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Microsoft Surface

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews of Microsoft Surface. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability and battery. The screen and design are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical reviews about the sound. There are mixed comments on the energy efficiency and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Michael Passingham (trustedreviews.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop

 

Microsoft's recent hardware efforts prove two things. First, Windows devices can be built without compromise. Second, that Apple isn't the only company that can meld hardware and software together in harmony.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Matthew S. Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

 

Great keyboard ; High contrast, color accurate display ; Alcantara fabric feels wonderful ; Solid processor performance

Windows 10 S restricts app selection ; Needs more ports ; Disappointing hard drive

We believed, given its past successes, that a Surface Laptop would be an easy win for Microsoft. Compared to the Pro, Book, or Studio, it’s a simple machine. Yet the company found a way to complicate matters with Windows 10 S, and fails to deliver in...

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop

 

Microsoft's Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is aimed at students looking for a sleek alternative to the aging Apple MacBook Air. It's stylish and powerful, but you'll want to nab the free Windows 10 Pro upgrade while you can.

Light and thin body. Comfortable keyboard and palm rest. Long battery life.

Limited port selection. Installed OS is locked to Windows Store apps. Windows 10 Pro is a paid upgrade after promotional period. Surface Pen not included.

Meanwhile, the Core i7-powered version of the New Razer Blade Stealth remains our Editors' Choice for midrange ultraportables for its faster performance and wealth of features, all for $300 less than our upgraded Surface Laptop.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Tom Warren (theverge.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro review

 

I feel like I always start a Surface review the same way, so here goes: I've always wanted Microsoft to build a laptop. A couple of years ago, Microsoft nearly did that with the Surface Book but it...

Free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro ; Great balance of power and thinness ; Beautiful touchscreen

Few apps on Windows 10 S ; Alcantara fabric requires care and maintenance ; No SD card slot or USB-C

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Microsoft's latest PC feels like more laptop, less Surface

 

The more conservative design of the latest Surface makes it a surprisingly strong entry in the slim, high-end laptop game.

The Surface Laptop has a slim, modern design and comes in a selection of cool colors. Battery life is very good, and the keyboard and touchpad are both excellent.

The included Windows 10 S operating system can only install preapproved apps by default (but it's upgradable). The long-term life of the fabric covering remains a question. The cooler colors are only available in more expensive configurations, and the...

While it doesn't necessarily stand out in a crowded field, the Surface Laptop has a great design and is a solid, travel-friendly clamshell PC.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Duncan Bell (t3.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: wonderfully engineered high-end laptop with just a few baffling quirks

 

Slick, speedy and sexy, but why is the palm rest made of man-made fibres and what is Windows 10 S all about?

Generally stunning design ; Slick, fast operation ; Excellent screen and speakers

Windows 10 S is quite limiting ; Fabric palm rest seems a design flourish too far

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Microsoft Surface Studio review: a pricey desktop that can teach iMac a few good tricks

 

With a hinged 28-inch screen, stylus pen and a wireless control dial, the Surface Studio wants to be your all-in-one art department.

The Surface Studio has a fantastic 28-inch screen with excellent color, mounted on smooth hinges that fold down to an artist-friendly angle. The excellent Surface Pen stylus returns and the new Surface Dial shows promise. Every model has good-to-great...

Surface Studio is extremely expensive, and doesn't include the flashy Dial accessory by default. It skips newer graphics chips that support VR hardware. Support for the Dial is limited right now, and even compatible programs don't always use it in a...

Microsoft's ambitious love letter to creative professionals is the touchscreen iMac of your dreams -- albeit crazy expensive and running Windows.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Michael Muchmore, Juan Martinez (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Hub

 

Microsoft's Surface Hub is a huge touch screen with built-in intelligence for meetings, whiteboard sessions, and videoconferencing. Sure, it requires a significant investment and there are some minor software issues, but it's a unique and impressive...

Big, beautiful touch screen. Intelligent, meeting-focused custom version of Windows. Works well for whiteboard sessions and video conferences. Sensitive microphone arrays. Includes self-charging digital pens.

Expensive. Requires an Exchange Server or an Office 365 for Business account along with Skype for Business. Difficult to call standard (non-Business) Skype users.

Will Greenwald contributed to this review.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Microsoft Surface Go review

 

Pick me up before you Go-Go

Like a mini PC ; Facial recognition ; Great at multi-tasking ; Stylish and sleek

No accessories included ; Screen could be better

It’s your go-to for tying up loose ends at work and then kicking back and streaming box sets until the sun comes up

Sep, 2018

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

 

A carpeted Chromebook-alike that impresses in almost every way

Fab design ; Windows 10 S works well ; Great battery life

Keyboard is a bit wobbly ; Lack of ports

Microsoft’s first ever laptop is an ultra-portable stunner

Jun, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio

Camera

Front Camera:Y

Design

Colour of product:Black / Platinum
Form factor:Clamshell
Keyboard form factor:Mini
Product Type:Notebook
Wrist rest:N

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Display diagonal:34.3
Display Resolution:2256 x 1504
LED Backlight:Y
Pixel density:201
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5926
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y

Memory

Internal Memory:16
Maximum internal memory:16

Networking

3G:N
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE
Ethernet LAN:N
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Other features

Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):279.4 x 188 x 3
Keyboard weight:209

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Mouse included:N
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Backlight:N
Compatibility:Microsoft Surface\nMicrosoft Surface 2\nMicrosoft Surface Pro\nMicrosoft Surface Pro 2
Hot keys:Y
Keyboard integrated devices:Touchpad
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad

Ports & interfaces

Alienware graphics amplifier port:N
CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N
Device interface:Docking connector
ExpressCard slot:N
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port:N
Line-in:N
Microphone in:N
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:N
SmartCard slot:N
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1

Processor

Bus type:OPI
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2,1x4,2x2,2x1,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:4
Processor cache:4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.5
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i7-7660U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-7600 Mobile Series
Processor threads:4
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Processor ARK ID:97537
Processor package size:42 x 24 x 1.3
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Security

Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y

Software

Operating system installed:Windows 10 S

Storage

Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:223.2
Height :14.5
Weight:1.28
Width:308