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Microsoft Surface Book (128GB, i5, 8GB RAM) $999.19 with Free Delivery (HK) @ Dick Smith / Kogan on eBay

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I'm a massive fan of these machines, we have over 20 of them at work & they work really well (for general business / office use, they are not gamers). This is a spectacular price for the i5 with 8GB ram (small SSD but enough for work use).

Stunning to get one for under $1k.

Details bellow :-

Combine the power of a laptop and a tablet in one with the beautifully crafted Microsoft Surface Book. This is the future of mobile computing.

13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display
Powered by Windows 10 Pro
Incredibly mobile with a lightweight and slimline design
Surface Pen included
2 full size USB ports, SD reader, great wireless capabilities and more!
Ultimate versatility

The high resolution 13.5” PixelSense display has high contrast and low glare for a maximum clarity in both tablet and laptop mode. Detach the screen to use like a clipboard.

Exceptional performance

The Microsoft Surface Book employs 6th Generation Intel Core processors for a smooth and dynamic laptop experience. With up to 12 hours of battery life, this laptop is designed with creative tasks in mind meaning that you can write, draw, build and design without sacrificing battery life.

Powered by Windows 10 Pro

Whether it’s to watch your favorite movie, get the weather forecast or boost your productivity, you’ll have everything you need with hundreds of thousands of apps in the Windows Store. The Microsoft Surface Book runs Windows 10 Pro flawlessly, whether you’re using the Surface Pen, touch, mouse or keyboard.

Your new mobile office

The Microsoft Surface Book runs desktop-standard professional software while seamlessly pairing with your existing IT infrastructure. You can use BitLocker, new Enterprise Data Protection, Trusted Boot, and Windows Defender for malware protection and data privacy. Setup the Microsoft Surface Book like other PCs, by joining it to a domain and managing it using tools already in place.

What's in the box
Microsoft Surface Book (128GB, i5, 8GB RAM)
Surface Pen
Charger
AU/NZ Compliant Generic Figure-8 Power Cable
This Product is offered and supplied by Dick Smith Electronics pursuant to the Terms and Conditions.

Tech Specs
Audio
Speakers
Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby audio
Camera
Webcam
5.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
8.0
USB
2 x USB 3.0
Wi-Fi
802.11ac, 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Dimensions
Dimensions
23.2 x 31.2 x 1.3cm
Weight
1.5kg
Display
Brightness
~267ppi
Resolution
3000 x 2000
Size
13.5"
Type
PixelSense
General
Internal Storage
128GB
Model
Surface Book
Inputs
Line In/Microphone
Dual Microphones
Laptop
CPU
i5
GPU
Integrated
RAM
8GB
Resolution
3000x2000
Screen Size
13.5"
Storage Capacity
128GB
Storage Type
SSD
Performance
CPU
6th Gen Intel Core i5
GPU
Intel HD Graphics
OS
Windows
OS Version
Windows 10 Pro
RAM
8GB
Power
Battery Life
Up to 12 hours
Storage
Card Slots
SD

Original 20% off at Dick Smith / Kogan on eBay Deal Post

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closed Comments

  • +3 votes

    Only 6th gen processor

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    Do we need to pay GST on this upon arrival?

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      Isn't that only >$1000 orders?

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        where have you been ?

        • +9 votes

          There has never been a proposal for GST to be collected on arrival for orders under $1K.

          The proposal is that overseas sellers collect GST on all items at the point of sale, then remit it to the ATO using a simplified GST collection system. Customs don't get involved at all for low-value items in the new proposal. If the seller doesn't collect the GST, there is no GST unless the order is over $1K.

          The rules simply state that if a seller ships more than a specific total value of items to Australia each year, they are obliged to collect GST (but the processes around how overseas entities will be pursued by the ATO in a foreign jurisdiction seem very vague).

        • +1 vote

          @marlor:

          mom and pop shops (presumably with a turnover of less than $75000, will not collect GST

          I get the feeling that the point of the whole exercise was to net the big fish- ebay, amazon etc

          I don't see the ATO chasing every overseas seller, to check if they have a turnover of over $70000

          So perhaps under $1000 it is business as usual

      • +3 votes

        The ebay price is above 1000 (before discount), I think the price in tax invoice will mention the full price before discount (based on my previous ebay deals purchases).

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          so we need to pay duty and tax on top of this?

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          @wangsk:

          Assuming no GST is paid, it all depends on what price Kogan puts on the shipping label. It's very hard for anyone to guess that.

          Strictly speaking, they should put the exact selling price, but there's the possibility that they could declare the price before eBay discount. It's a gamble.

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          @marlor:

          Thanks, thats 15% on top of it.

        • +1 vote

          I msgd them about a purchase yesterday and they said that all purchases include duties and tax

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          @marlor:

          Actually it depends if Kogan charges GST on the sale - which they do

        • +1 vote

          @spaceflight:

          OK. The bargain lists it as being sold from Hong Kong - so I assumed it was sold by a HK branch of Kogan.

          If it's sold by Kogan Australia, but just shipped from Hong Kong, then GST is obviously already paid, since all Australian companies have to collect GST regardless of the shipping origin of the item.

          They would obviously also have to offer a full statutory warranty (2-3 years) under the Australian Consumer Guarantee - which you wouldn't get with an import.

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          @marlor:

          which you wouldn't get with an import.

          Yes you do, it doesn't matter that it is an import.

          It doesn't even matter if you buy from a non Australian seller but getting an international seller to agree to our consumer guarantees would be hard.

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          @spaceflight:

          By "import", I meant a product bought from an overseas seller. If the seller is based overseas, you're not going to have much luck asserting your Australian consumer rights.

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      If you order and pay for it before 1 July you won't pay GST. At least that's what it says on ATO website.

  • +4 votes

    not if the purchase docket is before the 1st of July
    GST only applicable on purchase date and not on date of delivery/ date of arrival to Australia

    applicable to purchases <$1000
    if purchase price is >$1000 from ebay then GST applies irrespective of date of purchase

  • +1 vote

    I purchased the refurbd i5 256fb with dgpu for this price yesterday. I messaged about invoice and if duties are to be paid and they responded saying all duties and taxes are included and wont have to be paid!

    • +3 votes

      13.5-inch is a huge screen for a laptop/tablet.

      Anything larger than that isn't really portable at all.

      • +1 vote

        13.5-inch is a huge screen for a laptop/tablet.

        I wouldn't say it's huge, but it's definitely sufficient.

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        have used 15.6" asus since 2011. it's good for a desktop replacement that can be 'moved' to another house when you need it. But true, not your everyday 'laptop' if your a road warrior. auditor, etc.

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          I use a SFF PC if I just need to move it around the house. Better performance per dollar, and still luggable.

          But for real-world use on the move (airport tray tables, etc), anything above 13" starts to be a struggle. The 12.5" of my old Lenovo X230 was ideal.

    • +4 votes

      Having just purchased a SB2 13.5, I can assure you the screen size is perfect for my use case.

      What you might not notice is the aspect ratio is 3:2 rather than 16:9 (like a Dell XPS) so you gain extra vertical real-estate, which I've found great for any productivity based activities.

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    Can anyone comment on battery life?
    watched one review which said only 2-3 hours… that seems pretty crappy

    • +6 votes

      probably thats tablet only. the keyboard part has a larger battery portion. more like 8-10 combined, i think

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      Have had mine (exact same model) for 8 months and battery can still last me 8-10 hours. Battery life is longer when your OS is in tablet mode than desktop mode.

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    Is this 1st or 2nd gen?

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    I think they're overpriced and riddled with problems but OK, they make great work computers apparently.

    • +3 votes

      "overpriced and riddled with problems"
      Like?

      • +3 votes

        Overheating, Hinge issues, Sleep issues, screen flickering issues, buggy issues after each update, freezing issues etc… These are common topics amongst surface forums. Maybe the newer generation surfaces are better now? But this first version of Surface Book I can confirm all the issues I just listed by first hand experience with the machine. I still have mine in fact, but I can no longer move it around because the hinge is lose, and it costs 500 dollars for MS to replace it (can't be repaired by any 3rd party vendor)

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          Its an expensive piece of hardware and cant you ask MS to repair it for free as it should run for atleast 3 years (Takebn you paid around 2k for this as new)

  • +2 votes

    I have two in the family and have not had a single problem with either of them, very high quality products based on my experience.

    • +2 votes

      Just don't break them out of warranty as the have a repairabilty score of 1 out of 10

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    This or wait for Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 ?

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      $600 for an Android tablet seems like a lot of dosh to me, I'd rather pay 50% and get the Surface Book.

      I bought a Nexus 10 years ago, and while it was awesome and it still works Google dropped support too soon as far as I'm concerned and all the Android manufacturers seem to too. I've utilised ROMs which have updated it as recent as July 2017, so that is awesome but still bad that people are having to make their own OS environment for the hardware. I'm not an Apple fan, but at least they support their products much longer than Android does. I'd recommend a Windows based tablet first as you'll still get security updates for years later, and an option to update the OS when a new one comes out.

      If the battery dies in this product, you can't replace it, so that sucks too. Though I imagine you can install it into a wall or cupboard with a power connector leading to it and use it as a touch interface at the end of its life.

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    Does anyone know if they would send this to an address in Spain using my ebay AU account or if I can put a Spanish address into ebay for delivery? Great gift idea but I don't want to have to forward it on from here.

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    Surface products are great. The only problem is that you can't upgrade ssd by yourself.it's just too difficult to open any surface laptpop.

    • +1 vote

      My daughter's only criticism of the Surface Pro is that it is kind of a PITA to use as a laptop with the flappy thing to support it. I gather the Surface Book is a lot better in this respect?

      • +2 votes

        Yes, it's like a laptop

      • +1 vote

        Still almost non servicable if you wanna change SSD. Not like Thinkpad X1 yoga where you can change SSD or Wifi card. RAM not unfortunately on all of these as they are soldiered. Greedy companies want money for more RAM and bigger SSD

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    Tempted to grab one…heading over to the USA in August and want something to backup photos to.
    Was thinking of picking up something there from bhphoto.
    Would that be the better option?

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    does it come with Australia Tax invoice for TRS?

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    Would this be good for study purposes? Or will it be a bit of overkill?

    Looking for a laptop for my partner :)

  • +1 vote

    so this is basically a surface with proper keyboard?
    serious question: for just the tablet usage and dont really need the keyboard , would it better to buy this, or just buy normal surface pro?

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      My wife has one for work and if you just want as a tablet I would say get a surface pro. 13.5' is MASSIVE as a tablet… It is actually really too big unless you have a specific need like drawing etc… As a tablet to browse web / read / basic email etc it is overkill.

      Best tablets are ( urgghhhh ) iPads.. couple of solid android ones but the OS is less than stellar…

  • +1 vote

    To be honest not recommended. I got one when it first came out and a SP4 Pro for my wife. The Surface line is filled with glitches and hardware issues. I had mine returned 4 times in the span of 1 year. my wife's SP4 eventually broke down due to sleep-overheating after suffering from the well known flicker gate. They're filled with bugs, and each windows updates causes some unpredictable issues. The hardware quality control is highly questionable for these premium machines, not to mention they cannot be repaired by 3rd party hardware vendors so after warranty they cost a lot to bring it back to Microsoft. They look nice for sure, but with the issues combined with such outdated specs, for the price, there are much much better options out there. Avoid at all cost.

    • +1 vote

      "there are much much better options out there"
      Can you advise few? Looking for one of these or X1 Yoga. Both expensive and thus a little older model will do.

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    If anything breaks on this, and I mean anything and it's out of warranty, it basically goes to the tip. Something like $600 minimum repair cost through Microsoft out of warranty, and most 3rd party repair joints won't touch it (including myself) because the screen is near impossible to remove without breaking and cost a fortune.

    It's a good device, but only if nothing ever goes wrong or you'll regret buying it.

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    We have about 6 surface laptops and about 20 surface pros ans 1 surface book. While a huge pain for anyone who has one that breaks, as its basically replaced, there have only been 2 with issues and they were both pros and not laptops. As such, yes they are in repairable and they may have statistically more issues than other more traditional laptops but there are a lot of happy customers.

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    be wary of these machines, once outside warranty they are impossible to repair, they are glued shut and you can not open them without damaging them, you also can not upgrade anything on them, these machines are truly terrible, only buy if money is no object and when they break down you can throw them away and purchase another, these machines are worse than apples products in every way, and thats a massive achievement

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      What machine or brands would you recommend for the opposite then? How do lenovos work?

      My asus was good in that i found a guide online and managed to buy a second scrap one, opened it up via guide, and bought an ebay replacement dc jack board that i inserted and voila, working laptop.

      ALso note new laptops these days (the two i have of same model are 2011 era) seem to have no removable batteries, which makes it disappointing in a similar light to the 'fixability' factors in that you cant just replace your battery anymore.

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        Xiaomi Mibook

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          Runs windows? I was only worried about whether the china brand's quality was comparable, and whether anything woudl be 'preloaded' in the background - as paranoid as that might sound?

          edit: and being new - wouldn't the market for repariing and parts for a mi book be alot harder and expensive?

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          @SaberX: lenovo is a chinese brand

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          @SaberX: I have lots of Xiaomi stuff (except laptops) and recently discovered one of the Xiaomi cameras had been uploading GBs of data a month for no apparent reason, and changing passwords doesn't stop it, so I've become curious about their product's security too.

          For the laptop though I guess you could always reinstall Windows on it, to wipe anything preloaded. There seem to be photos and videos of dissembling a mi notebook so it might be repairable by third parties?

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        HP Elitebook 830 G5

  • +1 vote

    Hey guys, the refurbished one with 256gb and dedicated graphics has been put up, comes down to $975 using the code :) https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Microsoft-Surface-Book-256GB-i5-...