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u/mobilesnow · 9 pointsr/Surface

Here are a few. I’m boarding a flight so I can’t get you the URLs but searching and googling will help you out.

  1. Download and install the latest working Nvidia drivers (390.77) as that unlocks the Nvidia control panel so you can manually select which apps use GPU vs dGPU. I’ve caught a few games trying to not use the dGPU and this fixed it.

  2. Adaptive brightness: there are two things that cause your screen to dim on its own. One is via the camera and the ambient lighting in the room. This you can disable in settings. The other is based on the brightness of the onscreen content. This is an Intel GPU Setting. You can either install the Intel drivers and disable it via the Intel control panel, or you can search here for the quick registry edit to resolve it.

  3. Your power cable can plug into the bottom of the tablet when it’s undocked to charge just be tablet portion.

  4. If you’re a digital artist, Lazy Nazumi is great for getting rid of any pen jitters you experience. Most have no issues unless you are a doing very detailed linework.

  5. Seer is an amazing application that lets you press the space bar to preview any file similar to MacOS (it made my switch 10x easier)

  6. Auto Hot Key is a great app to remap any key command and all sorts of other useful features. It might look intimidating at first but once you dive in it’s really straight forward.

  7. The Baseqi micro sd adapter sits flush with your SB2 and lets you boost your storage in a pretty elegant way. Make sure you get the right size as the 15” version is a bit deeper than the 13.5” version.

  8. After trying 3 different laptop sleeves I found this one fits perfectly as though it was custom made. Bonus it has an elastic pouch that is flat when not used but otherwise fits your power cord.

    I’m sure there is a lot more but that should get you started hopefully!
u/deckyon · 5 pointsr/Surface

I will be testing this out. I raid regularly in WoW, and this past weekend, the SB2 worked great. Averaged between 40-60 FPS in raid at its native resolution with the graphics settings at 7 for normal world, and 5 for Raid. No, it isnt as good as my dedicated gaming and editing machine, but more than passable for me. I knew it wasn't going to get as good of performance as the other machine, but I bought it for travel to game and edit videos.

It is closer to the other machine for editing, only being slightly slower for scrubbing and rendering of 4K. My main machine is near to real time (5 min video takes just over 5 mins to render on the main machine.) I will give it a godo test tonight, but the initial testing had it rendering out the same 5 min video in a little under 7 minutes. Completely acceptable for a travel box.

Photoshop and Lightroom perform fantastically. While I havent done official tests or anything, they perform as well as my main machine. And being able to set them up to always use the GPU, they scream. and I love using it in tilt mode (with the screen flipped and folded over the KB.

I opted for the 15" i7, 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD. I have a 256 GB MicroSD I use for storage and got an adapter that is meant for the SB2 15". I will link it. This saved me a good amount of money. There is a huge jump between that 256GB and 512GB SSD. With everything I need, and using the MicroSD as a scratch disk, I still have over 100GB free space. Windows, WoW full, Premier Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom and various other apps related to CCE.


The SB2 you mention (even the 256GB SSD) can easily be a full desktop replacement so long as expectations are within the real world and the device is used as designed. I see mine being used more than my main computer.

u/SurfaceDockGuy · 4 pointsr/Surface


We always encourage customers to try getting the most out of their machines before buying new stuff. However there comes a point when attempting to restore old equipment can lead to major frustration. The following steps can help and certainly worth a shot:

  • To free SSD space try this:
  • To improve performance, you can try downloading the latest Intel GPU driver from rather than using the Microsoft provided one. IIRC, the HD 4400 driver had about 9 months of extra development on it. You may need to manually uninstall your current driver via device manager in order to install the Intel one since it will complain that it is not designed for your computer. There is a risk of unintended side-effects, but it is 100% reversible.
  • Does the CPU fan spin often? If so, it could be clogged with dust reducing its effectiveness. You can try getting a can of compressed air and blowing it into the slats - don't worry, you're not going to ruin the fan by over-spinning it or moving dust around the machine with this technique. It is unlikely to have a major effect but worth a shot.
  • If the system is getting rather hot and throttling the CPU, you can add an auxiliary USB-powered fan and point it towards the hot area. Its surprising how effective this is:



    P.S. The newer Surface Pro 2017 or Pro 6 with Core i5/8GB ram would be an excellent upgrade for you if you choose to go in that direction.

u/chrisjbrooks · 2 pointsr/Surface

If you want to play games, or do more intensive stuff, I highly recommend getting a usb fan and angling it towards the back of it.

I have this one:

I use my surface every day as my main work device and with this little fan pointed at the back of it, I never ever hear the internal fan spin up to an audible level. This little fan is near silent as well. So that should help with throttling issues while gaming.

I also recommend using IE. The touch version is seriously the best thing since sliced bread when I am just casually browsing. I use regular IE for work. I just decided to never install chrome since getting the surface and haven't looked back yet.

I would also recommend getting familiar with onenote. It is a great program and if you make the initial commitment to use it for a bunch of stuff and create an organization scheme that works from the start, you will thank yourself later when you are trying to remember your thoughts on Harvard's 19th century curriculum choices two years down the line.

I'm sure others have more advice.

u/personofmalice · 1 pointr/Surface

Been using it for the past week, but the MoKo Slim Shell case is really good:

Bought it to protect the magnesium back from scratches and it's great. Adds a little more bulk, keep that in mind, but so will any case.

What's great about this is that it actually uses the variable kickstand while most of the other cases obstruct it.

Closes magnetically (it won't sleep the device like the Type Cover will, fyi) and feels really secure.

Only cons I have involve the extra heft using it with the Type Cover attached, but without the keyboard it's the best.

u/B4K5c7N · 1 pointr/Surface

I have the pro 4 8gb i7 and I play a lot of games on mine. Lego games play the best, especially both of the Harry Potter Lego games. On those, I get very high frame rates at max settings, max resolution. I also have played Tomb Raider 2013 at 1080p on ultra settings (ultra for detail and textures but the rest on high) and got low to mid 20s fps. However I also use a USB fan that I got off Amazon and that gives me double frame rates so I can play that game even in the mid 40s fps with those settings. The fan also allows me to get in the low 20s at 720p for Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Assassins Creed games I also play. I don't play #2 or #3 at max resolution because there is black boxing, but I do play those at 1080p and they are playable. Black Flag I play as well but at 720p. Mind you on these games I am not getting super high frame rates, but at least in the 20s-30s which is fine for me and basically similar to what you would get on a gaming console.

When you get your device, make sure to get this fan from Amazon to help with your gaming. You will get about twice the performance. It's also helpful just in general to keep the device extra cool and have sustained performance for longer periods of time.

u/MMEnter · 1 pointr/Surface

For the Freedom Case: and tonce you have it a lot of trying out. I got myself a Wacom Stylus and stretched the loop on the Case to with the Cap in so I can now easily remove the Pen and put it back on without worrying much about loosing it, other then that I can't give more tips to the Freedom case it always deepens on how you use your Surface.

Microsoft Office what do you want to know? What is your use case? If you are short on money get a account and you can use the awesome web Apps that get you quiet far and are great for teamwork.

OneNote Desktop - for Free (legal) for Desktop Use for Heavy Pro users (IMO)+ OneNote Windows Store App for just taking basic notes and touch/ Stylus use. Let me know what your use case is and I may can tell you more about it. I recommend getting the App for your Phone as well (WP user by any chance?) its out for WP, iOS and Androide.
/r/OneNote - I just leave this here

u/Silversee · 1 pointr/Surface

You'll want a Microsoft Surface Dock. Don't mess with cheaper USB docks: they don't provide a single wire connection, and only support emulated (rather than native) video. Performance and convenience will be a lot better with the real thing.

If you buy the Surface Dock, make sure to update it to the latest firmware:

You can use either USB or Bluetooth keyboards and mice with your Surface. I like the Microsoft Surface keyboard and mouse, but any will work fine.

Re. displays: stick to displays that support DisplayPort connections if possible, and use a good quality miniDP to DP cable. If your display has only HDMI connections, you'll want a compatible active miniDP to HDMI adapter.

When you dock your Surface you'll have a choice of how to configure your display output: mirrored, extended desktop, or use the external display exclusively. Most people either extend their desktop or just use the external display. Either way, Windows 10 will automatically switch resolution and scaling.

If you want avoid the minor inconvenience of having to log off / on when docking / undocking (to fix scaling issues with older apps), then consider a 23-24" 4k display. At this size, you can run the display at the same scaling level as the Surface Book display (200%) to have a comfortable desktop. Since both displays are scaled the same, no compatibility issues are created for software.

Good luck.

u/WorldWideWayne · 1 pointr/Surface

I use a Surface Pro original for programming with Visual Studio 2013 Pro and it's great. It can drive up to 3 external displays with the correct setup. The 128 GB version is fine, I have Office 2013 and VS2013 installed plus a heap of developer utils (git, tortoisegit, beyond compare, etc...).

You can easily get one external monitor with the built-in displaylink and this mini-displaylink to HDMI/DVI/VGA adapter. I also recommend this little USB 3.0 hub + ethernet adapter. Both of those products together with the Surface Pro make for a nice portable workstation (sans external display).

To run 2 external displays, you need to get this Plugable UD-3900 which adds 4 USB 3.0 ports, ethernet, HDMI and DVI. I have one - it works great for office stuff (haven't tried any video games with it except SNES emulators which work great too.)

u/captainjy · 1 pointr/Surface

Hi bud. The higher the mAh of the battery, the longer it will last so 11000mAh is ok, but if you're traveling long distances, you probably want something more than 20000mAh. I'm not overly awesome with volts and amps, but I will say that you need to be sure to get a battery that has a 9v output at 2 amps. I bought one that was cheaper because I figured i'd save money and it didn't work so I had to return it. You'll also need this:

This will plug into the external battery. This Anker external battery is just awesome so If budget is not too big of a concern, this would be ideal.

u/thebigbug · 1 pointr/Surface

If you're looking for a case for it, get this one:

I have it and love it. Pen stays secure, can use the Surface's kickstand, type cover sits flush when closed, and even has a little rubber strap thing on the back that you can put your hand through so that you keep a good grip on it while keeping another hand free.

u/j4nds4 · 3 pointsr/Surface

That's a weirdly worded question. "What are the advantages of this device, if we pretend these two advantages don't exist?"

I'm not even saying that the Pen is indisputably better than the Pencil, because I truthfully think they better suit separate needs; the Pencil seems better at actual drawing/painting but little else, and the Pen is better for overall productivity and note-taking but lacks some of the painting precision that the Pencil has.

But here are some of the Pen's advantages.

  • Battery. You don't have to worry about recharging it and dealing with the absurd charging method Apple has employed. When your Pen runs out of battery in a year or so, you just replace the AAAA battery and get on with your day. And you don't have to deal with the cap going missing, which many people have complained about with the Pencil.

  • Replaceable tips. Different artists like a different feel to their drawing utensil, and the Surface can offer that.

  • Magnetic connection. The Pencil may conveniently roll onto a side that displays its logo prominently, but it doesn't have a convenient storage option like the Pen does. It's a little detail, but something that's goes a long way after hundreds of times that you pull it out of the bag with the Pen ready and waiting as opposed to having to reach for the Pencil separately.

  • OneNote/Cortana integration. You said to ignore the eraser, which we will, but said nothing about the button on the eraser, which enables near-instantaneous access to note-taking features and voice-search. The former is especially helpful in a school/work environment - get to writing what you need immediately without having to hunt for the appropriate app - much like the Camera shortcut on the iPhone.

  • Better usability outside of sketching. Watch this video of a guy sketching a shoe with an iPad Pro and count how many times he tries to tap a button or drag an item on the screen with the Pencil and resorts to using his finger instead (also note how many times he tries to erase with it...). Simple selections are annoyingly difficult to accomplish and slow down your productivity when you're just trying to quickly change your brush stroke. I haven't seen any video of the Pen in use that demonstrates a similar frustration.

    These are just the ones I can think of at the moment. Again, if we ignore the eraser and the side button. Frankly, I expect that Apple will add some of these features to the Pencil in a generation or two, just as Microsoft will add tilt recognition and better precision to the Pen.
u/xyexz · 1 pointr/Surface

In my opinion your best bet for dual monitor support is just to get a dual display dock that works over USB 3.0 - many people are having issues with the Microsoft one so perhaps get something like this:

That dock already has the correct connections for both of your monitors, which is a bonus.

Most of these docks going through USB 3.0 have more than enough bandwidth for watching videos etc. so latency shouldn't be a concern but it will used ~5-10% CPU during watching videos for the dock itself just FYI.

Good luck!

u/bobbabouie91 · 1 pointr/Surface

Lucky you! Mine is currently being held hostage at my local post office, because of course it arrives in town on a holiday! For the screen protector I’d recommend a Zagg. That’s what I’ve had on my surface pro 4 for the last few years and it’s great. I’ve got one sitting at home waiting to be put on my surface book 2 once it gets here. And if you’re wantinf to get a Micro sd card I’ve heard really good things about these

They’re nice because they sit flush with the side of the surface book and they match the silver aesthetic. The one I linked to is for the 13.5 inch though, so just change it over to the 15 inch model

u/zackiedude · 1 pointr/Surface

Can't speak for OP, but I normally get 35-40 on my SP2. I use a fan to help cool the system too, which I actually haven't needed too much for WoW (but needed for FFXIV, which is more resource intensive).

They now have desktop versions of the fan too...

u/georgeMns · 4 pointsr/Surface

1/2 charge? I don't think you know how much 20000 mahs are.

Assuming you have a sp3 then your battery only has 5500 mahs, case you own a sp4 then you have a downgraded 5000 mahs battery.

With 20ah power bank you can fully change your surface almost 4 times(edit:2 times because surface's battery has 2 times the voltage ), so you see this amount of power is mostly suited for a very few use cases like camping or hitchhiking, this directly effects the price through the basic rule of supply and demand making the price look almost predatory compared to normal capacity power banks.


100$ for a power bank on sale feels kinda meh as you can see, its definitely a promising brand so its a good option if you are adamant about the need for that much capacity, if you dont want to spend that much then you are better off making your own bank from 18650 cells given you know your way around electronics, the materials are all out there and are dirt cheap:


Charging cord:

Battery case(edit: not good):

The seller lists the current at 12v as low as 0.5amps but he also lists the max output at 60watts so this makes no sense, you should ask him for a details on the exact output with 6 batteries at 12v.

If he insists that the amperage is that low then look for a similar product, or make your own with the help of a quality buck/constant regulator, just make sure your cells are protected if you going for the diy route

as i said only try this if you have basic knowledge of electronics.

Keep in mind watts=amps*volts

Surface takes 12volts, and has a garbage standard charger at 35 watts that struggles to charge the device unless its turned off so the minimum amps it can take is 2.5.

It also has an option to upgrade to an 70 watt charger so its sure that it can take up to 5 amps.

edit: seller said the power bank case only supports 11w output, that means you gotta make your own case or find a better one.

u/ParaGraphic_L · 1 pointr/Surface

So I'm travelling the world and working along the way. I'm just using my surface pro 4 and it's external battery (RAVPower 23000 mAH) for the last 10 months now and I just walked into my room to a bloated battery. I didn't bring the original charger as it took up more space. Now I'm afraid that I'll be running out of a way to recharge soon, it doesn't look like MS officially sells Surfaces in Colombia and being on the road a lot I rather have a new battery pack than just a charger, although admittedly I now see the use in having one as a backup.

I found the Qi-Infinity battery- which charger can be used directly on the Surface Pro too. So that looks like a perfect option, not sure yet if they deliver here (in time) but I'll hopefully hear back from them about that soon. If they don't deliver or if there is a good alternative I can find in the area I'd love to hear about it.

Help... i'm not sure if I can still charge using that battery pictured above.

u/themraustin · 2 pointsr/Surface

It works great for me. The biggest advantages over the SP4 are the battery life, screen size, and form factor. The 128gb can feel limiting sometimes, but I got this for external memory (since I never use SD cards). It fits fine on small college desks. The battery is about 10 hours with 50-75% brightness and light use, plenty for a full day of classes.

I should mention that MS advertises a 1 year battery life for the pen. This might be true (I haven't had it for a year), but the included battery only had enough charge for a month. It uses an AAAA battery too, which isn't generally sold in stores. So I recommend ordering a few AAAA batteries (I think I got a 4-pack for $5-10) just in case.

u/eilrymist · 1 pointr/Surface

Logitech has some really nice ones on amazon. They range from $20 to $80. I've heard that the best one is the K810 that has back lighting. However, even their $20 ones I've heard type extremely well. I plan on reading more reviews. While the K810 is nice, for me, I'd rather get a nice mechanical gaming keyboard for that price.

As for the case, was a nice looking one to me because of the stylus holder. Seemed convenient to me. There's another one that is more than half the price, but some people had fitting issues in the reviews. I'm debating on what to get right now as well, so if you find something interesting let me know!

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/Surface

That's a completely fine system for nearly any student or professional use.

The amount of storage might be a bit low, but if that's what you can afford right now, you can easily work around this:

  1. Expand your available media and document storage if needed using a micro SD card. Samsung EVO Select is a good brand and the Select cards are faster than earlier generation models.

  2. Use the cloud. Your school will likely issue you either a Microsoft Office 365 or Google GSuite account, and you can keep your files entirely online or sync what you need to your device using OneDrive or Google Drive.

  3. Add an external SSD like a Samsung T5 (most expensive and least convenient option, but there if you need it)

    If you find yourself needing more ports when you are out and about, you can add this great SP6 expander from Juiced Systems:

    If you want to use your Surface as a desktop PC in your dorm room (and have an external monitor, keyboard and mouse) then you may enjoy the Surface Dock:
u/hei-sen-berg · -1 pointsr/Surface

That's a good but expensive monitor.
Whichever monitor you end up buying, do get an active miniDP to HDMI adapter if you wish to make full use of 4K@60Hz from your Surface.
I recommend this one:
Plugable Active Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 Adapter (Supports displays up to 4k / UHD / 3840x2160@60Hz)

u/Darth_Moose · 1 pointr/Surface

I bought the Moko smart shell case. So far it seems pretty great, though I haven't spent much time with it as it just came in today.
I am hoping to post some pictures and a mini review soon. :)

u/kuttichathan · 1 pointr/Surface
  • Item Name: Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse / Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810
  • Manufacturer: Logitech
  • Surface Model: SP4
  • Price: $59.99 / $80.43
  • Why you like/dislike it: Small form factor, no extra receiver needed since both are bluetooth, reasonable battery life. Only issue I have faced so far is sometimes the keyboard/mouse doesn't get detected when the device wakes up. Probably a Windows issue. Resolved after reboot.
  • Can we read you Reddit handle on show: Y

  • Item Name: Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter v2
  • Manufacturer: Microsoft
  • Surface Model: SP4
  • Price: $49.95
  • Why you like/dislike it: Likes it because of the wireless display capability. Works reliably almost all the time. There were a few cases when it didn't connect in the first attempt.
  • Can we read you Reddit handle on show: Y

  • Item Name: Stickerboy Skin
  • Manufacturer: Stickerboy
  • Surface Model: SP4
  • Price: $39.95
  • Why you like/dislike it: Easy to apply. Protects the device from scratches. No cons so far.
  • Can we read you Reddit handle on show: Y

  • Item Name: Truman Sleeve
  • Manufacturer: Incipio
  • Surface Model: SP4
  • Price: $39.99
  • Why you like/dislike it: Seems to offer a reasonable protection during traveling. Not too bulky. No cons so far.
  • Can we read you Reddit handle on show: Y

  • Item Name: Cable Matters DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
  • Manufacturer: Cable Matters
  • Surface Model: SP4
  • Price: $19.99
  • Why you like/dislike it: Nothing in particular except that it works reliably with my monitor and Surface dock.
  • Can we read you Reddit handle on show: Y

  • Item Name: Creative Sound Blaster Roar v1
  • Manufacturer: Creative
  • Surface Model: SP4
  • Price: $99.99
  • Why you like/dislike it: Good sound, bluetooth, small size, reasonable battery life
  • Can we read you Reddit handle on show: Y

    I regularly use my Surface with the display adapter, BT keyboard/mouse/speaker to watch videos on my TV. Truly wireless!
u/miguelfp1 · 3 pointsr/Surface

both the Wacom Bamboo Feel and this Fujitsu are popular options.

The Wacom Bamboo lacks an eraser on top, the Fujitsu has both an eraser and two side buttons.

Also, here is a pretty good thread with other compatible options. hope it helps!

u/3Isewhere · 2 pointsr/Surface

There is such thing as mDP to HDMI 2? Do you happen to have an amazon link? I can't seem to find my way around it.

This looks to be the mDP to HDMI 2 adapter that I would need, right?

If you happen to see a cable that does it right @ 60hz, please share!

And as for your question, I would ideally want a better framerate -- am I misunderstanding sthng?

Thanks for your help.

EDIT: my understanding is that "HDMI 2.0" is nonsensical for -CABLES- -- is this correct? It's a reference to an adapter, and I would be using a standard HDMI cable from the HDMI2.0 adapter to my TV. Right?

u/VlogIt · 5 pointsr/Surface

These are the accessories I got for my SB2 15 inch. The ProCase 13-13.5 fits the 15 inch SB2 perfectly.

I use the Skinomi matte body skin. There's only one 1 star review, but it fits nicely, like a screen protector but for the whole body. They make it in matte and clear. Be patient with the skin, you're going to need time with it.

u/despitegirls · 1 pointr/Surface

I haven't tried it on mine, but I've read that an Alcantara cleaner like the below works well:

Sonax (206141) Upholstery and Alcantara Cleaner - 8.45 fl. oz.

There's others, and if you read reviews you'll find people who've used it on their Alcantara Surfaces with success. The only reservation I would have is with later versions of Alcantara (ie. Surface Laptop) which supposedly have a different protective layer than the Alcantara Touch Cover, which I have.

u/JukeboxJohnny · 1 pointr/Surface

Yep! I used to have an AMD video card that required an active mini-DP adapter. I figure my screens weren't working because they were passive, so I tried this Plugable Active adapter. It received picture, but there was a funky flashing/choppy looking bit at the top of the screen. I will have to take a picture of it. Aside from the choppy bit, it worked fine, if I remember correctly.

What other mini-displayport to DP or HDMI (must be 4K compatible) are out there? I am pretty sure the HDMI cable I was using was 1.4 compliant.

u/jcar117 · 1 pointr/Surface

I use this fan for my Surface Pro (2017). Plug it in, flex it so air blows into the small vent just above the USB port. Helps reduce throttling but takes up the USB port.

ARCTIC Breeze Mobile - Mini USB Desktop Fan with Flexible Neck I Portable Desk Fan for Home, Office I Silent USB Fan I Fan Speed 1700 RPM - White

u/recruiterguy · 1 pointr/Surface

This case kept me from needing to pick up a bag. Super durable, has a secure place for the pen and I get lots of compliments on it when I'm traveling. (I also put a black skin on the kickstand so it blends in perfectly.)

I normally don't put cases on my devices but I'm really happy with this one - especially how it secures the pen and keyboard when closed.

u/binaryvisions · 1 pointr/Surface

Spent a month in New Zealand, I'm on my second month in Australia, headed to SE Asia in a couple weeks.

I bought the i5/8gb/256gb model and a 200gb micro SD card.

Battery hasn't been a problem, though it's no marathon man. Honestly, I bought a USB battery pack and wish I had just gone ahead and gotten this:

Not because I have had trouble with the SP4 specifically but because there are times when it's nice to get a boost and it'd be convenient to be able to top off the Pro as well. Since I'm carrying the battery pack anyway, it may as well cover all devices.

If you have an MS store nearby (or, hell, just a best buy or something), just ask if they can let you try one in your lap. They might have an employee model or can detatch it for you.

u/id000001 · 2 pointsr/Surface

I posted this a few times before, figure I will post this again.

This will work with SP3 and SP4, all version. I have tested it beside the i7 models but I don't see why it won't work with i7.

Here is something cheaper and possibly work better:

Low budget option(I personally tested this exact combination)

Buy this (tested by me) or this if you are daring for cheaper (untested) you can probably find some cheaper one on the first option if you browse around. I got it at around $18 USD

And [these](
) Really should not get any thing else, or buying from any other source.

and one of these

These should give you around 65 - 80% more battery base on my test on a SP3. more for SP4 since SP4, my test show around 70 - 80%, but very inconclusive as I haven't used it a lot.

Mid budget option ( I have not personally tested this, but many has. )

Or just get this and the cable mentioned earlier.

This should give you about 20k mAhm which is about 3 times the battery capacity for the Surface Pro 4 build-in battery. After battery conversion lost, you should get around 80 - 100% more battery.

High budget option 1 ( I tested this myself with a SP3)

Get one of these which is a full AC outlet. However, even if it is 27000 mah, the problem with it is that it has to do significant convertion (3.7v -> 110v -> 14v ) so you are losing a lot of battery power. I found that it is only getting me about half a Laptop charge from this.

High budget option 2
Or just go to all the unit are significantly mark up, but you get the peace of mind that it will work with your expensive device with thorough testing from professional instead of an amateur like me.

Feel free to ask me any questions about this set up.

u/Gertex · 4 pointsr/Surface

Bought one of these:

Love it, Love it, Love it. Had problems with it after 4 months and emailed them for help. They sent me a brand new unit at no cost to me. Top notch customer service. Ended up being a Surface driver issue an not the hub. Go figure.

u/EpicWolverine · 1 pointr/Surface

If you want something really rugged and don't mind losing the native kickstand, get one of the cases others have recommended like the UAG. If you'd like to keep the native kickstand, this is the only case I've found that does it right. I use the keyboard cover too (which will also protect the screen if you don't already have that), so I sliced off the cover part of that case, leaving just the back, and it works wonderfully.

u/BoatMadeOfBananas · 1 pointr/Surface

Currently using this case. Not too heavy, but it gives it lots of protection. I cycle to university, and this case has protected my SP3 for the better part of 2 months. Has a pen holder on the top as well. Lots of colour options too.

u/TableSurface · 1 pointr/Surface

The Ars Technica review provides a more detailed overview, and I agree with their findings: . The 965m is a massive step up from the original ~940m.

In short: The tablet portion is identical, battery life improved, no throttling, improved cooling to accommodate the 965m, fan noise slightly louder (but nothing unusual for ultrabooks).

One observation that I had is that the slightly heavier (and thicker) base also improves on the balance of the whole system. It doesn't feel like it wants to topple backwards as often when its in my lap.

Also: If you had a flush mount microSD adapter, I can confirm that it fits in the new base.

u/ailima · 1 pointr/Surface

I use these: A little heavy, but it provides roughly 2 full additional charges on my SP4. I typically use the 12V to increase the longevity of my battery, but it works just fine with the 16V setting for me and the charge rate is through the roof - I can literally watch my battery percentage increase about 1% per minute. :)

[note: I'm not sure that the 16V settings will work on your SP3. YMMV and hopefully it doesn't blow up.]

32000 mAh battery pack
adapter cable

u/blackmagic344 · 1 pointr/Surface

Thanks for your response! I decided to go with the Fujitsu pen as Amazon offered a faster delivery date and I saw a lot of people praising it. The only thing I noticed was that some of the pens I was looking at to purchase didn't say 'Lifebook' on the pen, like the one linked below, so that worried be at first that it might not be the same pen, but I saw it linked by other Surface Pro 2 users as well. Thanks for the suggestion!

u/mrGREEK360 · 2 pointsr/Surface

hmmm how about ebay, you can use a debit card with PayPal, just don't buy the sd card off ebay because it will be fake but an adapter should be safe to buy on ebay, you should be able to buy the sdcard locally, just buy from a reputable dealer in greece. Hello from a Greek living in Canada.

You can also go to a small computer shop in Greece and ask if they can order one for you, might cost more for their effort, but if you don't have a debit card/credit card then that's your only choice. Do you have any friends with a credit card/debit card/paypal? if so then ask them if they can order it for you.


u/robfrizzy · 1 pointr/Surface

You just need to get a card as big and fast as you can afford. Also, try a reputable brand. Samsung, SanDisk, or Lexar should be fine. I have a Surface Pro 4 so if it's the same as the Surface Pro then you don't necessarily need anything special. I'm using this one.

As for installation, I put the micro SD card in and reformatted to NTFS. You don't have to reformat it, and doing so may change the advertised read and write speeds. I just rather have NTFS than FAT. After that, create your library folders on the SD Card. These would be the Documents, Pictures, Video, Music, etc... folders found in your user folder. After you're made them, find their counterparts on the local SSD in your user folder. Right click on them and select properties. Select the "location" tab and click move. Then select the folder's counterpart on your Micro SD card and confirm the transfer. Repeat the process for each additional library you would like to move. If you use any sync services, many of their folders can be transferred to the Micro SD card as well. Moving the libraries will normally move any programs that default to saving files in those libraries, not all of them, but many will. After that, just keep whatever files you would like on the card.

There's two things you should know before doing this. You're using an external media to store files permanently. The chance of failure is relatively low, but you should still be wary of backing up. You should have a backup of all your files anyways. Back up your files before doing any of the above too. The other thing to keep in mind is that files deleted off of the SD Card are permanently erased. They don't go to the recycle bin. You delete them and they're gone for good, you can't recover them from the recycle bin. Very stupid, I know, but it's how Microsoft is doing it for some reason. There's noting physically stopping Microsoft from adding recycle bin support to SD cards, Windows is just not programmed to do that. Seems to be a big oversight since their flagship tablets are designed to use Micro SD Cards for expandable storage.

Hope that helps.

u/Jcivy · 1 pointr/Surface

I left mine at airport security check and the airport had to mail it to my house. The person put tape on alacantra keyboard backside, and wrote my name on the tape in pen. The pen marked past the tape and resulted in an inch long pen stain on the alacantra keyboard that I use on my surface pro 3. I successfully removed the blue ink line with the product link below. Just follow instructions. I highly recommend using the brush that is recommended under the "frequently bought together".
I will add that I used a high power stand fan to dry the alacantra area after I have finished cleaning it with the brush.

Sonax (206141) Upholstery and Alcantara Cleaner - 8.45 fl. oz.

u/FfityShadesOfDone · 1 pointr/Surface

I'm pretty happy with my setup. For the sake of balancing out the desk I'd really like the third monitor. Also down the line would be a triple monitor mount so that everything comes out of one stand rather than three.

The biggest thing that I like about this setup is that I was able to get my USB dock, the dell monitor, mouse and keyboard for about the same price as the surface dock ($250 CAD).

Here's the link to the dock I ended up buying

u/Nyjn · 1 pointr/Surface

I remember reading somewhere that the outside temperature affects the SP3 negatively, I'll try and find it tomorrow if I get a chance.

The surface starts the fan/throttles at around 70°C. Was this in chrome? Does the temperature rise the same in IE/FF?

You could also consider buying a small USB fan and point it at the top right corner of the device, it'll help it stay cool. Something like this

u/theswee18 · 2 pointsr/Surface

The dock has two DP ports, no HDMI. You can see all the ports in the pics on the Amazon product page here. If you need HDMI to Mini-DP converter, you can get the one I use here. I prefer surface dock because I love how easy it is to connect the Surface connect port to my computer and then just have charging, displays, and all my USB-stuff just work. If you get a USB-C dock, even if it does charging, I can't guarantee that it will charge it well. The SP7 seems to charge slower on USB-C than on Surface Connect port. If you plan on plugging in but then also having a port to run your dock, you should look at this USB-C dock. But again, I love that the Surface Dock does everything in one connection, and then my USB-C port is still available if I need to connect anything that way.

u/suprfli · 1 pointr/Surface

You, sir, are a God among men. THANK YOU!! That worked! I connected an HDMI cable to the back of my monitor and then used this 4-in-1 adapter I just bought to go from HDMI to mini DP. It works with the MS Surface dock too! Best part is that I'm getting a full 2560x1600 resolution. Thank you VERY much!!

PS...The WORST part is I watched this video by the Microsoft team that developed the dock and they SPECIFICALLY state to use a DP to mini DP cable for best performance so that's what I bought and what I used.

u/Kristosh · 3 pointsr/Surface

Sounds like you've thought through every aspect! Now, I'm guessing you're not considering the Core m3 model? Because I believe that with all the accessories is still cheaper than the SB and it is a TERRIFIC device! The processor speed on an m3 is equivalent of i5's just a couple years ago, it's stout.

With what you've described, I'd go for the Entry Level 128GB SB and buy a 64/128GB mSD Card here which will sit flush with the body of the device!

I can totally get by with 128GB though, I was completely fine with the 64GB in my base-level SP3!

As far as SB accessories, you shouldn't need a battery pack. I get between 8-10 hours depending on usage and I can't imagine you have anywhere near 8 hours of classes in one day?

u/jeffy1021 · 1 pointr/Surface

That was it! I am able to use resolutions higher than 1920x1080 with an active mini display port to HDMI adapter, hope this helps. For reference, this is the adapter I purchased though I am sure any active adapter should be fine.

u/BrianFranklin · 3 pointsr/Surface

I had a Goal Zero Sherpa 50 (the battery pack with the inverter attachment) given to me for my birthday last year. The inverter causes some power loss versus a straight power adapter from the laptop port, so I picked up a cheap import cord and paired it with a little adapter to fit the output on the Sherpa. It's great for backup power but I haven't had to put it through any serious tests yet.

I've also heard great things about the Anker battery pack, and there were reviews on the Amazon listing page for the larger ones from other Surface users who had paired their batteries with the adapter cable I picked up.

u/HeezyB · -1 pointsr/Surface

Paper is a fabric too, why not compare it?

> good luck getting it fully out without damaging your device.

This is where you're wrong, an alcantara cleaner can easily clean stains/dirt (read the reviews, people even mention cleaning their SP4 alcantara keyboards effectively which isn't coated like the surface laptop).

u/SimonOrJ · 1 pointr/Surface

I am using this, and it works well with my original Surface Pro.

The charcoal version should be good as well.

Though untested, this one seems to be compatible with the Surface Pro and Pro 2:

Generally, most pens that work with Galaxy devices with stylus work with Surface Pro 1 and 2 since both uses similar Wacom's technology. However, I wouldn't always count on it. Note that Bamboo Feel styluses do not come with an eraser.

If you aren't sure, there's always the original Surface Pen that works well.

u/Snackie56 · 2 pointsr/Surface

I use this fan, its cheap and works perfectly keeping me at 20-22 watts after 3 hours of overwatch playing. I bought the gooseneck model and I point it at the back right corner allowing some air to pass through the vents, some air to go across the screen, and some air to go along the back. It works perfectly and is COMPLETELY silent. Only 8 dollars too. I haven't done any undervolting ever, just this one fan.

u/Nenotriple · 2 pointsr/Surface

I got this one and it's really nice

It has 2 buttons on the side, + eraser. You can also change out the tips for rubber, felt, and plastic, you have to buy those separate though. I really like the rubber (flex) ones, they feel great.

u/zeththedarkmage · 2 pointsr/Surface

Only recommendations would be getting a Wacom Bamboo Feel stylus. They are much heftier and have a much better pen feel than the regular stylus and a Freedom case. The freedom case makes up for all the angles you lose by not having a surface pro 3 while looking really nice and protecting the easy to scratch back of the surface. They both completed my surface pro experience and I can't recommend them enough.

u/BlargaBlargaBB · 2 pointsr/Surface

I got this with an appropriate changing cable (they should come up on this page, but the company is XIEMIN) Intocircuit 26000mAh High Capacity Battery, link is the battery works great and I'm able to charge my SP3 more than once with it. I like it a lot

u/tdubeau · 2 pointsr/Surface

Buy active Mini display to HDMI adapters like this one Cable Matters Active Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter Supporting 4K 60Hz Display & Eyefinity Technology

u/Cei34 · 1 pointr/Surface

So I found your review on Amazon. So this pen works with the SP2, right? So far I only have the Bamboo Feel Pen and the Fujitsu Pen. I prefer the Wacom pen for precision and accuracy, but it lacks a second button and an eraser. Have you had a Wacom Bamboo Feel pen before? If so how does it feel compared to the Wacom UP-911E-02A?

P.S.: Thanks for sharing btw. Gonna get this for my SP2 when I can.

u/dicklord666 · 1 pointr/Surface

I'd recommend this one:

It has two buttons and an eraser, has five star rating and also has reviews left by Surface Pro users confirming its superiority over the stock stylus. Good luck.

u/Andrewtek · 1 pointr/Surface

/u/SurfaceDockGuy! That dock is cool!

Out of curiosity, did the upgrade to Creator's update cause flickers to your external monitors?

Since the update, my 4K monitor will occasionally flicker. This flicker will occur every few minutes when the CPU is under some load. The dock seems to exacerbate this 1 frame drop to maybe a full second, so I am bypassing the dock for now.

I am using this adapter which worked great before the update: I ordered a second one to see if maybe mine had worn out or become defective, but the second one behaves the same.

As a Surface + Dock + Microsoft insider, I thought perhaps you might have an idea for me. Either way, thanks for sharing the video.

u/Alan7467 · 1 pointr/Surface

Nice write-up! I just ordered a SB2 13.5" i7 with 256GB SSD and a micro SD card adapter:

...almost a perfect solution except for the fact that I won't be able to reach the files while only using the tablet. It won't be a problem very often though, and I should be able to adjust my work flows accordingly.

u/sillieidiot · 1 pointr/Surface

I would look at the plugable docking stations. I've used that before and it works great. Pretty much just need to load the respective drivers on each computer and that's pretty much it. Obviously you'll need an adapter for the MacBook. The only thing I didn't like was that the blue light was bright as hell. And it doesn't charge your devices like with device specific docks. But I didn't have any problems switching back and forth between Mac and Windows.

This is the one I used, but I see they make new USB-c versions now which is cool:

Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI / VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)

u/Yourhero88 · 2 pointsr/Surface

Fujitsu makes the best one i've used. Leagues better than the bamboo, since it has 2 buttons and an eraser as well!

u/smackjack · 2 pointsr/Surface

non mobile link

I too bought this case. The multiple angles are great, and makes it much easier to use on your lap.

But I have to say that I'm concerned about running cpu intensive programs in this case because it makes cooling less efficient.

u/Qi_infinity · 1 pointr/Surface

It is already available on Amazon but currently it is shipped from our factory in Asia directly. However it will take about 7 -14 days to receive due to international shipping time and customs clearance.

It will be in stock early next week in Amazon USA and Europe and can be ordered through prime with 2 day delivery as well. Here is the Amazon USA link -

Thank you,
Qi-infinity team

u/neums08 · 2 pointsr/Surface

This is the only case worth getting for the surface pro. It lets you easily adjust the viewing angle without messing around with velcro tabs, has a pen loop, and looks pretty nice.

u/MrEpixauce · 1 pointr/Surface

Please do, my solution to the heat throttling has always been an external fan, with that I am able to achieve pretty close to maximum performance. Though undervolting would mean I wouldn't have to carry around a usb dock and fan for gaming away from home...

u/winecannon · 3 pointsr/Surface

I have a Surface Pro 2, and the second, lower level that the kickstand can go to is pretty good for using on your lap. Can't speak for the first gen surfaces though.

Alternatively, I have this case which takes the kickstand out of the equation completely and allows you many more options when it comes to angling the screen. I love it.

u/Grummond · 1 pointr/Surface

I'm the type that gets battery anxiety when my SP4 gets near 50%, which happens way too fast (they really should make battery life a priority with the next one, even if it means a slightly thicker/heavier device), but the QI Infinity power bank has solved that. Works great.

It's a bit pricey, but I needed a second charger anyway so I just had to spend a little more and get a massive power pack included in the price.

u/ratshack · 1 pointr/Surface

Yes but there was this.

Awhile back I also dropped my old SP3 about two feet onto pavement, the bag slipped off my shoulder whilst bending down. Bag was lightly padded but no case. Struck edge first diagonally on the corner, the screen shattered like a wine glass.

Amusingly enough this was in the parking lot of the microsoft store that I was going to, i had just gotten out of my car. literally 10 minutes and $49 later I had a brand new SP3 in hand.

Complete is just epic.

Anyway, get the case I linked to. It is the best and I have tried them all.

u/Deksloc · 1 pointr/Surface

I don't really play games on my computer, mostly just Civ, so it's one of the few games I have installed on the SSD. I actually just ordered the BaseQi microSD card adapter so the memory card will sit flush in the SB for more semi-permanent capacity. I'll just be using my memory card for regular files like documents and photos.

Programs that depend on fast read/writes, like games or photo/video editors or whatever, I plan to put right on the main SSD.

edit: Scratch that, I'll probably also put some emulators on the SSD, but I can put the games on the memory card, even if the read speed is slower than the SSD. It'll be easier that way to balance storage and performance, and it'll still be way faster than if I were using the original CDs/DVDs games would have come on.

u/kpanda12 · 1 pointr/Surface

Definitely this: BASEQI Aluminum MicroSD Adapter for Microsoft Surface Book & Surface Book 2 13.5" (Model-350A)

This sleeve is nice, especially for only $20: tomtoc 360° Protective 13-13.5 Inch Laptop Sleeve Compatible with Microsoft 13.5" Surface Book | 13.5" Surface Laptop, with CornerArmor Patent & Accessory Pocket

Optional - for protecting the Surface Pen tip: Surface Pen Tip Cover Case,Teyomi Protective Shockproof Replacement Surface Pen Tip Cover Case Skin For Microsoft Surface Pen (Surface Pen Tip Cover)

Annnnnd this. I recommend this. Cheap... and it works well:

u/djangomango · 3 pointsr/Surface

My complaints about it:

  1. I either accidentally press the side button or have to make an effort to find the side button when I actually want to press it. It's flush with the barrel, which makes it difficult with the way I hold the pen.

  2. I'm not a fan of the black finish. It's almost like sandpaper. I might just return it for the carbon one.

    I also have the Fujitsu T5000 pen, which is almost ideal for me. Having two side buttons is amazing. I do find that it's more sensitive to angle drift than the Bamboo Feel or even the SP pen, though.

    I wish there were a two side button rocker switch version of the Bamboo Feel pen. That would be perfect.
u/NerdGirl5 · 1 pointr/Surface

I agree with mlbobs first two points, second two points are up to you. If you are gaming, you might want to get this.

Point it at the top right of the back of the SP4, or top left if you are looking at the back.

I wouldn't bother with a screen protector if you use the type cover. But to answer your question, the pen will work fine with it. The pen resistance or feel will be different and the touch feel will be different, and the reflections from the screen will be different.

Have you thought about back ups? External monitor? Adaptor to use TV? Bigger speakers, headphones?

u/mgerbasio · 2 pointsr/Surface

I have this one:

The top half is heavy and I know the back of my SP4/SP gets warm without a cover so this probably isn't helping with heat dissipation. Covering the back of the device is pretty much common to all cases it seems so I don't know if this is better or not. It doesn't lay flat against the case, it has some ridges to lift it up which probably makes it dissipate heat better. There are holes that line up with the vent holes.

u/psyche77 · 2 pointsr/Surface

Nevermind, missed the SB[2]. Depending on the monitor, 3.0 to HDMI Video Graphics Adapter with Audio for Multiple Monitors up to 2560x1440 for around $20.

Depending on the monitor, the most you might need is an mDP to HDMI (preferably active) adapter for about $18 or maybe a Mini DP to DP Cable for $9 if your monitor supports it. If you start to think multi-monitor (screen real estate) I'm a fan of the Microsoft Dock, which gives you two mDP and other nice features like 4 full-powered USB 3.0 ports.

u/jasonwill7414 · 1 pointr/Surface

Something like this:

Seems like it'll be more than I ever need and I can just save my entire OneDrive folder to that? If I understand correctly, that'll not use up any of my hard drive space so my computer shouldn't slow down?

u/dweekie · 1 pointr/Surface

Well, a little late to the discussion. Just want to point out that I have had good luck with the Plugable adapter for 4k 60hz HDMI 2.0 output to a 4k TV if somebody needs that functionality. There aren't too many options for this capability.....

u/masfenix · 1 pointr/Surface

This subreddit is highly fond of the arctic breeze:

It actually does pretty well. I can be programming/running code/running matlab and it'll hover around 45 - 50, maybe 60 if I go at it. It's just not covered though so if it hits your surface, it will leave a scratch. its a possibility if you use an external usb hub and move the surface around

u/fatalexe · 7 pointsr/Surface

I've had my Surface Pro 1 since launch. The powder coat paint tends to flake off with use. This has been true of about any device I've had with similar paint. Mine has really started to come off around the stand hinges and power port from much use. I ended up just getting this case and not worrying about it much. One day I'll get bored and flake off all the paint. The metal underneath looks pretty nice.

u/kryptonnms · 2 pointsr/Surface

I use the Figitsu Lifebook pen T5000 with my Pro 1 (Since it's wacom, it would work with a pro 2 as well.) The plus side is it's cheaper than the Feel stylus, it uses standard Wacom nibs (not the smaller feel ones), has two buttons and an eraser.

I also use a matte screen protector. Really helps add resistance to the pen, especially using a felt pen-nib.

I use Paint Tool SAI primarily to draw. I love it.

u/dijon360 · 0 pointsr/Surface

It's why I sold mine. I had to be too precious about it. Constantly cleaning and wiping it - and terrified of scratches.

That said, the Alcantara cleaner from Amazon is good stuff indeed and should help remove sweaty palm stains.

u/SD-777 · 1 pointr/Surface

Thank you guys. I have a LG-49UJ6500 that has HDMI 2.0 and I use it for my desktop outputting 4k @ 60hz 4:4:4, was just looking to setup my surface pro so I can bring it home from work to get stuff done on the weekends. I ended up getting this adapter: I use the full displayport version to output from my 1080ti to the LG tv and it works perfectly. For the HDMI cable I went with Monoprice premium, never had an issue with Monoprice stuff.

u/zoompooky · 1 pointr/Surface

The link seems to have changed - even on my amazon order if I click the link in the order it takes me to the model 350A (13.5") model... but I purchased (and I'm using) the 15" version, Model 351A.

All I can think is the 15" version sold out on Amazon?

EDIT: Check this out:

Goes to reviews of the 15" version, but if you click the link you're taken to the 13.5" version.

One more link for good measure.

u/papasmurf7 · 0 pointsr/Surface

Just got this in the mail today

Pretty cool so far. I got it since I didn't want a sleeve case so I needed a case with corner protection. Also spent a lot of time on amazon reading reviews on different cases. This one seems like the only one I've found so far that has all the pros without any cons except one. Only one guy said that the little slot to hold the pen is a little thick so it stretched out his clipper on the pen. So he can't clip it onto his shirt for example. I still bought the case and I was thinking about sanding down the little slot so its thinner so I don't have the same problem. Or I may use that loop that came with the keyboard and attach it to the case elsewhere.

Keyboard flips back all the way as well as the magnetic tilt. That's what was my main concern while searching cases

u/caalas · 1 pointr/Surface

My team has a few hundred Surface Laptops that they support. I can attest that the link below works great. Spray it on, brush it in a bit (soft tooth brush, dry rough fingers that we are too manly to put lotion on, etc.), wait 20 minutes, wipe it off.

Copy of my response from a previous post.

u/anIncognitoSuperhero · 5 pointsr/Surface

SP4 i7/16gb/256 user here.

I am currently using a Kensington Black Belt 2nd Degree for a couple months now. It is not bulky and offers good protection for the back and sides of my SP4. Another positive note is that it allows full mobility of the keyboard. You can keep it magnetically attached and fold it back all the way if you want to use tablet mode.

The case is so slim that it can be also placed in a sleeve or laptop bag if that is how you transport your SP.

u/prc2 · 4 pointsr/Surface

I think you may have to go with the surface pro 1 (the RTs don't have stylus input, and the Del venue is too small imo). You can get refurbished surface pro 1's for around ~$400 on ebay I think.

Out of the box, however, the note taking experience won't be particularly great due to the not-so-great calibration of the pen and the pretty bad pen that's included.

I highly suggest buying the wacom feel pen (, its $40 more, but it's rubber pen nib adds texture so it doesn't feel like you're writing on glass, and I find the cursor on the screen to track the wacom feel stylus better than the stylus included.

Next I would do the 273 point calibration, yes it's a lot, but it makes things oh so much better:
Also look though the wiki since it contains some really nice hidden gems (how to ad block on metro IE, DPI scaling, etc.)

u/albinoyoungn · 2 pointsr/Surface

ARCTIC Breeze Mobile USB-Powered 92mm Portable Fan, Portable Cooling Solution, Quiet Fan - White

One of these and point it at the top right (left if you are looking at it) corner in the back.

u/BangGood_is_a_SCAM · 2 pointsr/Surface

I've been doing a lot of research on this recently; after scouring the interweb for reviews and feedback, it looks like the Fujitsu T5000 is the best around for the SP1/SP2.

u/solidnitrogen · 2 pointsr/Surface

I got a moko protect case from amazon, it's a hard plastic shell with front cover and it allows for full use of the kickstand. And for 17$ it's been amazing.

u/zim117 · 3 pointsr/Surface

There is this

But it's $49 out of your budget

It seems like one of the best on the market at the moment and comes with the required adaptors

u/theonlyredditaccount · 1 pointr/Surface

I'd go with the i7. It is nearly twice as fast, because it is an 8th gen CPU. (5000 benchmark v. 9000 benchmark) and I think you'll encounter better battery life on it as well.

You can always opt for a 128gb microSD and the adapter it needs to expand storage for about $70.

u/MothrFKNGarBear · 4 pointsr/Surface

quick Tip: BASEQI Aluminum MicroSD Adapter for Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Model-351A)

Plus a micro SD card, great way to expand your memory for cheap.

u/herofry · 2 pointsr/Surface

I have the Microsoft Surface dock for my Surface book with 2 monitors hooked up. The trick is that you need active adapters. Like these,

You can also try using VGA temporarily, that worked for me but DVI/HDMI is better.

u/Hothabanero6 · 2 pointsr/Surface

You can get the docking stations cheaper on Amazon.

A docking station solution would be the fewest cables to connect and exposed.

There are two Microsoft docking station options. The bulky SP3 dock

or the smaller Surface Dock released with the SP4/Surface Book which is also compatible with the SP3.

I would avoid Bluetooth keyboards. The wireless Keyboards & mouse combos work with a single USB dongle which you can plug into your docking station and they are much more reliable.

I don't care for the bulky style dock, but some people like it.
The smaller one works through the Power Connector aka Surface Connect. So you just have a single cable to connect. Note that there are other pins on the connector beside power for all the interfaces.

Connect your monitor, keyboard & mouse (wireless dongle), Ethernet, printer, etc, to the Dock and you're all set.

There are also USB docks from third parties for about $90 but at the $129 price for the Surface Dock they aren't worth it.

u/immortalreddit · 1 pointr/Surface

I know it may look silly, but I've read a few people suggest using a USB powered fan like this and pointing it at the back of the SP3 where it gets hottest:

u/Zachamos · 1 pointr/Surface

You may also need this:

I bought it for my SB2 15", it fits perfectly. It also has the 13" model. With it I stored some movies and songs into a 256GB sandisk microSD card ( Didn't use it for gaming though.

u/patrastefan · 2 pointsr/Surface

hi! i have exactly the same interest.

anyway, do check the new baseQI mSD adapter for SB2 15" that'll flush fit (350 model flush fits 13" and 351 model flush fits 15"): click!

u/Rhesonance · 16 pointsr/Surface


2 x 22" 1080p Monitors

1 x Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Charge only)

1 x Logitech USB Keyboard

1 x Microsoft USB Mouse

1 x Amazon Basics USB-Powered Speakers

1 x 2TB External HDD on USB 3.0

1 x DVD Burner

1 x Surface Pen (duh)

1 x USB-Powered Laptop stand w/ dual cooling fans and USB 2.0 hub

1 x Gigabit Ethernet Connection

with 1 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 slots free

Single cable, everything connects and is fully functional in about 10 seconds once the cable goes in. Handles it like a champ, no lag on displays or input.

Using this docking station.

u/JezzaX86 · 2 pointsr/Surface

I personally got a 256gb SD card and mater to it to the Base QI adapter. It works for my needs and is far more mobile than an external SSD. The drawback to any external storage on the surface book though, is that it becomes inaccessible when removing the screen, so the other alternatives are to look at cloud storage options such as One Drive, which will cost more long-term due to subscription costs. So, I'd suggest weighing up what suits you best.

As for the contacts, use a Q-tip and LIGHTLY go over them with specialised contact cleaner.

u/estydees · 3 pointsr/Surface


I have a surface S3 with I7 for over a year now and I love it. Most of your bugs I've experienced at some point or other. Windows 10 originally had a pretty rough start on minor bugs but Microsoft has started releasing patches at a faster rate which helped a lot of these.

  1. Keep updating windows.. This use to be a common problem for more then just surface, (my gf has a lenovo laptop with touch and it would break there too) but it went away sometime ago. (Use to be a weekly problem but I haven't experienced it in a few months)

  2. I had to disable windows defender for similar issues. Not sure if updating or what helped but ya the overheating is a real issue. I bought a usb small fan on amazon for about $7 to plug into my computer to blow air on the top right corner of the computer. This helps a lot with overheating, (especially when gaming). For the process being stuck, it sounds like a bug =/. I use to see this issue but it went away. For me it was this "app module installer". Very annoying but I haven't had an issue like this in months.

  3. Sorry, haven't hit this.

  4. Try letting update run for a long period of time. I had the same problem and learned that the % isn't accurate. If you don't have the windows anniversary version it might be downloading a very large update and could be stuck there for a long time.

    I donno if I was very helpful but try to plug into a solid internet and download all the updates, the Surface has come a long way in terms of reliability. Microsoft redesigned a lot of code with windows 8+ and it came at a cost.
u/Correct_battery · 1 pointr/Surface

I purchased this MiniDP to HDMI,DVI,VGA off of Amazon. For the lulz I plugged three things all at once and the SP3 just mirrored to all three (a known limitation of this adapter) and it worked fine.
Seriously though, I use this adapter occasionally to watch shows onto an HDTV. The sound and picture quality are really good, and haven't had any issues with it so far.

u/EShy · 1 pointr/Surface

You could assume the rumors about a spring release for SP5 are true and wait a little or you could [buy it now for $120] ( and sell it with the SP4 when you upgrade. You probably won't lose too much value if you sell everything as a package.

u/bendrigar · 5 pointsr/Surface

I ordered this one from amazon to have a spare around. I like the feel of it in my hand more than the stock stylus actually, and it also has an eraser button on it like the stock one. It has an extra button too that supposedly you can make use of somehow but I haven't bothered thus far.

u/Randomhkkid · 2 pointsr/Surface

I use a small usb fan pointed at the top right to completely eliminate thermal throttling, the bigger issue is actually power limit throttling, this caps the package at ~25watts (IIRC) which limits scenarios where the CPU and GPU are being pushed simultaneously (Like gaming).

The fan I use

u/YellowLoyalist · 1 pointr/Surface

I recommend this adapter if you have to use HDMI. Otherwise find yourself a good Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable.

u/Tchnclly · 1 pointr/Surface

SP3 "mod" Buy a gooseneck USB fan. Plug it into the USB port and point it at the hot-spot on the back of the tablet where the proc is.

The ARCTIC Breeze here is my favorite out of a few I tried:

u/evrydayzawrkday · 4 pointsr/Surface

I use this and works like a charm.

Running a surface pro with a cannon AIW, two 28 inch monitors and a big USB 3.0 HDD. Runs very fluid and smooth.

u/Renigami · 2 pointsr/Surface

In question to the text comment (not the title).

I stand by the Wacom Tablet PC pen, Fujitsu Lifebook Pen.

Two side buttons and an eraser end alongside the writing end tip. Light as a pencil and handles just as such. The only gripe with it is, there is no pocket clip, but a loop to secure a small clippable keyring.

More pens to consider here. Pricing would vary across the board as well as availability.

u/jedifreeman · 1 pointr/Surface

I have one of these for my Surface Book - works great

u/mmsean · 2 pointsr/Surface

I bought this and works great on my 4k TV. 4K 60hz with HDR10 that I'm using on my Sony 4K TV.

u/waharris007 · 2 pointsr/Surface

I use a USB 3 dock from Plugable (<$100) and it works great. They make a USB C model, too, for about $130.

Also, check out this microSD reader that sits flush in the slot for permanent-ish storage expansion: BASEQI Aluminum MicroSD Adapter for Microsoft Surface Book & Surface Book 2 13.5" (Model-350A)

u/Vcubed1 · 2 pointsr/Surface

The surface dock has a mini-displayport port. So you need a active mini displayport to hdmi adapter.

I've used this one and it works well:

u/whitesleeve · 2 pointsr/Surface

Hey, I have this battery:

However, I bought it when it was a lot cheaper. Not sure why it's so high right now. You might be better served if you looked at Intocircuit 26000mAh now, since it's cheaper by 100$

Though you will still need to get a attachment cable from mikeguyver. Or you can just buy the INtocircuit battery and cable set directly from him.

u/silly22 · 1 pointr/Surface

Had one of few case designs that integrates the kickstand into the bottom section of its back, the MoKo Ultra Slim Lightweight Smart-shell Cover Case After 7 months one of the plastic tabs broke so it may have been worth ordering two at the prices they sell for on Amazon. Also, I dropped my Surface while it was encased in it from a height of about 3 ft. at the airport and it survived... maybe just lucky though.

I decided to try a different style case from Moko that doesn't really allow the use of the surface kickstand, but has stronger tabs: It weighs almost the same, maybe a few grams more than the one that integrates the kickstand.

u/Jobo162 · 1 pointr/Surface

Sounds like you would like the Fujitsu T5000

u/octoquake · 2 pointsr/Surface

I have been looking at the wacom bamboo stylus suggested, but this stylus has had my interest so far. I like the idea of an extra button on the side and it has an eraser, too. I'll probably order it tomorrow if not tonight.

u/surface_book · 2 pointsr/Surface

You can add this to any USB-Hub., but it's only the HDMI, and it's already $80.

Since $129 for the Surface Dock is "criminal", I'm not sure what's "acceptable". I recommended this USB-to-HDMI because it's 4k; going forward you don't want to have to replace an entire dock just to get higher def.. Also you want portability, so a small compact USB3 hub would go well. You wouldn't need to pull out the HDMI port unless you needed, making the hub you buy smaller, and cheaper.

EDIT: Note: sending display over USB will eat battery and also not perform very well for rapid programs. It's not terrible, but will slow down depending on what else you send through USB.

u/srmccoy · 1 pointr/Surface

You could try some Alcantara Cleaner. It's worth a shot. I'm thinking you are probably out of luck, though.

u/changecups · 1 pointr/Surface

I've got the 256gb one but I found it not to be big enough so I got one of these:

BASEQI Aluminum MicroSD Adapter...

It sits flush with the side of the base and I've put a 400gb micro SD in it. It's great and I've had no issues with it.

u/Slippy13 · 1 pointr/Surface

BASEQI makes one here. I have bought one and the flush mount looks perfect.

u/jaredkwest · 2 pointsr/Surface

I think you would be safe playing non AAA titles off your sd card. With that being said, it’s only a guess. What I came here to do was to show you this adapter

u/Rhiordan · 2 pointsr/Surface

There are tweaks you can do to make it not throttle. You need to change the power options which requires you do go into regedit and make a simple change. Here's the link on how to do it.

I can now game on medium settings without it throttling. Plus, get this fan...

It's not too loud and it keeps the back of the surface cool.

I should say that I have the i7 16gig so I have the 540 vid chip, but I'm sure it will work also for the i5 version.

u/Gray_panda · 1 pointr/Surface

I just bought a RavPower and adapter. Need to use it while traveling and can't take anything larger than 100 mAh through TSA security.

Works well.

u/fyzbo · 6 pointsr/Surface

But then amazon gets the extra. Instead go to this link and donate to a charity:

u/ShezaEU · 5 pointsr/Surface

This is asked on this subreddit every now and again.

You'll want a portable pack that is designed for laptops, something with a voltage selector:

Then you'll want a charging cable like this one:

On the latter link, you can see a reviewer use the cable with the Anker battery pack I linked, and he says it works.

u/Clint_Beastw0od · 3 pointsr/Surface

I have a SB, but I would assume it works similarly.

I bought a MiniDP to HDMI adapter and use that to connect my Book to an external screen. It works flawlessly.

I believe I got this one from Cable Matters:

Then I got a cheap Amazon Basics HDMI cable to go with it.

u/jimbonics · 8 pointsr/Surface

Not at all, go for it!

The stand-up desk is a Kangaroo Elite. The monitors are a couple of Dell E2211H's, with one obviously flipped portrait. (current model is the E2213H)

The utterly beautiful thing about this dock, is that I unplug it from the usb, the monitors turn off. Plug it back in, BAM they're back, in their proper positioning and everything. Only bummer is having to move the apps back to the screen you want, unless there's a trick I haven't found.

A new nifty thing I've found today, likely with the 8.1 upgrade, is the Start Screen will stay in place while you work on other monitors, even with a Metro app open on one of them. This makes it a little more compelling to use the Live Tiles at a "glance-and-go". We'll see.

End of the day, unplug and into its case it goes, along with Type Cover. Come in in the morning, plug it up, BAM. Roll on.