When comparing Surface Book vs Lenovo ThinkPad T460s, the Slant community recommends Lenovo ThinkPad T460s for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Lenovo ThinkPad T460s is ranked 5th while Surface Book is ranked 13th. The most important reason people chose Lenovo ThinkPad T460s is:
The Thinkpad T460s is more than adequate at performing daily mainstream tasks. It achieved a Geekbench 3 score of 6796 which is way ahead of the average for this laptop category (6271). The 256GB SSD is also very fast and is able to copy 4.97GB worth of data in just 33 seconds. Even though the GPU does not support any heavy gaming or CAD work, it's still possible to do some picture or video editing comfortably.
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Pro Great touch display
Surface Book has a detachable, 13.5”, 3000x2000, 10 point multi-touch PixelSense display. It has good viewing angles, color reproduction and strong, 1700:1 contrast ratio.
Pro Great performance
Can be equipped with the latest specs in terms of processors, graphics cards, etc.
Pro Versatile design
It can be used as a standard touch laptop, the hinge allows it to be used in a tent configuration and the screen can be detached from the rest of the body to be used as a standard tablet.
Pro Comes bundled with a great stylus
The stylus can be magnetically attached to the side of the screen.
Pro Good trackpad
The Surface book has a large, accurate 5-point multitouch trackpad.
Pro Zero bloatware
Pro Great laptop battery life
Laptop battery life lasts for an excellent 12 hours on a single charge.
Pro Great key spacing
Microsoft's years of experience creating keyboards are noticeable in the keyboard's layout as keys are spaced in a way that will be intuitive to most users.
Pro Magnetically sealed lid
The lid of the Surface Book is, when closed, magnetically sealed.
Pro Durable design
Pro Great performance for daily mainstream tasks
The Thinkpad T460s is more than adequate at performing daily mainstream tasks. It achieved a Geekbench 3 score of 6796 which is way ahead of the average for this laptop category (6271). The 256GB SSD is also very fast and is able to copy 4.97GB worth of data in just 33 seconds.
Even though the GPU does not support any heavy gaming or CAD work, it's still possible to do some picture or video editing comfortably.
Pro Great build quality
The body is made of magnesium and the lid is reinforced by carbon fiber which makes it extremely durable as well. Lenovo claims that the laptop has passed MIL-STD 810G durability tests for extreme temperatures, high altitudes, humidity and vibrations.
Pro Great minimalistic design
The chassis has a simple matte black coating that surrounds the whole laptop. The only dashes of color are provided by the red trackpoint on the keyboard and the red dot on the logo on the back of the lid.
Pro Good touchpad
The T460s has a 3.9x2.2inch buttonless touchpad which provides relatively accurate navigation without lag or stuttering. It has a matte surface which has the right amount of friction to be enjoyable to use. The touchpad also supports multi-touch gestures and two-finger swiping.
Pro Very portable
At 3lbs and at 13 x 8.9 x.74 inches it's a very small, lightweight, and portable laptop.
Con Comes with Windows that lacks developer tooling
Developer tools under Windows are lacking compared to OSX and Linux. And while it's possible to replace the OS, dual-boot or run a VM environment for development, it's extra hassle that you have to deal with.
Con No USB-C port
USB-C will be the prominent new port used, as it can manage much more than previous USB ports. While it isn't widely adapted yet for accessories, some computers being sold today only have USB-C, which will really help push for more USB-C devices down the road. For now it isn't a big issue, but in a few years the lack of a USB-C port could limit the accessories you use to older options (unless you want to carry adapters around).
Con Far too expensive for specs
Con The screen and keyboard isn't protected from dirt when laptop is closed
The laptop leaves a gap on the side when it's closed allowing for dust and dirt get to the screen and keyboard.
Con Keybord might not be for everyone
Surface Book has a keyboard with a uncommonly low travel that might require some getting used to.
Con 3K, not 4K display
Most laptops in this price range have 4K laptops.
Con No Kaby Lake CPU options
Kaby Lake is Intel's 7th generation processors, which weren't available when the Surface Book was first released. As such, it isn't possible to get the current Surface Book with these newly optimized processors.
Con 3h of battery in tablet mode
According to a TechCrunch video, 3/4 of the battery is stored in the base and 1/4 in the tablet. That 1/4 of the battery will last you about 3h.
Con Screen's aspect ratio might require some getting used to
Surface Book uses a 3:2 aspect ratio compared to the more traditional 16:9 or 16:10 used in most other laptops. The aspect ratio also means that most videos will be letterboxed.
Con The hinge is not as resistive as a typical hinge of common laptops
The hinge can slightly wobble when the Surface Book is used in a lap. This is especially important on this computer as it has a touchscreen you'll want to use and also a pressure sensitive pen which won't work great in laptop mode without support.
Con Hinge scratches any surface it touches.
The hinge when the screen is open will scratch the surface that the Surface Book is sitting on. That nice glass table you're working on? Ruined. Your antique table? Worthless.
Con Poor battery life
In order to make this laptop thinner Lenovo have opted to remove the extended and removable batteries which in turn has decreased the overall battery life of this laptop. Simple web surfing using Wi-Fi at a screen brightness of 100 nits caused a full battery to be drained in just 7 hours.
Con Stiff and shallow keyboard
The keys are relatively stiff and require too little actuation force which in turn makes users "bottom out" rather often which can get quite annoying.