Surface Book 3

Surface Book 3 Review, Design Specs & Price

Surface Book 3 is designed to give you the best balance of computational power and versatility in a laptop. In its most powerful configuration, you can create 3D designs, produce graphical content with real-time ray tracing and advanced shading, and even run GPU-intensive machine learning and AI workloads.

This makes Surface Book 3, a great choice for even your most demanding needs. The latest generation includes options for discreet GPUs with Nvidia GeForce or Nvidia Quadro for businesses with certifications for professional grade apps. It uses 10th generation Intel Core processors, available in either Core i7 or Core i5 configurations. And for the first time with Surface Book, you can choose options with up to 32 gigabytes of RAM.

Surface Book 3 Display

The 13.5-inch model comes with a color-calibrated 3000 by 2000 pixel display. While the 15-inch model has a 3240 x 2160 resolution. Each uses our signature 3:2 aspect ratio and supports 10-point multi-touch. As you’d expect, it gives you best in class inking to make it a great digital canvas for sketching, when used with a Surface Pen.

The top of Surface Book 3 is a detachable, full-fledged Windows PC in a tablet form factor with integrated Intel Iris™ Plus Graphics. For this generation, they’ve also refined the detach mechanism, which now releases two times faster compared to previous generations.

Cameras & Scanners

At the top of the display you’ll see the 5 Megapixel front camera array with integrated IR sensor for Windows Hello. It also supports 1080p HD video. Surface Book 3 incorporates our dual array Studio microphone solution with beam forming for authentic voice capture. And for the first time, its stereo speakers incorporate Dolby Atmos, to deliver rich, spatial sound and a better headphone experience. On the back of the screen, you’ll see an 8 megapixel autofocus camera also supporting 1080p HD video.


In fact, there’s an integrated 3.5 millimeter headphone and microphone jack on the right with hardware buttons for volume and power on top. Next, the base of Surface 3 has two USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports and a full-size SDXC card reader on the left. The full-sized backlit keyboard and precision trackpad provide a quiet, comfortable interaction experience.

To the right of the device there is a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port. This can also be used to charge Surface Book. Additionally, it supports DisplayPort 1.4 for connecting high resolution displays. Then, the Surface Connect port delivers more power than ever when used with our new power supply, which delivers 120 watts to the 15” model. And when paired with the new Surface Dock, it will drive two 4k displays at 60 hertz.


The Surface Book 3 comes with NVME solid state drive options ranging from 256 gigabytes up to 2 terabytes. It includes a TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise-grade security and supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 wireless connectivity. Surface Book 3 has the longest battery life of any Surface device. The battery behind the display combined with the one in its base power the device for up to 17.5 hours of typical use with the 15” model.

If you have a Surface Book with discrete GPU, the base also includes the graphics processor. The optional Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 is exclusive to the 15-inch model and is a first for Surface. It features 6GB of graphics memory and 240 Tensor Cores
to support demanding 3D and AI workloads. Both the 13.5 and 15-inch models also include additional discrete GPU options with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti to meet high compute demands at work or play.

And for IT, Surface Book 3 can be personalized with required apps and policies using the Windows Autopilot deployment service. And hardware capabilities can be managed centrally from Microsoft Endpoint Manager with the new Device Firmware Configuration Interface. For example, you can disable USB or camera devices, and more, to suit your needs.

Surface Book 3 Price

It starts at $1599 and it is available from May 21, 2020.

Surface Book 3 Features & Design