Why did I put up with Microsoftâ€™s Surface Book 2? Why did anyone? Thatâ€™s the question I asked myself recently as I tried to convince the Surface Book 2 to recognize my 4K monitor, yet again.Â
Most laptops survive PCWorldâ€™s review process without exposing major issues. But as I look around at the shelves housing our review units, I can see that the Surface Book 2 had a rough time of it.Â Hereâ€™s the 15-inch Surface Book 2 whose discrete GPU failed, possibly due to overheating. This 13-inch modelâ€™s battery was dead on arrival. A second 15-inch Surface Book 2, about a year ago, decided to output nothing better than HD resolution (1366×768) on an external display.