Microsoft Surface Book replacement ?

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I've got a 1st gen Microsoft Surface Book, i5 6300U, 256gb SSD, 8gb RAM. Unfortunately the keyboard base with the integrated nvidia GPU has stopped working. I've run through diagnostics and Microsoft have done their checks remotely - it can't be fixed.

They've offered an identical exchange replacement for £568 ($790), but it seems they don't offer a route to upgrade / modernise.

It seems like a decent price after googling it, however I'm still buying a 5 year old laptop.

It was originally bought for photography - photoshop / lightroom / plug ins, maybe a bit of video, a bit of light gaming, and general productivity / work / surfing. I've got a half decent 9700k gaming / creative desktop as well, so have an alternative for heavy lifting. But that also meant I didn't use this laptop often.

Don't get me wrong, it's an awesome laptop in terms of build quality and screen and I love the touch screen and pen. However it's impossible to upgrade, and 256gb SSD is pretty poor in this day and age. And ironically the screen res was arguably too high for its size as I could barely read menus in photoshop (though I probably should have persisted with this)

So what do you think? should I take the Microsoft upgrade - is it still decent value for money and current enough to do what I want?? Or should I maybe consider something else?? Appreciate your thoughts!
 

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Not too fussed about having a 2 in 1 to be fair as I prefer a keyboard input (though not completely against detachable either), but having a touch screen is great, and really like the high precision pen functionality. Budget isn't the biggest issue on the planet here either, just don't want to waste the money on an old spec device if it's not worth it.

Would also be good if it was something that was even vaguely upgradable, at least in terms or ram and storage!
 
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The good color accurate screen laptops are pretty expensive, but if your main use is going to be photo editing that is what you would want. You are probably going to be looking at used models. Dell XPS, Lenovo Legion has good screen, if you don't care about gaming then the newer Surfaces are good for a 2 in 1. Just do a search for color accurate laptops and go from there.
 
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Just wish Microsoft would give a route to upgrade rather than a straight exchange - would make life a bit easier! Might ask again.... Will have a look at dell and lenovo as well though, and do a search on colour accurate, but to be honest, I've got a decent colour accurate monitor on my desktop so colour accuracy isn't as critical as it might have been if it was my only option.
 

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Seeing whether my insurance will cover this as keyboard stopped working it was dropped. So might have a decent budget or might be forced to get a like for like replacement, who knows! But either way, should be cheaper than the microsoft replacement route.
 

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Apparently the insurance company repairer say it can be fixed, so don't need to worry about the upgrade right now! Good and bad.... Will start a new post for the next question...
 

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Ah, had a call (thats a lie - I had to call as I'd heard nothing) from the insurance company telling me that my surface book can't be repaired after all... So back in the market for a laptop.

But an important question - and something my surface book failed miserably on - how upgradable are other high end, colour accurate laptops? I'm thinking primarily of storage and ram - my assumption is that nothing else is likely to be upgradeable, but can I even upgrade the basics??
 

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Ah, had a call (thats a lie - I had to call as I'd heard nothing) from the insurance company telling me that my surface book can't be repaired after all... So back in the market for a laptop.

But an important question - and something my surface book failed miserably on - how upgradable are other high end, colour accurate laptops? I'm thinking primarily of storage and ram - my assumption is that nothing else is likely to be upgradeable, but can I even upgrade the basics??
Most better laptops you can upgrade the RAM and change the drive in, that's about it for any laptop. Even higher end systems now come with soldered RAM and maybe one RAM slot available, which I think is a horrible design. Really just find what you like in a screen and core specs, then check on the build with what it can take.
 

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