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Microsoft Surface

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews of Microsoft Surface. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the portability and screen. The battery and performance also get good reviews, whereas reviews about the energy efficiency and price are different. Many are negative about the sound and usability.

design, performance, battery, screen, portability

usability, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Microsoft Surface is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Matt Hanson (techradar.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

 

Microsoft's most direct shot at the MacBook yet

Gorgeous design ; Well built ; Great screen ; Very good performance

Windows 10 S is limited ; No USB-C ; Lack of other ports ; Not upgradable

Microsoft continues its winning streak with the brilliant Surface Laptop, which combines a thin and light design with powerful components.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Allen Ngo (notebookcheck.net)

Microsoft Surface Laptop (i5-7200U) Review

 

All screen and no substance. The new Surface Laptop sounds and looks more special than it really is. While the unique 3:2 touchscreen is bright, crisp, and colorful for graphic artists, almost everything else fails to impress.

very accurate colors and grayscale before calibration ; bright display backlight; excellent black levels ; excellent construction quality; rigid design ; nearly full sRGB coverage ; unique Alcantara texture ; above average speakers ; Windows Hello...

no USB type-C, Thunderbolt 3, SIM, SD reader, Kensington Lock, or fingerprint reader ; bottom of base can become very warm under heavy processing load ; chassis reverberates noticeably during audio playback ; weak integrated HD Graphics 620 performance...

Microsoft advertises the Surface Laptop as "more than a traditional laptop", but our experience has been the opposite. If features like USB Type-C, SD card readers, and NVMe are important, then current flagship Ultrabooks from Lenovo, HP, and Dell pack...

Jun, 2017

TechAdvisor Recommended

Expert review by: Chris Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

 

It doesn't have all the ports we'd like but the Surface Laptop has excellent design and mind-boggling battery life. Read more in our full review.

Dec, 2017

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Expert review by: Nathan Spendelow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Studio review: Extraordinarily expensive but an intriguing iMac alternative

 

A fantastic, enormous all-in-one that's much more than an iMac wannabe but the price means it's for professionals only

Glorious 3:2 True Scale display ; Neat fold-down design ; Speedy performance

Laptop-grade graphics ; Surface Dial not included ; No pure SSD option

Ultimately, then, the Surface Studio comes down to a question of value. If your business is willing to pay an exceptional price for an exceptional computer then, to my admitted surprise, I’m inclined to say that the Surface Studio outclasses the iMac....

Sep, 2017

Expert Reviews Recommended

Expert review by: Nathan Spendelow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Aims at the student, offs the MacBook Air - now in more colours

 

Ideal for students with heavy wallets, the Windows 10 S-powered Surface Laptop offers an appealing but pricey alternative to the MacBook Air

Gorgeous design ; Stellar performance ; Excellent battery life

Windows 10 S leaves a lot to be desired ; Disappointing screen

And with a 10% student discount and Office 365 Personal thrown in on top of an already competitive price, it represents superb value for money. In fact, even if you’re not a student, you should take a long, hard look at the Surface Laptop before...

Aug, 2017

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

Recommended by TR

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: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

 

Microsoft's Surface Laptop will lure you in with Alcantara fabric, then cage you into Windows 10 S.

Jun, 2017

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

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio
Built-In Microphone:Y

Battery

Battery life (max):17

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8

Design

Colour of product:Black / Charcoal / Silver
Form factor:Convertible (Detachable)
Housing material:Magnesium
Keyboard form factor:Mini
Product Type:Hybrid (2-in-1)
Wrist rest:N

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Contrast ratio (typical):1600:1
Display diagonal:34.3
Display Resolution:3000 x 2000
LED Backlight:Y
Pixel density:267
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 6
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
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:0x5916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1866

Networking

3G:N
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.1 / 4.1 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 / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Other features

Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):277 x 188 x 5 / 279.4 x 188 x 3
Keyboard weight:209 / 255

Packaging Content

Mouse included:N

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Backlight:N
Compatibility:Microsoft Surface\nMicrosoft Surface 2\nMicrosoft Surface Pro\nMicrosoft Surface Pro 2
Gyroscope:Y
Hot keys:Y
Keyboard integrated devices:Touchpad
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad
Proximity sensor:Y

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Device interface:Docking connector
Docking connector:Y
Headphone outputs:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:39

Processor

Bus type:OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.50 / 4.2
Processor cache:3 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.9 / 2.60
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-7300U / i7-8650U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-700 Desktop series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:H0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
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® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Processor ARK ID:97472
Processor code:SR340
Processor package size:42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Security

Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 PRO

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / SD,SDXC / SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 256 / 512
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:232
Height (front):1.3 / 1.5
Height (rear):2.3
Weight:1.53 / 1.64
Width:312