Microsoft hosted a huge event today in New York where they debuted their first dual-screen Surface devices. But before the unveiling of these futuristic gadgets, the company took a more mainstream approach and announced its new Surface Laptop 3.
With the Surface Laptop 3, Microsoft is refining its design language by adding slimmer bezels to its screens and giving you the option of either an aluminum finish or Alcantara blanket surrounding the keyboard. You also won’t find a rubber bumper around the screen this time around, and Microsoft says it also made the trackpad bigger for easier navigation.
Key travel is down, however, from 1.5mm to 1.3mm. Still, though, there’s a good chance the keyboard will be pretty comfy, especially compared to the keyboards Apple ships.
The Surface Laptop 3 is available in your choice of a 13.5-inch or 15-inch display. Under the hood, the 13-inch model ships with Intel 10th-gen Ice Lake processors, while the 15-inch variant is available with special AMD Ryzen “Surface Edition” processors that promise to deliver the best performance in any laptop in the Surface Laptop’s class. That basically means laptops that are around the same thickness as Microsoft’s, so expect plenty of ads for the Laptop 3 taking jabs at the MacBook Air and Pro.
As for battery life, Microsoft is rating the Surface Laptop 3 as having up to 11.5 hours of usage on a full charge. It’s compatible with the company’s proprietary Surface connector to enable fast charging.
IO is pretty boring nowadays since basically every laptop has the same type of ports, but the Surface Laptop 3 is a big deal since it’s Microsoft’s first laptop to ship with USB-C. You still get a USB-A port and headphone jack, of course, but now, you can finally start plugging in all those modern peripherals you’ve been buying over the past few years without the need for a dongle of some kind.
Microsoft says the Surface Laptop 3 will start at $999 in the US. It’s available for pre-order starting today. It’ll begin shipping on October 22nd.
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