Microsoft today unveiled a new laptop they’re simply calling Surface Laptop that wins the award for being the first device to ship with Windows 10 S, the company’s new edition of their operating system that’s designed to run on lightweight hardware and promise better security and education-focused features. The laptop features a 13.5-inch 1080p touchscreen and features a build similar to other Surface-branded devices.
For one, the same fabric used for the Surface Pro 4’s Type Cover is used in this case for better comfort while typing. There’s also a 1.5mm key travel alongside a backlight for low-light interactions. What appears to be a pretty large trackpad is also present, while a standard clamshell design houses these elements. Yes, there’s a touchscreen, but no other way of positioning the machine so your main interface is the display itself. Microsoft says they’ve heard constant users requesting a Surface laptop, so they built it. Like a standard laptop.
Be careful what you wish for.
As for specs, there’s either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor (buyer’s choice), up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of SSD storage, and (at least according to Microsoft) a 14.5-hour battery they tout can last longer than any MacBook Air ever shipped. Obviously, the Surface Laptop is a pretty big jab at Apple’s portable computers that, mind you, take up a majority of college student’s backpacks. Microsoft is targeting this machine at this same audience, so it’ll be interesting to see how many choose Windows over macOS now.
Touching a bit more on the display, Microsoft is using it’s PixelSense technology in this case to provide a clearer picture that’s boxed into a 3:2 aspect ratio. It’s also covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has “the thinnest LCD touch screen display on any laptop.” Additionally, it supports input from the Surface Pen.
To cool things down, Microsoft will use integrated vapor chambers. We’re seeing manufacturers take this approach as of late, so it looks like this is the future.
There’s also no visible speakers on the Surface Laptop. Much like the MacBook Air, Microsoft designed the laptop so sound comes through the keyboard. This isn’t the most ideal place to put speakers as your fingers will cover up a large portion of any protruding sound, but if the quality is half decent, this may be the only caveat in this department.
Microsoft will be shipping the Surface Laptop in four anodized aluminum colors: Platinum, Graphite Gold, Cobalt Blue, and Burgundy. It’ll start at $999 for 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and will begin shipping on June 15th. Preorders for the device are now live.
- SOURCE: Microsoft