Microsoft’s Surface Book is not cheap by an stretch of the imagination, but it looks like the company has added a cheaper way to get the gorgeous laptop with a discrete graphics card. The new option wasn’t officially announced, but is already appearing on the Microsoft Store.
The new option slots in alongside the upgrade to a larger SSD. Essentially, this means that customers can choose between upgrading to a 256GB SSD, or keeping the stock 128GB storage and adding a discrete NVIDIA GPU. Both options carry the same US$1699 (about RM7200) price tag, so it is a matter of preference for the user.
We have no idea what kind of GPU is being used in the Surface Book, and Microsoft has not said anything about it. However, Techradar has done some digging and revealed rumours putting the power of the GPU at around the level of the GeForce 940M. It’s a little slower than we expected, especially for that price tag. It looks like Microsoft does not expect anyone to be doing anything more than light gaming on the Surface Book.
It would have been nice to have better graphics option on the Surface Book, but that might push the already significant price tag too high for just about everyone.