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Microsoft Surface

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 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. Opinions about the keyboard and screen are overall positive. The portability and battery also get good opinions. There are mixed reviews on the durability and performance, while there are some less positive comments about the energy efficiency and sound.

design, battery, portability, screen, keyboard

price, usability, sound, energy

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

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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

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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: 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 Reviews Recommended

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

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Aims at the student, offs the MacBook Air

 

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...

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: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

 

The original Surface products from Microsoft -- the first-gen Surface Pro and Surface RT -- had everyone asking at the time: "Why is Microsoft making a tablet?" The latest Surface has everyone asking a different question: "Why is Microsoft making a...

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: Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

 

The original Surface products from Microsoft -- the first-gen Surface Pro and Surface RT -- had everyone asking at the time: "Why is Microsoft making a tablet?" The latest Surface has everyone asking a different question: "Why is Microsoft making a...

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: (laptopmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop Review

 

The Surface Laptop ($999, $1,299 as configured) is the Microsoft notebook that I've been waiting for. Unlike the Surface Pro, this clamshell easily balances in my lap. And the Surface Laptop is lighter, more affordable and more stylish than the pricier...

Jun, 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.

Light and thin body. Promised 14.5 hours battery life. Uses same charger/dock, Surface Pen, and Surface Dial as Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. Comfortable keyboard and palm rest.

No USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports. Locked to Windows Store apps and Edge web browser. Windows 10 Pro is a paid upgrade after promotional period.

Of course, we'll have to reserve our final judgment until we can get the Surface Laptop in our lab for testing, particularly those 14.5-hour battery life claims, but everything looks promising so far. Look for that review in the coming weeks, and...

May, 2017

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):14.5

Camera

Front Camera:Y

Certificates

Wi-Fi certified:Y

Design

Colour of product:Black / Charcoal / Platinum
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
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
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 family:Intel Iris Plus Graphics
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

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
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):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
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Ambient light sensor:Y
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

Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Device interface:Docking connector
DVI port:N
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1

Processor

Bus type:OPI
Conflict Free processor:Y
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

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

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 S
Trial software:Office 365 Personal

Storage

Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:223.2
Height :14.5
Weight:1.25
Width:308