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Microsoft Surface

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 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 Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and battery. The price and design are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative comments about the sound, and there are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency and durability.

performance, design, price, battery, screen

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Microsoft Surface is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = 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 : 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 : 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 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 : 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 : 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 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 (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 : 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.

Mar, 2018

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Decoders:Dolby Audio Premium
Audio system:Dolby Audio
Built-In Microphone:Y

Battery

Continuous video playback time:14.5

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Charcoal / Gold, Graphite / 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
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):1000
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

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

Memory

Internal Memory:8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1866

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

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
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

Combo headphone/mic port:Y
Device interface:Docking connector
Docking connector:Y
Headphone outputs:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:44

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:3.10
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:2.50
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-7200U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Socket:BGA 1356
Processor threads:4
Stepping:H0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
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):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N
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® Insider™: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® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:95443
Processor code:SR2ZU
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 / Windows 10 S

Storage

Number of SSDs installed:1
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:223.2
Height :14.5
Height (front):9.93
Height (rear):1.45
Weight:1.25 / 1.28
Width:308