Microsoft has recently upped their hardware game with the Surface range which includes the Surface Book, Surface Pro and Surface Studio. I take a look at the latest addition, the Surface Laptop that was announced today.
The Surface products each target a specific audience; Surface Book focuses on high-end, hybrid computing, the Surface Pro is the ultra-portable device and the Surface Studio is the pro user targeted All in one. The Surface laptop takes aim at the affordable educational mainstream market. Microsoft is looking to divert consumers away from the MacBook Air and Chromebooks to its Surface Laptop.
Being targeted at a mainstream market Microsoft didn’t skimp on the specs it put into the Surface Laptop. The base model comes with an Intel Core i5 coupled with 128GB SSD hard drive and 4GB RAM. These specs can go up to a Core i7 processor supported with 512GB SSD and topping it off with 16GB RAM. This shows that the Surface Laptop aims to give you the power and memory needed to carry out everyday computing tasks and have more than enough space and power for an intensive usage.
The Surface Laptop comes with a 13.5inch, 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense LCD touchscreen that boasts 3.4million pixels. The screen is front and centre of the device and aims to deliver clarity, detail and sharpness to everything it displays. The screen also lets you use it as a mode of input via its responsive touchscreen with your fingers or the Surface Pen which is compatible with the whole Surface range.
The Surface Laptop boasts a great battery life as well to go with the top specs and display. Microsoft claims it has a 14.5hour battery life topping its nearest rivals MacBook Air and Chromebook Pixel. To add more versatility and practicality it comes with a range of ports including USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort and AV port. One omission from the ports is the USB Type C which looks to be a growing trend across devices.
Microsoft’s recent ventures into hardware have seen them outdo Apple at what they are known for which is beautiful craftsmanship and quality devices. The Surface Pro and Surface Studio are examples of sleek, innovative and solid build quality and the Surface Laptop is no different. A combination of aluminium, glass and fabric the Surface Laptop produces a device that reveals no visible line, screws or hinge. Everything is concealed to leave a smooth piece of metal on the outside and luxurious glass and fabric on the inside. The speakers are hidden under the keyboard with the sound being dispersed through the soft fabric that covers the chicklet keys. The vent to disperse the heat from the laptop is a hidden on the base at the back keeping the laptop looking elegant.
Windows 10 S
Surface Laptop will be running the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10 S. 10 S, is optimised for applications that are delivered via the Windows Store, allowing them to be Microsoft-security verified ensuring safe and secure usage of your device. It also boosts the performance with rapid start-ups and the promise there will be no slowdown over the life of the device with respect to the operating system. Windows 10 S brings all the other known features from previous versions such as Cortana, its multitasking capabilities via snap and task view and its integration with the cloud keeping files safe and accessible and apps up to date.
Release date & Pricing
The Surface Laptop is available for pre-order right now, with in-store availability coming on June 15th, 2017. Prices for the laptop start at $999 for the above-mentioned base model.
The Surface Laptop looks to win back ground lost to Apple and Google in the affordable computing market, targeting students in particular and producing a device that would feel at home in the hands of its user. It also sets the bar for quality build and specs for the many manufacturers to strive towards when new devices make their appearance over the upcoming months.
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