Hello, Guys! Today, I’m going to take a look at the Microsoft Surface Laptop review. Microsoft finally, just went ahead and made the laptop everybody wanted them to make. A thin and light computer with so few compromises and so much going for it that it’s easy to recommend anybody. Actually, it’s easy to recommend everybody and if you’ve been using a MacBook Air for the past few years. This might be the first Windows laptop in a very long time that could convince you to switch because the surface laptop totally lives up to expectations.
It’s pretty much perfect, it’s expertly engineered, has no flaws and just feels really nice. As made from an aluminum chassis which feels pretty solid, there’s no flex to it whatsoever and it’s very smooth. It also doesn’t pick up fingerprints too well either, which is a really nice bonus. There’s also no screws on it and no seams whatsoever, it’s absolutely clean.
Turning to the bottom here, you can see, just absolutely immaculate. You can see the Microsoft Logo here along with some device information, but it’s very subtle. The feet itself are rubber and give adequate clearance and there’s actually no venting on the bottom either.
Coming around to the left-hand side here, you have a USB-A, Mini display port, you also have a headphone jack. As you’ll notice, there is no USB type-C and that’s the pretty much one of the biggest complaints of this device.
Right-hand side, all you have is a single surface connect port, so that’s where your power in.
It is a 13 and a half inch pixel sense and has this crazy resolution of 2256 by 1504 and it has a 201 pixel per inch, it’s also a 3:2 aspect ratio. It has a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, over the top and now again, little subtle engineering stuff here. There’s no ridge along the edge here, so most laptops will actually have a little lip that comes around and that so when you close it, it separates on the keyboard. You don’t get that here, instead, it’s just a straight piece of glass that shoots across and it’s completely smooth.
It also a touchscreen and you can use the pen on it. It’s also a very bright, I would say it’s bright enough to use outdoors and although it’s glossy, it’s not offensively glossy, so don’t worry about that. It also does pick up fingerprints too well either, which is again a very nice feature to have.
Let’s talk a little bit about these bezels too, they are narrower than the Surface Pro, but I know some of you will love like the Dell XPS 13, they’re not quite bezels.
On top here, you do have a camera that is a 720p camera, which is not quite the 1080p that we would like, but considering how thin this is and Microsoft considering this to be the thinnest bounded glass touchscreen in the world, basically, so not a bad thing. Actually, the Camera is very good, in fact, I really like the way it looks. You have your dual microphones up here, as well as your Windows Hello IR Cameras, which are blacked out, so you really can’t see them, really nice effect, really minimal and clean looking.
Now, it’s a really kind of unique device. This actually feels a lot like the Surface Pro, including those keys. Now, there are differences, the key travel’s 1.5 millimeters, versus the 1.3 millimeters of the Surface Pro. So, basically, the key pushes down further, feels a little bit more natural. They are still kinda plastic keys, which is kinda weird, I was expecting maybe, metal, like the Surface Book, but instead, it’s literally like, they took the Surface Pro and turned it to a laptop.
It’s not bad, but it’s not great either, to be honest. It’s really good keyboard, I don’t have any issues typing on it, but I just felt the keys just feel a little not as premium as I expected. But overall, they work very well, you also have three stage backlighting and that’s the other change here, of course, they did change the upper row here. They also put screen brightness dedicated buttons.
This is a synthetic fabric because that is Alcantara. It’s meant to sort of, mimic leather and suede a bit, and it’s definitely unique. Now, there is some concern about this, that it’s gonna get married up and pick up stains over time. I can say this is a little bit different than the Alcantara that’s found on the Surface ergonomic keyboard, as well as the old Surface Pro signature type cover. They basically put an extra layer polyurethane on there, so it feels really nice and luxurious no complaints there.
It’s a very large and has a glass layer on it. No complaints whatsoever it is better than a Surface Pro and it’s very much like the Surface Book. So Microsoft has really nailed the trackpads in the past and that carries over here as well.
Now, this version runs an Intel Core i7-7200U, which is a really nice processor, 7th generation, gets excellent battery life. Overall though, it’s not the quickest machine out there. Same thing with the SSD, which on this version is a Toshiba at 256GB and Microsoft made a big deal here. They put the SSD into the motherboard itself, as opposed to a separate module, that’ll allow them to save space and put more battery in this device. So, that’s pretty cool but performance is not very strong.
Now, I should point out, even a slow SSD it’s really fast. So, I have no complaints whatsoever. But if you’re gonna use this to transfer say, a lot of large files, you will notice some speed degradation compared to say, something like, the HP Spectre X360 or Dell XPS 13, which SSDs are basically twice as fast as this one. To put this all in perspective, I have no complaints using this laptop, but it’s not gonna be the fastest device out there.
Operating System: –
Windows 10S is simply a version of Windows 10 Pro, that may be surprising, but it’s accurate. Windows 10S has a lot of the same features as Pro. Now, the only limitation with Windows 10S is you can only install apps from the store. That means if you download an app from the internet, it’s an executable file and you try to run it, you are gonna get a little pop up saying, It won’t run. But it’s not really that big of a deal if the app is found in the app store, the little Windows is gonna tell you that app is available, you can click and go download it.
For battery life, Microsoft claims 14 and half hours with the Surface Laptop at Core i5 and of course, it’s a closed video loop, not real world usage, which is closer to 8 hours, maybe even 9 hours. So, I consider it to be all day usage. You’ll probably push that further if you use battery saver and keep your display down. It’s really kinda hard to judge because while everybody uses device differently, overall though, I’m happy.
Alright, let’s bring it all home. So, I’ve given this a lot of thought, if you’re comfortable with the fact that this does not have USB Type-C and you’re really okay with the price of it. I’ll say you, go and buy it.
If you’re just looking for the validation, it’s a great device, there’s nothing wrong with it. I didn’t find anything that was really bothering me. It gets great battery life, the performance was good, it feels nice and it looks awesome. It just that premium Windows 10 experience that Microsoft was promising. So, go and get it.
If, however, that person was looking for a 13-inch UltraBook and you’re open minded to other devices, like the HP Spectre x360 or the Dell XPS 13, well, I have a tough time recommending this device.
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