Microsoft's Surface Book has been a popular product amongst consumers since its launch in 2015, and that popularity grew with the release of the Surface Book 2 in October 2017. Its stylish design, quality materials and solid performance made it a hit, but its entry price tag of £1,499 was a bit of a turn-off for many.
The Windows-maker has obviously been paying attention because it's just announced a new entry-level model for the UK, France and Germany at £1,149 – a saving of £350.
Specs wise the only difference between this new cheaper base model and the one before is 128GB of storage instead of 256GB. Asides from that you're getting the same 13.5-inch Surface Book 2, equipped with a Core i5 and 8GB of RAM.
Getting rid of storage in the interest of affordability is not unusual for Microsoft. This new Surface Book 2 was already launched in the US last month at a similar sort of price reduction. Similarly, Microsoft introduced a new entry-level Surface Laptop stateside last month at a $200 reduction. The difference there is more than storage though, with the processor dropping down to an Intel Core m3-7Y30 (from a Core i5 CPU).
Of course, it's still largely unaffordable for many consumers for whom a £1,000+ outlay on a laptop is a lavish expense. But if there is someone out there who was on the fence about getting a Surface Book 2, this might be the catalyst to make them reconsider.