The Surface Book 2 is sleek, svelte, and damn powerful. Sadly, it also struggles with a maddening battery drain issue during intense loads or when gaming, even while plugged in. This tends to affect the 15-inch model most. Thankfully, there is a workaround you can try to mitigate this problem.
The included 102W AC adapter may not be large enough given extreme situations. Only about 95W goes to the Surface Book 2 as the remaining seven watts is used for the USB Type-A port for external charging.
The best way I’ve found to solve this problem is to simply lower the resolution of the Book 2 manually. Here’s how to do that.
How to fix Surface Book 2 15-inch power drain
Follow these steps to change Surface Book 2’s screen resolution:
- Right click on the desktop and select Display settings.
- Scroll down to Resolution.
- Select a less intensive resolution setting. (I typically go for 1680 x 1050, because, sadly, there isn’t a decent 3:2 option below the Surface Book 2’s default.)
Alter the layout scaling to your preference. (With a lower resolution, windows and other programs may appear huge with the Book 2’s default 200 percent scaling.)
- Get gaming!
In this resolution, I’ve found that running games on ultra sttings at around 1080p or lower doesn’t even dent the Book 2 15-inch’s battery. The display simply wasn’t designed with intense graphics in mind, clearly.
Do you have any tips for gaming on the Surface Book 2? Hit the comments and let us know.
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