Surface Laptop: Microsoft’s new laptop not only competes with Chromebooks, also with Macbook

Rumors about the appearance of new laptops in the Surface family have intensified in recent times, and today we finally meet the last member of this family: the Surface Laptop, a laptop that is basically a declaration of war on Chromebooks but Also competes with Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Not only in its physical format and attractive specifications, but also in the fact that they are based on Windows 10 S, which differs from the current versions by the fact that it can only run applications downloaded from Windows Store.

Mix of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4

The design of these new notebooks from Microsoft stands out for adapting many of the features of both the high-end Surface Book notebook as well as the firm’s convertible tablets, the Surface Pro 4.

The Surface Laptop has an aluminum chassis and will be available in four colors: platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue and gold graphite , but in all of them one of the characteristics will be the keyboard, which follows the line of the covers with Type Cover keyboard The Microsoft convertible tablets.

That keyboard makes use of Alcantara, the material used in flying and dashboard of some luxury cars and that mixes polyester with polyurethane of the Italian firm Alcantara SpA. That material is that covers that part of the design, doing that in fact so much The touchpad as the keyboard resemble both the current Type Cover of the Surface Pro 4.

Specifications that promise many joys

One of the singular notes of the specification sheet of the Surface Laptop is the absence of USB-C ports. These devices continue to dominate the conventional USB port, in addition to a DisplayPort port and an already conventional (and proprietary) power connector in the devices of this family.


A priori seems to be somewhat limited in the area of ​​connectivity, perhaps to look for thinness (14.47 mm in the thickest part) and also lightness: we find a weight of 1.25 kg. Here it is curious that they have also given up the USB-C port, which provides interesting guarantees for the future.



Among those specs highlights the 13.5-inch screen with a 3: 2 format with Pixel-Sense technology, which will also offer a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504 pixels. This technology Pixel-Sense allows both touch and stylus support, which makes sense in Windows 10 S with these improved annotation capabilities.



Inside we find Intel Core i5 and i7 seventh generation (Kaby Lake), which among other things promote efficiency. According to Microsoft, the battery provides up to 14 hours of autonomy. In the basic model we have a Core i5, 4 GB of RAM and a SSD of 128 GB capacity. This section can be extended up to 512 GB capacity, while the memory can reach 16 GB.

 The keyboard has 1.5 mm of travel for the keys, which also have an important function: They are backlit. Peripherals like Microsoft Dial work seamlessly with the Surface Laptop, adapting to the context: in a Word document rotate implies to pass pages forward or back, whereas in applications like Spotify by default it lowers or raises the volume.

The Surface Laptop also has a 720p webcam with facial recognition technology compatible with Windows Hello – it is not an iris scanner, so the security provided by this method is debatable – in addition to 802.11ac connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a 3.5mm headphones.

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With Windows 10 S for $999, nonsense?

When we hear rumors about the Surface Laptop we thought we understood that it would be a more affordable and modest laptop, but it is clear that Microsoft has opted for a high-end laptop but that takes conflicting decisions. 



One of them is the absence of USB-C ports or more ports of another variety – something that was criticized a lot to MacBook or MacBook Pro, which used only USB-C, but the other is the decision on the system Pre-installed operation.

 It is because with the inclusion of Windows 10 S Microsoft limits users who want to access teams starting at $999. For that price it seems logical to think that users want a complete operating system, and not a version “cover” applications that can only come from Windows Store.


Although it is true that students can extend Windows 10 Pro without charge – they save therefore the $50 update, also the other users until January 1, 2018 – there could be many users outside educational environments that are interested In these teams. These decisions could compromise that interest .

The Microsoft Surface Laptop can begin to reserve already from 999 dollars for the basic model.

128GB / INTEL CORE I5 / 4GB RAM – PLATINUM 1149 euros
256 GB / INTEL CORE I5 / 8GB RAM – PLATINUM 1449 euros
256 GB / INTEL CORE I7 / 8GB RAM – PLATINUM 1799 euros

They will be available on June 15 in the United States, but also in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom , Sweden and Switzerland.

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