Surface Laptop: Everything you need to know

From pricing and specs to hands-on and FAQs, find it all here for Microsoft's Windows 10 S-powered Surface Laptop.

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Specs and features

Microsoft emphasizes performance in the Surface Laptop design, and you can see that in the CPU and memory choices, as well as the battery life. In the quest for thin and light, however, we lost a few things, including physical port selection. We also don’t yet have specific part numbers or types for the key CPU, memory, and storage specs, but we’ll add them if we get them. 

CPU 

All CPUs are from Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake family:

Intel Core i5

Intel Core i7

Memory

Your memory amount vary with your CPU choice, as follows:

4GB: Core i5

8GB: Core i5 or Core i7

16GB: Core i5 or Core i7

Storage

Your SSD size will vary with your memory size, as follows:

128GB with 4GB of RAM

256GB with 8GB of RAM

512GB with 16GB of RAM

1TB with 16GB of RAM

Graphics

The graphics is tied to the CPU.

Core i5: Intel HD 620

Core i7: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640

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The Surface Laptop has a high-resolution, 3:2 aspect-ratio display and a keyboard with Alcantara fabric cover.

Display

Corning Gorilla Glass

13.5-inch (diagonal) PixelSense Display

Resolution: 2256x1504 pixels, 3.4 million pixels, 201 ppi

3:2 aspect ratio

Surface Pen-enabled (sold separately)

10-point multi-touch

Keyboard

1.5mm travel

Alcantara fabric surface laser-cut around the keys. According to Microsoft, you shouldn’t see any light leakage around the fabric. 

surface laptop keyboard Jorge Arzac/IDG

The Surface Laptop keyboard features keys with a generous 1.5mm of travel, and a tray made of Alcantara fabric laser-cut to fit snugly, with no light leakage.

Software

Windows 10 S

Free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro until Dec 31, 2017

Office 365 Personal one-year subscription is included

Ports and connectivity

One of the first complaints about the Surface Laptop is its lack of physical connectivity: no USB-C, no storage card slot, and the list goes on. Here’s what it does have: 

USB 3.0 Type A

mini DisplayPort

3.5mm headphone jack

SurfaceConnect for charging

Wi-Fi: 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible

Bluetooth 4.0 LE

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The Laptop seems to recline a bit further than the Surface Book. But note the stingy allotment of ports.

Audio/visual

Windows Hello face sign-in camera

720p HD front-facing camera

Stereo microphones

The speakers (Microsoft calls them “omnisonic”) nest underneath the Alcantara keyboard tray, and the fabric itself is part of the sound system. 

Battery life

Microsoft has touted the long battery life on the Surface Laptop. The company claims up to 14.5 hours of video playback. We’ll be sure to test this.

Exterior dimensions

12.13 x 8.79 x 0.57 inches

Weight

2.76 pounds

Chassis

Aluminum

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The Surface Laptop comes in four colors: Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold.

Colors

Burgundy

Platinum

Cobalt Blue

Graphite Gold

Warranty

One-year limited hardware warranty

Included in the box

Surface Laptop

Power supply

Documentation

 

Editor’s note: This article originally posted May 5, 2017. 

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