It is a tempting proposition for a laptop to be a college buddy, hobnobbing with students or professionals as they steer through a high-power day. However, by no means is it a simple job to create that kind of balance between power, portability and style — something that the new Microsoft Surface laptop manages to achieve.
This 13.5” ultra-portable laptop has every bit of the assurance of the Microsoft heritage along with a distinctive style and performance for the contemporary audience. It comes with a starting price tag of $799.00. Let’s drill deeper into this mean machine and assess its fitment to a modern, adrenaline-charged lifestyle.
Elegance That Travels With You
One glance at the Microsoft Surface laptop is enough to fall in love; it looks genuinely gorgeous in its rich tone-on-tone colors. Sample the four color combinations you can acquire this in and tell us you aren’t floored: burgundy, platinum, cobalt blue, graphite gold.
But the style quotient emanates from beyond just the colors. The Surface laptop is committed to design, and its construction reveals a deeply thought out marriage of detailing, textures and lines. The display uses bezel that’s ultra-thin, creating a fuller, more delve-able display.
The keyboard is especially glorious to behold, what with its Alcantara fabric straight from Italy, the hub of European fashion and elegance. The best part about Alcantara is that it doesn’t lose its beauty when it ages, guaranteeing you a highly durable devotion to style over the years. To ensure the keyboard isn’t almost too beautiful to use, there is a polyurethane coating to repel spills and keep things nice and clean. (A wipe-through with a lint-free cloth proves very effective in cleaning the laptop in case you’re an irreparable spiller.)
What good is a stylish machine, though, that you cannot take with you and show off to the world? In all fairness, portability in computers is no longer a plus; it is a mandate. The Microsoft Surface doesn’t compromise on mobility on account of its investment in styling. The aluminum-cased laptop is super-light — weighing only 2.76 lbs — and measures a compact 12.13 x 8.79 x 0.57″. It is extremely comfortable to carry the Surface with you in a bag. Durability-wise too, this laptop offers considerable peace of mind. The screen is snugly protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Due to this immense portability, it succeeds in wearing many hats: from a campus companion to a bed-time book, a mobile workstation to a leisure device.
The Performance Report-Card
Thankfully, this is one splendid report card, not in the least affected by all that commitment to traveling or being the most stylish in the block! The Microsoft Surface laptop is fueled by a seventh-generation Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 processor running at 4GHz. It offers up to 16GB RAM, 1TB of storage (SSD) and a tremendous battery life of 14.5 hours (tested on video playback) — abundant to smoothly support all your day-to-day needs. These settings are configurable as per your budget, so you have the freedom to personalize your laptop based on the intensity you’d need to run it on.
The Surface laptops run Windows 10 in S mode. This operating system is an innovation perfectly suited for the mobility you demand from your machine. Here’s how this works: Windows 10 in S mode only uses apps that have been verified for compatibility, speed and security in the Microsoft Store. For instance, you can use Office to take notes or make presentations; OneDrive will safely tuck your data in the cloud. You can use the optimized Microsoft Edge browser to view A/V content on Spotify or Netflix. Windows Hello lets you sign in with your face — yes, indeed — elevating the TPM-chip security to enterprise-grade.
The response you get from such apps is super-fast and efficient. Even more importantly, your data remains secure — an essential requirement from all devices that are used collaboratively and on-the-go. However, if you need to run apps outside the Microsoft Store, the laptop won’t be a deterrent; all you’ll need to do is switch your operating system to Windows 10 Home. Note that this is a one-way switch and cannot be reversed.
Display, Graphics & Sound
The Microsoft Surface laptop renders a pleasurable viewing experience, courtesy of its integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 graphics coprocessor. The PixelSense display is fully touch-enabled with a 10- point support. If you so desire, you can also use a stylus (Surface Pen) for writing or doodling. Since the screen has as many as 4,096 pressure points, the response is extraordinary.
Also notable is the precision of colors and details that lends more meaning to your pictures, videos or image editing projects. The Surface laptop supports an aspect ratio of 3:2 and up to 3.4 million pixels. You can experience a superior screen resolution of 2256 x 1504.
How’s the auditory experience? Quite good! The Surface has Omnisonic speakers (Dolby Audio Premium) and stereo microphones. The sound playback is ample when you watch videos/movies or place a video call through the 720p High-Definition camera.
Accessibility & Connectivity
The Microsoft Surface laptop skimps a little on USB ports — there’s only one USB 3.0 port. However, you also have one display port and a Surface Connect port. The wireless connectivity support includes Bluetooth 4.0 and IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n.
This paraphernalia is more significant than apparent at first. It is a breeze to pair the Surface with accessories and convert it into an (almost) full-purpose desktop. For instance, you can use the Surface Arc mouse that connects via Bluetooth. The Surface Connect port lets you plug-in external monitors, a printer, a mouse, a keyboard, the works.
Talking of ease of use, the Surface is immensely accessible. The Surface Dial is a particularly welcome feature, letting you use a radial menu for your most common tasks. The keyboard, for all its luxury, doesn’t miss out on fluidity: both the typing and track-pad experience are comfortable. Bonus: You can actually open this laptop with only one hand.
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The Microsoft Surface laptop emerges victorious on many levels — style, convenience, versatility, processing prowess, and security. It is a terrific example of how sleek meets reliable and how years of excellence and experience always reap rewards, no matter how modern the backdrop.
If you purchase the Surface from the Microsoft Store, you also get to avail of some cool bonuses: 90 days of free technical support via the phone, a year of in-store support, and even a free training session on how to optimize performance.
|Specs of Microsoft Surface Laptop
|Processor||Up to 7th Gen. Intel Core i7|
|Graphics||Up to Intel Iris Plus 640|
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|Storage||Up to 1TB SSD|