Microsoft has released its new Surface Laptop and surprise, surprise, it's still a laptop. The tech giant has decided against putting any twists in favor of the standard laptop that is worthy of its name.
Unlike its predecessors which had unique traits that set them apart from the competition, the new release is just another Microsoft PC slapped with a Surface brand. Still, despite lacking any unique traits, it is still a stylish laptop.
According to Arstechnica, the Surface Laptop boasts a 13.5-inch screen with a 2256×1504 resolution. Despite the strange values, the laptop still maintains the 3:2 aspect ratio of other Surface devices. The screen also supports touch and pen inputs although the pen is not included in the box.
Weighing in at 2.76lb (1.25kg) it lies on the heavy end of the spectrum compared to other laptops. Thankfully the housing is very slim at just 14.5 mm thick and comes in the standard platinum gray, burgundy, cobalt blue, and graphite gold.
Traveling with this product is just a breeze because of its slim built. Besides, the battery life is 14.5 hours long which is beneficial for outdoor activities.
Opening is a breeze with just enough hinge stiffness. The joint where the monitor meets the body is also seamless with the hinges appearing invisible when the device is opened.
A unique feature of the laptop is its fabric-covered keyboard tray which adds a comfortable feel to it. Microsoft has used an imported Italian fabric called "Alcantara," which it previously used to make type covers for its Surface Pro 4.
The laptop is the first Surface System to make use of Intel's latest-generation Kaby Lake processors and boasts a 14.5-hour long battery life. Whether the trade-off in using USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 for a single USB 3.1 generation 1 Type-A port is worth it when its other aspects are taken into account can only be classified as arbitrary.
According to The Verge, price starts at $999 and will get you the bare minimum specifications such as a Core i5 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. If you want the top of the line Surface Laptop with a Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, be prepared to shell out upwards of $2,199 to get it.
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