Review: ​ Win Surface Laptop Review

Pros

  • Premium build
  • Portable
  • Great screen
  • Original keyboard
  • Magnetic charger
  • Long battery life
  • Decent speakers

Cons

  • Doesn’t need the touch screen
  • Track pad feels cheap
  • Login features not reliable
  • No USB-C
  • No SD card slot

So to start off the and I reckon the most important part about this laptop is the keyboard.

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Good usable keyboard.

It’s what sets this apart from the Surface Pros that don’t have a permanent keyboard.
The keyboard is a pleasure to type on without making the overall thickness of the laptop too thick. So if you’re a person who does a lot of typing on a computer this laptop will serve you well.
The keys have a good amount of travel and they are raised enough so you can easily distinguish each keys with your fingers. They have a soft feel when pressed which keeps typing noises a minimum; great for typing in quieter environments.

The Alcantara fabric is a nice touch and sets the Surface line apart from other portable computers. If you’re like me and eat while in front of your laptop fear not. So far the fabric has held up. I haven’t spilled anything on it yet. I assume though they would get dirty over time depending on your use but according to Microsoft all it requires is a wipe with a damp cloth wet with water and a dash of soap.
This is the same material as the current surface keyboard covers and the Surface ergo keyboards. You can see from online reviews that people are happy with them, the people with major issues would be the exception.

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Track pad is decent.

The track pad is good, You get multi-finger gestures; 2 finger pinch to zoom and scrolling, 3 finger app switching and 4 fingers to switch desktops.

The gestures work well but still not as smooth compared to Apples track pads.

Now it does take a bit of getting used to but I wish they had separate buttons but the left and right buttons are hidden. It can get confusing for your fingers to intuitively be at the right spots in between clicking the buttons and moving the pointer.
Only thing I really hate about the track pad is it feels and sounds cheap when pressed.

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The ports.

Overall the alloy design of the laptop is really good, the whole thing is put together really well. It’s what you would expect from a surface laptop. Its thin and light at 1.25kg, noticeably lighter than the 13inch MacBooks.
At the bottom I really like how they put more gripy nubs. You won’t accidentally knock this off a table.
It’s a really clean device. On the left you get the headphone jack, USB-a 3.0, A mini display port. Though I would rather USB-C instead of the display port. On the right you get Microsoft’s proprietary Magnetic charging port and sadly no SD car slot.

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Magnetic connector.

I was impressed with the screen at this price. The viewing angles are good, colour reproduction is nice and even, so if you plan to do some basic image editing this is good for it. It gets decently bright, I was able to use this in bright daylight outdoors. The touch screen is crisp at 2256X1504.

One feature I was really surprised with was the sound. There are hidden Dolby branded speakers which sound really good. t’s not super loud but gets loud enough and has a good sound stage. You will have a pleasant experience watching a movie or listening to music with these speakers.

As this is supposed to be a discounted surface device marketed to students, it only comes with Windows S which is a light and streamlined version of windows.
Windows S is supposed to be more efficient but the downside is that you can only install new applications from the Windows marketplace.
Initially Microsoft was going to charge a fee to upgrade. But they have since retracted that so it won’t cost you anything if you choose to get the full windows.
It’s currently a simple process upgrading in the settings app and once upgraded you will be able install third-party software.

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USB USB USB!

Now If you’re a creative or a gamer then look elsewhere, you’re gonna want more power. This is not a powerhouse of a laptop.
If you need a laptop for office applications, web browsing email, watching video and listening to music than this is for you.
Because this laptop focuses more on efficiency this is perfect for students. You can unplug this when you leave home and possibly not charge it. Until you get back home at the end of the day. Microsoft claims 14 hours but I was getting 5-10 hours depending on use.
When you do need to charge. I really like the proprietary charger this comes with. It’s small and compact and connects magnetically.
It has a little light to indicate power. This is a tiny feature but more intuitive than having the light on the power brick that you have to look down to check.
Also there is a USB port on the power brick so you can charge another device. No need to explain how handy that is.

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That little power light.

This is not a powerhouse of a laptop so gamers and creatives look elsewhere.
If you need a laptop for office applications, web browsing email, watching video and listening to music than this is for you.
Because this laptop focuses more on efficiency this is perfect for students. You can unplug this when you leave home and possibly not charge it until you get back home at the end of the day. Microsoft claims 14 hours but I was getting 5-10 hours depending on use.
When you do need to charge. I really like the proprietary charger this comes with. It’s small and compact and connects magnetically.
It has a little light to indicate power. This is a tiny feature but more intuitive than having the light on the power brick that you have to look down to check.
Also there is a USB port on the power brick so you can charge another device. No need to explain how handy that is.

Now the last point I want to make is the login screen. Microsoft gives you a few extra useless ways to unlock your device along with the usual pin and password.
These other ways are Windows Hello which uses your face and the camera. It didn’t work half the time and when it did it took longer.
Picture password where you use a picture with various gestures to unlock. This takes longer and anyone can see your gestures and easily copy it.

So I just stuck with the 4 digit pin I felt it was the most simple, secure and quickest way to unlock the laptop.

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All alloy design.

This is a well-built laptop and with that comes the price. If you are on a strict budget there are plenty of cheaper options than this that will do the job just fine. But you won’t be the getting quality; build, screen, speakers… etc.
If you do decide to get this I recommend skipping the M3 option and getting the i5, the price difference is not much. The i5 will be more future proofed and will better handle more intensive programs if needed.
Since you won’t be installing heavy software on this, I recommend saving your money and sticking to the 4GB Ram with 128GB SSD.
Putting in the extra storage and ram will set you a few hundred more. This amount of RAM and storage is more than enough for what you will be using this laptop for. If you really want more storage the amount of money you save is more than enough to purchase a portable hard drive or cloud storage.

So guys this is laptop is not for everyone but for those with needs that are best suited for this laptop this is the higher option.

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