Microsoft is nailing the PC game again with its brand new Microsoft Surface Laptop.First it all started with redesigned Windows 10 that has loads of features both for end users and enterprise folks.Now it fired shots at MacBook Air that hasn’t seen much updates in recent years except bumping up the RAM to 8 GB for all models.Meet the new student companion Microsoft announced to take on Chromebook and MacBook Air, Microsoft Surface Laptop.
The body comes with Aluminium body and Alcantara® material-covered keyboard which gives sense of texture and elegance.There are various colours to choose from Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Graphite Gold and the casing is made of Aluminium.Design is very similar to Surface Pro and screen dimension are 2.13” x 8.79” x .57” (308.1 mm x 223.27 mm x 14.48 mm) with a 13.5” PixelSense™ Display 10-point Multitouch Screen resolution of 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI) covered with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 and the aspect ratio being 3:2.
The screen works with Surface Pen sold separately and also works with Surface Dial Off-screen for designers and creative professionals.The device is portable with weight of upto 2.76 lbs (1,252 grams).
Microsoft offers Surface Laptop with Windows 10S,where S stands for Security and Streamlined performance,sort of.It adopts Apple App store-like model that delivers Applications via its Windows Store for security and integrity.Windows defender and other security features are available out of the box and Edge browser being the default browser, you know its more secure than Chrome or Firefox as Microsoft claims.
It also includes features of previous versions of Windows 10 such as snap multitasking,Cortana,Windows Ink designed to work fluidly with Windows pen,Windows Hello for fast and secure login.As an added security feature theres a separate Chip to ensure and encrypt all the data securely.
As Windows 10S only runs Store Apps Microsoft pitches it as an alternative to Chromebook,the platform is supposedly robust and secure.Users can even upgrade to Windows 10 Pro to run non-store and professional Apps by paying for the upgrade.OneDrive is built right into OS to work across your devices using the power of cloud.Users also get 1-year free access Office 365 personal.
Prices and Configurations
Starting with 999$ for base model that only comes with 128 GB SSD storage and 4GB RAM with Intel® HD Graphics 620 i5 Processor and upto 12GB Ram Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640 i7 Processor ,upto 512 GB SSD storage model for 2199$,there’s a model for every type of user based on how you prefer your laptop to be based on your priorities.
Ports and Connections
It has USB 3,Headphone Jack ,Mini Display port that you can use to connect to a 4K Screen,Surface Connect which is similar to Thunderbolt to plugin all your displays, keyboards and storage upgrades and work seamlessly with your Surface Laptop.
Camera,Audio And Video
It comes preloaded Windows Hello enabled 720P Front-Facing Camera,Speakers with Dolby Audio,Stereo Microphones and of course 3.5 mm Headphone Jack.
Wi-Fi:It supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi,IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 LE
As per Microsoft’s claims battery can last upto 14.5 hours for video playback.
It seems like Microsoft got many things right with this one.Should you buy it ?Well I suggest you better wait before developers can develop their Apps and make their existing software compatible with Windows 10S because that’s only option you can get software of your choice.The final verdict is Hold on for some time.