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Surface Book (1st Gen) specs and features

Features on the front of Surface Book

Here's a quick overview of Surface Book features.

If you want to learn more about Surface Book, download the Surface Book User Guide.

Power button

Press the power button to turn your Surface Book on. You can also use the power button to put your Surface Book to sleep and wake it when you're ready to start working again.


Detach the thin, light Clipboard from the keyboard for mobile computing and easy presentation in tablet mode.

Use the 13.5 full HD display, with its 3:2 aspect ratio and 3000 x 2000 resolution display, to watch HD movies, browse the web, and use your favorite apps.

The 10-point multi-touch touchscreen lets you use your fingers to select, zoom, and move things around.

For more info, see The Surface touchscreen.


Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard. The keyboard features a standard layout and backlit keys, with special shortcut and function keys to help you do common tasks more quickly.

For more info, see Get started with Surface Book.

Surface Pen

Write naturally with the included Surface Pen (Surface Pro 4 version). Quickly jot down notes or capture screenshots in OneNote, even while your Surface is locked. See How to use your Surface Pen (Surface Pro 4 version) for more info.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Surface Book supports standard Wi-Fi protocols (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth® 4.0. Connect to a wireless network and use Bluetooth devices such as mice, printers, and headsets.


Surface Book features an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and a 5-megapixel, fixed-focus front camera. Both cameras are high resolution and record video in 1080p, with a 16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen).

For more info, see Take photos and videos with Surface.

Surface Book is also Windows Hello compatible with an infrared (IR) face-detection camera built in. See Windows Hello for more info.


Two noise-canceling microphones ensure accurate audio recording and enhanced call quality.

Stereo speakers

Two front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® enhanced sound provide an immersive playback experience for all your music, podcasts, and audio books.

To learn more, see Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.

Features on the front of Surface Book

Ports and connectors

Surface Book has the ports you expect from a full-feature laptop.

Two full-size USB 3.0 ports
Connect a USB accessory like a mouse, printer, Ethernet adapter, USB drive, or smartphone.

SD card slot
Use the full-size SD card slot with an SD card (sold separately) for extra storage and transferring files. For more info, see Surface storage options.

Mini DisplayPort version 1.2a
Share what's on your Surface screen by connecting it to an HDTV, monitor, or projector. (Video adapters are sold separately.) For more info, see Connect Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector.

3.5 mm headset jack
Plug in your favorite headset for a little more privacy when listening to music or conference calls. For more info, see Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.


Windows 10 operating system
Windows 10 provides a variety of options for entertainment and productivity whether you're at school, at home, or on the go.
To learn about the latest features in Windows, see What's new in recent Windows 10 updates.

Surface Book comes with great built-in apps, and you can find more apps in Microsoft Store.


The 6th Gen Intel® Core i5 or i7 processor provides the speed and power you need for smooth, fast performance.

Memory and storage

Choose from 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB storage to 16 GB of RAM with 512 GB storage.

See Surface storage for details about formatted storage capacity.

For info on other storage options for Surface Book, see Surface storage options.


Six sensors—compass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, Hall effect, and Wi-Fi SAR—let apps do things like track motion and determine location.

Tech specs


  • Surface Book: 12.30” x 9.14” x 0.51 - 0.90” (312.3mm x 232.1mm x 13.0 - 22.8mm)

  • Surface Book with Performance Base: 12.30” x 9.14” x 0.59 - 0.90” (312.3mm x 232.1mm x 14.9 - 22.8mm)


  • Screen: 13.5” PixelSense™ Display

  • Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI)

  • Aspect ratio: 3:2

  • Contrast ratio: 1700:1

  • Surface Pen enabled

  • Touch: 10 point multi-touch


8GB or 16GB RAM


6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 or i7


  • TPM chip for enterprise security

  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello1 face sign-in


  • Windows 10 Pro

  • Office 30-day trial


  • Ambient light sensor

  • Accelerometer

  • Gyroscope

  • Magnetometer

  • Hall effect

What's in the box

  • Surface Book or Surface Book with Performance Base

  • Surface Pen

  • Power Supply

  • Quick Start Guide

  • Safety and warranty documents


  • Surface Book: Starting at 3.34 lbs (1,516 g) including keyboard

  • Surface Book with Performance Base: 3.68 lbs (1,647 g) including keyboard

Storage 4

Solid state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB

Battery life

  • Surface Book: Up to 12 hours of video playback2

  • Surface Book with Performance Base: Up to 16 hours of video playback3


  • Surface Book: i5: Intel® HD graphics 520;

  • i5/i7: NVIDIA® GeForce® dGPU with 1GB GDDR5 memory

  • Surface Book with Performance Base: i7: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M 2GB GPU

Connections and expansions

  • Two full-size USB 3.0

  • Full-size SD™ card reader (SDXC compatible)

  • Two Surface Connect ports

  • Headset jack

  • Mini DisplayPort

  • Compatible with Surface Dial Off-Screen Interaction*

Cameras, video, and audio

  • Windows Hello4 face sign-in camera (front-facing)

  • 5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video (front-facing)

  • 8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video (rear-facing)

  • Dual microphones

  • Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium

  • 3.5mm headphone jack


  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible

  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology


  • Casing: Magnesium

  • Color: Silver

  • Physical buttons: Volume, Power


1-year limited hardware warranty

Best-in-class support from Microsoft Store

  • 30-day return policy

  • 90 days of free technical phone support

  • 12 months in-store support and technical assistance

  • 1 free training session and Surface device health check

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