one of the few things that begin to really separate Microsoft’s and Apple’s offerings.

Windows Hello is Microsoft’s system that allows biometric authentications, like fingerprint reading and face scanning. The Surface Book has the latter, and in my testing, it has been consistently accurate — as well as blazing fast — in recognising me.

There’s something special about opening the lid and being automatically and securely logged in to your desktop. Apple has Face ID on the iPhone X, which has worked very well in my experience — but on the laptop, it makes even more sense, as you’re always looking at the screen at angles that don’t require you to adjust.

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