Today in New York City, Microsoft took their latest swing at the Macbook Air in the form of the Surface Laptop. The Surface Laptop has a cool and sleek design with no visible screws and a smooth lid that can be opened with a single hand. Of course being a Surface product, the Surface Laptop has a touchscreen display and works with Microsoft Surface accessories like the Surface Pen and Surface Dial. The Surface Laptop starts at $999 and will come in the colors Burgundy, Silver, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold.
The Surface Laptop’s seamless design features an aluminum chassis with the dimensions of 12.13” x 8.79” x .57” and comes weighing in at 2.76 lbs (1,252 grams). One of the more notable physical features is the Microsoft Signature Alcantara fabric-covered keyboard housing backlit keys with 1.5mm travel. This keyboard is quite similar to the optional Alcantara keyboard cover you can buy for the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4. The Alcantara fabric is designed to resist spills, stains and absorption. Especially unique with the Surface Laptop are the Omnisonic Speakers hidden within the keyboard, under the palm rests. The speakers deal omnidirectional sound and are powered by Dolby® Audio™ Premium.
The touchscreen is of a 13.5” PixelSense Display with a resolution of 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI) behind a Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3. Like the later Surface Pro’s, the chassis houses a Mini DisplayPort, a USB 3.0 port, a 3.5mm jack, and a Surface Connect port. The Surface Laptop also sports a front-facing 720p HD camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an ambient light sensor, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and a respectable battery life of up to 14.5 hours.
The Surface Laptop will come running the new Windows 10 S OS, which only allows Microsoft-approved apps to install, for added security. However, users who want more freedom and wish to deviate from Microsoft-approved installations have the option of installing the Windows 10 Pro OS instead. Surface Laptop owners will have the option of moving to Windows 10 Pro for free until Dec 31, 2017.
As of now, the four purchase options for the Surface Laptop are roughly as follows:
|Starting at: $999||Starting at: $1,299|
|Intel® Core™ i5 (7th Gen)||Intel® Core™ i5 (7th Gen)|
|128GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|4GB RAM||8GB RAM|
|Intel® HD Graphics 620||Intel® HD Graphics 620|
|Color: Platinum||Colors: Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Graphite Gold|
|Starting at: $1,599||Starting at:2,199|
|Intel® Core™ i7 (7th Gen)||Intel® Core™ i7 (7th Gen)|
|256GB SSD||512GB SSD|
|8GB RAM||16GB RAM|
|Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640||Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640|
|Color: Platinum||Color: Platinum|
As an owner and heavy user of the Surface Pro 3, I was definitely impressed with the Surface Laptop at first glance. Detachable keyboards aren’t for everyone. So I understand this approach with the Surface Laptop which comes off as a stiff jab at the Macbook Air. The Surface Laptop takes the best Surface keyboard Microsoft has designed yet, kept all of the latest Surface functionality and accessories, and comes as a light and sleek machine that touts a better battery life than its competitors.
If you were intrigued by the allure of the Macbook Air’s portability but preferred a Windows experience, here’s is Microsoft’s pretty direct answer for you. The Surface Laptop definitely looks impressive at “Surface” value. 😉
Pre-orders are open now, so do check out the new Microsoft Surface Laptop for yourself here!