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kristalsoldier

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Hi all...

New device for me! Just picked up the black version of the Surface laptop 2. Change for me as I have been using the Surface Pro since gen 3 and the RT series prior to that. Back with a laptop after a long time. The keyboard feels quite nice though its a change for sure. The black colour is, simply put, fab. Still installing my apps and configuring the machine.

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kristalsoldier

kristalsoldier

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I just got a Black Surface Laptop 2 as well. My very first Surface product. I'm really liking it so far!

Hi...just wanted to know what was/ is your battery life experience with the SL2? Today, was/ is my first day in the wild and 2nd day of ownership. Right now it is just past 3.30PM at my end and the battery stands at 34%. I started working from 8.30AM. I have been using 3 Word documents constantly backing up to OneDrive, 3-5 tabs open in Edge (with 2 tabs in Chrome open for about 30 mins), Telegram desktop (about 20 mins of cumulative use), checking LinkedIn app (approx. 15 mins).

In this timeframe, I have had a 60 mins break where I completely shut down the machine but I did restart it twice in that break.

I am connected to the Wifi network at my place of work, which was/ is, for the most part, stable and strong.

At this rate, I am guessing I would end up with about 8-8.5 hours of battery life. I should also mention that for about 1.5 hours, the screen brightness was over 80% (could also have been 100%) as I was working sitting outside. Inside the screen brightness is at 65%.

Since I am comparing this to my SP4, I am quite happy since with that machine I used to get about 2.5-3.5 hours max (similar work conditions). I expect the battery life to marginally improve as the SL2 finishes its indexing though I am not sure it is doing so. At least I see no signs that it is doing so.

Thats about it! Just sharing my battery life experience. It would be good to know yours.

Cheers!
 
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ok...now I am having second thoughts about this laptop. Why? Because of the keyboard. While the typing experience is excellent, the place where my wrists sit while typing will likely wear out. I am saying this based on my experience with the SP keyboards. I have had 3 SP KBs. One was the original silver/ platinum alcantara KB with my SP3. That ended up with brownish stains - body oils - which I tried to remove with soapy water, which helped but marginally. Then I had the black non Alcantara KB with the SP4. I have attached the pics and you can see for yourself. I replaced it recently with a blue Alcantara KB, which I set aside when I got this laptop.

The thing is having worked today for over 8 hours with laptop, I have fallen in love with not only the form factor and the typing experience, but also with the screen. Yeah sure less resolution/ ppi and all, but the size and dimensions are just super.

That said, I just wonder - isn't it better to chuck away a $200 KB even if once a year than to risk carrying a $1.7K (approx.) laptop with a shabby KB for 3-4 years?

What do you folks think? I can still return this within the next 12 days and can pick up the SP6. I wont need the KB as I have a virtually brand new one.
 

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