Top Best 50 Microsoft Surface Laptops in November 2021

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Microsoft - Surface Laptop 4 - 13.5” Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) - Ice Blue
Description

Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen. Surround yourself with immersive, theater-like Dolby Atmos® audio⁶. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek, ultra-thin design, and more speed, now up to 70% faster – with significantly longer battery life than before¹. Two sizes. Two keyboard finishes. Plus, choice of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ or exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processors².

12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Get the most out of your screen space: Choose 13.5” for the perfect balance of productivity and portability; or 15” for the best streaming, split-screen multitasking, and gaming experiences. The Surface signature 3:2 ratio gives you the most vertical screen real estate on a laptop³.
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Power to do what you want with up to 70% more speed than before and an 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth LPDDR4x RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD): Expansive SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery. Holds your growing collection of digital photos, music and videos.
  • Make it your own: Slim, sleek design with rich tone-on-tone colors in warm Alcantara® material or cool metal finish. Choose from new Ice Blue, plus Sandstone, Matte Black, and Platinum²​.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics: Integrated graphics provides everyday image quality for Internet use, video streaming and casual gaming.
  • Improved all-day battery life: Go from low battery to full faster with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour⁵. Feel free to move about your home or workspace easily with significantly longer battery life than before¹.
  • Show your best side on video calls: Sharp video and image quality, even in low light, thanks to a front-facing 720p HD camera and be heard loud and clear with dual far-field Studio Mics that capture your voice and reduce background noise.
  • Connect in more ways: Plug in the accessories you use today with built-in ​USB-C® and USB-A ports, Surface Connect for charging, and headphone jack.
  • Built for Windows Ink: With Windows Ink-compatible computers, you can take notes on screen, mark up photos and screen shots, or create content through Ink-enabled apps. Learn more ›
  • 3 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by AuntieS, 10 out of 10
    Exactly as I had hoped

    I chose to purchase a Surface 4 because I use a Surface 2 at work. So already knew what to expect in terms of weight, keyboard feel, etc. I just do office work but tend to have a lot of browser tabs and programs open. Glad I sprung for the 16GB Ram. Never lags a bit. If I were going to critique anything, I wish the blue was a little more "blue". Mostly looks like a dark gray (accurate to photos).

    Oct 19, 2021 07:13
  • Review by EmptyNester, 10 out of 10
    Fast shipping

    Best buy has the best selection for computers as anyone. Fast shipping.

    Sep 03, 2021 20:27
  • Review by Mary, 10 out of 10
    Surface

    Great light computer. Perfect for a college student

    Aug 14, 2021 19:01
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    Microsoft - Surface 3 13.5'' Factory Recertified Touch-Screen Laptop Intel i5-1035G7 8GB Memory 128GB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Slim and stylish, available in 13.5" and 15" touchscreens, rich color options, and two durable finishes. Make a powerful statement and get improved speed, performance, and all-day battery life.

    5 Features
  • Work, play, and connect wherever you are: Surface Laptop 3 makes it easy to get things done. Be creative, work and play your way, and look and sound your best on video calls.
  • Bring your ideas to life: Create, play, and make memories on the vibrant, interactive touchscreen. Whether you’re working on a presentation, editing videos, or retouching a picture in Adobe Lightroom,it’s easy and fast.
  • Browse and binge: With a high-resolution PixelSense Display and blazing-fast processors, Surface Laptop 3 is perfect for browsing in Edge and streaming your favorite shows.
  • Surround yourself with amazing sound: Enjoy amazing sound for games, music, movies, audio books, and podcasts with built-in Omnisonic Speakers backed by Dolby Audio.
  • Stay connected to what matters: From one-to-one video calls to virtual get togethers, easily connect and share big moments with Skype and the front-facing HD webcam. Plus, hear every word with built-in Studio Mics.
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Phil, 10 out of 10
    Lightweight Laptop with plenty power

    This laptop has more than enough power and speed for my needs. Also very light.

    Oct 29, 2021 17:58
  • Review by atomicplayboy, 10 out of 10
    5 stars for the 3

    I had a surface 1 so I already knew when I bought the 3 I was going to like it23r32

    Oct 12, 2021 19:02
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    Microsoft - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Surface Laptop Go 12.4" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Sandstone
    Description

    Geek Squad® Certified Refurbished products are thoroughly, painstakingly and lovingly tested, so you can be sure that your device will work right, right away. Learn more about Get the job done with this refurbished Microsoft Surface Laptop Go. The 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen has a resolution of 1536 x 1024 to deliver crisp visuals, while the 128GB SSD ensures rapid boots. This sandstone Microsoft Surface Laptop Go features an Intel Core i5 processor that runs most applications smoothly, and the 8GB of RAM enable seamless multitasking.Geek Squad® Certified Refurbished products.

    15 Features
  • Windows 10 with Cortana and Windows Hello: This computer is compatible with Windows 10 features such as Cortana and Windows Hello. Learn more about Windows 10 features. Learn more ›
  • Screen to fuel your dreams: The 12.4"⁷ PixelSense™ touch screen and signature 3:2 ratio give you the optimum space to see more, do more, and fuel your dreams.
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1 processor: Smart four-core, eight-way processing performance. The Intel Turbo Boost technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM lets you smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs at the time.
  • 128GB solid-state drive (SSD): While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Intel® UHD graphics: On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing, and casual gaming.
  • Light Surface laptop design: Take this light Surface laptop with you everywhere at just 2.44 lbs.
  • Power through your day: Up to 13 hours of battery life.² Plus, recharge quickly with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour.
  • Wireless/wired connectivity (Wi-Fi 6 - 802.11ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3x faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in 720p HD camera: Show your best side on video calls, meetings, and virtual get-togethers with the built-in 720p HD camera.
  • Type in comfort all day: The full-size keyboard with a large, precision trackpad is perfect for papers, presentations, e-mails and more.
  • Every day, everywhere: Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance, and all-day battery life² you need in the light Surface laptop, all at an exceptional value.
  • Familiar features and trusted security: Get started with convenient security and the Windows you know⁴. Enjoy amazing sound for music and shows. And, easily connect to other devices and accessories.
  • Get it done with your favorite apps: Collaborate, connect, and do your best work with the must-have everyday laptop. Power through your favorite apps, backed by all-day battery life.²
  • Convenient security: Windows Hello sign-in, plus Fingerprint power button with Windows Hello and One Touch sign-in on select models.⁹
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  • Review by Kmfla, 10 out of 10
    Multifunctional surface - great product

    Wonderful Microsoft product- super easy to use and operate

    Oct 22, 2021 15:58
  • Microsoft - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Surface Laptop 3 13.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Matte Black
    Description

    Geek Squad® Certified Refurbished products are thoroughly, painstakingly and lovingly tested, so you can be sure that your device will work right, right away. Learn more about Complete work on the go with this refurbished Microsoft Surface 3 laptop. An Intel Core i5 processor handles demanding applications seamlessly, while the 8GB of RAM allow multitasking across multiple active tabs. This matte black Microsoft Surface 3 laptop has a 256GB SSD for ample storage and rapid boots, and the 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen offers responsive operation and crisp visuals.Geek Squad® Certified Refurbished products.

    14 Features
  • Windows 10 operating system: Brings back the Start menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, such as the Edge web browser that lets you mark up web pages on your screen.
  • 13.5" touch screen for hands-on control: Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. Its 2256 x 1504 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G7 processor: Smart quad-core, eight-way processing performance. The Intel Turbo Boost technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM lets you smoothly run your games, photo- and video-editing applications, multiple programs and browser tabs at the same time.
  • 256GB solid-state drive (SSD): This flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster startup times and data access, no noise, reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Intel® Iris® Plus graphics: Its on-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing, and casual gaming.
  • Built-in stereo speakers: Dolby® Audio™ Premium provides immersive audio and maximizes its volume output without distortion.
  • Weighs 2.9 lbs. and is 0.57" thin overall: Ultrathin and ultralight for maximum portability, it features a small screen size to achieve the compact form factor. Lithium-ion polymer battery.
  • Durable aluminum casing: Creates a sophisticated look and provides a rigid but lightweight frame that withstands everyday bumps and knocks.
  • Wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi 5 - 802.11ac): Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 3x the speed, more capacity, and wider coverage than Wireless-N. Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks and hotspots.
  • Integrated webcam with microphone: Makes it easy to video chat with your family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
  • Facial recognition: Streamlines the security settings for quick access.
  • Basic software package included: One-month trial of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Additional port: Headphone/microphone combo jack.
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by Chuck, 10 out of 10
    Great computer: Lightweight, powerful, good charge

    This is a great computer! Light-weight, powerful and keeps a charge for a long time. Bought one as my Town Commissioner computer and liked it so much, bought one for my personal use as well. The only down side is the lack of ports, such as HDMI, but they make adapters that work just fine with this computer!

    Sep 16, 2021 06:34
  • Microsoft - Surface Laptop 4 - 13.5” Touch-Screen – Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) - Ice Blue
    Description

    Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen. Surround yourself with immersive, theater-like Dolby Atmos® audio⁶. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek, ultra-thin design, and more speed, now up to 70% faster – with significantly longer battery life than before¹. Two sizes. Two keyboard finishes. Plus, choice of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ or exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processors².

    14 Features
  • Windows 10 Home: Utilize Windows Hello, for a fast, secure, and password-free way to unlock Surface Laptop 4 and save time with familiar features and trusted security like included antivirus, firewall, and internet protections. > Learn more ›
  • Get the most out of your screen space: Choose 13.5” for the perfect balance of productivity and portability; or 15” for the best streaming, split-screen multitasking, and gaming experiences. The Surface signature 3:2 ratio gives you the most vertical screen real estate on a laptop³.
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Power to do what you want with up to 70% more speed than before and an 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth LPDDR4x RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD): Expansive SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery. Holds your growing collection of digital photos, music and videos.
  • Make it your own: Slim, sleek design with rich tone-on-tone colors in warm Alcantara® material or cool metal finish. Choose from new Ice Blue, plus Sandstone, Matte Black, and Platinum²​.
  • The best of Microsoft, all in one place: Protect your files and photos in the cloud with integrated OneDrive storage. Work seamlessly across devices with Microsoft 365.* And, get started right away with the Windows you know⁴.​
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics: Integrated graphics provides everyday image quality for Internet use, video streaming and casual gaming.
  • Take your entertainment to new heights: Stream your favorite shows and movies in Dolby Atmos®⁶ and immerse yourself in breathtaking, theater-like sound that surrounds you.
  • Improved all-day battery life: Go from low battery to full faster with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour⁵. Feel free to move about your home or workspace easily with significantly longer battery life than before¹.
  • Show your best side on video calls: Sharp video and image quality, even in low light, thanks to a front-facing 720p HD camera and be heard loud and clear with dual far-field Studio Mics that capture your voice and reduce background noise.
  • Typing comfort and large trackpad for easier, more precise navigation: Plus, enjoy faster, more accurate typing with optimized key travel and responsiveness.​
  • Connect in more ways: Plug in the accessories you use today with built-in ​USB-C® and USB-A ports, Surface Connect for charging, and headphone jack.
  • Built for Windows Ink: With Windows Ink-compatible computers, you can take notes on screen, mark up photos and screen shots, or create content through Ink-enabled apps. Learn more ›
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Momillo, 10 out of 10
    Great laptop for college.

    While it doesn't seem to have changed much from the Surface Laptop 3 based purely on the design aspect, I think it is the most functional laptop that I have ever owned.

    It doesn't slow down when there are too many tabs open, and it can handle a decent amount of gaming. If you are in college and looking for a laptop to do your work on, this laptop will do the job just fine. Plus it's rather portable.

    Oct 24, 2021 14:56
  • Review by Kevin, 10 out of 10
    Best laptop

    This laptop has everything I ever wanted. The keyboard is great and the touch screen and mouse pad are so intuitive. No slowdowns and the new Microsoft OS is a fresh change. I Bought "Open box excellent" and it came perfect. Think the last owner didn't like the color, but the blue is beautiful and looks more silver. Best 1400 I spent on a laptop, glad BestBuy hasd so many sales this year.

    Nov 08, 2021 11:25
  • Review by Cwalva, 10 out of 10
    Happy with my new laptop.

    This is my time trying a Microsoft laptop. I was surprise how easy it was to connect and transfer software and data into it. My previous 5 years old laptop felt just very old when compare with my new laptop.My only advise is not get the 13.5 inches but the 15 inches. Otherwise, I am a very happy customer.

    Jun 25, 2021 19:11
  • Review by aria, 10 out of 10
    Laptop review

    love it! doesn't get hot, easy sleep mode, quiet, light, pretty, and the best part is the unique aspect ratio (more vertical screen than normal, great for coding or spreadsheets).

    Oct 08, 2021 15:45
  • Review by Coll, 10 out of 10
    Good personal Laptop

    I needed a new laptop since I used my old one for work. I like the size and lightness. I would purchase again

    Nov 05, 2021 16:39
  • Review by honey, 10 out of 10
    LOVE MY IT

    I had a Chromebook and really hated it! I got the surface lab top and I LOVE THIS laptop!!! Its amazing and I'm back to using the system I'm use to again! Use this daily!

    Oct 08, 2021 16:10
  • Review by Ayesha, 10 out of 10
    Love it!!

    I love my new laptop. I was not sure how I was going to like the Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop but I have no complaints. It’s gorgeous too.

    Oct 15, 2021 16:12
  • Review by Luvmysurface, 10 out of 10
    Love my Surface laptop 4

    Love my nee lap top. So easy to pack around. Very light weight. And great speed. Suits my needs perfectly.

    Oct 29, 2021 21:07
  • 9.8score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 3 - 15" Touch-Screen - AMD Ryzen™ 7 Surface Edition - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD - Matte Black
    Description

    Make a powerful statement, and fuel your ideas with the new Surface Laptop 3. Sleek and light, with improved speed, performance, typing comfort, and battery life, it travels with ease and makes every day more productive. And whether you're creating, catching up, or chilling out, Surface Laptop 3 is ready when you are, and it is the fastest 15" laptop in its class⁴ with the new AMD Ryzen™ 7 Surface edition processor. Surface Laptop 3 has more power, Fast Charging, greater multitasking performance, all-day battery, and Instant On. Bring your vision to life on the vibrant PixelSense™ display. Listen to the improved Omnisonic Speakers, now louder with a more natural sound, discreetly hidden below the keyboard.

    10 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • A new level of responsiveness in a thin, light design: The exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processor inside Surface Laptop 3 15" is designed to give you
  • Clean, elegant design: Thin and light, starting at just 3.4 lbs., Surface Laptop 3 is easy to carry.
  • Fast Charging: Go from empty to a full battery with Fast Charging - up to 80% in about one hour.³
  • Durable, premium finish: Cool, new metal palm rest.
  • All-day power on the go: With up to 11.5 hours of battery life¹, plus improved standby when you're away.
  • Bring your work to life: On the vibrant PixelSense, now in a new, larger 15" touch screen.
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field studio mics.
  • Improved Omnisonic Speakers: Now even louder with a more natural omnidirectional sound and more bass than Surface Laptop 2, still discreetly hidden below the keyboard.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by tepig2011, 10 out of 10
    Touch screen laptop

    So far, this laptop is working properly. It does heat up a bit so it is best to buy a fan to place under the laptop. There is one draw back which is that the laptop has only one USB cable plug-in. However, I will be buying a multi plug-in for the USB.

    Nov 07, 2020 19:32
  • Review by Royk, 10 out of 10
    Love this product

    I use one of these at work and loved it. I purchased my own with more ram and storage space.

    Apr 09, 2021 18:39
  • Review by Archer, 10 out of 10
    My 4th Surface Laptop - Best one yet!

    This is my 4th Surface Laptop and this is the best one yet! Very pleased with the large RAM, hard drive, and larger screen. Great quality build.

    Jan 08, 2021 16:15
  • Review by wynema69, 10 out of 10
    top of the line laptop

    I really love this laptop. It has all the things I wanted and has lot’s of storage. It also is touch screen witch I like.

    Apr 25, 2020 14:38
  • Review by MattVesper, 10 out of 10
    Mr

    Great product. Would recommend supfave to anyone looking for a laptop

    Jan 05, 2021 09:03
  • Review by srfcebk3, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    Surface Book 3 is my 5th Surface Product and I absolutely love them all.

    Dec 25, 2020 18:44
  • Review by Kris, 8 out of 10
    Thin & Great screen

    Having only one USB is a pain to work around. I also wish I had the choice to have Window Pro, not Windows Home installed.

    Jun 21, 2020 13:07
  • Review by dizzy55, 10 out of 10
    Nice computer

    Real easy to use and set up easy. Like that is not too big and it's lite. Nice computer for price.

    Apr 09, 2021 17:44
  • 9.8score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 4 - 15” Touch-Screen – AMD Ryzen™ 7 Surface® Edition – 8GB Memory - 512GB SSD (Latest Model) - Matte Black
    Description

    Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen. Surround yourself with immersive, theater-like Dolby Atmos® audio⁶. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek, ultra-thin design, and more speed, now up to 70% faster – with significantly longer battery life than before¹. Two sizes. Two keyboard finishes. Plus, choice of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ or exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processors².

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Get the most out of your screen space: Choose 15” for the best streaming, split-screen multitasking, and gaming experiences; or 13.5” for the perfect balance of productivity and portability. The Surface signature 3:2 ratio gives you the most vertical screen real estate on a laptop³.
  • AMD™ Ryzen™ MSFT Surface® Edition processor: Power to do what you want with up to 70% more speed than before.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD): Expansive SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery. Holds your growing collection of digital photos, music and videos.
  • Make it your own: Slim, sleek design with rich tone-on-tone colors in warm Alcantara® material or cool metal finish. Choose from new Ice Blue, plus Sandstone, Matte Black, and Platinum²​.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • AMD Radeon Graphics: Integrated graphics provides solid image quality for Internet use, movies, basic photo editing and gaming on the go.
  • Improved all-day battery life: Go from low battery to full faster with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour⁵. Feel free to move about your home or workspace easily with significantly longer battery life than before¹.
  • Show your best side on video calls: Sharp video and image quality, even in low light, thanks to a front-facing 720p HD camera and be heard loud and clear with dual far-field Studio Mics that capture your voice and reduce background noise.
  • Connect in more ways: Plug in the accessories you use today with built-in ​USB-C® and USB-A ports, Surface Connect for charging, and headphone jack.
  • Built for Windows Ink: With Windows Ink-compatible computers, you can take notes on screen, mark up photos and screen shots, or create content through Ink-enabled apps. Learn more ›
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JimC, 10 out of 10
    Compact Powerhouse, Faster Than Gaming Laptops!

    This newly updated Microsoft Surface 4 laptop is a superb combination of technology and functionality which will outperform almost all existing laptops thanks to its incorporation of a new 8 core AMD Ryzen 7 processor with integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 graphic processing unit in a very compact form. Visually, the Surface 4 is an elegant, minimalist design with a very slim, beautiful matt black brushed aluminum body. The excellent full-size keyboard has white backlighting. The 15.1” touch screen seems larger because it incorporates a classic 6:4 format. The solid-state hard drive and low power needs of the LED display, CPU and GPU make possible up to 17.5 hours of silent operation. The audio quality of the Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Atmos sound processing is amazing. Overall, the impression is very sophisticated and high tech.

    Microsoft introduced the Surface product line in 2012 as a Windows tablet. It was the company’s first product which incorporated the Windows operating system and their own hardware. The first products ran tablet-only Windows RT. The early models were somewhat under-powered with limited storage and poor battery life. The next generation added a supplemental keyboard and more processing power, becoming 2-in-1 tablet/laptops. In 2015 the Surface 3 models were the first to run the full Windows operating system and standard programs. That Surface 3 lineup included the first true laptop. But not until the latest version, the Surface 4, did the product finally achieve parity in power and functionality with competitive laptops by incorporating bigger displays, very fast microprocessors, large SSD storage and superior battery life.

    Consider this outstanding combination of features:

    • Microsoft Surface 4 Laptop (Model 5W6-00024)

    • AMD Ryzen 7 4980U CPU 8 core/16 thread, 15w max power load

    • 8 core/16 hyper-thread processor runs at speeds from 2.0 to 4.4 GHz

    • 64 bit Windows 10 Home 20H2 operating system

    • Integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU uses shared system memory

    • 8 GB DDR4 high efficiency RAM primary memory

    • 512 GB SK-Hynix SSD fast hard drive

    • 15.1” IPS LED-backlit PixelSense touch-screen display with 2496 x 1664 (201 PPI) resolution

    • Windows ink workspace/Surface Pen support

    • Omnisonic full-range stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos audio processing

    • 720 HD f2.0 Webcam with dual far field microphones

    • 3D IR Camera for Windows Hello facial and gesture recognition

    • Intel AX200 wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (WiFi 6 support), WPA3 security

    • Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity

    • USB-C video output

    • 1 USB 3.1 Type C (up to 5 GBps)

    • 1 USB 3.0 Type A

    • 40 pin Surface Connect port for charging and accessory connections

    • Headphone out/Microphone in 3.5 mm port

    • 45.82 Watt-Hour Lithium Ion battery – 17.5 hour operating life

    • 65 watt/15.0 volt/4.0 amp charging unit with USB Type A 5.0 volt/1.0 amp charging port and 101” cord length

    • Very slim and compact: 13.4” wide x 9.6” deep x 0.6” thick

    • Lightweight: only 3.4 pounds

    • One year warranty on parts and labor

    So how does this laptop perform? Flawlessly!

    It seemed very fast when I was using it, so I ran two well-regarded benchmark programs (Novabench and PC Mark 10) on both it and four of my other computers to determine their relative performance. These tests measure both CPU (general processing) and GPU (graphics processing) so they give a good overall measure of a computer’s speed. The first was a base model office desktop with an AMD A6 (A6-7310) CPU (comparable in speed to an Intel i3 CPU), no separate GPU and 8 GB RAM. The next was a nicely-equipped all-in-one computer with a 6th generation Intel i5 (6400T), Intel 530 GPU and 12 GB RAM. The third was a 2018-era gaming laptop with an 8th generation Intel i5 (8300H), Nvidia 1050Ti GPU and 8 GB RAM. The fourth was a 2019-era two-in-one laptop/tablet with AMD’s Ryzen 5 and Radeon Vega 8 GPU and 8 GB RAM. Finally, I ran the same tests on the Microsoft Surface 4 laptop. All computers were well-maintained, running identical Windows 10 versions with no other programs active. Here are the results (higher is faster):

    Novabench Results:

    Office desktop (AMD A6, 8 GB ram): 636 (Base case)

    All-in-One (i5-6400, 12 GB ram): 858 (35% faster than base)

    Gaming laptop (i5-8300H, 8 GB ram)): 2028 (219% faster than base)

    Two-in-One tablet/laptop (AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 8 GB ram): 1425 (124% faster than base)

    Microsoft Surface 4 (AMD Ryzen 7 4980U, 8 GB ram): 2981 (369% faster than base)

    PC Mark 10 Results:

    Office desktop (AMD A6, 8 GB ram): 1451 (Base case)

    All-in-One (i5-6400, 12 GB ram): 2300 (59% faster than base)

    Gaming laptop (i5-8300H, 8 GB ram)): 4603 (217% faster than base)

    Two-in-One tablet/laptop (AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 8 GB ram): 3698 (155% faster than base)

    Microsoft Surface 4 (AMD Ryzen 7 4980U, 8 GB ram): 5096 (251% faster than base)

    OK, that’s a lot of numbers and technical jargon but the bottom line is that you will find this slim Surface 4 capable of out-performing anything you currently own (unless you have a really geeked-out special system) and very smooth in running any games or software you may ever buy. Put this elegant notebook to work on most business software and it will never even break a sweat. Use it for photo or video editing and it will calmly do whatever you want, no drama. And you need not hesitate to fire up a graphics-intensive game because it has the power to handle even that chore easily. It is certainly faster than most dedicated gaming laptops made prior to 2020!

    The Omnisonic speakers and Atmos sound system on this laptop are surprisingly good. I listened to some of my favorite albums from Spotify and the speakers (although tiny) were much better than typical for laptops. They are mounted at the hinge, have decent volume and good stereo separation – certainly good enough for watching Netflix or YouTube videos.

    A major plus for this Surface 4 device is the outstanding battery life. I always test laptops by streaming Netflix series on battery power with a bright screen and high speaker volume. The combination of modem usage, video rendering, screen lighting and speaker volume usually drains most laptop batteries in less than two hours. But this Microsoft lasted almost twelve hours before exhausting the charge! That is long enough for five full movies and certainly would suffice a traveler for even the longest international flights. You can thank the ultra-efficient and power-miser AMD CPU and GPU for that amazing performance.

    Another advantage for travelers is the compact size (less than 14” wide and 0.6” thick) and very light weight – about 3.4 pounds. The power cube is small (about 3” x 2” x 1”) so it won’t take up much precious space or weight in your briefcase/backpack. The notebook is nicely balanced with a great lighted keyboard and big touchpad, so those who like to literally use their laptop on their lap will be pleased. The Intel wireless LAN is compatible with the latest WiFi 6 standard and provides excellent, high speed connection to your network. Similarly, the Bluetooth 5.0 gave a stable connection at up to 35 feet. The 3.5 mm audio port is convenient if you like to use wired headsets or earbuds.

    The 15.1” touchscreen display has superb resolution, high speed video rendering and HDR content support with very good color saturation. The 6:4 screen ratio is taller than the 16:9 or 16:10 ratios seen on many laptops and actually offers considerably more screen area (about 19% more) than the 16:9 screens. This is an advantage when working with Word documents or spreadsheets. It also supports the Surface Pen for graphic editing, although I don’t think that a laptop is the best vehicle for that function.

    The Microsoft Hello facial recognition and Cortana both work well, as does the webcam and built-in microphones. I suggest that you turn off the setting which requires entering a password when waking from sleep (but I suggest that change for all Windows PCs!)

    What are the possible weak points or purchase issues to consider?

    • I would have preferred at least two Type A and two Type C USB ports. I prefer to use a mouse rather than a trackpad and often need to use a flash drive so having only one USB port is an issue. (I solved it by buying a very nice Microsoft Bluetooth mouse from Best Buy for just $15. See photo.)

    • While the keyboard is excellent, it does not have a separate numeric keypad. However, that would have required a somewhat wider unit or reducing the size of the other key, so its absence is understandable.

    • It would have been nice to have a form-fitting cloth carrying case included (as many other notebook brands provide.)

    • When you set up your new Surface 4 laptop you will need to download some software (e.g., Open GL, Dolby Atmos) and update the drivers. There are several free software suites which will take care of those tasks for you.

    • Some might feel that the 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD could be larger but the performance results I noted above show that the RAM is adequate. The hard drive is big enough for most purposes and can be supplemented by an external hard drive plugged into the USB Type C port.

    • The optional Intel 11th generation Core i7 microprocessor allows a larger RAM and SSD configuration and may be a bit faster but at a considerably larger cost and much less battery life.

    But these are really just minor quibbles. When you consider all of its power and functionality you will agree that the price is very reasonable. I can enthusiastically recommend the new Microsoft Surface 4 laptop for both serious stay-at-home power users and for those who need a perfect travel companion.

    May 08, 2021 01:36
  • Review by softwareEngineer, 8 out of 10
    Premium Laptop, Strong Performance, Great Battery

    /////////// First Impressions and Features ///////////

    The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 15” is definitely a premium laptop. It is one of the rare laptops where its hardware and software come from under the same roof. It shares the look and feel of its predecessor, and I have no issues with that at all. This is my first Surface Laptop (I currently own a Surface Pro 3, still kicking!). It is equipped with a Ryzen 7 8 core/16 thread APU, 512GB SSD and 8GB DDR4 RAM. The unit feels premium and sturdy, the hinge that holds the screen upright is very strong, and the backlit keyboard is probably one of the best keyboards I’ve ever typed on in a portable laptop. The cool metal feels smooth on your palms as you type and the touchpad registers all single and multi-touch gestures without a hitch. The panel is a touchscreen and I feel that it won’t be utilized very much, but it does become very handy when you need it. Trying to buy that elusive gpu online before everyone else? With a touchscreen, you are now the fastest ‘add-to-cart’ online shopper this side of the Mississippi!

    Contrary to what most others say about the thick bezels, I actually appreciate them. Where else are you going to hold the screen to open it up or make tilt adjustments without touching the panel itself? It’s one of those things that we take for granted as we prioritize looks over functionality. Ok, maybe they can be shrunk down a tad...but it doesn't bother me. One of the most satisfying aspects of the Surface Book is the display’s 3:2 aspect ratio, with a resolution of 2496x1664. From a general use and productivity standpoint, the vertical real estate gained allows the natural viewing of websites, documents and the like. Think about it. Most physical documents are printed in portrait, so there is a welcoming familiarity once you begin using the laptop. It is most definitely refreshing.

    The I/O is sparse on the laptop, having only a single USB-C, USB-A and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The only other means of connectivity is the Microsoft proprietary charge port that can also double as an I/O port with their proprietary dock. The limited amount of I/O helps keep the laptop thin, as evident in other laptops designed today, and the only way to expand I/O is to purchase a separate docking station or USB hub. The USB-C can also double as a charge port as well if you have a means of charging it that way. I own a monitor with a USB-C connection that acts as both a 65W charger and hub. This is a perfect complement to the Surface Laptop 4.

    /////////// Processing Performance ///////////

    A big omission is the use of the newest Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors for this latest generation of Surface Laptop. This is an automatic star deduction in my book. Microsoft pinned the last generation’s Ryzen with the latest silicon to come from Intel. That being said, the Ryzen 7 4000 Surface Edition mobile processor is still a great everyday mobile APU. It is an 8 core/16 thread 7nm that should satisfy most users and their processing needs. The CPU core speeds will behave differently on battery versus when plugged in, and I’ve provided a table of the tests I ran for each power mode using Cinebench R23:

    <<- On Battery, 4 Modes ->>

    Battery Saver (Single 2GHz, Multi 1.4GHz)

    Recommended (Single 2GHz, Multi 1.6GHz)

    Better Performance (Single 2.9GHz, Multi 2.4GHz)

    Best Performance (Single 4.2GHz, Multi 2.9GHz)

    <<- Plugged In, 3 Modes ->>

    Recommended (Single 3.95GHz, Multi 2.5GHz)

    Better Performance (Single 4.3GHz, Multi 2.4GHz) (dipped as low as 1.5GHz in Multi, thermal throttling?)

    Best Performance (Single 4.3GHz, Multi 2.7GHz) (dipped as low as 1.3GHz in Multi, thermal throttling?)

    A couple of things to note. Maybe I’m stating the obvious here, but if you’re looking for top performance out of this laptop, you’re going to have to plug it in. When plugged in, the base single core speeds are increased almost by 100%. The laptop does not need to worry about battery conservation and can allow the cores to run full blast. The other thing I noticed is that when plugged in and running multi-core tests, the speeds start off strong but begin to taper off. I took note of the temps during testing and the core temps held under 70 degrees C, so I don’t know if it’s thermally throttling or something else relating to its TDP. When running off the battery, the speeds and performance are expected; the APU is intentionally limited to conserve battery. Still at Best Performance, you can squeeze out a single core speed of about 4GHz, which is impressive.

    /////////// Graphics Performance ///////////

    The Ryzen 7 Mobile is baked in with Radeon graphics. The graphics had no trouble running games like Roblox. I had my daughter give it a test run (she plays on my desktop PC with a dedicated GPU, for reference) and she gave it two thumbs up. I know, Roblox isn’t a demanding game, but it’s nice to know she can Roblox on-the-go on a PC rather than on a smartphone. So I took it to the other extreme and installed Shadow of the Tomb Raider for another test run. Running the in-game benchmark tool, I was able to squeeze out 13fps. This is with all graphics settings set to the lowest setting. During the benchmark, the APU shot up 91 degrees C! Terrifying. For my last test, I decided on a middle ground with Halo MCC. This was actually playable! Frame rates were around 30-40fps and the APU temps were hovering around 67 degrees C. Not bad at all. I had the laptop plugged in while gaming and did notice that the laptop became warm to the touch with the fans quietly spooled up, but nothing to be alarmed about.

    /////////// Battery Performance ///////////

    Ultimately if you decide to go with the Ryzen APU, you reap the benefits of the 7nm process which equates to lower power consumption and ultimately longer run times. This will be evident as you begin to configure your Laptop 4 with either Intel or AMD. If you go Intel, your battery times are reduced by as much as two hours. Intel Tiger Lake uses a 10nm process on their mobile chips which results in more power use. The Intel chips are fast in both processing and integrated graphics and may have advances in their silicon process, but you lose out in runtime. And it costs more, too. From the standpoint of costs and battery life, Ryzen would be the way to go. Just something to think about.

    Speaking of battery life, Microsoft states a battery life on this 15” Ryzen model to about 17.5 hours. We don’t know how they arrived at that number, but my regular use brought about 11-13 hours with the battery set to Recommended mode. That’s essentially a full day before reaching for the wall charger. You can easily mitigate battery usage by reducing screen brightness as well as disabling keyboard backlighting and turning off Bluetooth if you’re not already using it. Also, the more applications you have running in the background, the more battery will be consumed.

    /////////// Summary ///////////

    At its price point, it will have to trade blows with Dell, Lenovo and even the upcoming Samsung for ultra portable PC laptops, and many may find the other brands more visually appealing if we consider all their models comparably equipped. It boils down to preference and what is value priced at the moment. But again, there is something to be said about a company that designs both the hardware and the software of a device and even collaborates with chip makers like AMD to make a premium product, and so I recommend the Surface Laptop 4 15” Ryzen Edition as a buy. It’s a shame that Microsoft didn’t go with the nextgen of Ryzen processors. Apple is at the forefront of hardware and software, with their new M1 chip being all the rave at the moment, and is another alternative to the Surface Laptop 4 if you don’t mind running MacOS. Another avenue would be gaming laptops that offer much more performance at the same price point, but are larger, heavier and will need to be plugged in most of the time. I recommend that you think about your daily use cases and make a decision on a certain type of laptop from there.

    May 03, 2021 00:55
  • Review by Robb0688, 10 out of 10
    Very solid machine

    I am someone that I would describe as techy, but at the same time, not overly so. The TL;DR of this review is that that is the type of person this laptop will suit best.

    PROCESSOR AND PERFORMANCE

    I have two laptops in my house. One is my work computer and the other is my personal laptop, which this is a replacement for. My personal laptop was a 2010 value laptop and there's no comparison between it and this. Things are a little closer with the company supplied laptop. That has a 2015 core i5 processor and an SSD as well. I thought maybe they'd be fairly comparable, but the Surface Laptop 4 is soooo much snappier and responsive. The extra 5 years (these have 2020 Ryzens in them) and this being more on the level of an i7 make the two processors feel night and day. Microsoft went for processing power on this and it shows. Very fast in everything it does. Opening programs, installing them, running large Excel sheets, etc. I can't compare it to Surface Laptop 3s as I never had one, but compared to my decent work laptop, this is much better. One thing to note though is don't get this expecting it to be a gaming laptop. You can play some of the less demanding games on it, but if you like 4k @ 120hz+, you've come to the wrong machine, though I'm sure someone with those tastes knew that. Gaming that would probably work well on here would be streaming like Microsoft's Xcloud or Google Stadia. Something where the computer isn't being tasked with rendering the game. Thanks to Wifi 6 built in, you could stream games. Speaking of, wifi 6 is amazing. My phone gets 250 to 300 Mbps downloads and uploads over my gig speed wifi. I ran the test on the Surface Laptop 4 and hit over 400 Mbps both ways, which is a massive gain. I wish everything had wifi 6.

    BATTERY LIFE:

    This laptop has great battery life. I charged it the night I got it and have been using it each night over the last 5 days or so and still haven't had to recharge it. That's a win in my book. Every other laptop I've ever used gave me maybe 7 or 8 hours.

    STORAGE AND RAM:

    Storage is ample with a 512GB SSD in mine. I love the SSD. A cold boot and this is up and at your desktop in maybe 20 seconds. It's fast. No complaints here. As far as RAM though, I do wish there were more. It's a little light at 8GB and considering a lot of top end phones carry around that, I wish there was more on a machine expected to do more. I believe it is upgradable down the line. Plus, this laptop carries a premium price tag so it really should come with a little more.

    USE

    This is a dream to use. Fast, responsive, and has a comfortable, wonderful feeling keyboard to type on. The touchscreen is nice, but admittedly I'm avoiding using it to keep oil streaks off my pristine screen. The color accuracy of the screen is great and it makes video really pop. The only downside I find here is that while it does support HDR, it has to be on certain apps. You can't go on youtube in Edge or Chrome and watch HDR. That's my biggest complaint as everything else about the screen is a thing of beauty. I also enjoy the 3:2 aspect ratio as 16:9 is much more suited to movies and TV.

    The webcam works great for video calls, though I only briefly tested it. Speakers sound good too, though I would encourage anyone to set up a nice set of external speakers. These are laptop speakers after all. You're not going to get a home theater experience from them.

    VERDICT:

    If I could give it 4.5 stars, I would. It's a beautiful laptop that runs exceptionally well. Incredibly polished experience all around. The only things I would knock it for are RAM, though more is available for extra money, and smaller things like a lack of legitimate graphics hardware, or the HDR thing I mentioned previously.

    As I said early on, if you're techy enough to like the finer things in the world of consumer electronics, but not so techy that you're building your own PC or looking for your next gaming laptop, this will be a great laptop for you.

    May 01, 2021 22:07
  • Review by elzeus, 10 out of 10
    Now there's competition!

    For a long time there was not a lot of competition for high end (non-gaming) laptops, with the Surface Laptop 4 it looks like things are changing. With the new AMD Ryzen 7 Microsoft Surface Edition processor they claim 17.5 hours of battery life on this model and I didn't quite get there but there was more than enough battery life to get through a long day of work and home use. The touch screen and trackpad were very responsive and the backlit keyboard was a joy to type on. The speakers were loud as well as clear and the build quality felt very premium and balanced in the hand. The usb-c, usb-a and headphone jack ports were all a welcome sight. The only knock I have would be that they didn't go for an exotic feature such as a digital screen button row as I feel that would lead to new and exciting ways to use your laptop. Overall I'm very happy with the Surface Laptop 4 and have no qualms about recommending it to anyone in the market for a higher end laptop.

    May 02, 2021 16:38
  • Review by DSPARKA, 8 out of 10
    More Laptop In This Surface 4

    Presentation:

    Opening the package containing the Surface 4 laptop helped me enjoy the upscale packaging that I’m sure Microsoft was aiming for. The employees took there time to make sure every inch of the boxing process was perfect. I took my time to live that moment longer.

    Setup:

    After removing and opening the Surface 4 laptop out of the box I was greeted by Cortana (Microsoft’s personal voice assistant). Cortana walked me through the initial setup and all I had to do was speak and she took care of the setup. The choice to click and manually make the selections is also available.

    Appearance:

    The Surface 4 laptop feels great to handle and weighs less than 5 pounds. I decided on the aluminum Matte black color and it looks fantastic. I don’t see it attracting fingerprints on the housing unless filthy hands get to it but it will be more for my personal use with school. For now I do Zoom meetings for school and the 720p front facing camera is perfect for it.

    The Surface 4 is equipped with a 15 inch crisp, and clear HD display that’s made for just about anything in touchscreen. Movies look amazing and browsing the web in 2496x1664 resolution detail make all the online shopping experience better and safer because I’m at the comfort of my home.

    This is faster than my other laptop from a well known company and it weighs less.

    Negatives:

    Where are the ports Microsoft?

    -No HDMI (not everyone do casting) the HDMI comes handy when and if I’m doing a presentation and easier to setup in my opinion.

    -Only 1 USB port can work but a backup would be nice.

    -Not a 2 in 1. It’s a touchscreen laptop and if it was designed to fold into a tablet I think it would make it more comfortable to have the option.

    Positives:

    -The Surface 4 laptop is fast. This is faster than my 2 years old laptop but I’m not sure it’s 70% faster.

    -The battery holds the charge for a good duration of the day depending on what I’m doing on the laptop.

    -Facial recognition is also a big deal to me. I’m seeing that feature more but I appreciate having it.

    -Keyboard keys are responsive to touch and smooth by not sticking when pressed.

    -Touchscreen is there when I need it. It’s a bonus to have especially when browsing.

    -Atmos Dolby surround sound makes watching a movie on the surface 4 laptop better when you don’t have your Surface buds nearby.

    -Fast charger. It comes with a magnetic fast charger that fully charge in about 2 hours.

    Other Mentions:

    For the tech gurus out there I know the specs might be a big deal.

    512GB SSD

    8GB RAM

    AMD Ryzen processor

    Which is enough for what I’m using it for. If the Surface 4 can’t handle the task I’ll hop on my desktop but for now it fits my need. Small things can make this Surface 4 closer to perfect but I think Microsoft is on the right path elevating there products.

    Apr 30, 2021 20:21
  • Review by krush, 8 out of 10
    Excellent sleek laptop

    This is an excellent laptop with an interesting form factor that will take me some getting use to. I really enjoy the lightweight sleek look of this laptop especially with the 15" screen size.

    If you are looking for a wonderful work or play laptop, I feel like this is the perfect hardware combination with the 8GB of RAM and the 512GB SSD paired with a beefy Ryzen 7 processor. I use Adobe for photo and video work and this laptop handles the sometimes intense processing tasks just fine.

    One thing I did notice was no thunderbolt port which i feel like should come standard nowadays it opens up lots of options. I also noticed the lack of ports on this laptop which isnt necessarily a bad thing because I dont tend to use many usb ports but if you like to connect up lots of things, just know you may need an external port replicator of some sort.

    The battery life on this has been stellar and I'm very happy to say I have yet to run it down in between charges like I tend to do on my other laptops with sub optimal batteries. One thing to note is the battery does not appear to be removable and I dont beleive the RAM is removable or upgradeable either. So if you want the 16GB of RAM, get it up front because there is no adding any additional or swapping it from what I have read thus far.

    All in all, I love this laptop, I think it has great speed, is built well, and provides excellent power with excellent battery life. I would highly recommend it.

    May 03, 2021 21:30
  • Review by Matt, 10 out of 10
    Really pleased with my experience so far

    For some context: I have used many surface products in the past and have been pleased with all of them. In my opinion this is the slam dunk of the bunch for many reasons.

    Pros:

    + The 15inch screen is amazing

    + The Battery life has been stellar

    + I love the keyboard and trackpad

    +Touch screen

    + The internals and the overall design

    Cons:

    - Bezels (they are not intrusive but still)

    - Trackpad (i have it as a pro as well...more on this in the review)

    - No USB-C Thunderbolt support

    - Limited ports (#donglelife)

    I will start with the good and let me just say, this thing is fantastic. I absolutely love my Surface Laptop 4 15" in the two days that I have used it (extensively for work), I am just blown away at how great of a product Microsoft has put out. The battery life has been fantastic, I can't really gauge how many hours I am getting but it is more then 10 and plenty of battery left to go. The Ryzen 7 processor is fantastic and I am pleasantly surprised. I was unsure how it would preform and while I don't use programs to really push the CPU it has preformed great. The keyboard is a delight to type on and the track pad is great as well (I will cover my gripe with the trackpad below). The 3:2 aspect ratio on this 15" screen is incredible. I have never owned a 15" inch laptop and frankly I don't think I would want to go to a 13" inch again. Viewing spreadsheets or emails is an absolute delight. This laptop has absolutely won the award to be my daily driver.

    The very few cons that I have are minutia and frankly things that don't bother me or my performance on the laptop, however, they are still worth noting. This thing has bezels, albeit not large but they are still there. They don't bother me and I don't notice them unless my eye starts to wonder but in 2021 they really shouldn't be here. What should be here, however, is USB-C thunderbolt support and more ports...This has the charging port on the right hand side (which is mag-safe and fantastic), 1 USB-C and 1 USB 3.0 (if I am not mistaken). For me its fine but again, 2021. The trackpad is nice and big but it is more of a square and not a rectangle. Given the amount of space that is on the laptop, I think they could of optimized more of it. My thought behind them not doing it is because your palms, hands and arms have a perfect place to rest when typing....so its a trade off that makes sense to me.

    Overall, I am really enjoying this laptop. Frankly, I love it so much that I recommended it to our IT department for use with the sales team. Its a great product that isn't heavy and gets the job done. Buy it, you won't regret it.

    Apr 29, 2021 12:14
  • Review by GhostElvis, 8 out of 10
    Microsoft—who knew?

    Bought this back in April when my old laptop died my first day on a new job. I would normally prefer more memory (at least 16 GB) and storage (at least 1 TB), but for work purposes, the 8 GB of RAM and the 512 GB SSD are plenty.

    As with Apple computers, there's something to be said for the same company making both the hardware and the software. This Surface laptop performs smoothly, with none of the problems you'd expect to encounter when the OS has to accommodate a zillion different possible configurations of hardware and software. Good keyboard action, too—and excellent battery life. The inclusion of both USB-A and USB-C ports (one each) is a nice touch—no need for an adaptor to use existing backup drives.

    I would suggest three minor improvements, though:

    1. Oddly enough, now that Apple has switched to USB-C charging, Microsoft has implemented something similar to Apple's old MagSafe charger. It's not as sturdy, though. Whereas Apple's MagSafe required considerable force to accidentally disconnect, it seems the slightest movement will disconnect Microsoft's charger. That's probably a good thing insofar as it protects the cable from damage, but it can be inconvenient if you're working away under the assumption that your battery is charging when you've really got only 15% left.

    2. The lack of an indent at the front of the computer, combined with the Windows/Surface logo being four squares, makes it harder to tell where to open the lid.

    3. A keyboard backlight would be helpful.

    Microsoft—who knew?

    Jul 04, 2021 15:04
  • 9.6score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop Studio – 14.4” Touch Screen – Intel Core i7 -32GB Memory – 1TB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Set your imagination free on the most powerful Surface Laptop, designed to light up the best of Windows 11. Boundary-pushing design lets you flex your creative muscle on the sleek 14.4“⁴ touchscreen, making seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable creative canvas, complete with built-in storage and charging for Surface Slim Pen 2* under the keyboard. Enjoy smooth gameplay, and draw, sketch and take notes like you would on paper on the bright, vibrant 120Hz display. Run intensive applications and get things done anywhere with all-day battery life, and get inspired with graphics power that exceeds your expectations. Elevate your entertainment with Quad Omnisonic™ speakers, featuring large bass and immersive Dolby Atmos®. Stay in the flow, be inspired and get closer to what you love.

    15 Features
  • Powerful Surface Laptop: Focus on the things you love with incredible performance to handle your most complex workloads, powered by quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors.
  • Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love: Family, friends, passions, music, creations – Windows 11 is the one place for it all. With a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient, it has what you need for whatever’s next.
  • Boundary-pushing design: The sleek 14.4“⁵ touchscreen makes seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable creative canvas.
  • Built for performance: Bring big ideas to life without breaking a sweat, thanks to quad-core powered 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors and blazing NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti laptop GPU.
  • 32GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB solid state drive: While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Elevate your PC gaming experiences: Play the latest games with graphics that rival reality, thanks to DirectX 12 Ultimate and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti laptop GPUs. Pair with Xbox Ultimate Game Pass³ and Xbox controller³ for the best experience.
  • Pair w/ Surface Slim Pen 2*: for the best digital pen experience yet, featuring the feeling of pen on paper.⁷ Magnetically attach, store, and charge under the front of the keyboard.
  • Immerse yourself like never before: Enjoy true-to-life color and contrast on the factory-calibrated PixelSense™ Flow touch display with a refresh rate up to 120Hz, plus Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ that adjusts to the changing light conditions around you when playing supported content.
  • USB 4.0 ports with Thunderbolt™ 4 support: Surface Laptop Studio quickly adapts to your needs. From connecting external monitors to unique accessories, just plug in and get going.
  • Best for your video chats, work or play: 1080p HD camera brings superior video quality with low-light performance, brightness, and skin-tone accuracy, while dual Studio Mics capture voice with crisp detail and clarity.
  • Elevate your music, movies, and gaming: Enter a world of entertainment with crystal-clear audio from enhanced Quad Omnisonic Speakers and breathtaking cinematic sound, powered by Dolby Atmos®.²
  • Click anywhere on a Precision Haptic Trackpad: Our largest touchpad yet, optimized for Windows 11. Tap or use intuitive gestures to navigate or create using the entire touchpad
  • Design and deliver the way you want: Work, play, and create the way you want. Surface Laptop Studio and Windows 11 enable you to express yourself in the ways most natural to you.
  • Powerful, fast, and infinitely flexible: Set your imagination free on the most powerful Surface Laptop, designed to light up the best of Windows 11. Stay in the flow, be inspired, and get closer to what you love.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by mdreinders, 10 out of 10
    Wonderful size, great screen, cool concept, heavy

    OK, I've had the device for less than 24 hours. So, this is by far not an accurate review. I will come back and update it after 2 weeks or so.

    But, so far, I love this device. The screen is a perfect size. Love the 3:2 ratio. And, contrary to what I had heard about pulling the screen forward to tent it or make it a tablet...easy peesy. No problems for me.

    Holding it as a portrait tablet...yes, it is bulk and heavy (4 lbs). But, I can manage. And, it's just a great experience. Edge works wonderfully, virtual keyboard is great and enhanced in Windows 11. Really loving that.

    Speed is totally fast. No lag. Haven't done a whole lot above Edge, Office apps, but I'd love to try Flight Simulator on this...

    The ports are good. The trackpad is definitely growing on me.

    Again, I will update this after a few weeks. But so far, it's wonderful!

    Oct 13, 2021 10:55
  • Review by Alice, 10 out of 10
    Perfect Laptop for Creative Users

    I upgraded from the Surface Book 3 since that laptop gave me such a headache with all of its issues. This laptop is like a breath of fresh air in comparison. Getting the most RAM and better storage was definitely worth it.

    I was able to successfully use the tablet portion without sacrificing Graphics Card capability. I use Computer Assisted Drafting programs (AutoCAD, Vectorworks), and this machine runs them super well.

    My only drawback is battery life. It does not live as long as I'd like it to, and I hope this isn't an issue with my specific unit. It usually gives me no more than four hours of battery life. And this will be with me not doing anything intensive, but web browsing and video streaming. Not gaming or 3D Rendering.

    Also, the lack of ports is a bummer. Sure, I own docks and such, but just having one USB-A Port makes a world of difference.

    So overall, strong machine, and I highly recommend it. (Also, if you need a stylus, get the Slim Pen 2. It fits so nice in the notch underneath.)

    Oct 28, 2021 15:19
  • Review by bokj, 10 out of 10
    Best Laptop for creators period!

    Hobbyist comic creator, previously had a Wacom intuos pro and a surface pro 7 and I can tell you that the SLS knocks both of them out of the water. This machine is for you if:

    1. You are looking for a mobile machine that you can create on (Comics, Art, Videos etc) - CHECK!

    2. You want to be able to game once in a while and don't want to have a separate gaming rig since you're not a hardcore gamer anyway - this definitely takes the cake, been playing scarlet nexus on this baby no issues

    3. You want to consume media on it once in a while - Screen is great! 120hz really makes a difference and the sound quality is awesome!

    4. Battery life is long!

    I've had this day-2 of its release and been using it as my daily driver for drawing, browsing, media consumption etc. and its been perfect for me! I so love this machine.

    That said, this isn't going to be for everyone, I can see the common complaints as 3050ti, too expensive etc etc etc., if you value the cons of the machine more than the pros of it, then you probably are better of buying something else, but if you've been eyeing this with a similar use-case as I have (above) and similar background (creator) then I can tell you now, if you have the budget - go for it! You won't regret it

    Oct 15, 2021 15:28
  • Review by DougK, 10 out of 10
    Quite a Laptop. Very fast, Amazing graphics

    A screaming laptop with 32GB. A little heavy but not a big deal for me since I do not tote is around every day and what you would expect with discreet graphics card, extra memory and larger storage. The touch screen is awesome. One reason I did not go with a new Mac Pro. The screen is so nice with 120hz refresh rate that it has truly stunning graphics for movies and video games. The graphic art capabilities rival larger graphic tablets and touchscreen computers for commercial art. The slim pen (sold separately) is very fluid with no noticeable latency. The three position screen is unique and very functional in all positions. Price was less than a new Mac Pro with equal specs. Worth every dollar in my opinion. I run dual monitors with an HDMI adapter. I am very happy with my purchase.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:13
  • Review by jd916, 8 out of 10
    Does the job for a software developer!

    I first purchased a 16gb/i5/256gb model and I returned it. The hinge made a creaking noise every time I opened and closed the monitor (which is why I knocked it down one star - I'm assuming this issue *could* come up with any spec version). However, my second purchase, which was this beefy computer, came out fine. I hear a very faint creaking noise, but nothing as loud as the first model. The fan definitely picks up when I'm running a few chrome tabs, but otherwise compiles my Android Studio code pretty fast! Overall, I highly recommend this product. If you get a model with a hinge noise, return it for sure! Build quality is amazing, the magnesium chasis is soft, but sturdy, and the screen is great. It still has somewhat of a washout effect when switching from certain apps/full-screen view.

    Oct 17, 2021 19:41
  • Review by RoyG, 10 out of 10
    A+ for Microsoft.

    Amazing Surface product. A great replacement to the Surface Book line as the convertible screen features is much better than the detachable screen. Only wish they kept the SD slot and at least one USB A port, but not the end of the world.

    Oct 15, 2021 16:02
  • Review by Maolin, 10 out of 10
    It's a luxury laptop

    The Surface Laptop Studio is beyond my expectations. It is beautiful and powerful machine. The screen is stunning. Already enjoying the advantages over my beloved Surface Book 3. While I rarely detached the Book's screen for tablet mode, being able to switch between laptop, stage, and tablet mode is seamless on this machine and it doesn't disrupt my work flow nor the display by going from maximized/full screen to a small window. I ordered the 32gb RAM 1tb SSD model. Wickedly expensive for a Win laptop in 2021, but having it in my hands now, there is no remorse. It looks, feels, and performs like a luxury sportscar. The shipping ETA for the 32gb RAM 1tb SSD model was 3 weeks when I ordered it from Microsoft, but it arrived exactly a week early. The haptic on the touchpad and pen is genius and contributes far more to my overall experience than I anticipated. Probably the feature I appreciate the most. The Surface dock that I already had for my Book works flawlessly, plug and play without any setup. I'm glad they didn't change the charge port, I may not have ordered it if it had had a new proprietary connection. Win 11 as an Insider user is great so far, although I really wish they would give back the ability to move the task bar to any edge. I need it back on the top. The new Start screen is much better. The live tiles on Win 10 could have been awesome, but execution was pitiful, few apps had the feature and the few that did rarely worked as they should have. The new design is efficient and elegant. Microsoft did miss a huge opportunity by eliminating the SD card reader. That is so fundamental to a huge audience that this powerful machine should cater to: creatives like photographers and graphic artists. What we're they thinking?! I mean, it's a *Studio*! A dongle will have to suffice. Still, I have no regrets. I am enjoying using my computer again. That's remarkable considering I'm in front of one all day every day.

    Nov 04, 2021 23:25
  • Review by JT82, 10 out of 10
    Great upgrade

    Purchased this as a replacement for my Surface Pro 4. So far, I love it. The pen is much more responsive on the screen.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:31
  • 9.6score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB SSD - Device Only - Platinum
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Connect, create, get comfortable: Whatever your office looks like, be it a desk, couch, or dining table, Surface Pro 7 is your ultra-light, endlessly adaptable partner — now with faster processing and more connections — plus all-day battery life.¹
  • More powerful in every way: Chase your dream and get seriously productive with mega-multitasking laptop power, all-day battery,¹ and plenty of memory and storage.
  • Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Surface Pro 7 keeps up with you — with multitasking speed, stunning entertainment, incredible Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Get back to work the moment inspiration strikes: With Fast Charging, all-day battery¹ and Instant On, you can get back to work right now, tonight, or tomorrow. Surface Pro 7 stands ready to take your ideas to the next level whenever you are.
  • Built-in cameras that show your best side: 1080p HD video webcams are perfect for all your calls, meetings, virtual get togethers and more.
  • Connect and keep up the way you want to: Video calls and meetings come to life with spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras that automatically adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
  • A brilliant display: The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Make a statement with signature accessories: Personalize your Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro accessories you know. Choose from Platinum or Matte Black.⁴
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics. Plus, enjoy crisp, clear audio for music, podcasts, and movies with Dolby® Audio™ sound.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
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  • Review by prima, 10 out of 10
    Excellent personal computer system

    Received item as described. No swirls no scratch 100% in brand new open box excellent state. Saved $400. Great personal sleek computer. Loving it. Super fast blasting speed. Love its latest specs Intel core i7 10th generation, 16gb RAM, 1TB SSD and latest graphics card. Comes with windows 10 Home, but I paid $99+tax total $107 and upgraded to windows 10 Pro. Keyboard and pen ordered separately from other seller.

    Nov 23, 2020 10:01
  • Review by Arkangel, 10 out of 10
    Best portable laptop/tablet solution out there.

    The surface is hands down the best laptop/tablet device available today. It's also a fairly robust laptop solution as well. Not the biggest or most powerful machine out there but a really solid all around machine that will accomplish most users activities and excell doing so. Great battery life and light weight; this is a machine everyone needing a portable windows solution should own. Do wish it was a little cheaper, but you get what you pay for.

    Sep 26, 2020 05:13
  • Review by TheKen, 10 out of 10
    Keep the Surface 7 rather than Surface 8 - wait

    I did return this device because the Surface Pro 8 had just come out. In retrospect, there are enough negative changes with Windows 11, that I should have kept the Surface 7

    Oct 22, 2021 16:11
  • Review by Susan, 10 out of 10
    Surface Pro 7

    It is a very useful, light weight computer with almost the same processing power of my older laptop that I used for my main computer.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:58
  • Review by SamF, 10 out of 10
    Great Gadget from Microsoft

    Works great and very portable, all what I need is there

    Nov 01, 2021 17:17
  • Review by Rich, 10 out of 10
    Love the a Surface l!

    This us my 2nd Surface and it most definitely will not be my last. Also I encourage the warranty on a purchase like this. Best Buy warranties have saved me a lot over the years.

    May 22, 2020 17:13
  • Review by Mixman009, 8 out of 10
    Surface Pro 7 - Dependable Power horse.

    This is my 3rd Surface Pro and I love the core features, ease of use and resiliency. (I purchased the i7 and 16 GB. I biggest complaint is not having more USB ports and it can get a tad sluggish using LightRoom. Great device.

    Jan 22, 2021 20:22
  • Review by Outstanding, 10 out of 10
    My Surface Pro 7

    Had to wait a few extra days, but it was all worth the wait. My Surface Pro 7 work great.

    May 16, 2021 15:02
  • 9.6score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 4 - 15” Touch-Screen – AMD Ryzen™ 7 Surface® Edition – 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
    Description

    Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen. Surround yourself with immersive, theater-like Dolby Atmos® audio⁶. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek, ultra-thin design, and more speed, now up to 70% faster – with significantly longer battery life than before¹. Two sizes. Two keyboard finishes. Plus, choice of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ or exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processors².

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11⁶ (when available, see below):
  • Get the most out of your screen space: Choose 15” for the best streaming, split-screen multitasking, and gaming experiences; or 13.5” for the perfect balance of productivity and portability. The Surface signature 3:2 ratio gives you the most vertical screen real estate on a laptop³.
  • AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processor: Power to do what you want with up to 70% more speed than before.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD): Speedy SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery. Holds a modest collection of digital photos, music and videos.
  • Make it your own: Slim, sleek design with rich tone-on-tone colors in warm Alcantara® material or cool metal finish. Choose from new Ice Blue, plus Sandstone, Matte Black, and Platinum²​.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • AMD Radeon Graphics: Integrated graphics provides solid image quality for Internet use, movies, basic photo editing and gaming on the go.
  • Improved all-day battery life: Go from low battery to full faster with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour⁵. Feel free to move about your home or workspace easily with significantly longer battery life than before¹.
  • Show your best side on video calls: Sharp video and image quality, even in low light, thanks to a front-facing 720p HD camera and be heard loud and clear with dual far-field Studio Mics that capture your voice and reduce background noise.
  • Connect in more ways: Plug in the accessories you use today with built-in ​USB-C® and USB-A ports, Surface Connect for charging, and headphone jack.
  • Built for Windows Ink: With Windows Ink-compatible computers, you can take notes on screen, mark up photos and screen shots, or create content through Ink-enabled apps. Learn more ›
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by howspaceman, 8 out of 10
    Go metal

    I really liked this computer. The metal body provided a much better typing experience than the fabric covers. There was very little flex to the keyboard, the mouse trackpad was fantastic, and the screen was pretty enough. The touchscreen is a nice feature, but if you are someone who uses a stylus, it's not good for much here besides laying down and scrolling with the pen, as trying to draw and do meaningful work with it is difficult with this screen not folding back like a 2-in-1.

    Ultimately returned this because I couldn't stomach the price. It's a premium build quality, and this is probably the closest to a Macbook for performance/value in an ultrabook. This is not meant for gaming as there's no discrete graphics card, but if you are a professional on the move, or student looking for a portable study machine, this might be it.

    Jun 27, 2021 10:14
  • Review by mhol, 10 out of 10
    Best PC ever.

    Microsoft Surface laptops, tablets, etc are simply the best PC I have ever owned. Everything works all the time. It updates properly with no hassles. Nothing to configure, it all just works.

    Sep 10, 2021 20:43
  • Review by LeeP, 10 out of 10
    An Awesome Machine

    I’ve had my new laptop for nearly a month now, and both the display and performance are outstanding! I replaced an older laptop that was top-of-the-line about four years ago, and the difference is simply amazing. I wanted an AMD chip rather than an Intel one because AMD got better ratings for performance, and I am delighted I did. The build quality is solid — perfect for my home office!

    Oct 22, 2021 16:32
  • Review by TonyLACA, 10 out of 10
    Great computer.

    Fast and beautifully made! The screen is gorgeous. The keyboard is amazing. Battery life is exceptional. This is a huge quality upgrade from last year's model, which I also own and which was disappointing. An incredible machine.

    Apr 21, 2021 10:55
  • Review by sammy, 10 out of 10
    Surface Laptop 4

    Love this laptop and battery length!

    Typing surface is so soft and easy on the fingers,

    touch screen is sensitive, takes little effort.

    Would highly recommend this laptop and Best Buy!!

    Sep 25, 2021 13:07
  • Review by RLW007, 10 out of 10
    If you are going to spend the money…spend it well!

    Very nice laptop, very light weight and one of the fastest I have ever used. Sound was actually pretty decent on it as well. If you are going to spend the money…spend it well!!

    May 28, 2021 15:47
  • Review by Skippy, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft Surface Laptop

    I love my microsoft surface laptop! Sturdy, quick and very dependable. So easy to work on.

    Oct 30, 2021 16:29
  • Review by Kickshoot, 8 out of 10
    Can't get external speakers to work.

    I ended up with this laptop when I exchanged the Surface 7 for the Surface 4. It is well worth it. I have 2 Mac Books and this Surface 4 is just as fast and comfortable to use. Very light weight, screen is great and plugs in to external monitor quickly and easily. I am having issues with plugging in external speakers. I can't get them to work, have tried all combinations in setup. This is where the MacBook is superior. Monitors and speakers plug in right away. This is why only 4 stars for the Surface 4

    May 09, 2021 19:04
  • 9.4score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB Solid State Drive - Matte Black
    Description

    Make a powerful statement, and fuel your ideas with new Surface Laptop 3. Sleek and light, with improved speed, performance, typing comfort, and battery life, it travels with ease and makes every day more productive. Now with improved speed and performance to do what you want, Surface Laptop 3 13.5" is two times faster than Surface Laptop 2. And whether you're creating, catching up, or chilling out, Surface Laptop 3 is ready when you are. Listen to the improved Omnisonic Speakers, now louder with a more natural sound, discreetly hidden below the keyboard. Open effortlessly, and feel the rich, warm Alcantara® or cool, new metal.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, Surface Laptop 3 13.5" fuels your ideas with multitasking speed, amazing entertainment, quality Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Thin and light: Starting at just 2.89 lbs., Surface Laptop 3 is easy to carry.
  • Durable, premium finish: Cool, new metal palm rest.
  • More ways to connect: Now with USB Type-C™ and USB Type-A ports for connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging.
  • All-day power on the go: With up to 11.5 hours of battery life¹, plus improved standby when you're away.
  • Fast Charging: Go from empty to a full battery with Fast Charging - up to 80% in about one hour.³
  • Industry-leading typing comfort: Now with an almost 20% larger glass trackpad for easier navigation.
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field studio mics.
  • Improved Omnisonic Speakers: Discreetly hidden below the keyboard, deliver spectacular, omnidirectional sounds, now even louder and with more bass than Surface Laptop 2.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Abbie, 8 out of 10
    Worth the investment, but not for gamers

    I love this laptop, I’ve had it for a year now and it still works like new! No issues with the battery or any cables it came with. Bluetooth connection is flawless. I will say it does get hot when playing games, and gaming drains the battery quicker than just standard use, but it’s not unbearable and that’s really my only complaint.

    Nov 18, 2021 07:39
  • Review by JessC, 10 out of 10
    I love this computer!

    I previously had an MSI gaming laptop (15.6 inch screen). I decided to buy myself a new computer for my birthday, and since I don't really game anymore, I downsized the screen, keyboard, and hard drive size. With that said, the surface laptop 3 is amazing. It's so fast, so portable, and weighs almost nothing (compared to a bulky gaming laptop). While the unit is a bit pricey (for the 1TB model), it's well worth it. If you can afford it, this is a long-term investment, and I highly recommend purchasing.

    Jan 05, 2020 16:42
  • Review by honestguy, 10 out of 10
    Helped me through masters in finance

    Love it so far

    tried running bootcamp on my old macbook that didn't cut it

    love everything about it so far, touch screen was a little gratuitous and im still debating if I want to buy one of those pens, don't think I ever will.

    May 12, 2021 13:08
  • Review by Rxc246psu, 10 out of 10
    A huge improvement on previous laptop

    This laptop performs better than any laptop I have ever owned. I was looking for something user-friendly, yet high performing, and this delivers.

    Jul 16, 2021 15:40
  • Review by SurfacePro, 10 out of 10
    Surface

    Surface, Great Office machine Surface works great easy to set up and use its light and easy to transport the i7 processor is great, touchpad works great , yes I will be buying again

    May 24, 2021 08:45
  • Review by SanJoseAl, 10 out of 10
    Fast, easy and powerful

    This is our second upgrade to the latest Surface.

    The screen is bright, memory is fast (we have 16G), storage is sufficient (we have 1TB) and sync with our Microsoft account keeps us safe on files being lost.

    Sep 21, 2020 12:12
  • Review by Gigi, 10 out of 10
    Awesome!

    Fantastic computer, pretty worth it! I use it for school/personal and I really like how it runs. Never doubted it would get the job done!

    Apr 19, 2021 14:36
  • Review by WorkspotTester, 10 out of 10
    Surface for Office

    Company has standardized on Surface products as they are always reliable.

    May 21, 2021 19:21
  • 9.4score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Device Only - Platinum
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Connect, create, get comfortable: Whatever your office looks like, be it a desk, couch, or dining table, Surface Pro 7 is your ultra-light, endlessly adaptable partner — now with faster processing and more connections — plus all-day battery life.¹
  • More powerful in every way: Chase your dream and get seriously productive with mega-multitasking laptop power, all-day battery,¹ and plenty of memory and storage.
  • Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Surface Pro 7 keeps up with you — with multitasking speed, stunning entertainment, incredible Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Get back to work the moment inspiration strikes: With Fast Charging, all-day battery¹ and Instant On, you can get back to work right now, tonight, or tomorrow. Surface Pro 7 stands ready to take your ideas to the next level whenever you are.
  • Built-in cameras that show your best side: 1080p HD video webcams are perfect for all your calls, meetings, virtual get togethers and more.
  • Connect and keep up the way you want to: Video calls and meetings come to life with spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras that automatically adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
  • A brilliant display: The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Make a statement with signature accessories: Personalize your Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro accessories you know. Choose from Platinum or Matte Black.⁴
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics. Plus, enjoy crisp, clear audio for music, podcasts, and movies with Dolby® Audio™ sound.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Isaiah, 10 out of 10
    Perfect upgrade for Samsung Note Pro 12.2

    OS: Windows 10. I have been on the same ecosystem since I could type, so very pleased it's running like a gem.

    Login: no fingerprint, but so far the facial detection runs great with no hassle.

    Touchscreen is sensitive and precise, with option for calibration. I suggest getting the bundle, so the keyboard and pen come with the package.

    Kickstand: been using my Pro 7 for 3 months now and hinges are sturdy and stable.

    Weight: considering it's literally a laptop masquerading as a tablet, it's got a bit more weight to it than your typical Samsung Tab's or iPads.

    Double speakers on the sides are awesome!

    Cameras are above average, but I doubt you'd use this tablet to do a lot of shooting in the field. But resolution is decent for your typical Skype, Zoom, and Messengers meetings.

    Specs for eval: core i5, 128 gb storage, 8gb RAM.

    Jul 15, 2020 10:45
  • Review by AylinC, 8 out of 10
    Love it!

    I love this device. I wanted to get the i7 one but decided to go with the i5 instead and I don’t regret it. It’s very fast when it comes to turn it on and off, loading up apps and downloading things. It handles multiple apps running on the same time. It does heat up sort of fast but it’s fine. Doesn’t affect how things are running. The device does scratch up easy so I’d be careful. But other than that, it’s really awesome. I’m able to do my work, read, write, and watch movies, play games in this tablet. The battery life last for a good while and I don’t even do battery saver.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:53
  • Review by BustaAndroidNow, 10 out of 10
    For the busy man of the house.

    I am not a tech guy in the least though I love anything that makes my life just alittle less hectic and brings a semblance of order to it and I must say the Surface Pro 7 has yet to disappoint. Although I have an iPhone I choose the Surface Pro 7 because I needed something compact but, also with enough RAM to run programs like Photoshop since I tattoo and create digital art. I got the best of both worlds...a tablet and a fully capable laptop. If you need something more than to watch cartoons on or chase Twitter feeds....then this is what you need. The. Pen does not lag, which is definitely a

    Plus...and I love the the detachable keyboard/cover. Great all the way around

    Apr 28, 2021 20:01
  • Review by Alex, 10 out of 10
    Great hybrid device that crosses many lines.

    I am a dyed in the wool Mac user, and I chose this device as my first Windows 10 box. I have a lot to say about the surface pro, but I would say that unless you need a really powerful machine, this is pretty close to perfect. You can dock it and use it as a desktop, attach a keyboard and use it as a laptop, or sit on the sofa and use it as a tablet. Does Windows 10 as a tablet have issues? Yep, big time. But this hardware is top notch and perfect for email, writing, productivity, watching video, and most other things people want to do with a computer. I'd grab more than 128 GB if this is your only device or you're a pretty serious hobbyist. The keyboard and pen are worth adding on, which increase the price by a lot, but it's a great experience.

    Jun 05, 2021 16:53
  • Review by Darrell, 10 out of 10
    Great So Far

    I wanted something smaller and lighter than my Surface Book, so I went with the Surface Pro. This model fits well into the pocket sleeve in my portfolio unlike my Surface Book which goes in my backpack. The colored keyboard, mouse, and stylus are nice options. Furthermore, the Surface Pro can also use my docking station allowing me to use an additional dual monitor setup as well as the Surface Pro monitor itself. If you like dual monitors, try three.

    Feb 28, 2020 17:34
  • Review by NCB86, 10 out of 10
    Surface Pro 7

    This Surface Pro 7 is a Excellent product to get its great quality and very convenient to use at Home are on the go.

    Sep 25, 2021 16:25
  • Review by Alphonso, 10 out of 10
    Great tablet that is universal

    My wife loves it! The flexibility for having a tablet when you want and a laptop when you choose is the best. She also loves the programs that seem to be very easy. Only complaints is that lack of options for the kick stand.

    Jul 15, 2020 16:34
  • Review by Bee2e, 8 out of 10
    Really Nice Computer!

    It was a gift for my husband on Fathers Day and he LOVES IT! The reason I chose this laptop was because my sister has one and she has had it for at least 3 to 4 years and it works like a charm.

    Jul 03, 2020 19:48
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop Go - 12.4" Touch-Screen - Intel 10th Generation Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive - Sandstone
    Description

    Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance, and all-day battery life² you need in the lightest Surface Laptop, all at an exceptional value. Ultra-light and portable profile, the apps* you use every day, premium materials, and a choice of must-have colors will make this your go-to laptop.²Up to 13 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2020 using preproduction software and preproduction configurations of Surface Laptop Go Testing consisted of full battery discharge with a mixture of active use and modern standby. The active use portion consists of (1) a web browsing test accessing 8 popular websites over multiple open tabs, (2) a productivity test utilizing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, and (3) a portion of time with the device in use with idle applications. All settings were default except screen brightness was set to 150nits with Auto-Brightness disabled. Wi-Fi was connected to a network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.

    16 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • A screen to fuel your dreams: 12.4”⁷ PixelsenseTM touchscreen, signature 3:2 ratio gives you the optimum space to see more, do more, and fuel your dreams.
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1 processor: Smart dual-core, four-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 128GB solid state drive (SSD): While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Intel® UHD Graphics: On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.
  • The lightest Surface Laptop yet: Take the lightest Surface Laptop with you everywhere at just 2.45 pounds.
  • Power through your day: Up to 13 hours of battery life.² Plus, recharge quickly with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour.
  • Choose your perfect match: Available in Platinum, Ice Blue and Sandstone³ all in a durable, cool metal finish. ³Available colors may vary by market.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in 720p HD camera: Show your best side on video calls, meetings, and virtual get-togethers with the built-in 720p HD camera.
  • Type in comfort all day: Full-size keyboard with large, precision trackpad. Perfect for papers, presentations, emails, and more.
  • Every day, everywhere: Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance, and all-day battery life² you need in the lightest Surface Laptop, all at an exceptional value.
  • Familiar features and trusted security: Get started with convenient security and the Windows you know⁴. Enjoy amazing sound for music and shows. And, easily connect to other devices and accessories.
  • Get it done with your favorite apps: Collaborate, connect, and do your best work with the must-have everyday laptop. Power through your favorite apps, backed by all-day battery life.²
  • Windows 10 Home in S mode: Do great things with Windows 10.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mal89, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding

    In the past year I have gone through 2 Laptop computers. Unfortunately that saying you get what you pay for is true, I cannot express how HAPPY I am with this device. The picture doesn't do it justice it is very beautiful. I have the Ice Blue model Specs 10th Gen intel core i5 processor 128GB. Very fast, EXTREAMLY responsive one of if not the best computers "window" computers that is...I have ever had. The crazy part is that this is considered one of their budget models and the budget laptops I have gotten in the past TRULY are budget. This one feels different from boot up until I am finish working on the device. $600+ no isn't cheap, however then again that saying you get what you pay for rings true; a little more for a more reliable computer is well worth it. Great for kids who are learning from home, Great for work at homers like myself. Yes, you can even play games I played The Sims game, which isn't using near as much graphics or cpu as other games ; I found no issues still. My other duds would close out or not respond while playing The Sims. YOU will not be disappointed with this device. I PROMISE.

    Mar 23, 2021 21:10
  • Review by Tomas, 10 out of 10
    Small and light laptop for uni

    A nice, small and light laptop. Bought primarily for having around school. It has good enough specs to run more intensive programs such as solidworks and less intensive games. Would recommend for anyone who is looking for a decently priced, light laptop who does not want to spend a lot of money on overkill specs.

    Oct 08, 2021 16:22
  • Review by Customer, 10 out of 10
    Solid device w/premium quality device, great price

    My wife upgraded to this one from her old Surface Pro 3 and absolutely loves it! The overall feel from the body to key comfort got her attention. Awesome battery life, camera, microphones and performance.

    Oct 23, 2020 20:48
  • Review by Thora, 8 out of 10
    Good Laptop

    When I was looking to get a new laptop, I knew I wanted a surface, I just wasn’t sure which one. This one was in a good price range and was what I needed for what I was planning to do (writing). This laptop is nothing overly special per day, but it’s exactly what I needed.

    Mar 06, 2021 11:11
  • Review by J15N, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    This laptop is perfect for going to Uni online. It runs everything I need at a perfect speed. A great dupe of the MacBook for Microsoft users. Love it!

    Mar 05, 2021 16:29
  • Review by Alonso, 10 out of 10
    Perfect !

    It’s overall a very powerful computer. It’s perfect for any scenario except it doesn’t have a backlit keyboard

    May 07, 2021 20:30
  • Review by RoseGoldIsMyJam, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful Workhorse

    I am IN LOVE with this beautiful work-of-art laptop, which shows what's possible with both form and function are top notch! It's glorious to look at and effortless to work on. I haven't been so happy with a purchase in A LONG LONG TIME!!! And just when you thought things couldn't get any better, I used my new Best Buy credit card and paid it off in short order, which meant I didn't (a) have to come up with the whole purchase price at once, and (b) didn't have to spend anything in interest charges, either. I'd call the whole experience a WIN, WIN, WIN!

    Oct 18, 2021 08:17
  • Review by missCL, 10 out of 10
    Budget Friendly Laptop

    I bought this laptop for college and it does everything I need it to. I was able to play light games such as Roblox.

    Sep 15, 2021 20:43
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Book 3 15" Touch-Screen PixelSense - 2-in-1 Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Performance meets versatility. From intensive video and graphics files to high-octane gaming, the most powerful Surface laptop yet combines speed, graphics, and long battery life with the versatility of a laptop, tablet, and portable studio. Tackle your biggest demands with quadcore powered 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, blazing NVIDIA® graphics, and high-resolution PixelSense™ Display designed for Surface Pen* and touch.

    13 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Unleash your best ideas: With the fastest graphics on any Surface, powered by the latest NVIDIA® GTX GeForce GPU, with 1TB storage, and 32GB RAM.
  • Power when you need it: Get up to 17.5 hours¹ battery life — plus get back to work when you’re ready with improved standby that extends battery life when you’re away.
  • High-resolution PixelSense™ display: Breathe new life into your creations on the vibrant, PixelSense™ touchscreen display that combines Surface Pen,* touch, and Surface Dial.* Also available in 13.5”.
  • Show them what you’re made of with the most immersive gaming on any Surface laptop: Pair your Xbox Wireless controller* to enjoy the latest titles with Xbox Game Pass for PC.* *Some accessories and software sold separately.
  • Video calls and virtual meetings come to life: With spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras.
  • Robust laptop, powerful tablet, and portable studio in one: Home office, kitchen table or living room couch, choose the way your work best with three versatile modes of use.
  • Laptop mode: Get productive with a robust laptop featuring full keyboard and large, responsive trackpad, while navigating naturally on the touchscreen.
  • Studio mode: Draw, write and sketch with precision using Surface Pen* with Surface Dial* and high-end graphics, at the perfect angle for you.
  • Tablet mode: Detach the touchscreen to swipe through photos and browse the web with a powerful 15” tablet.
  • From music and podcasts to movies: Experience movies, music, and virtual meetings with astonishing detail, richness, and depth with Dolby Atmos® sound.
  • All the connections you need for multiple devices and accessories: Includes USB-A and versatile USB-C™ ports, plus a full-size SD card slot.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Realbuyer, 8 out of 10
    Real buyers look twice than again

    I previously had the surfacebook pro2 but I got the disconnect of death. That's when the screen constantly disconnect from the keyboard automatically until the screen or keyboard overheats. The 3 is supposedly faster and fixes the past issues. So far I can see that the 3 is faster than the 2 but the 3 run hotter. The display is the best on the market.

    Cons.

    Still can't make up grades to RAM HDD or anything else. VERY over price.

    So why did I buy because I'm a gamer, artist, and engineer.

    I would definitely encourage you to look at other laptops because one can find something MUCH cheaper. However, if you are able to purchase than it great laptop. (For now)

    Mar 20, 2021 02:44
  • Review by Frig, 10 out of 10
    Super Fast

    Very nice and super fast laptop, pad, etc.

    I like how the screen detaches from the keyboard

    Jul 09, 2021 15:43
  • Review by TedP, 10 out of 10
    Best product for heavy duty use

    % stars. My second one, for use in a different location. Best product of this type I could find.

    Jul 02, 2021 15:54
  • Review by Tkennerly, 10 out of 10
    Great product

    Love it love it love, received it very timely, just like they said!

    Jul 16, 2021 15:46
  • Review by HIMS21, 8 out of 10
    Overall much improved

    Overall love the new laptop, ease of use, and larger screen. Unfortunately, the sound system is not working consistently, which is an issue during video conferences during the pandemic. Be aware. Too expensive for early failures.

    Sep 11, 2020 16:11
  • Review by azgames2, 10 out of 10
    Great laptop

    Awesome computer. Powerful, flexible, reliable.

    Jul 02, 2021 16:45
  • Review by XXXX1, 10 out of 10
    Great laptop/ tablet

    So portable and light! Case recommended, but just to keep it looking so nice.

    May 08, 2021 10:34
  • Review by DiscountsShop, 10 out of 10
    great Service

    Seriously I am really very happy from this great caring company The Best Buy

    Mar 12, 2021 18:09
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop Studio – 14.4” Touch Screen – Intel Core i7 -16GB Memory – 512GB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Set your imagination free on the most powerful Surface Laptop, designed to light up the best of Windows 11. Boundary-pushing design lets you flex your creative muscle on the sleek 14.4“⁴ touchscreen, making seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable creative canvas, complete with built-in storage and charging for Surface Slim Pen 2* under the keyboard. Enjoy smooth gameplay, and draw, sketch and take notes like you would on paper on the bright, vibrant 120Hz display. Run intensive applications and get things done anywhere with all-day battery life, and get inspired with graphics power that exceeds your expectations. Elevate your entertainment with Quad Omnisonic™ speakers, featuring large bass and immersive Dolby Atmos®. Stay in the flow, be inspired and get closer to what you love.

    15 Features
  • Powerful Surface Laptop: Focus on the things you love with incredible performance to handle your most complex workloads, powered by quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors.
  • Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love: Family, friends, passions, music, creations – Windows 11 is the one place for it all. With a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient, it has what you need for whatever’s next.
  • Boundary-pushing design: The sleek 14.4“⁵ touchscreen makes seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable creative canvas.
  • Built for performance: Bring big ideas to life without breaking a sweat, thanks to quad-core powered 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors and blazing NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti laptop GPU.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB solid state drive: While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Elevate your PC gaming experiences: Play the latest games with graphics that rival reality, thanks to DirectX 12 Ultimate and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti laptop GPUs. Pair with Xbox Ultimate Game Pass³ and Xbox controller³ for the best experience.
  • Pair w/ Surface Slim Pen 2*: for the best digital pen experience yet, featuring the feeling of pen on paper.⁷ Magnetically attach, store, and charge under the front of the keyboard.
  • Immerse yourself like never before: Enjoy true-to-life color and contrast on the factory-calibrated PixelSense™ Flow touch display with a refresh rate up to 120Hz, plus Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ that adjusts to the changing light conditions around you when playing supported content.
  • USB 4.0 ports with Thunderbolt™ 4 support: Surface Laptop Studio quickly adapts to your needs. From connecting external monitors to unique accessories, just plug in and get going.
  • Best for your video chats, work or play: 1080p HD camera brings superior video quality with low-light performance, brightness, and skin-tone accuracy, while dual Studio Mics capture voice with crisp detail and clarity.
  • Elevate your music, movies, and gaming: Enter a world of entertainment with crystal-clear audio from enhanced Quad Omnisonic Speakers and breathtaking cinematic sound, powered by Dolby Atmos®.²
  • Click anywhere on a Precision Haptic Trackpad: Our largest touchpad yet, optimized for Windows 11. Tap or use intuitive gestures to navigate or create using the entire touchpad
  • Design and deliver the way you want: Work, play, and create the way you want. Surface Laptop Studio and Windows 11 enable you to express yourself in the ways most natural to you.
  • Powerful, fast, and infinitely flexible: Set your imagination free on the most powerful Surface Laptop, designed to light up the best of Windows 11. Stay in the flow, be inspired, and get closer to what you love.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Woo151, 10 out of 10
    Sleek 2 in 1 Laptop that does it all!

    The Surface Laptop Studio is admittingly my 1st ever from Microsoft and I am completely blown away by what it can do vs my XPS and Omen. MS not only ticks off just about every box on a PC's list but excels at a lot of them as well.

    From gaming to work productivity to even editing some videos, I had a blast doing it from the Surface.

    Specs

    --------------------

    11th Gen i7 Quad Core - 3.3ghz that Turbos to 4.8

    16 GB DDR4 RAM - Non-upgradable

    512 SSD - Again non-upgradable

    RTX 3050 Ti

    14.4 Inch screen - 2400 x 1600 @ 120hz

    ~4 lbs weight

    2x Thunderbolt 4

    3.5mm Headphone Jack

    1080 Webcam

    Windows 11

    Whether you are using the Studio for work, productivity, designing or gaming, it will easily handle what you throw at it. Has a backlit keyboard and a nice large trackpad.

    The all platinum aluminum body looks nice and sleek. Super high quality build and construction. Has a unique "tiered" looking design, but I think that is by design as the pen is held underneath the front bottom. Has some weight to it @ 4 lbs but I do not consider it heavy nor a problem carrying it around. Also to save me a headache, I purchased a small USB C docking port that allows for another display and to connect my USB-A devices (my gaming mouse).

    First time booting it up after charging, you are greeted with Windows 11 walkthrough to set up the Studio to your preferences. Took me about 20 minutes after connecting to wifi and applying all the updates. As this is my 1st time using Windows 11, it reminds me of a hybrid Win10 x Apple crossover thing going on. Though with a little bit of searching I moved my Start Menu back to the left to make it feel more recognizable to me.

    2x Thunderbolt 4 ports can let you expand the Studio to give it multiple options, whether it be external storages, extra displays, or use external peripherals like mice and printers via docking stations.

    Gaming is great for this mobile beast. 3050Ti is more than enough to handle my whole Steam and Epic libraries on high settings. Some AAA titles did have me turn down the settings to Mid but that did not put a hamper on my experience at all. 120 refresh rate @ 2400 x 1600 made gaming look nice and smooth.

    I love how the Studio can go from Laptop to a tablet /w stand with ease! Even all the way to flat. Using the Pen made drawing and editing fun. Even better than using my Tablets that I usually daily drive for it. Touch screen with it's refresh rate is a perfect pair.

    Sound quality to me is where the Studio shines! OMG it is beyond GREAT. I have compared it to my Omen with Bang and Olufsen and even the king XPS and the Studio imho blew them both out of the water. It is LOUD, Crisp, Clear and even packs the oomph and deep basses.

    Work, School or personal entertainment. The Surface Laptop Studio does it all and with ease. If you need a mobile laptop that would suit your preferences, than look no further. I HIGHLY recommend it!

    Oct 21, 2021 15:22
  • Review by stoptheclocks, 10 out of 10
    Surface Laptop Channels Powerful Creativity

    The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is a great blend of computing power and the latest technologies. The 14.4 inch, 3-way movement touch screen, the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with the 16 GB of memory and the 512 GB of space on the hard drive will help you to achieve creative your goals.

    • I found Windows 11 to be an easy transition from Windows 10. It was much more seamless than previous Windows system changes I have experienced. Importing website tabs from another computer or even moving folders and information around the Surface Laptop was prompt, quick and easy. A cool new feature is facial recognition using the camera facing you. That is a great way to log in to the Surface Laptop. The light up keyboard is a great touch that I really enjoyed as well. I moved 3 GB of music, using a Type C flash drive, from another laptop to the Surface Laptop with the Thunderbolt port. It blazed a new path of how fast you can move songs only taking a few seconds to transfer! I also found this to be true with moving pictures over or even documents using the Thunderbolt 4 port. The only negative I think is the fact that there are only two Thunderbolt 4 ports. That is simply not enough in my opinion. I would like to plug in a mouse dongle, Xbox controller and flash drive, but that is 3 items and the Surface Laptop provides only two connections. I used an extra Type C hub to overcome that deficiency. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the touch pad and its enhanced feeling vibrations for a better experience but I sometimes prefer a wireless mouse so the hub helped me to add that feature. It is a preference for me, but not everyone has to do it.

    • The Intel Core i7 (11th Gen) with 16 GB memory and 512 SSD Platinum came well packaged and protected. Made of magnesium and aluminum the Surface Laptop has great solid feel. The sides vent the heat out of the Surface Laptop when needed. I really never even noticed that the heat was spread out there. Surface Laptop did a nice and discrete job on this feature.

    • The 14.4 Touchscreen has resolution of 2400x1600 pixels in a 3:2 ratio with a 120hz refresh rate. What does that mean? It has a beautifully made Touchscreen with detailed pixels providing the best picture, while the refresh rate allows the screen to keep up with your movies, gaming or music. There are three dynamic positions for the Surface Laptop: There is a regular Laptop setup, an angled Stage setup and a Studio setup. To accomplish this feat, a special “Dynamic Woven Hinge” was made to help move the Touchscreen. The images produced by the Touchscreen are vibrant, sharp and lively looking at any angle or display option you choose. I prefer the stage setup because the screen is tilted toward my eyes, making it easier to look at. It is also efficient for drawing or writing on it as well. The best option for drawing or writing is probably the Studio setup which the screen lays almost completely flat on the keyboard. I think this is pretty innovative and useful.

    • I play guitar and used the “PreSonus Studio One” software on the Surface Laptop. It is setup through “PreSonus Audiobox USB 96 interface” with two monitor speakers. The software allows you to record songs, edit and playback. I had no issues with lag-time, skipping or missing a beat at all. I enjoyed the “Stage” mode when recording music. If I wanted to name a song, or track or just a riff, all I had to do is just had tap on the specific field and an onscreen keyboard pops up that is plenty big and easy to use. But if you prefer a traditional Laptop feel for your music playing, the “Classic” mode and regular keyboard will work just as well.

    • You can multi-task easily with the Surface Laptop. You can open and keep a ton of tabs without losing speed; play complex games with intense graphics; listen to your favorite music stream or stream your favorite movie. I have used the Surface Laptop as my engine for guitar recording and software. The battery does drain pretty quickly when you play heavy loaded intense games. Of course, if you have the Surface Laptop plugged in, this “limitation” goes away. For example, Tekken 7 in HD is an intense video game with its crazy fighting styles, scenic backgrounds and unbelievable moves. During this game, battery life went down quickly when I had the Surface Laptop unplugged. But this is easily fixed by plugging the Surface Laptop into a surge protector or outlet. In contrast, the battery life pretty much lasted all day when I moved information (folder to folder or files to a Flash Drive, Thunderbolt 4 port), searched the web with open tabs, listened to a lot of music or streamed movies. I do want to add that the part of the plug that goes into the actual laptop is unconventional in a good way. It is a little larger than your average size and it is magnetic! That means you don’t have to accidentally worry about knocking the power supply out!

    • The Surface Slim Pen 2 is magnetic and has a button on top and a side button as well. I synced it to the Surface Laptop with Bluetooth. The Slim Pen 2 attaches and charges just underneath the front of the keyboard magnetically. It snaps securely in place and it doesn’t come off until you remove it! I used this Surface Slim Pen 2 when moving around the touchscreen instead of using my fingers. The Pen works much better and leaves no fingerprints! Tap the top of the Pen to bring up whiteboard that is available for anything from drawing to bringing pictures in to modify.

    • Movies that have support Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos special sound will play on the Surface Laptop. The sound of the laptop for music and/or movies is outstanding. Four speakers on the sides of the Surface Laptop put out detailed sounds. There are also 2 woofers under the keyboard that compliment the other 4 speakers, for a well rounded sound. Of course you can always hookup the Surface Laptop Bluetooth (5.1 version) and a Bluetooth capable speaker. I tried out both the speakers in the Laptop and a Bluetooth Ralis speaker. Of course the Ralis speaker sounded amazing but the speaker system inside the Laptop was top notch. I actively listened to movies I streamed from Disney+, like these Marvel movies: Antman, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Infinity War.

    • Music is easy to transfer with the Thunderbolt ports (size similar to a Type C but faster). There is plenty of music space when you decide how you want to setup the Surface Laptop. I put music from different genres and in mp3 and FLAC. FLAC files have the quality sound over MP3s, but the FLAC files are a lot larger in size. I chose the MP3s over FLAC files, essentially because of HD space (512GB). The sound was still outstanding and is the best I have heard from a laptop computer!

    • Games are stunning up to 2400x1600 pixels (if the game allows) with the NVIDIA GeoForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU! Battlefield 4 has exceptional realism and Tekken 7 complex on screen moves were no match for this Surface Laptop! The sound was also enveloping for a great experience, putting you closer to the action. The only drawback to these games is that they take up a lot of space on the HD. If you intend on using the Surface Laptop for just gaming only, the 512GB HD isn’t quite big enough for loads of high speed, intense games. There are other options of this Surface Laptop with larger HDs, you could get if you wanted. But for casual gaming, streaming, pictures, music, or guitar recording, the Surface Laptop performs exceptionally well.

    This Laptop is a great conduit to help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be. The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio gets the hard work done and gets the play fun done as well. Advanced features and technologies really make this Surface Laptop, one you will want to take a look at.

    Oct 22, 2021 09:37
  • Review by SlowMN, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is awesome!

    The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 14.4" Touch Screen is the best 2-in-1 device on the market hands down. I have used several different Surface devices over the years and have absolutely loved them. This is due to Microsoft taking user feedback seriously and applying it to its next generation devices. The Surface Laptop Studio is a beautifully designed machine offering some of the best hardware available. Need a faster processor, more storage, or more RAM? Microsoft allows the customer to change the CPU, RAM, and storage capacity prior to purchase without the insane markups seen by one of its major competitors.

    Pros:

    * Powerful CPU and GPU: The Surface Laptop Studio is powered by the new quad-core 11th Gen Intel Core H Series processor and Nvidia 3050ti. So, what does that mean? Sheer performance. Not only can this Surface run popular games like Valorant, Apex, Back 4 Blood, and Call of Duty, it does so flawlessly at 2400 x 1600 resolution / 120 hz refresh rate. This will be my go-to device when I am traveling and feel the need to game. Multitasking? No problem, it does so with ease. I have been able to listen to a Zoom meeting while browsing the web with multiple tabs open and work on a PowerPoint all at the same time without it skipping a beat. With the hardware specs included with this device, it would be great for any power user such as a gamer, college student, or business owner.

    * Touchscreen with Slim Pen 2: It responds to touch seamlessly and when paired with the Surface Slim Pen 2 is a note taking/content creating machine. I really enjoy the ergonomics when writing on the folded down screen. The Surface Pen 2 is very responsive and accurate. I especially like that the Slim Pen 2 is magnetic and can be charged on the underside of the keyboard.

    * Windows 11 OS: This is my first experience using the new Windows 11 operating system and I am really enjoying it. Everything seems very intuitive and easy to use. Overall, I think Microsoft really nailed it.

    * Ports: It comes with 2 USB 4.0 ports with Thunderbolt 4 support as well as a headphone jack and charging slot. I ended up buying a USB-C hub to go with the computer so I would be able to use more than 2 devices at a time including USB type A, HDMI and DisplayPort cables, and an Ethernet cable. While most of the headphones I own are Bluetooth compatible, I do appreciate Microsoft adding a regular headphone jack.

    * Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision/Vision IQ: These are premium features I am thrilled Microsoft included. The speakers on the Surface paired with Dolby Atmos supported content deliver cinematic sound. Dolby Vision/IQ allows for dynamic adjustment and optimization of the picture based on supported content and lighting conditions in the room. More and more content/content providers are supporting these standards (ie: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney +).

    * Camera and facial recognition: The front camera on the Surface supports 1080p HD video. On the Zoom video calls I have participated in for work my video is crystal clear. I also enabled the facial recognition feature which uses the front camera to unlock the computer. It has worked flawlessly. It is much more convenient then typing in a password every time I want to log in.

    Indeterminate:

    * Battery life: The Surface Laptop Studio boasts up to 18 hours of continuous battery life; however, I have come nowhere near this. I usually average 4-8 hours of use before requiring a charge. I will have to play with the battery settings to see if I can increase battery life without a degradation in performance.

    Overall, I am very impressed with the Surface Laptop Studio. It is a well-designed premium computer and I highly recommend it.

    Oct 28, 2021 00:26
  • Review by 3Tcubed, 8 out of 10
    Spectacular, but not perfect

    Ok, my wife or I have had Surface Pro Tablets/laptops since 2012 (first release). We've seen the concept improve over the years. I had the first Surface Pro laptop, I can't say I enjoyed the problems I had with it. But since that experience we've had 4 additional models. I've tried all of Microsoft's Surface Pro keyboards - none I've used for long. But I have to say it seems like Microsoft has been listening. Almost all of the Laptop problem's of the past are addressed in this new Surface Laptop Studio (SLS). Their displays have always been one of the best you could find, but the SLS is a step better with 120hz display, with by far the best touchscreen you can buy. I have 4 other 'current' notebooks (all 15", Intel 10 or 11 Gen or Ryzen 5), none have a clearer display than this SLS. And then new gen 2 pencil is a nice improvement, it's shorter, and not round, more of a flattened oval that magnetically attaches and recharges from the front edge of the studio, hidden, but well connected to the notebook. And it's pressure sensitivity is far more acurate (I didn't think it would be a worthy upgrade, I was wrong, if you are accustomed to using a stylus, get this pencil). I annotate a lot of drawings, I love this new pencil.

    This notebook is a new design for MS, it's thinner that their previous laptops (but about the same 4lbs weight), but it has 3 display modes: Laptop, Tablet and Stage mode. Another company recently had a high end product called a Folio, with a similar screen mechanism (I have one); in fact this type of mechanism has been tried by others for many years, but none have been as thin or as sturdy as this MS implementation. That being said a 4lbs tablet is a bit on the heavy side for me, sure I'll probably use it on a couch as a tablet occasionally, but I have other tablets that weight closer to on pound, which for me is more comfortable as a tablet over time. But having the flexibility to keep working on the SLS in multiple modes is very convenient. In addition the SLS has an excellent trackpad, it's 5.5" diagonally with a minimal edge (which is better than a completely smooth hand rest area). It also vibrates slightly when you "click" on it, so instead of 2 buttons, the whole trackpad is the left mouse button.

    Like I said I have other highend laptops, The SLS has the fastest graphics processor out of all of them. Period. It beat all others by 10-20%, so for light gaming/graphics work it's a star. But I also do software development on my laptops (which is why I have several). In testing Visual Studio loading and light DB work, the SLS was the slowest. At first I was tempted to blame windows 11, so I disabled some of the new security features, and my times changed by less than 1-2% (faster). [Also good to know Windows 11 new security features don't cause huge performance issues on a new machine]

    So I ran Crystal Disk Mark (against my 512 Gb SSD - And I found the cause of the slowness). All of my other notebooks have at least 1Tb nvme gen 3 drives. The SLS has a gen 3 nvme drive, but its as 2242 form factor, my others are all 2280's, all performing reads at about 3000MB/s. So the SLS with stock 512GB drive, is on the slow slow side. Here's the good news/bad news, the SSD is a replaceable device, but MS only recommends it be done professionally. I've upgraded several of my recent notebooks (both memory and SSD (the SLS cannot have it's memory upgraded)). I wish MS would make it easier for end users to upgrade/repair their devices. I've learned what it takes, it can be done, but it (currently) voids the warranty. The other good news is the SLS also supports Thunderbolt 3/4 connectivity, which will allow you use a Thunderbolt connected g3 nvme drive at full speed, faster than the provided 512GB internal SSD drive. In fact the two Thundebolt4/USB4 ports also support power delivery and can be used to drive 2 additional USB Monitors from the USB ports both at 4K 60Hz. I tested with a 2K and 4K display and encountered no problems, both were recognised and configured automatically. I'm certainly happy MS finally offers a high end notebook with Thunderbolt connectivity, this was my biggest disappointment with their previous laptops. I also wish that there was a SD or micro SDcard reader (there is not).

    This is the best Notebook Microsoft has produced. I don't understand why they skimped on a slower SSD, maybe the larger drive performs better (I don't know). I wish the SSD were more easily replaceable. But I love the keyboard, trackpad, display combination. I've adjusted to Windows 11 differences, no big deal as far as I'm concerned. MS has enhanced several of their apps to take greater advantage of inking support (using the stylus to write lines/text), more should be made of the enormous improvements in Notes etc. MS claims that you could can get 19 hrs on the battery, well I used it for a full day doing what I normally do, and got a 10% battery warning after 12 hrs. No gaming, but screen was 80% bright and used non-stop. Probably the best battery life I've gotten from a standard notebook (no extended battery). For just browsing the internet and light office work this 'puter is fast, the Wi-Fi 6 support works very well. The build quality is exceptional, and given its size, the sound quality is exceptional, it seems to come from multiple directions (yea). And Windows Hello (Facial Recognition use for auto logon) works exceptionally well, I've used it before and never have I had it works as well as this SLS even in very low light.

    In the end I decided I had to deduct a star as it should have a top notch SSD drive as it affects my primary job as a software developer (but it can be 'fixed').

    Oct 26, 2021 14:20
  • Review by Longhorn74, 10 out of 10
    Versatile, creator focused 3 in 1 laptop

    I love this Microsoft Surface Studio laptop for many reasons. To begin with, this Surface is the epitome of versatility. It is a great 3 in 1 laptop that allows you to accomplish so much without having to go from one device to another. Previous to getting this Surface, I would go from a traditional laptop to my tablet or my PC to my tablet. Now with this Surface Studio, I am getting rid of my traditional laptop and tablet and just sticking with this Surface Studio.

    When you are thinking of getting a new device, there are many things to consider. Here are some of the highlights to this Surface Studio for me:

    Hardware-It has a very rigid magnesium and aluminum casing which makes this device very solid and sturdy. This is very important especially if you are thinking of having to transport this device in a backpack or bag of some kind.

    It has 2 USB-C ports that are Thunderbolt 4 on one side and on the other it has a headphone jack and the Surface connect port. No SD card reader, but you can always add an SD card reader dongle.

    Keys on the keyboard are clicky and the keyboard is backlit, even when you engage the trackpad.

    Speakers are decent, but not great. They are decent because it can produce a pretty strong volume, but the sound quality could be better. You will notice this as you are gaming or watching a movie.

    It has a nice 120 hertz refresh rate with 2400 x 1600 resolution and the webcam is 1080 p.

    I am very impressed with the trackpad. It is very responsive and is very intuitive when using it.

    If you are getting this Surface Studio laptop, then I highly recommend that you also purchase the Surface Slim Pen 2 to make the most of this laptop. It is very easy to write on the screen with the Pen 2 and it allows you to click and drag windows. The pen produces a small vibration that kind of simulates the feeling of writing on paper. You charge the pen under the front lip of the laptop. I like how easily the pen engages the front lip of the laptop because of the strong magnets. You don't have to worry about the pen falling or sliding off.

    As I stated earlier, the biggest benefit to this laptop is the versatility it provides. You can use this laptop in 3 modes: Standard laptop, easel set up, or completely folded in a tablet set up. As you do the majority of your work on this machine, you will probably be using the standard laptop mode. This Surface Studio comes with 3X2 aspect ratio which comes in handy with taller apps and multitasking in Windows 11.

    With the easel position, you pop the bottom of the screen towards you, but it doesn't cover the trackpad. This mode is ideal for watching movies, videos or playing video games. At this angle the monitor is very steady. This is important to note because this mode is great when you want to use some your apps with the touchscreen.

    Finally, you have the ability to use this laptop in tablet mode. With this mode you will have full time touchscreen interaction. This laptop is heavier than your average android tablet or Ipad, but at 4 lbs you adjust to the difference. It has been nice to have a 14 inch tablet instead of a 10 inch screen. This mode is also where you would also incorporate the use of the Surface Slim Pen 2 the most. This mode is ideal for those creator focused individuals.

    Overall, I am highly impressed with this new Surface Studio laptop. There is so much that you can accomplish with this laptop. You can work, be entertained or create with the same device.

    Oct 27, 2021 21:49
  • Review by JMan, 8 out of 10
    A truly versatile performer

    This is my first time using a Surface laptop for my own personal use. I’ve been around several Surface Books owned by friends, relatives and co-workers and I’ve played around with several models. I tried both the fixed and detachable display formats and found I preferred the fixed screen version more. I witnessed too many problems and compromises with the detachable screen models. I have not seen many issues with the fixed displays and have had no problems with this new Surface Studio. It’s a versatile all-around performer suitable for productivity, drawing, graphic design, photo/video editing and even light to moderate gaming.

    The unique design allows the Studio to be used in the more traditional form factor or in a manner more suitable for creative use, such as like a tablet or the new innovative split screen tent mode. The screen quality is quite good. It has accurate colors, great brightness, and crisp sharp graphics. The high gloss screen can be a glare reflecting nightmare in certain lighting conditions but that’s about my only complaint with the screen. The 120Hz refresh rate makes scrolling and pen strokes noticeably smooth. The Microsoft Slim Pen 2 works wonderfully with the laptop studio. The pen glides across the screen without any resistance or harsh feel. It provides good pressure variations and sensitivity for drawing. It’s also quite robust at note taking and can effortlessly pull double duty as both a sketch pen and writing instrument. That provides an extra layer of efficiency for art students or those who work in the creative or design industry. Microsoft peripherals pair effortlessly right out of the box. A Microsoft Slim Pen and a Surface Arc mouse paired automatically with the Studio as soon as I powered them on the first time.

    Performance is solid across the board. Apps run smooth and reliably. Windows 11 has only been out a little over two-weeks, so some obvious growing pains are expected. So far, issues have been minimal. Most of the 2022 versions of apps and subscription services like Adobe are the most compatible and least problem plagued. Older apps and lesser-known specialized apps may be a little more susceptible to issues but so far, compatibility has been surprisingly good. This is even so with my less mainstream art apps. Office 365, Norton AV, Adobe Acrobat Pro and the art and design apps I use all work fine. I encountered slight issues with two apps but that’s about par for the course with a new OS and no fault of the hardware. Making the jump to Windows 11 should weigh heavily into the decision to purchase any new Windows 11 laptop. All prospective purchasers should make sure any must-have apps are compatible with Windows 11, especially if it will be their only laptop. If I'm being honest, there are a few changes in Windows 11 that I'm less than thrilled about. From a raw power standpoint, this machine can easily manage routine drawing, photo editing, desktop productivity and light to moderate gaming. Although the RTX-3050 GPU sounds bleeding-edge, real-world performance is closer to a GTX-1060 6GB than an RTX 2060. Given the versatile nature of this machine, it is more than sufficient for casual gaming and can easily pull moderate gaming demands with decent performance. Forza Horizon 4 and NFS Heat both run quite well on this machine at reasonable settings, with smooth framerates and both look awesome on the 2400x1600 120Hz display.

    Despite the 14.4” display, the form factor isn’t the most compact. The brushed aluminum body looks good but is also larger than most other 14” machines. It also has a wide bezel, is a bit on the heavy side, and is lacking in ports. Ports are limited to two Thunderbolt compatible USB-C ports. Yep, that’s it, so get your adapters ready. I’m surprised a studio device aimed at creatives doesn’t have at least an SD card port. The chassis design is a bit unusual, yet stylish looking and allows decent all-around cooling. One cool feature is a convenient magnetic cavity for storing and charging the slim pen. It keeps the pen both handy and charged at all times. Due to the weight and design, I personally prefer using the laptop studio on a desktop rather than in my lap like a tablet. Desktop use also makes it easier for me to use a portable dock to provide additional port options. Despite this fact, it’s still good to have portability for resuming work away from home or office. It also has a reasonably sized attachable power supply. The Studio doesn’t tend to run hot under normal load, but it can get noticeably warm when throttled enough. Biometrics include facial recognition but surprisingly, no fingerprint sensor or option. I prefer fingerprint over facial recognition because I’m not a fan of a self-activated camera nor using the camera for login. In fact, I’m one of the people who usually puts tape or a closeable slim shutter over the camera. On the plus side, the facial recognition works reliably, even while wearing hats and glasses. It quickly unlocks the PC as soon as my face nears the screen and has never failed to recognize me. It has also never unlocked for anyone but me. Speaking of the camera, the quality is decent for videoconferencing, as are the speakers and microphone. The backlit keyboard types well and the keys have a nice solid feel. From what I can tell, the multi-gesture trackpad seems okay, but I absolutely loathe trackpads, so I’m not the best source for feedback on that one. I immediately paired a Surface Arc mouse with the Studio right out of the box and have not used the trackpad at all beyond the initial laptop setup.

    Battery life is about what I expected from a machine with these innards and capability. That would be mediocre. Regular desktop use yields several hours before I must reach for the charger. Heavy processor and/or GPU use for gaming, video encoding or other resource intensive tasks dramatically cut into battery life due to extra processing and cooling requirements. If I’m going to tax the CPU or GPU, I just plug in to AC from the beginning to save myself the aggravation.

    Overall, I like the Surface Laptop Studio. It’s multi-talented, versatile, all-around performer that can take the place of two or three individual devices. It’s not perfect but things seldom are. There’s always room for improvement, for example it could use more ports, a fingerprint option would be nice, and the weight could be lighter. However, regardless of any perceived shortcomings, I think Microsoft did quite well on this one. I’m enjoying it tremendously and finding it quite useful as an all-in-one device. The versatility does make my hectic life easier and more efficient. I no longer need my Cintiq all the time. I don’t always need my tablet to take notes. I can now do it all on one device. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

    Oct 22, 2021 23:07
  • Review by Shail, 8 out of 10
    Power house with sleek design

    The laptop has 3 modes – Standard Laptop, Stage/Ease Mode, and Flat Mode. The Stage mode/Easel mode is great for viewing content. It reminds me of using an iPad in a folio mode. The screen wabbles much less in this mode, if you want to use the touchscreen.

    My intended use is web browsing, watching content and home use, so I wont really be making use of the flat mode, as I think its intended for creative work. I’ll primarily be relaying on the laptop mode. Also, given the size, I’m not sure if I can use it as a tablet.

    The display is 120 Hz and 3:2 aspect ratio is great for taller applications and the ability to dock applications in multiple configurations is especially useful. The keyboard is very clicky and nicely spaced out. The overall body is rigid and gives the impression of a Macbook Pro.

    I love the huge trackpad. The pen simulates the feeling of writing on paper. It doesn’t feel exactly like paper, but it’s a nice touch. I like how the pen snaps into the base via very strong magnets. Its inconspicuous and charges there.

    The laptop is heavy. That can be attributed I guess to the screen and the double-decker base that has air vents. I haven’t seen any issues with it getting hot. With my regular usage, I doubt it will be put through its paces.

    The other drawback is limited ports. The laptop only has 2 USB-C ports and a headphone jack. Its great to see that these USB-C ports are Thunderbolt 4.

    Oct 28, 2021 01:14
  • Review by nkpstudios, 10 out of 10
    Almost PERFECT but missing some things

    This Surface Studio Laptop is a device for anyone wishing their tablet was a computer because a particular software isn't available in your favorite mobile ecosystem. Maybe you are a student who likes to decompress by sketching or you have dreams of drawing or designing. Maybe you are a notetaker? This model is actually the sweet spot in the lineup for value and performance. It can provide a tablet/legal pad writing experience like no other by just using a magnetic slim pen. I love the versatility, adaptability, and portability in my daily workflow and all without compromising too much.

    Had a long day? This can be your media consumption device as well. You can get by with a gaming session on most games using high settings and get respectable to decent fps. This isn't a gaming laptop, but it can be one in a pinch. This is directly tied to its weakness as a gaming laptop. That is where the Achilles Heel, with all this greatness, comes into the picture. Maybe it was done to preserve another product line, but choices are always good for clients, especially in the GPU department.

    The overall value proposition is excellent, and the versatility is unmatched for a device like this - a laptop. The screen is a 14.4" 120hz IPS Pixel Sense display panel with a 3:2 aspect ratio of 201ppi, 500 nits of brightness, and Dolby Vision capable. Windows 11 home is installed out of the box on a build with i7-11370, RTX 3050ti 4GB DDR6 RAM, 16GB RAM, m.2 SSD with half TB of storage. You don't get much regarding I/O with only 4 ports on the machine - 2 Thunderbolt 4, 1 3.5mm headphone, and Surface Connect port. The keyboard is backlit and offers an excellent typing experience Surface keyboards are known for a nice big touchpad with haptic feedback. WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 to go with a 1080p 2MP AI-powered webcam with Windows Hello IR.

    For me, there is a HUGE compromise that you must accept by making this purchase - that is, the GPU selection (or lack thereof) and the ultimate choice of the RTX 3050ti for the build. I am sure there were reasons this was chosen - potentially involving the chip shortage - but the very least many would expect as a "budget" GPU for creatives would be an RTX 3060ti. The RTX 3060ti is beefier in performance, and you would also be able to pitch this as a gaming-capable PC. The true DO IT ALL device. For video, the lowest compromise I would make is a 3060ti if it was me at design HQ. The performance increase is immense vs. the 3050ti, and I will leave it at that.

    Otherwise, this is a PERFECT machine for the traveling creative or professional. If you use a laptop, this is for you. If you use a tablet, this could be for you. If you use a tablet to sketch or design things, this can be for you. Students and corporate executives, this is for you too! This is so versatile, it could cannibalize other parts of the laptop/PC/tablet market in a few years with proper development and vision. I like what I see here and look forward to developing this new hinge and other upgrades to this new device.

    Thoughts for Improvement

    -Volume buttons - When I use this in any mode other than laptop mode, I find myself searching for and wishing there were buttons for volume on the right or left side of the screen. It is a pain to swipe up in the taskbar to adjust the volume with the icon or in-app volume controls. I look for a tablet experience blended here as well for the perfect blending of the surface lineup. Tactile volume buttons would be a plus.

    -GPU choices - 3050ti is not the best choice if this is geared towards creatives. The minimum we should see is a 3060 for machines geared towards creatives. There are no options to pay for more powerful cards like the 3060/70/80, which is my biggest complaint. The card is just OK, more than enough for an everyday user, but power users are looking for at least the 3060 as their budget options. While this is fantastic for art and just decent at gaming, this is a well-rounded machine weakened by the graphics department.

    -Pixels missing - This is a nit-pick, but the corners are rounded on display, and you lose pixels of a square screen. Parts of the mouse cursor disappear, and the rounded corner is not taken into account. This could be a problem for creators and editors who look at every pixel at the edges of the display. Most will not be bothered or even notice this at all, I am sure.

    - Upgradability w/ access door - This isn't very consumer repair friendly after supporting it. The backplate is thin and surrounded by lots of sticky tape, but if you are skilled and can watch a video, you can do it yourself. With a platform base, I would expect the EASIEST way to upgrade this machine is to make an access door/s. You will need to be highly skilled and think it through before attempting, or you will break the bottom plate. This is a Microsoft "job" most shouldn't try.

    -Poor I/O #donglelife - I/O selection is poor and very basic. This means you will be signing up for #donglelife. Another thing I do not like is the fact the ports are on both sides. I would have liked to see everything on the left side to avoid wires on the right where you may be using your mouse.

    -No SD card reader - no SD Card slot, only 2 USB 4 Thunderbolt USB-Cs, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Surface Connect port, that's it? Again, this big platform should be filled with I/O since it gives the appearance of a docking station.

    -Colors - I wish there was a matte black option to match the Slim Pen 2. The fact there isn't a platinum Slim Pen 2 is not a good look. You have a black pen standing out against a platinum laptop. I thought this was about planning and keeping things "at the center"? A black pen "at the center" of my laptop is an eyesore in my opinion. A quick and easy fix and probably already in the works.

    -Matte screen option - I wish there were matte and gloss screen options; indoors, the glossy screen is very reflective and distracting. Outdoors, don't even try!

    -Brighter display - I'd like to see up to 1000 nits if we are shooting for creatives. Many get inspiration from the outdoors, and drawing outside on a sunny day is tough sometimes between the reflective display and low brightness.

    My Wish List for Next Rendition

    -8 Core CPU maybe even AMD option

    -RTX 3060ti minimum for the GPU with higher options up to 3080.

    -Additional SSD M.2 slot and removable access door.

    -4 USB-C and maybe 1 USB-A

    -Brighter Screen with a matte option

    Go get one!

    Oct 27, 2021 12:42
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 4 - 15” Touch-Screen – Intel Core i7 – 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) - Matte Black
    Description

    Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen. Surround yourself with immersive, theater-like Dolby Atmos® audio⁶. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek, ultra-thin design, and more speed, now up to 70% faster – with significantly longer battery life than before¹. Two sizes. Two keyboard finishes. Plus, choice of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ or exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processors².

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Get the most out of your screen space: Choose 15” for the best streaming, split-screen multitasking, and gaming experiences; or 13.5” for the perfect balance of productivity and portability. The Surface signature 3:2 ratio gives you the most vertical screen real estate on a laptop³.
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Power to do what you want with up to 70% more speed than before and an 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth LPDDR4x RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD): Expansive SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery. Holds your growing collection of digital photos, music and videos.
  • Make it your own: Slim, sleek design with rich tone-on-tone colors in warm Alcantara® material or cool metal finish. Choose from new Ice Blue, plus Sandstone, Matte Black, and Platinum²​.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics: Integrated graphics provides everyday image quality for Internet use, video streaming and casual gaming.
  • Improved all-day battery life: Go from low battery to full faster with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour⁵. Feel free to move about your home or workspace easily with significantly longer battery life than before¹.
  • Show your best side on video calls: Sharp video and image quality, even in low light, thanks to a front-facing 720p HD camera and be heard loud and clear with dual far-field Studio Mics that capture your voice and reduce background noise.
  • Connect in more ways: Plug in the accessories you use today with built-in ​USB-C® and USB-A ports, Surface Connect for charging, and headphone jack.
  • Built for Windows Ink: With Windows Ink-compatible computers, you can take notes on screen, mark up photos and screen shots, or create content through Ink-enabled apps. Learn more ›
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SurfaceLaptop4, 10 out of 10
    Better delivery that from Microsoft itself!

    I got this latest laptop to replace my 6 yr old Surface Book. The Surface Laptop 4 is so much faster and startup is much simpler. I was able to easily get this from Best Buy within 10 days, yet Microsoft would not promise delivery until mid-September- CRAZY! Best Buy delivered when they promised and without issues. My only concern is with Microsoft and all the talk about Windows 11 which may not be compatible with the Laptop 4; then I hear today that Microsoft is planning to announce a much improved laptop in the Fall. Seems like there is an opportunity to establish a generous trade in for buying whatever new laptop Microsoft is planning.

    Aug 14, 2021 08:05
  • Review by cab123, 8 out of 10
    Great laptop... but battery only lasts me 5 hours

    So far so good.... really loving this laptop. My only problem is I bought it because my laptop didn't meet the battery or storage requirements for my graduate school program so I bought this laptop because the battery was supposed to last "up to 16 hours"... so far it has lasted me 5 hours with my normal use (opening up a few different word documents and the internet at the same time, brightness up, no music or anything playing). Disappointed in the battery life for sure. BUT at least the battery charges super fast (~1.5 hours) so if im at school, I can charge during lunch if need be.

    The laptop was also a bit glitchy right out of the box (shut down internet browser, bottom taskbar kept loading), but no problems since then.

    Other than that, i'm loving the new laptop. I love the keyboard, the mousepad, etc. It's nice and light and love the color.

    Overall, I would recommend, but think the battery life should say "up to 5 hours of normal use" instead of 16.

    Apr 21, 2021 20:02
  • Review by newbie, 6 out of 10
    Disappointed

    After being excited about finding the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 in stock, I was disappointed with the battery life. I was under the impression that I would receive at least 8-10 hours of battery life while checking email and opening 8-10 webpages at a time. I was sadly disappointed that my experience was the total opposite. I only received 3-4 hours of battery life before I had to plug in. Sadly, after many weeks of research, I had no choice but to return Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.

    Jul 17, 2021 07:10
  • Review by KeepCoronasCold, 10 out of 10
    The beat continues!

    Everything you could want in a powerful yet elegant laptop that can run anything! The major reason to upgrade was that my old Surface Laptop would not support Windows 11. Purchased from Best Buy because the pricing was great and availability was immediate.

    Oct 29, 2021 16:38
  • Review by DanS, 6 out of 10
    Not what I was expecting

    I had high hopes for this computer, but at double the ram and processor speed than the Surface Book 1 that it was replacing, it had some issues that I could not overlook. The first was crashing during a zoom call and the lag/hang ups that I experienced with it. The matte black was also not a good choice for me as it showed smudges and fingerprints all over the case. I bought a keyboard slip protector that works great at keeping the keys clean, but I ended up returning the computer and re-up-upgrading to the Surface Studio Laptop. I really like the Studio, but it was an extra thousand dollars than the Laptop 4 with even double the ram and storage, but the battery life on the studio is just horrible. I can't win for trying......

    Oct 15, 2021 07:01
  • Review by gamer, 10 out of 10
    The lightest surface laptop so far with 15 inch

    The lightest surface laptop so far with 15 inch monitor, slimmer than surface book

    Oct 08, 2021 16:00
  • Review by NDman123, 10 out of 10
    Great Computer

    Very good computer. Fast and Lightweight. Good for my use as an Accounting Student

    Nov 05, 2021 15:37
  • Review by laptop, 10 out of 10
    surface 4

    we had a surace 2 laptop and it was a really good computer; we decided to stay with micro-soft surface products. This is why we chose the surface 4 as our new upgrade. These are great laptops; sure we could have gone with a lesser brand and lower priced one but the micro-soft surface has proven to be a reliable product; we chose to get it from Best buy as we did the surface 2 that we bought several years ago.

    May 28, 2021 17:01
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i3 - 4GB Memory - 128GB SSD with Black Type Cover - Platinum
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    13 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Premium performance on the go: Powered by Qualcomm®, the new custom Microsoft SQ1 processor delivers multitasking laptop performance, all-day battery life¹, and fast LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • No Wi-Fi, no problem: In addition to Wi-Fi, every model comes enabled with blazing-fast LTE Advanced Pro³ connectivity.
  • See more and do more on 13" screen: The virtually edge-to-edge high-resolution PixelSense™ display touch screen and Surface signature 3:2 ratio give you more workspace. Ambient light sensing automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Our thinnest Surface ever⁹: Perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle - sleek and slim, in Matte Black, Surface Pro X is just 7.33mm thin and starts at 1.7 pounds.²
  • Modern connections for multitasking: Two USB-C™ ports allow connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging.
  • Your laptop, your way: The next-generation laptop features the versatility of a studio and tablet, so you can type, touch, draw, write, work, and play more naturally.
  • Complete your experience with powerful accessories that are always at your fingertips: Make it a full laptop and portable studio with Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard, Slim Pen*, and Surface Arc Mouse.*
  • Next-generation laptop-grade performance with on-the-go mobility: Up to 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage.⁴
  • All-day battery life: Up to 13 hours¹, and the ability to go from empty to full fast - about 80% in just under an hour.⁸ Comes with Instant On and improved battery standby that extends your battery when you're away.¹
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • You are the password: Log in securely with Windows Hello sign-in, a fast and secure way to unlock Surface Pro X.
  • Work without an office: Get more done with Office 365* and quickly accomplish everyday tasks with fast web browsing in Microsoft Edge and Chrome.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Dstonom, 10 out of 10
    Worth the buy

    Computer is great over all just the apps have a 5 second delay but camera is good and the display is awesome and so is picture quality love the versatility durability and it's light weight you can take it anywhere. Definitely worth the buy plus if you get it with the surface pen you will even have more fun and greater functions.

    Aug 16, 2020 09:59
  • Review by Ynot, 10 out of 10
    Great Value-Wife Loves It!

    My wife needed a new tablet and I saw this on sale. Came with detachable keyboard and Windows 10. The best of two worlds: a tablet and laptop! She is very happy with it.

    Oct 05, 2020 16:13
  • Review by NauticalArtSlideshow, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 Battery Life Proven

    Advertisement for Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 battery life was proven GREAT! 6 straight 8 -9 hour days with recharging each night allowed me to use it as a display with Slideshow running continuosly!

    Sep 17, 2021 16:28
  • Review by Lori, 10 out of 10
    The drawing tools, graphics, are EPIC!

    Bought this for my high schooler studying Graphic Design. Everything in the description is TRUE!

    I bought it when it was sold as a combo WITH the keyboard....so make sure U read carefully because the keyboard AND pen are usually sold separately.

    Dec 30, 2019 05:22
  • Review by Laura, 10 out of 10
    Great Buy!

    Quick set up...Versatile and handy. This combined with my docking station, I can take work home to complete things in a snap without having to bring a whole bunch of paperwork. Does what I need it to do and can use it anywhere.

    Mar 26, 2021 15:46
  • Review by Awesome, 10 out of 10
    Best buy

    The laptop I perchised from your company Best buy I'm very happy with my service pro window 10

    May 07, 2021 22:18
  • Review by Carrie, 10 out of 10
    It’s perfect!

    Great size, sleek look, works perfectly for what I need. Easy to order and showed up quickly. Very happy with my purchase.

    May 23, 2020 09:15
  • Review by Taynsam, 10 out of 10
    Perfect tablet

    Love this tablet!! It has everything. Love that it has a detachable keyboard too. Amazing screen for netflixing

    Dec 18, 2020 16:26
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Device Only - Matte Black
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    13 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Premium performance on the go: Powered by Qualcomm®, the new custom Microsoft SQ1 processor delivers multitasking laptop performance, all-day battery life¹, and fast LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • No Wi-Fi, no problem: In addition to Wi-Fi, every model comes enabled with blazing-fast LTE Advanced Pro³ connectivity.
  • See more and do more on 13" screen: The virtually edge-to-edge high-resolution PixelSense™ display touch screen and Surface signature 3:2 ratio give you more workspace. Ambient light sensing automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Our thinnest Surface ever⁹: Perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle - sleek and slim, in Matte Black, Surface Pro X is just 7.33mm thin and starts at 1.7 pounds.²
  • Modern connections for multitasking: Two USB-C™ ports allow connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging.
  • Your laptop, your way: The next-generation laptop features the versatility of a studio and tablet, so you can type, touch, draw, write, work, and play more naturally.
  • Complete your experience with powerful accessories that are always at your fingertips: Make it a full laptop and portable studio with Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard, Slim Pen*, and Surface Arc Mouse.*
  • Next-generation laptop-grade performance with on-the-go mobility: Up to 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage.⁴
  • All-day battery life: Up to 13 hours¹, and the ability to go from empty to full fast - about 80% in just under an hour.⁸ Comes with Instant On and improved battery standby that extends your battery when you're away.¹
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • You are the password: Log in securely with Windows Hello sign-in, a fast and secure way to unlock Surface Pro X.
  • Work without an office: Get more done with Office 365* and quickly accomplish everyday tasks with fast web browsing in Microsoft Edge and Chrome.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Culpepper, 10 out of 10
    Surface Pro 7 - Awesome buy.

    I purchased this to replace a laptop that I was having issues with things loading. So far I love the ease that comes with the Microsoft Surface Pro 7. I haven't done too much on it yet as I am still getting things set up on it. The plan is for this to be the device I use when I am not at home and need to work on school stuff. Purchased as a bundle with the keyboard and then decided to purchase the pen as well. I love having the pen as I do not use a mouse with this and I can use the pen to scroll on webpages and all that. I definitely recommend purchasing a case for the device to give yourself more protection. The only thing I have had so far is that is did freeze up on me once and I had to hold the power button down until it shut down and then restarted it. Have not had the issue again.

    Feb 22, 2021 11:03
  • Review by Prelude428, 10 out of 10
    Wow! Very nice upgrade!

    Coming from an sp3 and this one is a huge step up! I don’t think it would be a big difference but happy we made the upgrade!

    Apr 09, 2021 17:12
  • Review by SurfacePro7, 8 out of 10
    Quite the Upgrade Surface Pro 2 to Surface Pro 7

    This Surface Pro 7 is a replacement for my old Surface Pro 2. It's bigger and shinier and faster and bigger inside :-). I especially like that we got the Type Cover. My old one's battery got too tired to recharge and you don't replace those; so it was time for a new one. It gave me 7 years of great service and I'm hoping to get at least the same from this one.

    So far it works the same as the old one. My only problem is that it goes to sleep and doesn't want to wake up. I have worked around that by adjusting the settings to not let it go into deep sleep. I haven't tested the battery life yet to see if it lasts all day unplugged.

    I really like having the Type Cover both for inputting data and for protecting the glass when in transit. Would highly recommend getting that and it is a nice keyboard as well.

    Jun 01, 2021 18:20
  • Review by Abraham, 10 out of 10
    8gb memory I5 256g ssd model

    Great tablet/computer. I got this when it was on sale for $999 primarily for design since I do custom made cake toppers using Affinity Designer. This laptop meets and exceeds my expectations:) I didn’t want to carry around a laptop around and this is very lightweight and performs as should using these designs programs including Adobe Illustrator. The resolution is far better than my laptop (HP).

    I bought the keyboard later down the road and the pen works amazing. I’m glad I’ve made this investment.

    Mar 13, 2020 16:24
  • Review by Alexis19, 10 out of 10
    Surface Pro

    I love this computer! I’m in college so I wanted something small but I could carry around with me with no trouble and this is perfect. It does anything I need it to and converts into a tablet if I need to take notes for class! Overall 5/5

    Mar 20, 2020 21:51
  • Review by Patty, 10 out of 10
    Buy it.

    It is a great tablet, i use it Monday to Saturday for work and it is very practical. Very slick and modern. All my friends and coworkers ask what brand is it, the system is very fast and the colors and all look phenomenal. I really recommend it for work, school or just pure entertainment. 100% recommended.

    Jul 30, 2021 17:18
  • Review by JCFan, 10 out of 10
    A jack of all trades!

    The 7th version of Microsoft's tablet is another evolution in the tried and true design with no real changes from last year other than the addition of the USB-C port. Internally you'll get the latest 10th gen Dual or Quad core processors depending on the model you choose. What makes this a great device (with the mandatory type cover; you'll need and want this) is that it can suit so many diverse use cases. Want a tablet? Check. Need a laptop? Check. Want to take notes for school or work or draw (again, with the optional pen)? Check. If you have the ability to get all of the accessories like the Type Cover, Pen, and Docking Station, you'll have a device that can do it all (except serious gaming). It can be expensive getting all the accessories but it makes up for it by being really good at pretty much everything. Cameras on front and back make it easy to chat or grab a quick photo. The kickstand lets you set almost any angle you'd like. The display is super sharp and clear for watching videos or viewing photos. Don't skimp on the RAM and get at least the 8GB versions. The i5 versions have no fan and always remain quiet and pretty cool. The i7 models have great performance but will bring a fan along that you'll hear if you are pushing performance. Overall, a highly recommended device.

    Nov 08, 2019 15:48
  • Review by ReverendDC, 10 out of 10
    What An Upgrade!!

    After buying into the "Surface Life" with a surplus Surface Pro 2, I was hooked on the Microsoft Surface Pro series. No other device offers the functionality, portability, and power in such a small, light device. While carrying dual core Intel processors for the first 5 generations of devices, it surpassed expectations in productivity and, yes, even gaming in a system that often exceeded the performance of similarly spec'd computers.

    I purchased a Surface Pro 6 a short 6 months ago, and the bounce was noticeable. With an i5 boasting 4c/8t performance, even at the "entry level" 128GB system (not counting the m3, which was not worthy of the "Pro" label) and NO FAN (the Pro 6 and 7 i5 models share this trait, as fans in tablets are WRONG) and 8GB of RAM, gaming on a tablet (along with that pesky productivity ability) became a thing.

    When the Surface Pro 7 came out a short month ago, it looked like a very minor refresh, with the biggest changes being a USB-C port replacing the miniDP and a two generation jump from the Intel 8th gen to 10th gen graphics...most reviews looked to be accurate with a solid "meh."

    Since my wife also wanted a Pro, the time had come to decided upon another 6 or to move to a 7 (don't worry, she got a laptop too...Merry Christmas!). Even with the steep discounts for the Pro 6s, I HATE being behind. The Surface Pro 7 it was...

    ...and it was the correct choice, indeed. While the 1035G4 didn't appear to be too much of an increase from the 8250 of the Pro 6, in reality, the jump in pure power is exceptional. One wouldn't think so with the drop in base frequency to 1.1 GHz, but the boost speed is greater, and, due to the excellent thermals of the Pros themselves, maintains higher than base clocks the huge majority of the time when under any load. In addition, the overlooked Iris Pro graphics now come close to matching the Nvidia base MX150 graphics in games with 48 ECs vs the 24 ECs in the UHD 620 setup, although the frequency stays the same on both. Guild Wars 2 dailies, Battlefield 4 (4!!!!), Elite Dangerous...not only doable, but fun...in a tablet (NO FAN).

    The jump from DDR3 to DDR4 is another update that doesn't look big on paper, but works wonders for the overall device speed.

    The USB-C port (no, NOT Thunderbolt 3) is a welcome change from the miniDP port, and the dongle life has never been easier to carry as a result. This change alone easily reduces the dongles required from 5-10 (depending on your needs) to a maximum of 1 the majority of the time (a sweet USB-C hub with the original DP, VGA, HDMI, multiple USB 3 ports and an ethernet port are not hard to find at a reasonable price). Likewise, the charging capabilities through both the Surface Connector and the USB-C port make for an excellent means of always staying charged.

    The screen, always a strong suite of the line, remains, as does the awesome removable keyboard; neither required an update. A small color accuracy update would have been great for the screen, but not truly necessary. The pen and Arc mouse remain great, but not necessary accessories (the argument could be made that the Surface isn't truly complete without the Surface Pen, though).

    In addition, in one of the truly underrated updates, the WiFi chipset was FINALLY updated to an Intel model from the previously atrocious Marvell chips on the Pro 6 and earlier...and it comes with WiFi 6 for futureproofing. This is a HUGE update, and maintains both speed and connection in a far better manner. We aren't even mentioning the Bluetooth 5 capability.

    Audio jack (ahem, Apple), external microSD card slot, the very unappreciated Instant On with Windows Hello functionality, excellent build quality, 1024 levels of touch sensitivity, wonderful stereo speakers, front and rear decent cameras with excellent audio capture for conference calls, literally MILLIONS of tried and true Win32 applications...the benefits go on and on. All in a (FANLESS) tablet. Oh, and Windows 10.

    A perfect device, then? Um...no. No LTE option?! We get the awesome Instant On, why can't we also have the Always Connected" option as well? While I'm a personal fan of the bezels (they make it a LOT easier to hold as a tablet), it is a blast from the past for many who are used to seeing the bezels shrinking into the abyss (there's the Surface Pro X for that, although...ARM...for Windows? NOT SOLD...yet). Microsoft...I know Thunderbolt 3 is a battery hog, but you really should have had this included, even as an option on some of the higher SKUs. Speaking of battery life, the firmware definitely needs tweaking (anyone with a Surface knows that this WILL happen), as the battery usage, while understandably higher because of the G4 vs UHD 620, definitely takes a hit compared to the mature 4th - 8th generation firmware and drivers (Intel tick-tock-tock-tocked their way through the last 5 generations on the 14nm process). Microsoft (again), if you are going to call this a 2-in-1, then you should include the keyboard. Enough of this nickel/diming (more like $50/$100-ing) for essential and much desired equipment, like the KEYBOARD. Once you use the Pen, you will not know how you lived without it (the response is almost as good as the Apple Pencil in response time, and the feel is wonderful), but it's $100 as well...with a non-recharging battery?! Why does the Surface PRO (PRO) series NOT INCLUDE WINDOWS PRO?! Which brings us to...

    ...dat price doe!!!! Although I proudly live the "Surface Life," the cost of entry is truly Apple-esque. "Value" in this case really depends on the user and use cases. If you are looking for a content delivery system, go buy a base iPad or Samsung tablet (or an Amazon Fire if you are one of THOSE PEOPLE). However, the old adage of "the best tool for the job is the one you have with you" remains true, and you will find yourself bringing the less than 2 pounds of a full and powerful Windows device with you everywhere far more often than that 15" (or even 13") laptop that can weigh twice as much with far more plastic involved. This is a system for business users, prosumers, and those who want a jewelry-like Windows tablet that matches and even exceeds (in some ways) the design savoir faire of the fruit people, and has a price to match. The "value" proposition then is not a one-to-one comparison, but a one-to-two or one-to-three comparison (replacing a laptop and a tablet with one device). Even cheap end equipment will add up to the cost of a single Surface Pro 7 on the low i5 end in these cases, and adds up to much more for mid range stuff, like an iPad Pro and an "Ultrabook."

    It's also a great content consumption device.

    In conclusion, if you want a great, well designed tablet/laptop thing that is easy to carry, easy to pack, has great power and battery life on demand, and just plain works, this is one of the best options on the market, and well worth the price of admission. If you are looking for an update from the Pro 5 or earlier, it's a no-brainer, especially with a ton of trade-in options (right now, Best Buy is guaranteeing $200 or more dollars with a Surface Pro trade in, any generation). If you have a Surface Pro 6 and no pressing need to push your gaming envelope or cut down on the donglage, the Pro 7 is still a great update option, but not one that will move most peoples' meter too much. If you are looking at a new "Ultrabook" or replacement for a productivity laptop, look no further. A great option for every occasion!

    Nov 16, 2019 00:17
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Device Only - Matte Black
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Connect, create, get comfortable: Whatever your office looks like, be it a desk, couch, or dining table, Surface Pro 7 is your ultra-light, endlessly adaptable partner — now with faster processing and more connections — plus all-day battery life.¹
  • More powerful in every way: Chase your dream and get seriously productive with mega-multitasking laptop power, all-day battery,¹ and plenty of memory and storage.
  • Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Surface Pro 7 keeps up with you — with multitasking speed, stunning entertainment, incredible Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Get back to work the moment inspiration strikes: With Fast Charging, all-day battery¹ and Instant On, you can get back to work right now, tonight, or tomorrow. Surface Pro 7 stands ready to take your ideas to the next level whenever you are.
  • Built-in cameras that show your best side: 1080p HD video webcams are perfect for all your calls, meetings, virtual get togethers and more.
  • Connect and keep up the way you want to: Video calls and meetings come to life with spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras that automatically adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
  • A brilliant display: The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Make a statement with signature accessories: Personalize your Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro accessories you know. Choose from Platinum or Matte Black.⁴
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics. Plus, enjoy crisp, clear audio for music, podcasts, and movies with Dolby® Audio™ sound.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
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  • Review by Snipes, 10 out of 10
    Made the leap from Mac to Windows

    Five years ago I had a PC and said I would NEVER get an apple device. Then my PC broke and I had a good reason to try out a Macbook Pro. What a beautiful computer! Fast, sleek, and powerful everything I needed.

    Then just three weeks ago I decided it was time to upgrade and I awaited the good news from Apple about their new Macbooks. But the news never came, and the reviews on their current Mac's were mixed (the keyboard issue made me nervous). So I thought maybe it was time to experiment with Microsoft.

    The Surface Pro was a unique design, also sleek and had some attractive hardware so I went with the Pro 7 i5. I gave it a run for its money for two weeks doing all of my typical task at work (word, excel, powerpoint) as well as some of my hobbies (adobe photoshop and premiere pro). The Pro 7 handled them all like a beast.

    I ended up returning the i5 and getting the i7 because I liked the Pro 7 so much that I wanted to ensure I got a good 3+ yrs out of it. Haven't looked back yet.

    Like any device it has its Pro's an Con's and one device will never please everyone but here are some of my Pro's and Con's:

    PRO's

    - Beautiful design and great 2 in 1 device that functions extremely well as both tablet and PC

    - USB - C and Microsoft's charging cable = extremely fast charging

    - The premium keyboard is easy to type on and looks great

    - Stylus is a huge bonus, something I never had with a Mac

    - Touchscreen is great, useful in almost every situation

    - Stunning 4k Video

    - The i7 chip and 16RAM have been able to handle everything I have thrown at it, including a 30+FPS rate on Skyrim

    - The instant on and Hello Camera are incredible. Cheers to Microsoft for that feature

    CONs

    - Battery life just isnt were it should be. I get MAYBE 10hrs out of it with using max battery settings and not using any demanding software

    - Not being able to iMessage (a big change for a Mac user for 5+yrs)

    - The i7 does have a fan in it which can be annoying but even at maximum torque the fan is not TO loud and the only time it has been needed thus far for myself is with Skyrim. Has never turned on in my day-day work.

    Nov 12, 2019 10:49
  • Review by MaltbiaBklyn, 10 out of 10
    2nd Surface Pro: From 4 to 7

    This is my 2nd Surface, I started with a Survey 4 having used both PC/laptops and the Mac Tablet, I was looking for something that was more of a hybrid - and thus my love for the Surface. Its not the best laptop, nor, table, in the world, yet, to me, it is the best of both worlds in terms of an integrated, multi-use product. I'm a professor, I use it for my work, teaching, research, and personal - a true workhorse. When I'm working at home, or in the office, I connect it to an external monitor and decking station and it meets my needs. Very pleased with my new Surface Pro 7 and was happy to be able use the keyboard and pen from my prior Surface. Pricy, yet worth it!

    Jun 04, 2021 15:40
  • Review by Tony, 10 out of 10
    Surface pro 7

    Love my surface pro 7, I have it rig to be a desktop with the surface dock. Could easily take it on the go when needed for tethering one the job.

    Feb 28, 2021 15:22
  • Review by TouchscreenGreatness, 8 out of 10
    Touchscreen Greatness

    I really enjoyed the full touch screen & the use of the pen

    Apr 16, 2021 22:04
  • Review by Dmaximus, 10 out of 10
    Great for work and personal use!

    I love this machine! This past Christmas I had purchased the I-Pad Pro 12.9" for my bride. I was very impressed and thought about going that direction for my purchase, however due to my business activities and all of my current files being windows based, I made the surface purchase. the portability is awesome, the keyboard I purchased works great as protection for the screen and is super comfortable. During the day this is docked with my other screens and when I'm traveling its great to have the functionality of a tablet. I would definitely recommend. I will say I researched the Surface ProX as well and due to the software compatibility issues they are having with that platform, the Pro 7 for me seemed like a much better choice.

    Feb 20, 2021 10:49
  • Review by Steve, 10 out of 10
    A powerful 2 in 1 in such a small form factor!

    What a system. I returned a lower spec model (i5/8gb/128ssd) for this since I wanted to future-proof it a bit more and let me tell you it was worth it. Don't get me wrong, the i5 model is very sweet and had no issues with anything I threw at it but the i7 is a bit more powerful and it gives a nice 30-50% or even more bonus to 3d heavy applications or games. Both the i5 and i7 use the Iris Plus which is an intel feature on these CPU's but the i7 has 64 execution units while the i5 only has 48 and that right there is the major difference. You can run most games at 1080p on medium settings with a very good framerate. Now you won't be playing Gears 5 or anything crazy like that but it has no issues with MMO's like WoW, or FFXIV, Albion Online, Warcraft 3 remastered, Starcraft 2 or anything like that. Having the extra ram is also very nice for browsing if you use a ton of tabs and multitask a lot and the SSD is blazing fast. The one thing I was worried about was the fan since the i3 and i5 are fanless and silent. The moment I started doing windows updates on the i7 I noticed the fan kicked in and was pretty noticable but that seems to have gone away and only appears when installing apps or heavy gaming, but the best part is I noticed the system runs a lot cooler than the i5 so you will have almost no throttling like the i5 and you can keep a constant CPU speed for much much longer. All around I'm super impressed with this computer. It's such a powerhouse in a very small form factor and it's one of the best made/looking pieces of tech out there. I would not hesitate buying this again and will stick with the Surface lineup going forward. The only thing it needs is a nice re-design to something like the X but without sacrificing the CPU (ARM yuck). 10/10.

    Oct 20, 2020 03:12
  • Review by Sarah, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for Office with a side of digital art

    Bought to replace a Surface Pro 5 (i5 version), and all of my peripherals (type cover, Surface Pen, and even my spare chargers) still work just fine.

    Comes with a free upgrade to Win 11, which is nice. Also has USB-C with Power Delivery, which is double-nice. No more proprietary display port or whatever plug.

    If you're someone who needs a laptop, but you also enjoy digital art on the side, this is probably one of the best options out there. My old Surface Pen is much more responsive now than it was with the Pro 5. The overall power feels about 3x what I'm used to. 16GB of ram is also a huge plus if you like to keep a lot of programs/browser tabs open all the time, and the microSD slot allows for ridiculous storage expansion nowadays.

    And yes, this i7 version DOES have a fan, but I consider this to be a good thing, given the specs. Better still, the fan is very quiet, and only comes on during heavy CPU use--it's just too darn small to make much more than a faint hum in a dead-silent room, and the passive cooling is more than enough for general browsing or Office work.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:52
  • Review by GuvnA, 10 out of 10
    Performs Well

    Upgraded to this model after having owned the Pro 4 for a number of years. With Zoom classes and multiple media programs running, the Pro 4 just wasn't able to keep up and was often freezing momentarily or having to be rebooted. I had also almost filled the 128GB of memory the Pro 4 had.

    Thus far I'm very happy with this upgrade, the processor is definitely beefier and the 256GB memory should be more than sufficient for years to come, especially since I plan on using an external drive for my home media solutions. I do think the type cover should come with, and I had to wait quite a while to get one with fingerprint reader from Microsoft.

    The major frustration came in moving my data from my Pro 4 to this one. It seems ridiculous that there is no wired or wireless option to simply copy files and preferences from one machine to the other. Cellphones have this functionality available and they typically have much less data and preferences to move.

    I certainly wasn't going to pay Geek Squad or another service to move the data for me, so I just backed up to an external drive and copied the data over. But that does nothing about my preferences. About the only thing I didn't have to setup was my wallpaper, which indicates Microsoft knows this is a feature people would want but they're uninterested in providing it.

    Otherwise, this is a great multipurpose tool for students and small business purposes.

    May 16, 2021 09:56
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Book 3 15" Touch-Screen PixelSense - 2-in-1 Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Performance meets versatility. From intensive video and graphics files to high-octane gaming, the most powerful Surface laptop yet combines speed, graphics, and long battery life with the versatility of a laptop, tablet, and portable studio. Tackle your biggest demands with quadcore powered 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, blazing NVIDIA® graphics, and high-resolution PixelSense™ Display designed for Surface Pen* and touch.

    14 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • The most powerful Surface laptop delivers on your creativity: Now 30% faster than Surface Book 2 15”, with quad-core powered, 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.
  • Unleash your best ideas: With the fastest graphics on any Surface, powered by the latest NVIDIA® GTX GeForce GPU, with 256GB of storage, and 16GB RAM.
  • Power when you need it: Get up to 17.5 hours¹ battery life — plus get back to work when you’re ready with improved standby that extends battery life when you’re away.
  • High-resolution PixelSense™ display: Breathe new life into your creations on the vibrant, PixelSense™ touchscreen display that combines Surface Pen,* touch, and Surface Dial.* Also available in 13.5”.
  • Show them what you’re made of with the most immersive gaming on any Surface laptop: Pair your Xbox Wireless controller* to enjoy the latest titles with Xbox Game Pass for PC.* *Some accessories and software sold separately.
  • Video calls and virtual meetings come to life: With spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras.
  • Robust laptop, powerful tablet, and portable studio in one: Home office, kitchen table or living room couch, choose the way your work best with three versatile modes of use.
  • Laptop mode: Get productive with a robust laptop featuring full keyboard and large, responsive trackpad, while navigating naturally on the touchscreen.
  • Studio mode: Draw, write and sketch with precision using Surface Pen* with Surface Dial* and high-end graphics, at the perfect angle for you.
  • Tablet mode: Detach the touchscreen to swipe through photos and browse the web with a powerful 15” tablet.
  • From music and podcasts to movies: Experience movies, music, and virtual meetings with astonishing detail, richness, and depth with Dolby Atmos® sound.
  • All the connections you need for multiple devices and accessories: Includes USB-A and versatile USB-C™ ports, plus a full-size SD card slot.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
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  • Review by Solrak, 8 out of 10
    Faster, more powerful, and better than ever

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    I was provided with this Microsoft Surface Book 3 at no cost as part of the Best Buy Tech Insider program. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews and sharing their experiences with the product.

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    The Microsoft Surface Book 3 is an extremely well-engineered, high quality, high performance notebook that literally flew through almost every Adobe Photoshop task I threw at it as part of my daily work regiment. It easily handled all my MS Visual Studio development work with ease and the 15” inch PixelSense display’s 3:2 aspect ratio helped to keep more text on the screen – in addition to also being great for photo editing and long form document viewing. The PixelSense screen produced excellent Adobe RGB color accuracy out the box. Everything from the minimalist industrial looking magnesium alloy case, to the well-spaced and perfectly back lit keyboard screams quality and well thought out engineering…. However, there is significant room for improvement. The main areas I felt needed the most attention was centered around design and performance decisions made by Microsoft to keep the Surface Book 3 “the premier” 2-in-1 notebook in the market. The detachable tablet design results in a lot of sacrifices to maintain that unique form factor. There was a noticeable amount of screen wobble due to the top end heavy design of the display. Audio and sound takes a minor performance hit due to the relatively weak and hollow sounding speakers embedded into the display unit (but not the base unit oddly). More importantly, while I found the unit whisper quiet under normal operation – it got notably noisy, and even a little whiny, under full sustained processing loads, such as encoding in Adobe Premier Pro, or while testing out the graphical processing prowess in some light gaming action in Fortnite. Sadly, all of the currently available configurations are non-user serviceable/ non upgradable which means that you need to seriously calculate the amount of RAM and SSD storage you may need for future application usage and development – or risk having to acquire a whole new unit later on down the line.

    Detailed Observations after a regular usage:

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    My team and I create training photos, video content, coded programs, and virtualized network/server infrastructure to meet our organization’s needs. I am fortunate to regularly work with others that often live on the “bleeding edge” of technology and this results in inevitably swapping machines between team members many times over throughout a project to work through our tasks. This provides for a great opportunity to compare the performance of many different machines essentially running the same tasks over and over. I primarily utilize Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Premier Pro, MS Visual Studio, and VMware Workstation Pro as part of my regular work routine… with a healthy heaping of PC gaming on the side. I wouldn’t say I am a “Artisan” Photoshop/Premiere Pro user, but my team and I utilize the programs enough to be more than well versed in what they have to offer. For reference, I predominately work with 8-16 Megapixel uncompressed JPG images with average bit depths of 8bpc per image. I rarely utilize more than 10 layers in any of the images I work with – and in that regard this 16GB of RAM model is more than enough to tackle any filters or renders that I throw at it in reasonably quick amount of time. I kept a close eye on the RAM and system resource utilization – and it never peaked above 80% under the above circumstances – even with 10-15 Chrome tabs and streaming music services running in the background as well. I added a photo in the gallery for reference. In all honesty, I feel that if you are planning on working with predominately RAW Images or any 16bpc (or greater) JPG images AND/OR rely on more than 10 layers – you should definitely be looking at the Surface Book 3 with 32GB of RAM over this configuration. The battery life was decent and lasted about 5-7 hours with moderate to heavy use in a single day of my type of usage. I imagine this is due in part to the two separate batteries in the in the base and in the Surface Book Display unit along with the low voltage 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor. The keyboard is spacious, has great key travel, and uniform back-lighting...What more can you ask for?

    I regularly create/maintain VMware virtual machines as part of my development work to test and verify functionality of features I am working on. Interestingly – although this machine has the graphical, and computational horsepower to serve as a dedicated VMware or VirtualBox workstation – it requires a little tinkering out of the box. Due to native Windows 10 Security settings AND the Surface Book 3 default BIOS configuration – resource conflicts occur with the native Level1 Windows hypervisor and the Level2 VMware/VirtualBox virtualization software you are trying to use. “Credential guard” errors resulted every time I tried to load a VMware or VirtualBox VM. Without going into granular technical detail, technical – the Surface Book 3 BIOS lacks the ability/option to easily view or enable/disable “Virtualization” features of the Intel Chipset – even though it is a natively supported feature. I was able to rectify the situation by making edits to the Windows Registry to disable the conflicting services and I also had to modify the Windows 10 OS Security settings to allow the sharing of virtualized privileged system resources/core memory functions. There are a few Microsoft Knowledge base articles that you can search for to address this if you run into this similar issue, and it would have saved me several hours of my time had I known in advance.

    Interesting things I noted:

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    - The Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti is a decent solution for 1080p Gaming with “High” detail settings (and possibly some “very high” depending on the Game)

    - Its nice to have a full-sized SDXC card read directly in the device

    - even under heavy load, the keyboard and palm rest stayed nice and cool - the back side of the Display unit got noticeably warm at times when I would pick up or move the unit to another area.

    - Microsoft really should include a Surface Pen at this price point – it really adds to the capability of the device and helps to strengthen one of its key advantages over other machines

    - The screen is bright enough to work easily with in direct sunlight – even if it can have touch too much reflections at times

    - While the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 1065G7 inside of this model is more powerful than its predecessors – it is not the best performing (nor best priced) processor for content creation on the market. Microsoft should really consider offering the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 series processors in this model or in future revisions or at least try to consider using a non "low voltage" based processor to compete with AMD.

    - I have mixed feelings about the “mechanical” button mechanism that detached the tablet from the base. I accidentally engaged it the first day I used it and the mechanism made a weird sound and the tablet sort of wobbled. Nothing broke, but makes me ponder the longevity and fragility of the mechanism over long term repeated use.

    - The trackpad looks small – and is small - but it was more than adequate in my usage. I think it doesn’t help that there is so much “unused” space in the palm rest area on both side of the base. Maybe place extra Speakers to improve sound while plugged into the base?

    Closing thoughts:

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    As I mentioned – I work in a team, and some my team mates regularly switch out their notebooks in a quest the find “the one” that tries to do everything they need. This is where I think the Surface Book 3 starts to lose some of its luster and appeal. There are faster/more powerful notebooks and 2-in-1’s for content creators and developers out there - for lower MSRP. They are often more customizable, with better performing hardware and equally impressive displays out there – for lower MSRP. I physically witnessed 15” inch AMD 4800U and a 14” AMD 4900HS powered notebook -with similar Nvidia GTX GPUs- perform many of the same tasks in 20%-30% faster time frames, along with more system RAM, SSD storage … for less than half the price of this models MSRP. Even taking all that into consideration – there is still something special about the Surface Book line that can’t be quantified. Thanks to the detachable screen, I found new ways to collaborate and make on the fly edits/adjustments with my team. I was able to gather input that would not have been possible with any other machine thanks to the added flexibility. Using the Surface Book 3 in tablet mode with an optional Surface Pen is where this device really shines. Sadly, there is NOT one included in the box – I borrowed one from my personal Surface Pro 4). As configured with 16GB of RAM, and at retail MSRP – I think the Surface Book 3 is an outstanding machine that can tackle light – to - medium weight content creation tasks and workloads, with the added bonus of lightweight gaming on the side.

    It looks and feels like a premium device – but it costs significantly more than (mainly AMD) devices that can outperform it on almost every level. In my mind, it boils down to “needing” the tablet functionality for the added cost –or- heavy Photo editing/collaboration with the PixelSense Display and a Surface Pen – which again is oddly optional at this price point given lower priced "Surface Pro" models can be purchased with a pen as part of the configurations.

    Jul 09, 2020 01:04
  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Tablet or Laptop

    Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews

    Tablet or a Laptop

    How about a two in one and you get the best of both worlds. Meet the new Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 inch 10th Gen Intel Core i7 with 256GB SSD, 16GB of Ram and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GPU Max-Q. This laptop is a lightweight, versatile and a beautifully unique designed powerhouse.

    I have been using this laptop now for a little over a week now for multiple things such video editing, photoshop using Adobe photoshop, graphic designing, gaming, office work, everyday use such as writing this review and I must say it has excelled in every aspect, it has yet to let me down. The laptop and tablet in one is such an amazing design and done very successfully by Microsoft, in my perspective, that you have everything you need for whatever life demands all at your fingertips. If you need to get something done on the go just simply detach the tablet portion and get it done. The only downside to the tablet portion is that your dedicated graphic card and larger battery are built into the keyboard portion of the laptop to keep the tablet design slim, so you do end up losing a little bit of the graphics and battery in the tablet mode.

    The Surface Book 3 came packed with great tech, like Windows 10 Home, WIFI 6 or Wi-Fi 802.11ax support, whatever you want to call it, Bluetooth 5.0, 2 USB, Media Card Reader, USB C, which can also be used to for charging as well, and a charging port. One thing I have to say that most people are getting away from and I am glad that Microsoft decided to keep is the headphone jack, built into the tablet. Most people don’t like or care for the headphone jacks but I personally love them because in a pinch they do come in handy. The laptop also comes with a front and rear camera, which by the way worked well during my office meetings, along with the Dolby Atmos audio which is not bad at all. The screen resolution on the laptop is amazing (3240 x 2160), and the touch screen is very responsive.

    As far as performance goes, while the Surface 3 is not built for gaming, it does allow and runs some performance requiring game such as tomb raider, Modern Warefare without any problems. Also, working of some 3D designing rendering, video editing, and using photoshop the laptop performed without a hitch and did not heat up, which my other laptop still does but it is also older and lags a bit behind in hardware.

    My overall experience with the Microsoft Surface Book 3 has been nothing but amazing. Although being a very expensive unit, I believe it is well worth the price. Like the saying goes “You get what you pay for”. If anyone is looking for tablet/pc, I would recommend looking into the Surface Book 3.

    Jul 08, 2020 19:33
  • Review by TTDONGO, 10 out of 10
    Professional

    Good product. I'm enjoying it each time of the day for school and work. I installed Linux on it for school and work and haven't had any problems. No changes in performance with a second OS installed. I recommend this product to anybody looking for a laptop for everyday work and beyond.

    Mar 12, 2021 15:43
  • Review by CCPD, 10 out of 10
    Tablet and Laptop in One

    Before starting I would like to say that I’m a member of the Tech Insider Network and reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.

    Pulling the Surface Book 3 out of the box it seems heavy for its size. They must have a lot crammed into a small package as it certainly has the specs. It looks sharp and feels premium and it should at this price point. As I went through the box looking to see what all came in the package I was upset to find there was no stylus included. At this price it should be included. Looking at the screen I noticed a sizable bezel. At first, I wondered why the bezel was so large before I realized it was probably for the attachment points between the keyboard and tablet.

    Turning it on there is a short boot time thanks to the SSD. There is the standard Windows 10 setup, which goes quick with some assistance from Cortana. The mouse pad is standard, and the keyboard has a selector to light up the keys, which comes in handy. The screen is sturdily attached to the keyboard and only comes apart when you press the detach button on the keyboard. Reattaching is as simple as putting the screen back in its place as it locks itself together. I really like that there are no vents on the bottom of the keyboard. The vent is well placed on the top of the keyboard and it’s not very noticeable. I love that I can set the Surface Book on my lap and not worry about blocking a vent and causing it to overheat. There is also a vent that goes around the entire screen and the speakers are hidden on the left and right sides. It’s also quiet and I haven’t heard a cooling fan yet. Listening to music and watching some videos I was pleasantly surprised with the sound system. It’s not audiophile quality but for movies and music it’s unexpected and surprisingly good. The Dolby Atmos creates an exceptional sound stage. The charger attaches magnetically and is an improvement over a coaxial power connection you see on most laptops. There are two USB connections, a single USB type C connection, headphone jack, and an SD card reader. Missing is an HDMI connection, which would be nice to have.

    I installed several programs, and each was quick to install and quick to open once installed. The SSD is nice and fast but it doesn’t appear to be interchangeable so make sure you get a model with enough storage space for your needs unless you plan to use external storage. Programs are also very responsive thanks to the i7 processor and 16 GB of memory. The touch screen is accurate and works well and the screen is sharp and produces good viewing angles. There are cameras on the front and back, but I mainly just use the front facing camera to identify my face to aid with the login.

    I’m currently in the midst of a project for work to create a manual and I’m using Acrobat DC. I’m using a lot of pictures in the manual that I’ve taken with my DSLR. To help organize and prepare everything I also have Lightroom and Photoshop. I’ve been running all three programs at the same time and this thing hasn’t skipped a beat. I’m able to quickly import RAW image files into Lightroom since the Surface Book has an SD card reader. I currently have 90 images imported and I can easily browse all the photos I’ve taken for the project at one time and switch between the RAW images without any lag. I can quickly make the necessary lens corrections and white balance adjustments before exporting to Photoshop for finetuning the image and saving it to a reduced size for the manual. I can then import the images into Acrobat. The speed at which I’m able to go from one program to another is great and it really makes the project so much easier to complete. With 93 imported RAW images in Lightroom, 18 photos open for editing in Photoshop, and Acrobat DC open for editing a 110-page manual all at the same time there are no issues with performance and I have absolutely zero complaints over the performance of this machine.

    One thing to note is that the Surface Book has two batteries. One in the tablet and one in the keyboard. Together they give you pretty good battery life but separate them and the smaller battery in the tablet will only give you around 3 hours of use.

    Overall, I’m happy with the Surface Book 3. It’s more than capable to handle anything I can throw at it. I think a stylus and an HDMI port would have been nice additions. Better battery life for the tablet portion of the Surface Book would also be welcome. Otherwise it’s an excellent machine, although expensive, and I know I will get plenty of use out of it.

    Jul 10, 2020 12:57
  • Review by JorgeZ, 6 out of 10
    Bad battery

    Suddenly started to get overheated and the battery only lasts less than an hour. Before this issue , it was working as expected. I thing that this particular piece it came with this malfunction, after 2 weeks of looking for my best option I came with my decision of buying this laptop, I never heard about this issue in all the reviews that I read.

    Dec 25, 2020 19:18
  • Review by AtlantaGreg, 8 out of 10
    Very good laptop with a very premium price tag...

    The newly released Microsoft Surface Book 3 replaces the Surface Book 2 with some noteworthy upgrades. My unit comes with a configuration of a 10th generation 1.3 ghz i7 Intel processor, 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM, a 256 gig SSD hard drive, and Nvidia GTX GeForce dedicate graphics processor with 6 gigs of dedicated video. A bright 15 inch “Pixel Sense” detachable monitor with a resolution of 3240 x 2160 pixels rounds out the major features. Microsoft can configure this generation of Surface Book in a number of ways from a 13 to 15 inch monitor, i5 or i7 processors, or up to 32 gigs of RAM and more powerful graphics, so depending on your needs, there will be a variation of this you can configure that’s best for you (at a cost, of course).

    Full disclosure: Best Buy reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. I will always provide my honest opinions on all products reviewed. .

    One of the main reasons people get these are for the versatility. The screen (which houses some of the laptop’s guts) can be detached and used like a tablet on it’s own, with it’s own battery supply built in. When used with the Surface Pen (which unfortunately they do NOT include with these units), your creative juices can go wild with the bright, colorful, high-res screen. The backlit keyboard unit has a battery of it’s own as well, and when the two are attached, you get some pretty good battery life as well as much improved graphics power as this is where the graphic card is housed. A note though – a 17 hour possible battery life is quoted in specs, and in reality, I found it to be a bit less than half of that when running the screen at least at 50% brightness and doing “real world” projects and uses. Your mileage may vary depending on how you use it. You can use it as a standard laptop, or detach the screen and re-attach it backwards to use in tent mode or as a tablet with the keyboard attached, or just carry around the screen as a standalone tablet (with less power as the graphic card and one of the batteries are again, housed, in the keyboard section). One minor issue is that with the monitor holding several components inside, it can get a bit warm in use, but it never gets so hot that it’s worrisome. The keyboard and track pad feel rock solid, and the Surface 3 has a nice typing feel to it, and has the ports most need; two USB-3 ports, one USB-C, SD card reader, headphone jack.

    Speakers are standard in terms of volume and clarity – nothing outstanding but much better than on lesser machines. The web cam is very good being true HD, and has very good lower light clarity. A “rear” camera (in the upper corner of the lid) is also of good quality if you have need of it. The microphones are clear, though I did find I had to speak up just a bit louder than on some other machines for them to pick me up and react. A magnetic connector on the charger helps prevent accidents if someone or a pet walks by and accidentally pulls the power cord while in use – it just pops free of the machine, preventing it from being dragged off of the table.

    Processing power overall is good. The Surface Book 3 breezed through Paint Shop Pro projects even with multiple layers being applied to photos, large resizing of pics, and having several projects open at once. I decided to try to tax the system by using an old Microsoft screen capture program called Expression Encoder – it allows you to take screen captures of video up to 10 minutes in length (free version), and when converting and saving those clips to your computer, can really tax a system. My mid-range desktop will whine and whirrrr (fan) when using it, sounding like it’s near death. It can take several minutes to process even shorter 4-5 minute videos. The Surface Book handled this pretty well. I took some 3-5 minute grabs and encoded them to save, and while the fan did come on and it was still pushing some limits, overall it did a very good job handling this. The i7 processor and dedicated Nvidia graphics worked well together. The machine did get a little warm during the processing, but not “hot”. I don’t think this will give people any issues when using it for video processing and conversions, especially if you configure it with a bit more RAM. 4K video playback went without any hiccups. I wouldn’t give it an award for processing power, but it’s about what I would expect from any laptop with this configuration of hardware.

    Because you are dealing with a thin laptop with cooling considerations that a desktop may not have, I think the processor operates at a lower wattage than it’s cousins used in desktops, because while again, the processing power is “good”, a very similarly configured desktop I use at work seemed to work a bit faster as it of course has cooling fans, and more room for air circulation. Not a problem for daily tasks, photo editing, basic video editing, etc. If you want to get more serious, you’ll want to configure a machine with more RAM and higher Graphics. If you will be using this quite a bit in tablet mode, consider the 13 inch option, as while the 15 inch model is great for desk and office work, it’s a bit bulky to use as a tablet – the 13 inch version would be your option if you are in the field, traveling, or holding that screen a lot.

    Glitches? Only one so far. You can as with many Windows laptops now, configure your login so that the web cam recognizes your face and speeds up the login process. Twice, I’ve had it do this, yet the web cam will stay ON, along with the on light and red Windows Hello cam light next to it. Trying to go into the camera app to turn it off didn’t work and I’ve had to reboot to reset it correctly. It’s only happened twice but hopefully will be fixed in a firmware/software update at some point.

    The Surface Book 3 is not inexpensive. It’s a well spec machine with a bright, beautiful, removable screen, and is built very well, and you do pay for that, along with it’s various special features. In order to justify the price tag, you should be someone who will take advantage of those features. This would necessitate having the Surface Pen, and that’s one of my big gripes – that they don’t include it. The approx. $100 pen is an additional feature, which in my opinion, should be included with EVERY Surface Book configuration. The retail price for my configuration hovers around the $2,300 range. You do get excellent build quality and a premium screen for that price, but in my opinion, I think for this price, the SSD drive should be at least 512 gigs (or even 1 TB?) and again, the Surface Pen should be included. I’ll be greedy, too – an outstanding extra would be a basic protective case you could slip the monitor in when in tablet-only mode to protect it and prop it up while in use (I can dream, can't I?). Only you can decide if the price is justified for your specific needs and uses, but if it is, you should enjoy the investment. If not and you just need the basic specs, shop around as you can get something without quite all the bells and whistles for a few hundred less.

    Jul 08, 2020 22:00
  • Review by Gizmo, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful, power laptop - lightweight tablet!

    Full disclosure: Reviewers for in this invitation-only program (Tech Insider Network) are provided products for the purpose of writing an honest, unbiased review.

    When I first saw this laptop, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Is it a laptop or a tablet? My concern was if it’s both, does it do either functions well? I’ve seen many other laptops that claim it can be used as a tablet. There are many laptops where the keyboard folds behind the screen and they call it tablet mode, but it weighs much more then what we consider tablet weight. But with the Windows Surface Book 3, the keyboard detaches, to me, this is a game changer!

    For comparison, the weight of the Surface book (tablet only) is 1lb 13 ounces (29 ounces), for comparison an iPad 10.2” weighs 17 ounces and the iPad Pro 12.9” weighs 1lb 6.6 ounces (22.6 ounces).

    Unboxing and appearance:

    The laptop comes very nicely packaged, open the box and you will find the laptop, charger and cord neatly packaged. The charging block has a USB port also, nice touch as I use it to charge my phone. No need to take up a USB port on the laptop. I wish the charger had some sort of wire management on it though (i.e. plastic tabs to wrap wire around, Velcro strap). The magnetic charger is a nice touch, it connects to the laptop parallel, so it doesn’t protrude out from the laptop. It’s made out of black plastic, so feels a bit cheap. A Surface pen is not included, at this price point, it would’ve been nice if it were included. If you have a pen, it doesn’t appear to have a spot to store it on the laptop.

    Initially I wasn’t crazy about the hinge design, when it folds up, it doesn’t fold flat, there’s a quarter inch gap near the hinge area. I think we’re all used to laptops folding flat when the lid is down. After a week of usage, I’m getting more used to it and it doesn’t bother me as much. The front lip has a magnet that keeps the lid shut tight. The magnet is evident as my watchband keeps sticking to it. I end up taking off my watch when I use the laptop, which is probably better anyway as I don’t want to scratch up the laptop. Overall the design is very clean and nice, the shiny silver Windows logo gives it a premium look.

    I’ve seen many 2 in 1 laptops where the screen is very heavy, making it easy to topple over, but this laptop is very well balanced. Pushing gently on the screen doesn’t cause the keyboard to lift up. Instead, the hinge responds by opening more. This is where I start to appreciate the Surface book hinge design. I have 4 laptops in my home, all of them, if I push the top without holding the base down, will lift up. Traditional laptop hinges are stiffer.

    The keyboard lights up nicely, there are 3 settings that you can toggle between.

    Usage:

    Initial setup was a breeze, follow the instructions, log into your Windows account it pretty much does the rest. I love the Windows “Hello” login (facial recognition) feature. I have that on one of my other laptops, but not in my work laptop. It’s definitely nice to have and works well.

    I found the picture quality of the PixelSense display to be very good. I used this laptop with Adobe Lightroom to organize, edit and print my large library of photos. The colors and clarity of the photos look very good (I have not calibrated the display yet). I’ve used Lightroom on my iMac that’s approximately 7 years old, it’s been painfully slow opening catalog, editing etc. The Surface Book was able to do all these tasks much, much faster. The benefit of being able to disconnect the tablet is that I can show photos to my family without carrying around the laptop. Much friendlier to hold and swipe through vacation photos.

    I enlisted my son’s help, an Engineering student in HS, to test the laptop with Autodesk Inventor Professional. The Surface Book performed perfectly and comparable to the desktops he uses in school. He created a sword using Inventor.

    I also used the laptop for general applications such as Microsoft Office and Ameritrade Think or Swim, no issues running any applications of course. I didn’t even hear a fan kick off while running these programs.

    Conclusion:

    Overall this is a beautiful, capable laptop that is light weight, the tablet mode was executed very nicely by the engineers at Microsoft. I can wholeheartedly say it’s a great laptop and a great tablet! Just getting the weight down to something I wouldn’t mind carrying but has the computing power to work flawlessly with Adobe and Autodesk applications is amazing to me. There are some minor issues, as I’ve mentioned in my review, but nothing that’s a deal breaker. The price is on the high side, I would say this is the biggest negative.

    Jul 12, 2020 11:13
  • Review by SebaSF16, 4 out of 10
    Screen issues and video card not running

    The computer doesn't recognize the video card.

    There is an issue with the screen when detaching and attaching again, doesn't work properly.

    Microsoft poor support, still can't fix the problems

    Some problems with the updates, computer requests detaching frequently.

    Oct 16, 2020 18:58
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 4 - 13.5” Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) - Matte Black
    Description

    Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen. Surround yourself with immersive, theater-like Dolby Atmos® audio⁶. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek, ultra-thin design, and more speed, now up to 70% faster – with significantly longer battery life than before¹. Two sizes. Two keyboard finishes. Plus, choice of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ or exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processors².

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Get the most out of your screen space: Choose 13.5” for the perfect balance of productivity and portability; or 15” for the best streaming, split-screen multitasking, and gaming experiences. The Surface signature 3:2 ratio gives you the most vertical screen real estate on a laptop³.
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Power to do what you want with up to 70% more speed than before and an 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD): Expansive SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery. Holds your growing collection of digital photos, music and videos.
  • Make it your own: Slim, sleek design with rich tone-on-tone colors in warm Alcantara® material or cool metal finish. Choose from new Ice Blue, plus Sandstone, Matte Black, and Platinum²​.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics: Integrated graphics provides everyday image quality for Internet use, video streaming and casual gaming.
  • Improved all-day battery life: Go from low battery to full faster with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour⁵. Feel free to move about your home or workspace easily with significantly longer battery life than before¹.
  • Show your best side on video calls: Sharp video and image quality, even in low light, thanks to a front-facing 720p HD camera and be heard loud and clear with dual far-field Studio Mics that capture your voice and reduce background noise.
  • Connect in more ways: Plug in the accessories you use today with built-in ​USB-C® and USB-A ports, Surface Connect for charging, and headphone jack.
  • Built for Windows Ink: With Windows Ink-compatible computers, you can take notes on screen, mark up photos and screen shots, or create content through Ink-enabled apps. Learn more ›
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JWCPDX, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 = absolutely amazing!!

    Absolutely thrilled with the new Microsoft Surface Laptop 4! It is THE best Windows laptop on the market currently, nothing even comes close! The other two manufacturer systems, which I also purchased at the same time to test them out all side-by-side for a few days to see which I liked best for day-to-day activity, are already packaged and have been shipped to them. I definitely recommend!

    Apr 30, 2021 16:31
  • Review by DoctorHoo, 10 out of 10
    Great ultra laptop with premium build quality

    The first thing you notice when unpacking the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is the premium build quality. It’s a surprisingly lightweight, thin, and beautiful laptop with a very solid aluminum chassis.

    Setup was very easy. As soon as I opened the lid, the laptop turned on and Cortana helped guide me in the setup process. As advertised, you only need one hand to lift the lid.

    I love that you can use either the USB-C port for charging or the included power adapter that uses a magnetic connection to the Surface Connect port. Being able to use the USB-C port for charging means that I can use any standard USB-C laptop charger in case I misplace my Surface charger.

    The unit I am reviewing contains some interesting hardware

    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz with integrated Intel(R) Iris(R) Xe Graphics

    13.5" PixelSense 10 point multi-touch display with 3:2 Aspect Ratio (2256 x1504)

    Surface Pen enabled (4096 levels of pressure)

    8GB DDR4 System Memory

    SAMSUNG MZ9LQ512HALU 512GB NVMe SSD

    Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 + Bluetooth 5.0

    720p Webcam supporting Windows Hello

    Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Atmos

    Microsoft Surface Connect port

    1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1

    1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 with Power Delivery and DisplayPort

    1x 3.5 mm headphone jack

    I’ve always been interested in new technology so I was very keen on playing around with the new Intel Iris Xe graphics.

    The keyboard is one of the better keyboards I have ever used on a laptop. The layout is good for typing and the large touchpad is responsive and accurate. The included webcam captures very sharp images and performs well in low light. I tested the microphones using Voice Recorder and I thought my voice came loud and clear. I think this laptop will perform well for video conferencing for those working at home.

    The Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Atmos also produced crisp and clear sound. I was impressed with the sound given the space constraint that laptop speakers are subjected to.

    The PixelSense display is bright and provides rich natural colors and sharp text. This laptop would also be a great choice for entertainment activities such as watching YouTube and Netflix videos (I’m watching the NFL draft on YouTube while writing this review!).

    I love the 3:2 aspect ratio of the display. Having more vertical space is great for productivity. Web browsers can display more information without scrolling. You can see more rows of a spreadsheet. As a programmer, I really appreciated having more vertical real estate for coding. I like this feature so much that I will probably want all my future laptops to have a 3:2 screen aspect ratio.

    During my usage, the Surface Laptop 4 felt very snappy and zippy. I haven’t noticed any lagging or sluggishness even with multiple programs and windows opened. I have a Microsoft Access database that I use to keep track of rental payments for some properties that my parents own and it was able to generate reports very quickly.

    An almost complete workload install of Visual Studio Community 2019 took about 23 minutes from an external SSD which was about 7 minutes faster compared to my older Intel i7 7560U based ultra laptop from 2017. Visual Studio felt responsive and quick when editing and compiling code.

    Handbrake encoding using the Super HQ 1080p30 Surround Sound preset averaged around 48 fps. By comparison, a Ryzen 3500U based ultrabook averaged around 30 fps and my Intel Core i5-9600K gaming desktop gets about 60 fps using the same preset.

    However, when using the Intel H.265 10-bit QuickSync encoder, the Iris(R) Xe integrated graphics averaged an astonishing 320 fps that blew away the 208 fps from the Intel i5-9600K. This shows the massive improvement in QuickSync on the new Xe integrated graphics.

    I was also interested in testing light gaming on the new Xe integrated graphics. I tested DOTA 2 and at the fastest setting it was running at 120 fps at 2256 x 1504. At best quality setting the fps ranged from 35 to 50 fps. It was very smooth and playable.

    Overall, I’ve been very impressed with the performance of the new Intel i5-1135G7 processor and the new Xe integrated graphics. It’s amazing how far integrated graphics have come in the last few years where ultralight laptops are now capable light gaming systems.

    The built-in Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 adapter was only connecting to my Linksys Wi-Fi 6 AX6000 MR9600 router using Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) at a link speed of 300/300 Mbps. I have another computer with an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 adapter that reported a link speed of 1.2 Gbps so I’m not sure why I haven’t been able to connect at a higher link speed. Real world transfer speed from my home NAS was about the same so it hasn’t negatively impacted me.

    The main drawback for me is the lack of user upgradability. The memory is not upgradable. My unit came with 8 GB of memory which is probably the minimum that I would find acceptable on a Windows machine. Having only 8 GB can be a little tight for some tasks.

    I heard it’s possible to upgrade the internal SSD but that requires removing the rubber feet to reveal some screws and it’s also not recommended to be done by the average end user. I hate having to remove rubber feet to gain access to screws. I don’t want to do anything that might ruin something that looks as beautiful as the Surface Laptop 4.

    Finally, it would be nice if the USB-C port supported Thunderbolt so that an external graphics card could be attached for those who want to do more serious gaming.

    In summary, I think the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is an overall excellent laptop. The light weight and portability would make this a great choice for school or the casual user. It has enough power for light office work, schoolwork, programming, and work at home scenarios (such as video conferencing) as well as light gaming and media consumption. It’s a well balanced computer that many would be happy with.

    May 01, 2021 23:42
  • Review by tide, 10 out of 10
    Light, good-looking, awesome.

    Light, good-looking, awesome.

    The quality feels good. 512g is fine and you could upgrade it.

    But the downside is only 8GB of memory for a 1299 laptop.

    Jul 30, 2021 15:37
  • Review by WatchdogsUK, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft surface

    I’m very happy with this product exactly what I expected from Microsoft easy to maneuver with ease thanks

    Jun 25, 2021 19:00
  • Review by MarilynB, 10 out of 10
    Sleek and powerful

    Unpacking: What's in the box: Laptop, power cord, quick start guide. Well packaged, safe from bumps.

    First impression:

    On first impression, the laptop is very sleek and light-weight at 2.8 pounds and measuring just 12.1 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches. I got the Sandstone color and it looks great. The touch-pad is a big 4.5 x 3 inches. The keyboard is regular-sized and easy to type on. It doesn’t have the compressed keyboard that you sometimes find on smaller laptops. That’s a big plus for me. The feel of the computer on the wrist while typing is comfortable. My only complaint upon first impression is that there are not enough ports. Only a USB-A, USB-C, and a headphone jack are available. At least one more USB-A port would be a big improvement. Also, there is no SD card reader port, which can be easily remedied by using a card reader. Both are minor complaints because work-around remedies are cheap and easy by using either adapters or a USB hub/splitter.

    Testing the advertised standouts:

    • Dolby Atmos® Audio: The theater-like Dolby Atmos audio performed well as long as I didn’t use Firefox. While streaming a movie, the sound would stop after just a few seconds in Firefox. I was using Sling to stream a movie so I got out of the movie and then resumed it and the sound came back on for just a few seconds, then went mute again. After trying this several times, I switched to another browser: MS Edge and it worked fine. Since I prefer Firefox, I wasn’t happy about this issue. However, after doing some research, it appears that this is a known Firefox issue and not a MS Surface issue. There are some patches available that are supposed to fix this, but I didn’t try them yet. Using MS Edge, I watched movies and listened to music on the laptop and thought the sound quality was excellent. When listening to quality music, I noticed the balance of the bass tones and was pleased with the sound. Later, I tested with Internet Explorer and Chrome and the audio was fine.

    • Sleek, ultra-thin design: I loved the weight and sleek design. I have to agree with this stand out! This is a huge deal for me. I love to travel and this will be a wonderful change for my carry-on bag!

    • More speed, 70% faster: The speed seemed fine to me, but I don’t really have the ability to test this because I don’t have the other devices with which to compare the speed.

    • Significantly longer battery life: Although advertised at 19 hours, the battery life lasted 13 hours the first day and 15 hours the next day. It all depends on what you are doing on it. The 15 hr day included watching 2 movies, listening to music, working on documents and spreadsheets, browsing the Internet, and getting on social media. The 13 hour day was about the same (including streaming two movies) except I spent more time during the evening on the laptop. Both days, I started with a fully charged battery and kept the laptop on constantly and didn’t let it go into sleep mode or hibernation. I kept the screen bright. I would say that this laptop would definitely stay charged during a full 9 hour office day with constant use. Still an impressive amount of time!

    Other features:

    • The 3:2 display aspect ratio is excellent for office work, making more of my spreadsheets and documents visible. The size of the display was still large enough to also enjoy the movies and videos I watched.

    • Magnetic Surface Connector for charging: I love this connector. First of all, because it is magnetic, it is so easy to connect. Secondly, the 90 degree angle of the cord makes me feel that the cord will last for a very long time because it won’t be getting bent constantly. Although, I will probably just charge the laptop at night and use the battery during the day, I did keep it plugged in the first day. The cord came unattached once when I was moving the laptop from my lap to a table and not noticing that the cord was getting caught on something, so you’ll need to watch that. I really like that the cord came unattached instead of it getting bent and pulled on. That should make it last much longer. I may never need to replace it at all.

    • The touch screen worked great and responded quickly. There was no lag time at all that I noticed. I was pleased with the response.

    • Web cam – I didn’t attend any meetings or use Skype or Zoom during my testing of this laptop, but I did switch the web cam on and found the image quality to be very good.

    Bottom line: If you are looking for a laptop requiring a lot of storage for image files and numerous ports for peripherals, this probably isn’t the one for you, but if you want a laptop for basic office work (spreadsheets, documents, etc.) or Internet browsing, and social media use, this laptop definitely fits the bill. Its powerhouse battery, sleek design, and light weight make it ideal for most users. The 512GB hard drive and 8mb memory should be plenty large enough to handle your needs. You can easily put it in your backpack and carry it around with you; then take it out at a coffee house, office, meeting room, airport, plane, living room, etc. and feel assured that you will have enough battery to last for a long time.

    May 01, 2021 19:23
  • Review by AFASOX, 10 out of 10
    Impressive

    This is my first Microsoft Surface Laptop and I clearly was missing something good. This is an impressive laptop. Starting with the unique Sandtone color this is a nice laptop. At 13.5 inch it is a bit smaller than my usual laptops, but after a short time that is forgotten. The unit is well made and sleek. Sturdy yet lightweight. The keyboard is very responsive to the touch. The keyboard has backlighting that makes the keyboard easy to see. The charging cable took me a quick moment to understand as it is not your traditional charging cable. It utilizes a USB-port to charge. The screen graphics are very good. Colorful and crisp. I don't really play a lot of games, but from a streaming or movie viewpoint it is very good indeed. HD viewing with no complaints. The video color saturation is excellent and the screen plays well with my work programs. This laptop is very responsive and reacts very fast. There are a dew versions of this laptop. Mine is one that runs the Intel i5 processor and it responds quickly and flawlessly. The laptop starts up quickly and operates just as fast when doing its tasks. I have had multiple windows open operating several tasks and I had no hiccups. It comes with 8gb RAM and 512 GB storage capability. Battery life is very good and when you need to replenish it recharges quickly. The Surface 4 comes with two different USB ports A & C, a headphone port , HDMI, and a charging port. The touchscreen is very responsive and works very well. The touchpad is equally as good. This Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is impressive.

    Apr 30, 2021 20:02
  • Review by Hmirza, 8 out of 10
    Entry Level Laptop

    Microsoft has yet done it again. Microsoft has released the Surface Laptop 4 series and depending on your need you can pick up a powerhouse. Surface Laptop 4 like the previous year models are available in 13.5- and 15-inch models and they range from Ryzen 5 all the way to up to Core I7. The model I tested has 11th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with 8GB of LPDDR4X ram and 512GB of SSD Storage. The laptop also features a touchscreen LCD display running at 2256 x 1504 screen resolution on an Intel Iris Xe graphics card. The surface features 720p front facing camera and provides blazing internet speeds with its Wireless-AX card. You will also be amazed by the Dolby Atmos speakers and Bluetooth 5.0 providing you the latest tech in sound quality.

    The Surface Laptop 4 looks and feels beautiful with its full aluminum finish and design giving it that high end feel all while being amazingly thin, lightweight and super portable. The Surface Laptop has a height of .5 inch, 12.1 inches wide and 8.8 inches deep and only weighs 3lbs. It also features a USB, USB-C and an audio jack, which I am glad Microsoft has decided to keep.

    Now, I have been using this laptop for a few days and based on its specifications it has performed well. We used the laptop to make Zoom video calls, while running google classroom for my kids, preparing this review, watching movies, using it for work (Running CAD, and designing software), and playing some video games. Most of the tasks performed well except for running CAD and playing video games. Although lite video games are ok, I would not recommend running anything graphics heavy on the laptop. The laptop is great for home use, light office work and entry level gaming. The Intel Core I5 in this laptop is a good processing unit, but its an entry level unit. Also, the 8 GB of ram is not enough to run some of the designing software.

    Overall, the Surface Laptop 4 is an excellent entry level machine. It will be an amazing tool in helping you complete everyday task whether for business or pleasure.

    Apr 27, 2021 18:32
  • Review by Farns, 10 out of 10
    Well Done Microsoft

    Not everyone is a photographer, a graphics artist, or a musician. Some of us bang out spreadsheets, browse the web and want to play video games.

    Not to say that you can't to amazing and creative things on Windows, but for years that was a dividing line. Those of us who wanted beautiful hardware to go along with the applications that we need to stay productive were stuck admiring the design and materials of the other guys. Well no more...

    Design:

    I admit it. I'm a design snob. Is it a crime to want the devices I use every day to look good? While the Alacantra fabric finish was intriguing, I preferred the cool metal aluminum finish as I'm a little more confident that I can keep it looking great for years. The design is incredibly light and thin and the aluminum housing definite has a premium feel. The typing experience is very comfortable with the soft keys. The trackpad seeks like it could be a little larger for my tastes, the pinch and zoom could have made use of a larger canvas, but it's certainly usable and very smooth. The screen resolution is sharp and very impressive.

    Connectivity:

    The Surface Laptop comes equipped with a USB-A, USB-C, a headphone jack and a Surface port. I don't often plug anything into my laptop when I'm on the go, and at home I use wireless accessories when possible. One of my monitors even connects wirelessly - a feature that many still don't know about. I do like the versatility of having the USB-A, but pretty frustrated that the USB-C was not Thunderbolt compatible so that I could with a different monitor with even greater resolution.

    Touch Screen:

    I have to say that I've never been a big touch screen on a laptop guy. I find it cumbersome to take my hand off a mouse and tap my screen when I can simply navigate my cursor and tap. That said, I do find that the quality of the touchscreen is excellent. The screen does not feel 'plasticy' and the responsiveness when scrolling is terrific.

    Performance:

    Benchmarks for the 11th gen I-5 model puts this laptop in the 'above-average' category and for me that's perfect! My biggest PC use is Excel and while a spread sheet isn't exactly a first person shooter at 120 frames a second...let's not kid ourselves...Excel requires some horsepower when you've got a lot of charts, tables, macros, and lookups. I am happy to report that after throwing my most complex files at it the Surface Laptop 4 performed beautifully with minimal load times and excellent processing.

    Gaming:

    Though I'm mainly a console gamer, I was excited for this laptop because I wanted to see if I could make use of my X-Box Game Pass and actually play Xbox games on the go! As you can see by the photos I was able to quickly install the new Xbox application and sign in with my Game Pass to download Madden 21. It took a little time for me to adjust to playing on a 13.5" screen vs. a 60" TV, but I was quickly immersed into the gameplay and even played a few games online. As someone who travels I'm very excited to basically take my Xbox with me anywhere I go!

    Battery:

    Battery life is apparently better in this model? All I know is that I'm super stoked that I can charge with USB-C. It may not charge as fast as the Surface power brick but knowing that I can charge with a portable USB-C battery pack means that I really never have to worry about battery life. That's a must for any laptop and I'm very pleased.

    Apr 29, 2021 17:36
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i5 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Device Only - Platinum
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Connect, create, get comfortable: Whatever your office looks like, be it a desk, couch, or dining table, Surface Pro 7 is your ultra-light, endlessly adaptable partner — now with faster processing and more connections — plus all-day battery life.¹
  • More powerful in every way: Chase your dream and get seriously productive with mega-multitasking laptop power, all-day battery,¹ and plenty of memory and storage.
  • Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Surface Pro 7 keeps up with you — with multitasking speed, stunning entertainment, incredible Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Get back to work the moment inspiration strikes: With Fast Charging, all-day battery¹ and Instant On, you can get back to work right now, tonight, or tomorrow. Surface Pro 7 stands ready to take your ideas to the next level whenever you are.
  • Built-in cameras that show your best side: 1080p HD video webcams are perfect for all your calls, meetings, virtual get togethers and more.
  • Connect and keep up the way you want to: Video calls and meetings come to life with spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras that automatically adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
  • A brilliant display: The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Make a statement with signature accessories: Personalize your Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro accessories you know. Choose from Platinum or Matte Black.⁴
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics. Plus, enjoy crisp, clear audio for music, podcasts, and movies with Dolby® Audio™ sound.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Sheda, 8 out of 10
    So far so good! Works like a computer.

    I am not techy. I just wanted a tablet that works like a laptop to avoid catching viruses as my past computer did. This tablet is great! I have had one issue with it. Was watching Netflix on it and the screen keep going black on me even though I was still hearing the show. Not sure that that was all about. Other than that, I like my choice this far.

    May 29, 2020 09:22
  • Review by Raddy, 10 out of 10
    Great value!!

    Great tablet / computer for the pruce you pay!!! Used for a college student and is perfect with keyboard accessory!!

    Oct 15, 2021 16:51
  • Review by Bestbbuy, 10 out of 10
    Sure

    great products thanks a bunch for everything!!!!!!

    Nov 05, 2021 15:30
  • Review by NerdyGal, 8 out of 10
    A little on the spendy side

    I had it for exactly 2 days when it fell and screen was cracked. Could not be fixed so needed replacement. Luckily, I had 3-year plan and got free replacement. HOWEVER, had to purchase yet another $280 3-year plan for new replacement. Would have like option to carry over old plan for new replacement. Wound up having to spend $560! Be aware that any given plan is for one laptop/tablet & if you replace, you have to get another plan.

    Jul 17, 2020 20:22
  • Review by Worthy, 10 out of 10
    New Toy

    I've only just purchased this item.I brought unit in for installation of anti-virus program. I always have great interaction with your employees. Although still very new,I enjoy my new toy.

    Jul 16, 2021 16:24
  • Review by MrBubble1, 10 out of 10
    Surface Pro

    Excellent product. The third one I have owned. Easy to set up. Just be sure you follow the instructions to prolong your battery life.

    May 21, 2021 16:01
  • Review by Aktudors, 10 out of 10
    amazing laptop

    We love Surface Pros. We purchase a bunch for clients and we have had 4 for our home as well. Our kids use them for games (minecraft, sims, roadblox, etc.) and then I use it for work, digital design, video editing, etc. and they work great!

    Jul 16, 2020 12:53
  • Review by Best, 10 out of 10
    I Made the Best Choice!

    I bought a Surface Go two years ago, and I take it everywhere with me, because it so light and versatile, yet powerful. So when I decided to upgrade my previous bigger (another brand) laptop, the Surface Pro 7 was at the forefront of my choices. I made the best choice! I still take my Surface Go on the road with me; but I use my new Surface Pro 7 for everything else. I love it!!

    Nov 13, 2020 15:43
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive - Platinum
    Description

    Make a powerful statement, and fuel your ideas with new Surface Laptop 3. Sleek and light, with improved speed, performance, typing comfort, and battery life, it travels with ease and makes every day more productive. Now with improved speed and performance to do what you want, Surface Laptop 3 13.5" is two times faster than Surface Laptop 2. And whether you're creating, catching up, or chilling out, Surface Laptop 3 is ready when you are. Listen to the improved Omnisonic Speakers, now louder with a more natural sound, discreetly hidden below the keyboard. Open effortlessly, and feel the rich, warm Alcantara® or cool, new metal.

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Two times faster: Now with improved speed and performance to do what you want, Surface Laptop 3 13.5" is two times faster than Surface Laptop 2.
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, Surface Laptop 3 13.5" fuels your ideas with multitasking speed, amazing entertainment, quality Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Thin and light: Starting at just 2.89 lbs., Surface Laptop 3 is easy to carry.
  • Durable, premium finish: Rich, warm Alcantara® material palm rest.
  • More ways to connect: Now with USB Type-C™ and USB Type-A ports for connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging.
  • All-day power on the go: With up to 11.5 hours of battery life¹, plus improved standby when you're away.
  • Fast Charging: Go from empty to a full battery with Fast Charging - up to 80% in about one hour.³
  • Industry-leading typing comfort: Now with an almost 20% larger glass trackpad for easier navigation.
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field studio mics.
  • Improved Omnisonic Speakers: Discreetly hidden below the keyboard, deliver spectacular, omnidirectional sounds, now even louder and with more bass than Surface Laptop 2.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    The perfect laptop!

    I purchased this device because I was in need of a good powerful laptop. I’m used to having a “regular” laptop for my everyday use but I needed something better. I had never considered an expensive flagship laptop before but this device was a great investment and I enjoy using it. It’s really smooth and powerful.

    Aug 21, 2020 18:10
  • Review by Lala, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    I bought my son one for Christmas & he loved it. So when I started school in February I bought me one too! What a great, light weight laptop.

    Apr 05, 2020 04:28
  • Review by MrsNedd, 10 out of 10
    Lab top

    Better than I thought use it for work on a daily besides home use

    Dec 11, 2020 16:48
  • Review by Emily, 10 out of 10
    Amazing!

    I love this laptop! Purchased on a bit of a whim when my old laptop started slowing down, but I am so happy with this purchase. It's sleek, fast, and overall just great. The battery life is incredible (though I assume that will decrease with time like any device), setup was a breeze (the hardest part was getting the shrink wrap off of the box haha). I 100% recommend this computer!

    Oct 22, 2021 18:24
  • Review by Siri918, 4 out of 10
    Not good for me

    I am really regret that bought this laptop. the charger won't work.

    I had unplug and pluIged in many times. I am so disapointed with Microsoft. I should have bought Apple instead :(

    Oct 05, 2021 14:40
  • Review by Ecantu, 10 out of 10
    Nothing like I’ve had before

    Overall, this laptop is fast, easy to use, light, and sleek. I bought it so I can do my work for school and it gets it done. I use it for things like Microsoft Office, YouTube, and Google Classroom. The track pad and touch screen are incredibly responsive. Sound comes out great through the keyboard which also come backlit and comes in handy when I don’t want to have the lights on. Battery has been good because I do light work that doesn’t require a lot of battery power. The fast charging is amazing as it charges up my laptop from half to full battery in almost 15 minutes. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a laptop to do school work on and is going to high school or college.

    Apr 18, 2020 23:49
  • Review by Irielle, 10 out of 10
    In love!

    I am in love with this laptop. The price of this laptop is worth it. It’s not too heavy and is an easy setup for those who are not familiar with technology. Audio doesn’t come out muffled like your normal laptop would. Webcam has an excellent quality for Skype calls and more. I would recommend this wonderful electronic to anyone. You won’t be disappointed.

    Jul 17, 2020 19:30
  • Review by TYSEFT163, 4 out of 10
    Like it for performance. Hate it for quality and s

    Great PC, but if the little rubber feet on the bottom fall out and get lost, the best you can hope for is a refurbished replacement for THE ENTIRE MACHINE. Ridiculous that they won't send me the little feet when poor quality and adhesives allowed 2 of 4 to fall out. Fortunately, I didn't lose the parts. Good luck to you, though.

    Nov 23, 2020 17:39
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop Studio – 14.4” Touch Screen – Intel Core i7 -32GB Memory – 2TB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Set your imagination free on the most powerful Surface Laptop, designed to light up the best of Windows 11. Boundary-pushing design lets you flex your creative muscle on the sleek 14.4“⁴ touchscreen, making seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable creative canvas, complete with built-in storage and charging for Surface Slim Pen 2* under the keyboard. Enjoy smooth gameplay, and draw, sketch and take notes like you would on paper on the bright, vibrant 120Hz display. Run intensive applications and get things done anywhere with all-day battery life, and get inspired with graphics power that exceeds your expectations. Elevate your entertainment with Quad Omnisonic™ speakers, featuring large bass and immersive Dolby Atmos®. Stay in the flow, be inspired and get closer to what you love.

    15 Features
  • Powerful Surface Laptop: Focus on the things you love with incredible performance to handle your most complex workloads, powered by quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors.
  • Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love: Family, friends, passions, music, creations – Windows 11 is the one place for it all. With a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient, it has what you need for whatever’s next.
  • Boundary-pushing design: The sleek 14.4“⁵ touchscreen makes seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable creative canvas.
  • Built for performance: Bring big ideas to life without breaking a sweat, thanks to quad-core powered 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors and blazing NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti laptop GPU.
  • 32GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 2TB solid state drive: While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Elevate your PC gaming experiences: Play the latest games with graphics that rival reality, thanks to DirectX 12 Ultimate and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti laptop GPUs. Pair with Xbox Ultimate Game Pass³ and Xbox controller³ for the best experience.
  • Pair w/ Surface Slim Pen 2*: for the best digital pen experience yet, featuring the feeling of pen on paper.⁷ Magnetically attach, store, and charge under the front of the keyboard.
  • Immerse yourself like never before: Enjoy true-to-life color and contrast on the factory-calibrated PixelSense™ Flow touch display with a refresh rate up to 120Hz, plus Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ that adjusts to the changing light conditions around you when playing supported content.
  • USB 4.0 ports with Thunderbolt™ 4 support: Surface Laptop Studio quickly adapts to your needs. From connecting external monitors to unique accessories, just plug in and get going.
  • Best for your video chats, work or play: 1080p HD camera brings superior video quality with low-light performance, brightness, and skin-tone accuracy, while dual Studio Mics capture voice with crisp detail and clarity.
  • Elevate your music, movies, and gaming: Enter a world of entertainment with crystal-clear audio from enhanced Quad Omnisonic Speakers and breathtaking cinematic sound, powered by Dolby Atmos®.²
  • Click anywhere on a Precision Haptic Trackpad: Our largest touchpad yet, optimized for Windows 11. Tap or use intuitive gestures to navigate or create using the entire touchpad
  • Design and deliver the way you want: Work, play, and create the way you want. Surface Laptop Studio and Windows 11 enable you to express yourself in the ways most natural to you.
  • Powerful, fast, and infinitely flexible: Set your imagination free on the most powerful Surface Laptop, designed to light up the best of Windows 11. Stay in the flow, be inspired, and get closer to what you love.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by BostonGuy, 10 out of 10
    Excellent machine, enjoy the design

    I have had this now for over a week. For reference I have a Surface Book 3 for about a year now as it happens I also have a Surface Studio 2 for a desktop. The Studio Laptop definitely draws on the Studio 2 in its design as well as the Book 3. The base is thicker and heavier than avg laptop as this time everything is in the base (SB3 had "guts" of the computer in the screen so that you could remove it and use it as a tablet), Upon opening the screen you immediately feel how thin the screen is now. The first time I moved it to tilt and angle forward I was concerned it might snap. Once you move it a couple of times it becomes less of a concern.

    Using the Studio 2 is excellent with the way the screen can be positioned to optimize what you are doing (ie reading something vs using the pen for what you are doing vs typing in something etc. The screen positions of the Studio Laptop limits that some as it is presented as tradional laptop, the tilted back where the screen locks in in front of the trackpad, and lay flat, I have found that I can set it in between each mode if I am not looking to interact on the screen much (such as to read and want a better angle with a mouse or light screen touching).

    The screen is excellent: bright, easy to read, sharp clarity, colors. The onscreen keyboard seems to always pop up on its own when you are at something to type, so having the screen lock in position over the keyboard is not as inhibiting as you may think. An external keyboard can aid if you have extended typing planned.

    I had been using Win 11 for a couple of months on my SB3 via insiders beta so it has not thrown me having to adjust. Performance has been no issue. MS is known for not putting the top processors in the surface devices, but they excel in their designs. This machine is different as with its predecessors, and with that they give you flexibility and unique new modes to work in.

    The base is solid on a desk or table. I have not used it much with it sitting in my lap. I have used it a couple of times with no issue, but not for an extended time to really comment on it. I think with the thicker base and thin screen laying flat would work (maybe media use, reading with little interaction), but other uses best on a hard surface.

    I have found the Surface Laptop to be excellent to use, both things for work and more casual/personal use. The speakers are very good for listening to something (music, other audio), the screen and speakers have been excellent for watching media (I watched a tv show for example). The track pad feels more solid. Very responsive. Comfortable typing on the keyboard. Slim Pen 2 also works well. I did some handwriting and a little erasing with no issue.

    The design won't be for everyone. But also, with more flexibility than a traditional laptop design you will find more convenient and comfortable positions of the screen with the flexibility of a machine that you can move around and take with you. Like other Surface devices MS fills some niches that opens up opportunities.

    I would recommend taking a serious look if you have uses for the design options. Being positioned as a premium device it is too expensive if you are looking for using a typical laptop, and I would believe the heavy base would detract at some point. But the trade off is the design. Opens up more flexibility.

    Oct 16, 2021 09:58
  • Review by RayX, 8 out of 10
    A more practical successor of Surface Book

    As a Surface Book user and fan, like many others it really pains me at first to see the detachable Book line getting replaced by the Laptop Studio form factor. But after using the Laptop Studio for more than a week I have come to agree that Laptop Studio is a qualified and more practical successor of the Book line.

    Screen:

    I can definitely notice the downgrade from Book's 260 PPI to Studio's 201 PPI. Texts are less sharp, and when you look at high resolution pictures the details are blurrier on the Studio. On the good side though, you do get 120Hz and slightly better color gamut, and it's also more power efficient thanks to reduced resolution. So I would say it's a draw between the Studio and the Book.

    Speakers:

    Studio is one of the best in the Windows laptop lineup in terms of speaker quality. The mid and high bands are rich, and the bass is okay for a laptop. MBP 16 still sounds better due to deeper bass, but there is no doubt that Studio blows the Book out of water in this item.

    Camera:

    There is no back camera on the Studio, so you can't pick up the Studio to take a quick reference photo or scan document like Book or Pro. The front camera also has a visible downgrade in terms of resolution (2.1 MP vs 5 MP), but the white balance and vibrance is far better on the Studio due to better software tuning. So Studio wins this in video call scenario, and Book is better in everything else.

    Keyboard:

    Aesthetically the keyboard looks better on the Book for its uniform color with the base, and the Book's keyboard is one of the few that doesn't sink into a well due to the unique hinge design. The key travel is also slightly longer on the Book and the keys are a bit softer and less tactile.

    The keyboard on Laptop Studio on the other hand, looks like a MacBook copy. But as every Surface Book user would know, the backlit would make the Book's keyboard unreadable in lit environment, and this is a non-issue on the Studio. Also the keys are more tactile on the Studio, which I personally prefer.

    Touch pad:

    Larger touch pad + haptics feedback = clear win for the Studio.

    Pen:

    Another clear win for the Studio. The lines are noticeably smoother thanks to the higher refresh rate and updated digitizer hardware. The pen storage location is also better on the Studio that you never need to worry about the pen accidentally detaches from the laptop. The only minor drawback is that you now have to lift the front of the laptop to retrieve the pen.

    Performance:

    There is no doubt the CPU on the Studio is better. However, it's a complicated case for GPU since the 3050Ti only gets 4GB of VRAM, which is also barely enough for ray tracing or DLSS. So, depending on whether the application is VRAM hungry, you might get better or worse graphics performance than the Book's 1660Ti.

    Thermals:

    The thermal performance are better on the Studio thanks to it's more traditional design. The fans are also quieter on the Studio under full load. The only weird thing is that the warm air is blown directly onto your hand, makes me wonder why Microsoft wouldn't just shift the fans to the back. Although this is a non-issue for me as a person who exactly needs hand heater in the winter, it would definitely annoy some people.

    Battery life:

    Surprisingly, the smaller battery on the Studio delivers somewhat longer battery life than the 15" Book. This might be coming from: lower screen resolution, Windows 11 optimization, more efficient components due to the non-detachable design.

    Connectivity:

    Surface Book has better port selection but lacks TB support. Laptop Studio supports TB4 but only comes with 2 USB-C ports which means using a hub is inevitable. I would call it a draw for both devices.

    Build quality:

    This is where the Laptop Studio falls short of the Book. Surface Book might have various longevity and durability issues, but its build quality out of the box is stunning and solid into details. The Laptop Studio can't be said to be bad, but you will soon notice the slightly uneven gaps and tiny seams all over the device especially around the screen bezel and the hinge. This would be more than fine for a $1000 device, but at $3000 price point this is barely acceptable. That being said, everything else on the Studio is as good as a premium device.

    Form factor:

    The Laptop Studio isn't nearly as cool and unique as the Surface Book. Having a detachable base that can also augment the performance of the tablet portion is an ingenious design even as of today. However, cool as it is, the 2-hr battery life and easily scratched surface of the Book's tablet portion makes it isn't really as portable as a real tablet, not to mention that you will also lose almost all of the ports without the base. The Laptop Studio simply makes the entire mode transition process much faster and seamless at the sacrifice that you will be forever stuck to a 4 lbs "tablet"; which isn't entirely a bad thing considering that you will mostly be using the Book's tablet together with the base as well.

    Overall, I'm satisfied with this evolution of the Surface lineup except for the concerning build quality control. The balanced hardware and outstanding versatility make the Laptop Studio a qualified successor of the Book series.

    Nov 03, 2021 02:57
  • Review by SurfaceUser, 10 out of 10
    A Photographers Dream

    I had a 2 in 1 from a different manufacture that just died. I needed a new laptop and was not happy with the current offerings and availability. I was looking for the Surface Pro 8, but they sold out as soon as they were available. The Surface Laptop Studio was just released, it caught my attention so I ordered one. It seemed like the tilting screen was a gimmick. I tend to fold it flat and make edits with the computer on my lap. The speakers are really good for a laptop or tablet. People complain about the weight. I did not find this an issue. The battery life is good so far. I use the Surface dock 2 most of the time at home. I purchased the surface dial. The surface dial works well as a volume button, but lacks functionality for everything else. Windows 11 was surprisingly good for the initial release. Only a couple of bugs. The Slim Pen 2 is good for making detailed selections in photo editing software. I do not use the pen for writing or drawing. The display is excellent. I didn't think I would need the 120 hertz refresh, but the screen is impressive. I havd been using the Surface Laptop Studio for a month now and I am still happy with the purchase. The 32gb I7 machine is a workhorse.

    Nov 06, 2021 12:09
  • Review by NonpartisanTechie, 8 out of 10
    Solid machine, but a few drawbacks

    Pros - really quiet, works fairly well with my music software, WSL (built-in Linux), and basics. The screen folding is pretty neat, and writing on it has a really nice feel. Works well with the 2 external monitors I have.

    Cons -

    * Win11 - doesn't feel like it was quite ready for primetime. Mostly feels like an aesthetic refresh, but kinda buggy. (Plus some weird things remain like some settings being in "Settings", some in "Control Panel". The split is confusing and the latter don't show up in the system search.)

    * I have some issue with peripherals-- admittedly I have a lot of USB devices. But these all worked fine with 3yo LG. Even my wireless MS keyboard and mouse isn't detected sometimes and I have to reconnect it.

    * Only 2 USB-C ports?!?

    * Weak processor for the price

    Ultimately, I'd say if you really are going to use the tablet mode, esp with a pen, it's worth it. If you're looking for a fairly powerful Windows machine and don't want a gaming laptop, it's not a bad choice. Otherwise, probably better off with a gaming laptop or a Mac, which both offer more bang for buck.

    Oct 24, 2021 17:34
  • Review by Jaimz, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Laptop!

    Although I haven't had it long, I love this PC! The fell of the improved pen on the screen surface is awesome and I love the transformation to tablet. I do wish that this was available in more than 4 cores and 64m of ram would top it off. The price is a bit steep for what you get here, but so far it is a great machine, I use it for illustration, graphic design, and animation.

    Oct 29, 2021 17:04
  • Review by Docback69, 10 out of 10
    Best laptop I have seen to date

    Probably the best laptop I have ever seen. Worked flawlessly from the box. I purchased the pen and hub that should be included but Microsoft choose to be add on. I purchased the extended warranty directly from Microsoft since it is far better and less expensive then the Best Buy extended warranty.

    Nov 08, 2021 09:18
  • Review by Alan, 8 out of 10
    Great computer

    It's a great computer I really like the speakers they are loud. Only issue is sometimes when you open the computer up it tends to flip the screen because the magnets aren't strong enough.

    Oct 29, 2021 16:55
  • Review by Mike, 10 out of 10
    Surface Laptop Studio 14.4

    This is not my primary machine, but the few times I have used it I was really impressed.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:05
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Book 3 15" Touch-Screen PixelSense - 2-in-1 Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Performance meets versatility. From intensive video and graphics files to high-octane gaming, the most powerful Surface laptop yet combines speed, graphics, and long battery life with the versatility of a laptop, tablet, and portable studio. Tackle your biggest demands with quadcore powered 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, blazing NVIDIA® graphics, and high-resolution PixelSense™ Display designed for Surface Pen* and touch.

    14 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • The most powerful Surface laptop delivers on your creativity: Now 30% faster than Surface Book 2 15”, with quad-core powered, 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.
  • Unleash your best ideas: With the fastest graphics on any Surface, powered by the latest NVIDIA® GTX GeForce GPU, with 256GB of storage, and 16GB RAM.
  • Power when you need it: Get up to 17.5 hours¹ battery life — plus get back to work when you’re ready with improved standby that extends battery life when you’re away.
  • High-resolution PixelSense™ display: Breathe new life into your creations on the vibrant, PixelSense™ touchscreen display that combines Surface Pen,* touch, and Surface Dial.* Also available in 13.5”.
  • Show them what you’re made of with the most immersive gaming on any Surface laptop: Pair your Xbox Wireless controller* to enjoy the latest titles with Xbox Game Pass for PC.* *Some accessories and software sold separately.
  • Video calls and virtual meetings come to life: With spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras.
  • Robust laptop, powerful tablet, and portable studio in one: Home office, kitchen table or living room couch, choose the way your work best with three versatile modes of use.
  • Laptop mode: Get productive with a robust laptop featuring full keyboard and large, responsive trackpad, while navigating naturally on the touchscreen.
  • Studio mode: Draw, write and sketch with precision using Surface Pen* with Surface Dial* and high-end graphics, at the perfect angle for you.
  • Tablet mode: Detach the touchscreen to swipe through photos and browse the web with a powerful 15” tablet.
  • From music and podcasts to movies: Experience movies, music, and virtual meetings with astonishing detail, richness, and depth with Dolby Atmos® sound.
  • All the connections you need for multiple devices and accessories: Includes USB-A and versatile USB-C™ ports, plus a full-size SD card slot.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
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  • Review by Solrak, 8 out of 10
    Faster, more powerful, and better than ever

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    I was provided with this Microsoft Surface Book 3 at no cost as part of the Best Buy Tech Insider program. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews and sharing their experiences with the product.

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    The Microsoft Surface Book 3 is an extremely well-engineered, high quality, high performance notebook that literally flew through almost every Adobe Photoshop task I threw at it as part of my daily work regiment. It easily handled all my MS Visual Studio development work with ease and the 15” inch PixelSense display’s 3:2 aspect ratio helped to keep more text on the screen – in addition to also being great for photo editing and long form document viewing. The PixelSense screen produced excellent Adobe RGB color accuracy out the box. Everything from the minimalist industrial looking magnesium alloy case, to the well-spaced and perfectly back lit keyboard screams quality and well thought out engineering…. However, there is significant room for improvement. The main areas I felt needed the most attention was centered around design and performance decisions made by Microsoft to keep the Surface Book 3 “the premier” 2-in-1 notebook in the market. The detachable tablet design results in a lot of sacrifices to maintain that unique form factor. There was a noticeable amount of screen wobble due to the top end heavy design of the display. Audio and sound takes a minor performance hit due to the relatively weak and hollow sounding speakers embedded into the display unit (but not the base unit oddly). More importantly, while I found the unit whisper quiet under normal operation – it got notably noisy, and even a little whiny, under full sustained processing loads, such as encoding in Adobe Premier Pro, or while testing out the graphical processing prowess in some light gaming action in Fortnite. Sadly, all of the currently available configurations are non-user serviceable/ non upgradable which means that you need to seriously calculate the amount of RAM and SSD storage you may need for future application usage and development – or risk having to acquire a whole new unit later on down the line.

    Detailed Observations after a regular usage:

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    My team and I create training photos, video content, coded programs, and virtualized network/server infrastructure to meet our organization’s needs. I am fortunate to regularly work with others that often live on the “bleeding edge” of technology and this results in inevitably swapping machines between team members many times over throughout a project to work through our tasks. This provides for a great opportunity to compare the performance of many different machines essentially running the same tasks over and over. I primarily utilize Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Premier Pro, MS Visual Studio, and VMware Workstation Pro as part of my regular work routine… with a healthy heaping of PC gaming on the side. I wouldn’t say I am a “Artisan” Photoshop/Premiere Pro user, but my team and I utilize the programs enough to be more than well versed in what they have to offer. For reference, I predominately work with 8-16 Megapixel uncompressed JPG images with average bit depths of 8bpc per image. I rarely utilize more than 10 layers in any of the images I work with – and in that regard this 16GB of RAM model is more than enough to tackle any filters or renders that I throw at it in reasonably quick amount of time. I kept a close eye on the RAM and system resource utilization – and it never peaked above 80% under the above circumstances – even with 10-15 Chrome tabs and streaming music services running in the background as well. I added a photo in the gallery for reference. In all honesty, I feel that if you are planning on working with predominately RAW Images or any 16bpc (or greater) JPG images AND/OR rely on more than 10 layers – you should definitely be looking at the Surface Book 3 with 32GB of RAM over this configuration. The battery life was decent and lasted about 5-7 hours with moderate to heavy use in a single day of my type of usage. I imagine this is due in part to the two separate batteries in the in the base and in the Surface Book Display unit along with the low voltage 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor. The keyboard is spacious, has great key travel, and uniform back-lighting...What more can you ask for?

    I regularly create/maintain VMware virtual machines as part of my development work to test and verify functionality of features I am working on. Interestingly – although this machine has the graphical, and computational horsepower to serve as a dedicated VMware or VirtualBox workstation – it requires a little tinkering out of the box. Due to native Windows 10 Security settings AND the Surface Book 3 default BIOS configuration – resource conflicts occur with the native Level1 Windows hypervisor and the Level2 VMware/VirtualBox virtualization software you are trying to use. “Credential guard” errors resulted every time I tried to load a VMware or VirtualBox VM. Without going into granular technical detail, technical – the Surface Book 3 BIOS lacks the ability/option to easily view or enable/disable “Virtualization” features of the Intel Chipset – even though it is a natively supported feature. I was able to rectify the situation by making edits to the Windows Registry to disable the conflicting services and I also had to modify the Windows 10 OS Security settings to allow the sharing of virtualized privileged system resources/core memory functions. There are a few Microsoft Knowledge base articles that you can search for to address this if you run into this similar issue, and it would have saved me several hours of my time had I known in advance.

    Interesting things I noted:

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    - The Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti is a decent solution for 1080p Gaming with “High” detail settings (and possibly some “very high” depending on the Game)

    - Its nice to have a full-sized SDXC card read directly in the device

    - even under heavy load, the keyboard and palm rest stayed nice and cool - the back side of the Display unit got noticeably warm at times when I would pick up or move the unit to another area.

    - Microsoft really should include a Surface Pen at this price point – it really adds to the capability of the device and helps to strengthen one of its key advantages over other machines

    - The screen is bright enough to work easily with in direct sunlight – even if it can have touch too much reflections at times

    - While the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 1065G7 inside of this model is more powerful than its predecessors – it is not the best performing (nor best priced) processor for content creation on the market. Microsoft should really consider offering the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 series processors in this model or in future revisions or at least try to consider using a non "low voltage" based processor to compete with AMD.

    - I have mixed feelings about the “mechanical” button mechanism that detached the tablet from the base. I accidentally engaged it the first day I used it and the mechanism made a weird sound and the tablet sort of wobbled. Nothing broke, but makes me ponder the longevity and fragility of the mechanism over long term repeated use.

    - The trackpad looks small – and is small - but it was more than adequate in my usage. I think it doesn’t help that there is so much “unused” space in the palm rest area on both side of the base. Maybe place extra Speakers to improve sound while plugged into the base?

    Closing thoughts:

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    As I mentioned – I work in a team, and some my team mates regularly switch out their notebooks in a quest the find “the one” that tries to do everything they need. This is where I think the Surface Book 3 starts to lose some of its luster and appeal. There are faster/more powerful notebooks and 2-in-1’s for content creators and developers out there - for lower MSRP. They are often more customizable, with better performing hardware and equally impressive displays out there – for lower MSRP. I physically witnessed 15” inch AMD 4800U and a 14” AMD 4900HS powered notebook -with similar Nvidia GTX GPUs- perform many of the same tasks in 20%-30% faster time frames, along with more system RAM, SSD storage … for less than half the price of this models MSRP. Even taking all that into consideration – there is still something special about the Surface Book line that can’t be quantified. Thanks to the detachable screen, I found new ways to collaborate and make on the fly edits/adjustments with my team. I was able to gather input that would not have been possible with any other machine thanks to the added flexibility. Using the Surface Book 3 in tablet mode with an optional Surface Pen is where this device really shines. Sadly, there is NOT one included in the box – I borrowed one from my personal Surface Pro 4). As configured with 16GB of RAM, and at retail MSRP – I think the Surface Book 3 is an outstanding machine that can tackle light – to - medium weight content creation tasks and workloads, with the added bonus of lightweight gaming on the side.

    It looks and feels like a premium device – but it costs significantly more than (mainly AMD) devices that can outperform it on almost every level. In my mind, it boils down to “needing” the tablet functionality for the added cost –or- heavy Photo editing/collaboration with the PixelSense Display and a Surface Pen – which again is oddly optional at this price point given lower priced "Surface Pro" models can be purchased with a pen as part of the configurations.

    Jul 09, 2020 01:04
  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Tablet or Laptop

    Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews

    Tablet or a Laptop

    How about a two in one and you get the best of both worlds. Meet the new Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 inch 10th Gen Intel Core i7 with 256GB SSD, 16GB of Ram and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GPU Max-Q. This laptop is a lightweight, versatile and a beautifully unique designed powerhouse.

    I have been using this laptop now for a little over a week now for multiple things such video editing, photoshop using Adobe photoshop, graphic designing, gaming, office work, everyday use such as writing this review and I must say it has excelled in every aspect, it has yet to let me down. The laptop and tablet in one is such an amazing design and done very successfully by Microsoft, in my perspective, that you have everything you need for whatever life demands all at your fingertips. If you need to get something done on the go just simply detach the tablet portion and get it done. The only downside to the tablet portion is that your dedicated graphic card and larger battery are built into the keyboard portion of the laptop to keep the tablet design slim, so you do end up losing a little bit of the graphics and battery in the tablet mode.

    The Surface Book 3 came packed with great tech, like Windows 10 Home, WIFI 6 or Wi-Fi 802.11ax support, whatever you want to call it, Bluetooth 5.0, 2 USB, Media Card Reader, USB C, which can also be used to for charging as well, and a charging port. One thing I have to say that most people are getting away from and I am glad that Microsoft decided to keep is the headphone jack, built into the tablet. Most people don’t like or care for the headphone jacks but I personally love them because in a pinch they do come in handy. The laptop also comes with a front and rear camera, which by the way worked well during my office meetings, along with the Dolby Atmos audio which is not bad at all. The screen resolution on the laptop is amazing (3240 x 2160), and the touch screen is very responsive.

    As far as performance goes, while the Surface 3 is not built for gaming, it does allow and runs some performance requiring game such as tomb raider, Modern Warefare without any problems. Also, working of some 3D designing rendering, video editing, and using photoshop the laptop performed without a hitch and did not heat up, which my other laptop still does but it is also older and lags a bit behind in hardware.

    My overall experience with the Microsoft Surface Book 3 has been nothing but amazing. Although being a very expensive unit, I believe it is well worth the price. Like the saying goes “You get what you pay for”. If anyone is looking for tablet/pc, I would recommend looking into the Surface Book 3.

    Jul 08, 2020 19:33
  • Review by TTDONGO, 10 out of 10
    Professional

    Good product. I'm enjoying it each time of the day for school and work. I installed Linux on it for school and work and haven't had any problems. No changes in performance with a second OS installed. I recommend this product to anybody looking for a laptop for everyday work and beyond.

    Mar 12, 2021 15:43
  • Review by CCPD, 10 out of 10
    Tablet and Laptop in One

    Before starting I would like to say that I’m a member of the Tech Insider Network and reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.

    Pulling the Surface Book 3 out of the box it seems heavy for its size. They must have a lot crammed into a small package as it certainly has the specs. It looks sharp and feels premium and it should at this price point. As I went through the box looking to see what all came in the package I was upset to find there was no stylus included. At this price it should be included. Looking at the screen I noticed a sizable bezel. At first, I wondered why the bezel was so large before I realized it was probably for the attachment points between the keyboard and tablet.

    Turning it on there is a short boot time thanks to the SSD. There is the standard Windows 10 setup, which goes quick with some assistance from Cortana. The mouse pad is standard, and the keyboard has a selector to light up the keys, which comes in handy. The screen is sturdily attached to the keyboard and only comes apart when you press the detach button on the keyboard. Reattaching is as simple as putting the screen back in its place as it locks itself together. I really like that there are no vents on the bottom of the keyboard. The vent is well placed on the top of the keyboard and it’s not very noticeable. I love that I can set the Surface Book on my lap and not worry about blocking a vent and causing it to overheat. There is also a vent that goes around the entire screen and the speakers are hidden on the left and right sides. It’s also quiet and I haven’t heard a cooling fan yet. Listening to music and watching some videos I was pleasantly surprised with the sound system. It’s not audiophile quality but for movies and music it’s unexpected and surprisingly good. The Dolby Atmos creates an exceptional sound stage. The charger attaches magnetically and is an improvement over a coaxial power connection you see on most laptops. There are two USB connections, a single USB type C connection, headphone jack, and an SD card reader. Missing is an HDMI connection, which would be nice to have.

    I installed several programs, and each was quick to install and quick to open once installed. The SSD is nice and fast but it doesn’t appear to be interchangeable so make sure you get a model with enough storage space for your needs unless you plan to use external storage. Programs are also very responsive thanks to the i7 processor and 16 GB of memory. The touch screen is accurate and works well and the screen is sharp and produces good viewing angles. There are cameras on the front and back, but I mainly just use the front facing camera to identify my face to aid with the login.

    I’m currently in the midst of a project for work to create a manual and I’m using Acrobat DC. I’m using a lot of pictures in the manual that I’ve taken with my DSLR. To help organize and prepare everything I also have Lightroom and Photoshop. I’ve been running all three programs at the same time and this thing hasn’t skipped a beat. I’m able to quickly import RAW image files into Lightroom since the Surface Book has an SD card reader. I currently have 90 images imported and I can easily browse all the photos I’ve taken for the project at one time and switch between the RAW images without any lag. I can quickly make the necessary lens corrections and white balance adjustments before exporting to Photoshop for finetuning the image and saving it to a reduced size for the manual. I can then import the images into Acrobat. The speed at which I’m able to go from one program to another is great and it really makes the project so much easier to complete. With 93 imported RAW images in Lightroom, 18 photos open for editing in Photoshop, and Acrobat DC open for editing a 110-page manual all at the same time there are no issues with performance and I have absolutely zero complaints over the performance of this machine.

    One thing to note is that the Surface Book has two batteries. One in the tablet and one in the keyboard. Together they give you pretty good battery life but separate them and the smaller battery in the tablet will only give you around 3 hours of use.

    Overall, I’m happy with the Surface Book 3. It’s more than capable to handle anything I can throw at it. I think a stylus and an HDMI port would have been nice additions. Better battery life for the tablet portion of the Surface Book would also be welcome. Otherwise it’s an excellent machine, although expensive, and I know I will get plenty of use out of it.

    Jul 10, 2020 12:57
  • Review by JorgeZ, 6 out of 10
    Bad battery

    Suddenly started to get overheated and the battery only lasts less than an hour. Before this issue , it was working as expected. I thing that this particular piece it came with this malfunction, after 2 weeks of looking for my best option I came with my decision of buying this laptop, I never heard about this issue in all the reviews that I read.

    Dec 25, 2020 19:18
  • Review by AtlantaGreg, 8 out of 10
    Very good laptop with a very premium price tag...

    The newly released Microsoft Surface Book 3 replaces the Surface Book 2 with some noteworthy upgrades. My unit comes with a configuration of a 10th generation 1.3 ghz i7 Intel processor, 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM, a 256 gig SSD hard drive, and Nvidia GTX GeForce dedicate graphics processor with 6 gigs of dedicated video. A bright 15 inch “Pixel Sense” detachable monitor with a resolution of 3240 x 2160 pixels rounds out the major features. Microsoft can configure this generation of Surface Book in a number of ways from a 13 to 15 inch monitor, i5 or i7 processors, or up to 32 gigs of RAM and more powerful graphics, so depending on your needs, there will be a variation of this you can configure that’s best for you (at a cost, of course).

    Full disclosure: Best Buy reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. I will always provide my honest opinions on all products reviewed. .

    One of the main reasons people get these are for the versatility. The screen (which houses some of the laptop’s guts) can be detached and used like a tablet on it’s own, with it’s own battery supply built in. When used with the Surface Pen (which unfortunately they do NOT include with these units), your creative juices can go wild with the bright, colorful, high-res screen. The backlit keyboard unit has a battery of it’s own as well, and when the two are attached, you get some pretty good battery life as well as much improved graphics power as this is where the graphic card is housed. A note though – a 17 hour possible battery life is quoted in specs, and in reality, I found it to be a bit less than half of that when running the screen at least at 50% brightness and doing “real world” projects and uses. Your mileage may vary depending on how you use it. You can use it as a standard laptop, or detach the screen and re-attach it backwards to use in tent mode or as a tablet with the keyboard attached, or just carry around the screen as a standalone tablet (with less power as the graphic card and one of the batteries are again, housed, in the keyboard section). One minor issue is that with the monitor holding several components inside, it can get a bit warm in use, but it never gets so hot that it’s worrisome. The keyboard and track pad feel rock solid, and the Surface 3 has a nice typing feel to it, and has the ports most need; two USB-3 ports, one USB-C, SD card reader, headphone jack.

    Speakers are standard in terms of volume and clarity – nothing outstanding but much better than on lesser machines. The web cam is very good being true HD, and has very good lower light clarity. A “rear” camera (in the upper corner of the lid) is also of good quality if you have need of it. The microphones are clear, though I did find I had to speak up just a bit louder than on some other machines for them to pick me up and react. A magnetic connector on the charger helps prevent accidents if someone or a pet walks by and accidentally pulls the power cord while in use – it just pops free of the machine, preventing it from being dragged off of the table.

    Processing power overall is good. The Surface Book 3 breezed through Paint Shop Pro projects even with multiple layers being applied to photos, large resizing of pics, and having several projects open at once. I decided to try to tax the system by using an old Microsoft screen capture program called Expression Encoder – it allows you to take screen captures of video up to 10 minutes in length (free version), and when converting and saving those clips to your computer, can really tax a system. My mid-range desktop will whine and whirrrr (fan) when using it, sounding like it’s near death. It can take several minutes to process even shorter 4-5 minute videos. The Surface Book handled this pretty well. I took some 3-5 minute grabs and encoded them to save, and while the fan did come on and it was still pushing some limits, overall it did a very good job handling this. The i7 processor and dedicated Nvidia graphics worked well together. The machine did get a little warm during the processing, but not “hot”. I don’t think this will give people any issues when using it for video processing and conversions, especially if you configure it with a bit more RAM. 4K video playback went without any hiccups. I wouldn’t give it an award for processing power, but it’s about what I would expect from any laptop with this configuration of hardware.

    Because you are dealing with a thin laptop with cooling considerations that a desktop may not have, I think the processor operates at a lower wattage than it’s cousins used in desktops, because while again, the processing power is “good”, a very similarly configured desktop I use at work seemed to work a bit faster as it of course has cooling fans, and more room for air circulation. Not a problem for daily tasks, photo editing, basic video editing, etc. If you want to get more serious, you’ll want to configure a machine with more RAM and higher Graphics. If you will be using this quite a bit in tablet mode, consider the 13 inch option, as while the 15 inch model is great for desk and office work, it’s a bit bulky to use as a tablet – the 13 inch version would be your option if you are in the field, traveling, or holding that screen a lot.

    Glitches? Only one so far. You can as with many Windows laptops now, configure your login so that the web cam recognizes your face and speeds up the login process. Twice, I’ve had it do this, yet the web cam will stay ON, along with the on light and red Windows Hello cam light next to it. Trying to go into the camera app to turn it off didn’t work and I’ve had to reboot to reset it correctly. It’s only happened twice but hopefully will be fixed in a firmware/software update at some point.

    The Surface Book 3 is not inexpensive. It’s a well spec machine with a bright, beautiful, removable screen, and is built very well, and you do pay for that, along with it’s various special features. In order to justify the price tag, you should be someone who will take advantage of those features. This would necessitate having the Surface Pen, and that’s one of my big gripes – that they don’t include it. The approx. $100 pen is an additional feature, which in my opinion, should be included with EVERY Surface Book configuration. The retail price for my configuration hovers around the $2,300 range. You do get excellent build quality and a premium screen for that price, but in my opinion, I think for this price, the SSD drive should be at least 512 gigs (or even 1 TB?) and again, the Surface Pen should be included. I’ll be greedy, too – an outstanding extra would be a basic protective case you could slip the monitor in when in tablet-only mode to protect it and prop it up while in use (I can dream, can't I?). Only you can decide if the price is justified for your specific needs and uses, but if it is, you should enjoy the investment. If not and you just need the basic specs, shop around as you can get something without quite all the bells and whistles for a few hundred less.

    Jul 08, 2020 22:00
  • Review by Gizmo, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful, power laptop - lightweight tablet!

    Full disclosure: Reviewers for in this invitation-only program (Tech Insider Network) are provided products for the purpose of writing an honest, unbiased review.

    When I first saw this laptop, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Is it a laptop or a tablet? My concern was if it’s both, does it do either functions well? I’ve seen many other laptops that claim it can be used as a tablet. There are many laptops where the keyboard folds behind the screen and they call it tablet mode, but it weighs much more then what we consider tablet weight. But with the Windows Surface Book 3, the keyboard detaches, to me, this is a game changer!

    For comparison, the weight of the Surface book (tablet only) is 1lb 13 ounces (29 ounces), for comparison an iPad 10.2” weighs 17 ounces and the iPad Pro 12.9” weighs 1lb 6.6 ounces (22.6 ounces).

    Unboxing and appearance:

    The laptop comes very nicely packaged, open the box and you will find the laptop, charger and cord neatly packaged. The charging block has a USB port also, nice touch as I use it to charge my phone. No need to take up a USB port on the laptop. I wish the charger had some sort of wire management on it though (i.e. plastic tabs to wrap wire around, Velcro strap). The magnetic charger is a nice touch, it connects to the laptop parallel, so it doesn’t protrude out from the laptop. It’s made out of black plastic, so feels a bit cheap. A Surface pen is not included, at this price point, it would’ve been nice if it were included. If you have a pen, it doesn’t appear to have a spot to store it on the laptop.

    Initially I wasn’t crazy about the hinge design, when it folds up, it doesn’t fold flat, there’s a quarter inch gap near the hinge area. I think we’re all used to laptops folding flat when the lid is down. After a week of usage, I’m getting more used to it and it doesn’t bother me as much. The front lip has a magnet that keeps the lid shut tight. The magnet is evident as my watchband keeps sticking to it. I end up taking off my watch when I use the laptop, which is probably better anyway as I don’t want to scratch up the laptop. Overall the design is very clean and nice, the shiny silver Windows logo gives it a premium look.

    I’ve seen many 2 in 1 laptops where the screen is very heavy, making it easy to topple over, but this laptop is very well balanced. Pushing gently on the screen doesn’t cause the keyboard to lift up. Instead, the hinge responds by opening more. This is where I start to appreciate the Surface book hinge design. I have 4 laptops in my home, all of them, if I push the top without holding the base down, will lift up. Traditional laptop hinges are stiffer.

    The keyboard lights up nicely, there are 3 settings that you can toggle between.

    Usage:

    Initial setup was a breeze, follow the instructions, log into your Windows account it pretty much does the rest. I love the Windows “Hello” login (facial recognition) feature. I have that on one of my other laptops, but not in my work laptop. It’s definitely nice to have and works well.

    I found the picture quality of the PixelSense display to be very good. I used this laptop with Adobe Lightroom to organize, edit and print my large library of photos. The colors and clarity of the photos look very good (I have not calibrated the display yet). I’ve used Lightroom on my iMac that’s approximately 7 years old, it’s been painfully slow opening catalog, editing etc. The Surface Book was able to do all these tasks much, much faster. The benefit of being able to disconnect the tablet is that I can show photos to my family without carrying around the laptop. Much friendlier to hold and swipe through vacation photos.

    I enlisted my son’s help, an Engineering student in HS, to test the laptop with Autodesk Inventor Professional. The Surface Book performed perfectly and comparable to the desktops he uses in school. He created a sword using Inventor.

    I also used the laptop for general applications such as Microsoft Office and Ameritrade Think or Swim, no issues running any applications of course. I didn’t even hear a fan kick off while running these programs.

    Conclusion:

    Overall this is a beautiful, capable laptop that is light weight, the tablet mode was executed very nicely by the engineers at Microsoft. I can wholeheartedly say it’s a great laptop and a great tablet! Just getting the weight down to something I wouldn’t mind carrying but has the computing power to work flawlessly with Adobe and Autodesk applications is amazing to me. There are some minor issues, as I’ve mentioned in my review, but nothing that’s a deal breaker. The price is on the high side, I would say this is the biggest negative.

    Jul 12, 2020 11:13
  • Review by SebaSF16, 4 out of 10
    Screen issues and video card not running

    The computer doesn't recognize the video card.

    There is an issue with the screen when detaching and attaching again, doesn't work properly.

    Microsoft poor support, still can't fix the problems

    Some problems with the updates, computer requests detaching frequently.

    Oct 16, 2020 18:58
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i3 - 4GB Memory - 128GB SSD with Black Type Cover - Platinum
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    13 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Premium performance on the go: Powered by Qualcomm®, the new custom Microsoft SQ1 processor delivers multitasking laptop performance, all-day battery life¹, and fast LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • No Wi-Fi, no problem: In addition to Wi-Fi, every model comes enabled with blazing-fast LTE Advanced Pro³ connectivity.
  • See more and do more on 13" screen: The virtually edge-to-edge high-resolution PixelSense™ display touch screen and Surface signature 3:2 ratio give you more workspace. Ambient light sensing automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Our thinnest Surface ever⁹: Perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle - sleek and slim, in Matte Black, Surface Pro X is just 7.33mm thin and starts at 1.7 pounds.²
  • Modern connections for multitasking: Two USB-C™ ports allow connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging.
  • Your laptop, your way: The next-generation laptop features the versatility of a studio and tablet, so you can type, touch, draw, write, work, and play more naturally.
  • Complete your experience with powerful accessories that are always at your fingertips: Make it a full laptop and portable studio with Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard, Slim Pen*, and Surface Arc Mouse.*
  • Next-generation laptop-grade performance with on-the-go mobility: Up to 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage.⁴
  • All-day battery life: Up to 13 hours¹, and the ability to go from empty to full fast - about 80% in just under an hour.⁸ Comes with Instant On and improved battery standby that extends your battery when you're away.¹
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • You are the password: Log in securely with Windows Hello sign-in, a fast and secure way to unlock Surface Pro X.
  • Work without an office: Get more done with Office 365* and quickly accomplish everyday tasks with fast web browsing in Microsoft Edge and Chrome.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Dstonom, 10 out of 10
    Worth the buy

    Computer is great over all just the apps have a 5 second delay but camera is good and the display is awesome and so is picture quality love the versatility durability and it's light weight you can take it anywhere. Definitely worth the buy plus if you get it with the surface pen you will even have more fun and greater functions.

    Aug 16, 2020 09:59
  • Review by Ynot, 10 out of 10
    Great Value-Wife Loves It!

    My wife needed a new tablet and I saw this on sale. Came with detachable keyboard and Windows 10. The best of two worlds: a tablet and laptop! She is very happy with it.

    Oct 05, 2020 16:13
  • Review by NauticalArtSlideshow, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 Battery Life Proven

    Advertisement for Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 battery life was proven GREAT! 6 straight 8 -9 hour days with recharging each night allowed me to use it as a display with Slideshow running continuosly!

    Sep 17, 2021 16:28
  • Review by Lori, 10 out of 10
    The drawing tools, graphics, are EPIC!

    Bought this for my high schooler studying Graphic Design. Everything in the description is TRUE!

    I bought it when it was sold as a combo WITH the keyboard....so make sure U read carefully because the keyboard AND pen are usually sold separately.

    Dec 30, 2019 05:22
  • Review by Laura, 10 out of 10
    Great Buy!

    Quick set up...Versatile and handy. This combined with my docking station, I can take work home to complete things in a snap without having to bring a whole bunch of paperwork. Does what I need it to do and can use it anywhere.

    Mar 26, 2021 15:46
  • Review by Awesome, 10 out of 10
    Best buy

    The laptop I perchised from your company Best buy I'm very happy with my service pro window 10

    May 07, 2021 22:18
  • Review by Carrie, 10 out of 10
    It’s perfect!

    Great size, sleek look, works perfectly for what I need. Easy to order and showed up quickly. Very happy with my purchase.

    May 23, 2020 09:15
  • Review by Taynsam, 10 out of 10
    Perfect tablet

    Love this tablet!! It has everything. Love that it has a detachable keyboard too. Amazing screen for netflixing

    Dec 18, 2020 16:26
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Device Only - Matte Black
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Connect, create, get comfortable: Whatever your office looks like, be it a desk, couch, or dining table, Surface Pro 7 is your ultra-light, endlessly adaptable partner — now with faster processing and more connections — plus all-day battery life.¹
  • More powerful in every way: Chase your dream and get seriously productive with mega-multitasking laptop power, all-day battery,¹ and plenty of memory and storage.
  • Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Surface Pro 7 keeps up with you — with multitasking speed, stunning entertainment, incredible Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Get back to work the moment inspiration strikes: With Fast Charging, all-day battery¹ and Instant On, you can get back to work right now, tonight, or tomorrow. Surface Pro 7 stands ready to take your ideas to the next level whenever you are.
  • Built-in cameras that show your best side: 1080p HD video webcams are perfect for all your calls, meetings, virtual get togethers and more.
  • Connect and keep up the way you want to: Video calls and meetings come to life with spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras that automatically adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
  • A brilliant display: The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Make a statement with signature accessories: Personalize your Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro accessories you know. Choose from Platinum or Matte Black.⁴
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics. Plus, enjoy crisp, clear audio for music, podcasts, and movies with Dolby® Audio™ sound.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Snipes, 10 out of 10
    Made the leap from Mac to Windows

    Five years ago I had a PC and said I would NEVER get an apple device. Then my PC broke and I had a good reason to try out a Macbook Pro. What a beautiful computer! Fast, sleek, and powerful everything I needed.

    Then just three weeks ago I decided it was time to upgrade and I awaited the good news from Apple about their new Macbooks. But the news never came, and the reviews on their current Mac's were mixed (the keyboard issue made me nervous). So I thought maybe it was time to experiment with Microsoft.

    The Surface Pro was a unique design, also sleek and had some attractive hardware so I went with the Pro 7 i5. I gave it a run for its money for two weeks doing all of my typical task at work (word, excel, powerpoint) as well as some of my hobbies (adobe photoshop and premiere pro). The Pro 7 handled them all like a beast.

    I ended up returning the i5 and getting the i7 because I liked the Pro 7 so much that I wanted to ensure I got a good 3+ yrs out of it. Haven't looked back yet.

    Like any device it has its Pro's an Con's and one device will never please everyone but here are some of my Pro's and Con's:

    PRO's

    - Beautiful design and great 2 in 1 device that functions extremely well as both tablet and PC

    - USB - C and Microsoft's charging cable = extremely fast charging

    - The premium keyboard is easy to type on and looks great

    - Stylus is a huge bonus, something I never had with a Mac

    - Touchscreen is great, useful in almost every situation

    - Stunning 4k Video

    - The i7 chip and 16RAM have been able to handle everything I have thrown at it, including a 30+FPS rate on Skyrim

    - The instant on and Hello Camera are incredible. Cheers to Microsoft for that feature

    CONs

    - Battery life just isnt were it should be. I get MAYBE 10hrs out of it with using max battery settings and not using any demanding software

    - Not being able to iMessage (a big change for a Mac user for 5+yrs)

    - The i7 does have a fan in it which can be annoying but even at maximum torque the fan is not TO loud and the only time it has been needed thus far for myself is with Skyrim. Has never turned on in my day-day work.

    Nov 12, 2019 10:49
  • Review by MaltbiaBklyn, 10 out of 10
    2nd Surface Pro: From 4 to 7

    This is my 2nd Surface, I started with a Survey 4 having used both PC/laptops and the Mac Tablet, I was looking for something that was more of a hybrid - and thus my love for the Surface. Its not the best laptop, nor, table, in the world, yet, to me, it is the best of both worlds in terms of an integrated, multi-use product. I'm a professor, I use it for my work, teaching, research, and personal - a true workhorse. When I'm working at home, or in the office, I connect it to an external monitor and decking station and it meets my needs. Very pleased with my new Surface Pro 7 and was happy to be able use the keyboard and pen from my prior Surface. Pricy, yet worth it!

    Jun 04, 2021 15:40
  • Review by Tony, 10 out of 10
    Surface pro 7

    Love my surface pro 7, I have it rig to be a desktop with the surface dock. Could easily take it on the go when needed for tethering one the job.

    Feb 28, 2021 15:22
  • Review by TouchscreenGreatness, 8 out of 10
    Touchscreen Greatness

    I really enjoyed the full touch screen & the use of the pen

    Apr 16, 2021 22:04
  • Review by Dmaximus, 10 out of 10
    Great for work and personal use!

    I love this machine! This past Christmas I had purchased the I-Pad Pro 12.9" for my bride. I was very impressed and thought about going that direction for my purchase, however due to my business activities and all of my current files being windows based, I made the surface purchase. the portability is awesome, the keyboard I purchased works great as protection for the screen and is super comfortable. During the day this is docked with my other screens and when I'm traveling its great to have the functionality of a tablet. I would definitely recommend. I will say I researched the Surface ProX as well and due to the software compatibility issues they are having with that platform, the Pro 7 for me seemed like a much better choice.

    Feb 20, 2021 10:49
  • Review by Steve, 10 out of 10
    A powerful 2 in 1 in such a small form factor!

    What a system. I returned a lower spec model (i5/8gb/128ssd) for this since I wanted to future-proof it a bit more and let me tell you it was worth it. Don't get me wrong, the i5 model is very sweet and had no issues with anything I threw at it but the i7 is a bit more powerful and it gives a nice 30-50% or even more bonus to 3d heavy applications or games. Both the i5 and i7 use the Iris Plus which is an intel feature on these CPU's but the i7 has 64 execution units while the i5 only has 48 and that right there is the major difference. You can run most games at 1080p on medium settings with a very good framerate. Now you won't be playing Gears 5 or anything crazy like that but it has no issues with MMO's like WoW, or FFXIV, Albion Online, Warcraft 3 remastered, Starcraft 2 or anything like that. Having the extra ram is also very nice for browsing if you use a ton of tabs and multitask a lot and the SSD is blazing fast. The one thing I was worried about was the fan since the i3 and i5 are fanless and silent. The moment I started doing windows updates on the i7 I noticed the fan kicked in and was pretty noticable but that seems to have gone away and only appears when installing apps or heavy gaming, but the best part is I noticed the system runs a lot cooler than the i5 so you will have almost no throttling like the i5 and you can keep a constant CPU speed for much much longer. All around I'm super impressed with this computer. It's such a powerhouse in a very small form factor and it's one of the best made/looking pieces of tech out there. I would not hesitate buying this again and will stick with the Surface lineup going forward. The only thing it needs is a nice re-design to something like the X but without sacrificing the CPU (ARM yuck). 10/10.

    Oct 20, 2020 03:12
  • Review by Sarah, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for Office with a side of digital art

    Bought to replace a Surface Pro 5 (i5 version), and all of my peripherals (type cover, Surface Pen, and even my spare chargers) still work just fine.

    Comes with a free upgrade to Win 11, which is nice. Also has USB-C with Power Delivery, which is double-nice. No more proprietary display port or whatever plug.

    If you're someone who needs a laptop, but you also enjoy digital art on the side, this is probably one of the best options out there. My old Surface Pen is much more responsive now than it was with the Pro 5. The overall power feels about 3x what I'm used to. 16GB of ram is also a huge plus if you like to keep a lot of programs/browser tabs open all the time, and the microSD slot allows for ridiculous storage expansion nowadays.

    And yes, this i7 version DOES have a fan, but I consider this to be a good thing, given the specs. Better still, the fan is very quiet, and only comes on during heavy CPU use--it's just too darn small to make much more than a faint hum in a dead-silent room, and the passive cooling is more than enough for general browsing or Office work.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:52
  • Review by GuvnA, 10 out of 10
    Performs Well

    Upgraded to this model after having owned the Pro 4 for a number of years. With Zoom classes and multiple media programs running, the Pro 4 just wasn't able to keep up and was often freezing momentarily or having to be rebooted. I had also almost filled the 128GB of memory the Pro 4 had.

    Thus far I'm very happy with this upgrade, the processor is definitely beefier and the 256GB memory should be more than sufficient for years to come, especially since I plan on using an external drive for my home media solutions. I do think the type cover should come with, and I had to wait quite a while to get one with fingerprint reader from Microsoft.

    The major frustration came in moving my data from my Pro 4 to this one. It seems ridiculous that there is no wired or wireless option to simply copy files and preferences from one machine to the other. Cellphones have this functionality available and they typically have much less data and preferences to move.

    I certainly wasn't going to pay Geek Squad or another service to move the data for me, so I just backed up to an external drive and copied the data over. But that does nothing about my preferences. About the only thing I didn't have to setup was my wallpaper, which indicates Microsoft knows this is a feature people would want but they're uninterested in providing it.

    Otherwise, this is a great multipurpose tool for students and small business purposes.

    May 16, 2021 09:56
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i5 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Device Only - Platinum
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Connect, create, get comfortable: Whatever your office looks like, be it a desk, couch, or dining table, Surface Pro 7 is your ultra-light, endlessly adaptable partner — now with faster processing and more connections — plus all-day battery life.¹
  • More powerful in every way: Chase your dream and get seriously productive with mega-multitasking laptop power, all-day battery,¹ and plenty of memory and storage.
  • Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Surface Pro 7 keeps up with you — with multitasking speed, stunning entertainment, incredible Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Get back to work the moment inspiration strikes: With Fast Charging, all-day battery¹ and Instant On, you can get back to work right now, tonight, or tomorrow. Surface Pro 7 stands ready to take your ideas to the next level whenever you are.
  • Built-in cameras that show your best side: 1080p HD video webcams are perfect for all your calls, meetings, virtual get togethers and more.
  • Connect and keep up the way you want to: Video calls and meetings come to life with spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras that automatically adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
  • A brilliant display: The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Make a statement with signature accessories: Personalize your Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro accessories you know. Choose from Platinum or Matte Black.⁴
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics. Plus, enjoy crisp, clear audio for music, podcasts, and movies with Dolby® Audio™ sound.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Sheda, 8 out of 10
    So far so good! Works like a computer.

    I am not techy. I just wanted a tablet that works like a laptop to avoid catching viruses as my past computer did. This tablet is great! I have had one issue with it. Was watching Netflix on it and the screen keep going black on me even though I was still hearing the show. Not sure that that was all about. Other than that, I like my choice this far.

    May 29, 2020 09:22
  • Review by Raddy, 10 out of 10
    Great value!!

    Great tablet / computer for the pruce you pay!!! Used for a college student and is perfect with keyboard accessory!!

    Oct 15, 2021 16:51
  • Review by Bestbbuy, 10 out of 10
    Sure

    great products thanks a bunch for everything!!!!!!

    Nov 05, 2021 15:30
  • Review by NerdyGal, 8 out of 10
    A little on the spendy side

    I had it for exactly 2 days when it fell and screen was cracked. Could not be fixed so needed replacement. Luckily, I had 3-year plan and got free replacement. HOWEVER, had to purchase yet another $280 3-year plan for new replacement. Would have like option to carry over old plan for new replacement. Wound up having to spend $560! Be aware that any given plan is for one laptop/tablet & if you replace, you have to get another plan.

    Jul 17, 2020 20:22
  • Review by Worthy, 10 out of 10
    New Toy

    I've only just purchased this item.I brought unit in for installation of anti-virus program. I always have great interaction with your employees. Although still very new,I enjoy my new toy.

    Jul 16, 2021 16:24
  • Review by MrBubble1, 10 out of 10
    Surface Pro

    Excellent product. The third one I have owned. Easy to set up. Just be sure you follow the instructions to prolong your battery life.

    May 21, 2021 16:01
  • Review by Aktudors, 10 out of 10
    amazing laptop

    We love Surface Pros. We purchase a bunch for clients and we have had 4 for our home as well. Our kids use them for games (minecraft, sims, roadblox, etc.) and then I use it for work, digital design, video editing, etc. and they work great!

    Jul 16, 2020 12:53
  • Review by Best, 10 out of 10
    I Made the Best Choice!

    I bought a Surface Go two years ago, and I take it everywhere with me, because it so light and versatile, yet powerful. So when I decided to upgrade my previous bigger (another brand) laptop, the Surface Pro 7 was at the forefront of my choices. I made the best choice! I still take my Surface Go on the road with me; but I use my new Surface Pro 7 for everything else. I love it!!

    Nov 13, 2020 15:43
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Matte Black
    Description

    Make a powerful statement, and fuel your ideas with new Surface Laptop 3. Sleek and light, with improved speed, performance, typing comfort, and battery life, it travels with ease and makes every day more productive. Now with improved speed and performance to do what you want, Surface Laptop 3 13.5" is two times faster than Surface Laptop 2. And whether you're creating, catching up, or chilling out, Surface Laptop 3 is ready when you are. Listen to the improved Omnisonic Speakers, now louder with a more natural sound, discreetly hidden below the keyboard. Open effortlessly, and feel the rich, warm Alcantara® or cool, new metal.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, Surface Laptop 3 13.5" fuels your ideas with multitasking speed, amazing entertainment, quality Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Thin and light: Starting at just 2.89 lbs., Surface Laptop 3 is easy to carry.
  • Durable, premium finish: Cool, new metal palm rest.
  • More ways to connect: Now with USB Type-C™ and USB Type-A ports for connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging.
  • All-day power on the go: With up to 11.5 hours of battery life¹, plus improved standby when you're away.
  • Fast Charging: Go from empty to a full battery with Fast Charging - up to 80% in about one hour.³
  • Industry-leading typing comfort: Now with an almost 20% larger glass trackpad for easier navigation.
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field studio mics.
  • Improved Omnisonic Speakers: Discreetly hidden below the keyboard, deliver spectacular, omnidirectional sounds, now even louder and with more bass than Surface Laptop 2.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Kyle, 10 out of 10
    Great in-store pickup experience

    Online ordering was easy and the in-store pickup process was quick and safe in terms of minimal contact. We ordered a wide range of products and were able to pick them up in batches as they became available. The majority of items were available the next day, and even with a snow storm the following week the remaining pickup dates were accurate and on time. Overall, this was an incredibly positive experience for a new business customer.

    Apr 02, 2021 15:57
  • Review by Jenn, 10 out of 10
    Great for a college student

    Great for a college student! Light weight and gets the job done. I am also a huge fan of the touch screen capability.

    Dec 02, 2020 18:13
  • Review by Surface, 6 out of 10
    Too fragile?

    Computer overall is great.

    I travel every month and for the first time in my last trip 3 days ago, I didn't put laptop in its case, I decided to put in my purse. While I was in the plane I decided to turn it on, I was in shock to find a crack right below camera. I didn't drop or hit it with anything. I have been always very careful with any electronic I bought throughout the years. Never bought any protection plan, I guess I should have bought one this time. Laptop seems to be very fragile. So, if you are planning to buy one, get the protection plan.

    Jan 19, 2021 19:27
  • Review by Bob8866, 2 out of 10
    Known screen cracking issue! Do not buy!

    Warning! Do Not Buy!

    This computer has well known screen cracking issue, google "surface 2 hair crack" and you will find tons of reports for that. The screen will crack by itself due to design flaw.

    My six months unit unfortunately got same issue and guess what, Microsoft service dept want $599 for fixed the screen.

    Lesson learned and over $1000 wasted.

    Save your hard earned money and stay away from this computer!

    Feb 06, 2021 15:48
  • Review by Sr11Dg13, 10 out of 10
    Great purchase

    No complaints at all. My girlfriend is enjoying her laptop.

    Sep 25, 2020 18:50
  • Review by Vicky, 10 out of 10
    Awesome laptop

    I have to say this laptop by far is very well put together. I love everything about it

    May 22, 2020 20:17
  • Review by Redsox637, 10 out of 10
    SURFACE

    We love the owner, design, portability and ease of use of this surface. We are both Apple & MS users (weird I know) but for the price point this was just a no brainer. We are very happy with the purchase.

    Apr 21, 2021 08:13
  • Review by MSSurface8GBintel5, 2 out of 10
    Sold a faulty product to me!

    My computer has been failing to come on and now will not come on at all!!! Even though it has been plugged in the entire day!

    Feb 09, 2021 22:44
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 3 - 15" Touch-Screen - AMD Ryzen™ 5 Surface Edition - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Matte Black
    Description

    Make a powerful statement, and fuel your ideas with new Surface Laptop 3. Sleek and light, with improved speed, performance, typing comfort, and battery life, it travels with ease and makes every day more productive. And whether you're creating, catching up, or chilling out, Surface Laptop 3 is ready when you are with the new custom Ryzen™ 5 Microsoft Surface® edition processor. Now two times faster than Surface Laptop 2, Surface Laptop 3 has more power, Fast Charging, greater multitasking performance, all-day battery¹, and Instant On. Bring your vision to life on the vibrant PixelSense™ display. Listen to the improved Omnisonic Speakers, now louder with a more natural sound, discreetly hidden below the keyboard.

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Two times faster: Now with improved speed and performance to do what you want, Surface Laptop 3 15" is over two times faster than Surface Laptop 2.
  • A new level of responsiveness in a thin, light design: The exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processor inside Surface Laptop 3 15" is designed to give you
  • Clean, elegant design: Thin and light, starting at just 3.4 lbs., Surface Laptop 3 is easy to carry.
  • Durable, premium finish: Cool, new metal palm rest.
  • More ways to connect: Now with USB Type-C™ and USB Type-A ports for connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging.
  • All-day power on the go: With up to 11.5 hours of battery life¹, plus improved standby when you're away.
  • Bring your work to life: On the vibrant PixelSense, now in a new, larger 15" touch screen.
  • Fast Charging: Go from empty to a full battery with Fast Charging - up to 80% in about one hour.³
  • Industry-leading typing comfort: Now with an almost 20% larger glass trackpad for easier navigation.
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field studio mics.
  • Improved Omnisonic Speakers: Now even louder with a more natural omnidirectional sound and more bass than Surface Laptop 2, still discreetly hidden below the keyboard.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by fjh73, 8 out of 10
    Back to Microsoft

    I have had the Surface for less than a month, I switched from a MacBook Pro that I had for almost 6 years. The MacBook did not have any problems, and did not slow down, but I had not gotten a new computer in a long time. I am more familiar with Windows OS so my hope was that going to a laptop that was offered by Microsoft may lead to a similar experience that I received with the Mac.

    In the beginning it was a little disappointing until it dawned on me to update the firmware to the latest, my earlier issues seemed to be resolved. So, so far so good.

    Nov 14, 2020 18:20
  • Review by MasterJ, 10 out of 10
    great product

    I love this product. I am a fan of Microsoft Surface products / laptops, I would recommend this product. I use it for my home office and I will recommend it

    Sep 13, 2021 17:18
  • Review by Glacier, 10 out of 10
    Nice touch

    Nice and quick works better than the laptops bought on amazon

    Nov 10, 2021 18:51
  • Review by MasterJ, 10 out of 10
    great product

    I love this product. I am a fan of microsoft surface laptops, I would recommend this product. I use it for my home office and I will recommend it

    Sep 13, 2021 17:16
  • Review by TristanHarvey, 8 out of 10
    Not worth it, Look elsewhere.

    Good for some work use, Touchpad with a good processor, However the lack of additional ports is very underwhelming at this point and a better laptop could be provided at this price point.

    Apr 09, 2021 15:46
  • Review by auntrev, 10 out of 10
    Love this laptop.

    This is a big jump in quality for me. I am on a huge learning curve, but loving it. Aside from all the great technology, it is so wonderfully light weight. Also, my salesperson was soooo knowledgeable and helpful and spent a lot of time with me to helped me find the right system for me! Brett McDuffie in Annapolis, MD...you are awesome!!!

    Oct 11, 2020 10:35
  • Review by Ivshi, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Love it- I was skeptical about not having a 2-1 computer but didn’t like the surface 2-1 option- it’s clean and it’s soooo light and still has the touch screen - so far I haven’t missed the 2-1 option yet!

    Jan 02, 2021 08:38
  • Review by NmcP2648, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft laptop

    Great laptop! I had heard the AMD chip was the way to go and I agree!

    Mar 12, 2021 15:35
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Book 3 13.5" Touch-Screen PixelSense - 2-in-1 Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Performance meets versatility. From intensive video and graphics files to high-octane gaming, the most powerful Surface laptop yet combines speed, graphics, and long battery life with the versatility of a laptop, tablet, and portable studio. Tackle your biggest demands with quadcore powered 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, blazing NVIDIA® graphics, and high-resolution PixelSense™ Display designed for Surface Pen* and touch.

    13 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Unleash your best ideas: With the fastest graphics on any Surface, powered by the latest NVIDIA® GTX GeForce GPU, Surface Book 3 13.5" has 40% more graphics performance than Surface Book 2 13.5".
  • Power when you need it: Get up to 15.5 hours¹ battery life — plus get back to work when you’re ready with improved standby that extends battery life when you’re away.
  • High-resolution PixelSense™ display: Breathe new life into your creations on the vibrant, PixelSense™ touchscreen display that combines Surface Pen,* touch, and Surface Dial.* Also available in 15”.
  • Show them what you’re made of with the most immersive gaming on any Surface laptop: Pair your Xbox Wireless controller* to enjoy the latest titles with Xbox Game Pass for PC.* *Some accessories and software sold separately.
  • Video calls and virtual meetings come to life: With spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras.
  • Robust laptop, powerful tablet, and portable studio in one: Home office, kitchen table or living room couch, choose the way your work best with three versatile modes of use.
  • Laptop mode: Get productive with a robust laptop featuring full keyboard and large, responsive trackpad, while navigating naturally on the touchscreen.
  • Studio mode: Draw, write and sketch with precision using Surface Pen* with Surface Dial* and high-end graphics, at the perfect angle for you.
  • Tablet mode: Detach the touchscreen to swipe through photos and browse the web with a powerful 13.5” tablet.
  • From music and podcasts to movies: Experience movies, music, and virtual meetings with astonishing detail, richness, and depth with Dolby Atmos® sound.
  • All the connections you need for multiple devices and accessories: Includes USB-A and versatile USB-C™ ports, plus a full-size SD card slot.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft Surface Book 3 Review

    I received the Surface Book 3 in excellent condition. I love this 2-in-1 laptop. It's so fast the resolution of photos and videos is so crisp and colorful when viewed on it. I like its portability and sleek design. I tried editing video on it. Rendering the video was lightning fast! The battery life is phenomenal.

    Oct 23, 2020 16:48
  • Review by Roomba, 10 out of 10
    Surface computer

    Love the surface, use both with and without keyboard. Would not go back to a desktop when the surface does everything i need

    Oct 11, 2021 12:17
  • Review by Retiree, 8 out of 10
    Great to use

    I really like this computer...light, versatile, lots of memory, speed is good. The only thing is that it is very sensitive. Curser moves around and things I am writing are lost. I think I just need to get used to it and to Windows 10.

    Aug 03, 2020 10:38
  • Review by Lizzy, 10 out of 10
    Great Laptop

    I have been using this laptop nonstop and it has been great overall. I can do my business on the go. Finish my graphic design work when I'm not close to home.

    May 21, 2021 16:47
  • Review by Ginny1234, 8 out of 10
    Nice computer

    Nice computer. Good graphics. Lots of memory. Easy to detach keyboard to use as a tablet

    Aug 27, 2021 18:13
  • Review by Diegowar, 10 out of 10
    Kind of Pricey, but it delivers.

    The Microsoft Surface Book 3 is premium build and delivers on its promise. If you need a 2-in-1 laptop, and need a lot of processing power this is the device for you.

    Apr 20, 2021 15:37
  • Review by SLLMRL, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    Everything I wanted it to be and more! Easy to detach and flip, excellent value.

    Jul 14, 2021 14:16
  • Review by Cathy, 8 out of 10
    *

    Very good laptop but a little pricey. a little on the bulky side as well

    Aug 27, 2021 18:35
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Sandstone
    Description

    Make a powerful statement, and fuel your ideas with new Surface Laptop 3. Sleek and light, with improved speed, performance, typing comfort, and battery life, it travels with ease and makes every day more productive. Now with improved speed and performance to do what you want, Surface Laptop 3 13.5" is two times faster than Surface Laptop 2. And whether you're creating, catching up, or chilling out, Surface Laptop 3 is ready when you are. Listen to the improved Omnisonic Speakers, now louder with a more natural sound, discreetly hidden below the keyboard. Open effortlessly, and feel the rich, warm Alcantara® or cool, new metal.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, Surface Laptop 3 13.5" fuels your ideas with multitasking speed, amazing entertainment, quality Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Thin and light: Starting at just 2.89 lbs., Surface Laptop 3 is easy to carry.
  • Durable, premium finish: Cool, new metal palm rest.
  • More ways to connect: Now with USB Type-C™ and USB Type-A ports for connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging.
  • All-day power on the go: With up to 11.5 hours of battery life¹, plus improved standby when you're away.
  • Fast Charging: Go from empty to a full battery with Fast Charging - up to 80% in about one hour.³
  • Industry-leading typing comfort: Now with an almost 20% larger glass trackpad for easier navigation.
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field studio mics.
  • Improved Omnisonic Speakers: Discreetly hidden below the keyboard, deliver spectacular, omnidirectional sounds, now even louder and with more bass than Surface Laptop 2.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Jusngo, 10 out of 10
    Geek squad keeps their word and provides the best

    The whole process was insane from the moment that the package arrived to the moment of opening it was a exciting experience, overwhelmingly Happy with the results of the quality and the safety and the care that was provided to making sure that this package came as described, But this is not my first experience with Best buy geek squad My first experience with geek squad was an Apple watch ceramic that was also to this day of quality and in mint condition thank you

    Mar 26, 2021 15:45
  • Review by HamsaZubaidi, 10 out of 10
    Recommended

    I love this laptop very fast, light and have good keyboard pad, nice touch screen. Just the battery has slightly less time to run out than what they said.

    Apr 23, 2021 18:32
  • Review by Sarah, 2 out of 10
    HATE IT! Horrible Storage!

    I. AM. MAD!!!!! I bought this computer after having a MAC for about 4 years. I never had problems with my MAC, and it always ran amazingly. It was not only what I used for a huge portion of my schooling but also work. I am not a huge Apple fan altogether, so I thought I would branch out and try this computer. Less than 6 months in I'm getting notifications that my storage is full, and that I am somehow using all 256GB. When I go in to check out my storage, the largest app I have is 500MG and there's absolutely no way that everything adds up. Now, I can't do school work or office work because even trying to save a 1-page paper is too much for this stupid thing. Such a waste of money.

    Mar 13, 2021 21:15
  • Review by DanaB, 10 out of 10
    I'm in love!

    Not only does it look sexy but it is exactly what I need to do the multiple tasks I work with. Awesome!

    This laptop makes my work life easier. I look forward to finding out what more it can do. I am well pleased.

    Mar 20, 2020 18:26
  • Review by ABTex, 10 out of 10
    Worth the extra bucks for better build quality

    I chose this computer and spent the extra bucks mainly for the lighter weight and better build quality than the typical plastic-y laptops all competing for best value. I bought the black i7 for me and the pink/sandstone i5 for the wife.

    Note that certain colors like black, silver, sandstone have an all-metal build, while other colors like blue for some reason still have that cheap plastic "Alcantera" material around the keyboard. That is surprising since even the new Surface Laptop Go has a metal build even in blue.

    The keyboard has a nice feel, with a crisp, light touch, that my hands took a little time to adjust to from my previous, low-end Thinkpad.

    I mainly use for Internet and Office-type productivity, no video stuff. I have not noticed any heating, even when its on my lap. So far I do not recall the fan ever coming on either. For my uses, I am not sure the i7 is noticeably better than my wife's i5, but since it is my main computer I wanted to get the higher-end processor just in case.

    The charger is proprietary, which sometimes can be inconvenient in some products, except this one is particularly easy to connect with a sort of magnetic clip-on that guides it easily into connection.

    This screen works really well with the Microsoft Surface Pen (sold separately). That is handy in case our kid wants/need to use our computers for school projects, etc.

    I have not had reason to turn the volume up high, but the speakers and sound quality have been more than adequate for something with a slim build like this.

    Dec 30, 2020 16:40
  • Review by MSharif, 8 out of 10
    Very fast, lightweight, Great Performance

    Is a great lightweight laptop that performs awesome. Although it is not equipped with a dedicated Graphic card, it runs games smoothly.

    Battery life is long and reliable.

    When operating in normal (not peak) performance, fan noise is a bit annoying. It makes a noise on a base of periods rather than being constant, steady noise.

    Sep 08, 2020 00:47
  • Review by eljeffe58, 10 out of 10
    My favorite laptop; a workhorse. Sounds great too!

    This computer does it all for me except fold into tablet mode. I's build is beyond solid, although beware of scratching any color but silver since there is likely white underneath. The glass trackpad is the best I have ever used; large and perfect sounds and travel. The keyboard is also the best I have ever experienced; quit and just the right amount of travel; butterfly-style keys that are backlit in three brightnesses. Speaking of brightness, I returned the i5 due to the display auto-brightness being all over the place; this one hits it just right and is not jumpy like the i5 version. The sound is almost better than the Yoga 91. I am not sure how this "Omnisonic Dolby" sound system is configured but this guy is very loud and the stereo disburses beautifully, sometimes wish it had an equalizer but it sounds fine without it. I placed a tempered glass protector over the screen from Megoo that fits perfection to prevent the screen cracking issues folks have encountered; it went on easily and it is almost impossible to notice unless you are looking for it; it does not hamper closure whatsoever. With the lack of bloatware, the SL3 runs seamlessly. The fan was cooking at times on the i5 but not here at all. I bought a Surface Pen to use in case I need to draw a diagram for a patient in my work. It may come in handy. Do I miss the fold in half mode, you ask? Not nearly as much as I thought. This is a keeper!

    Mar 28, 2021 11:04
  • Review by Sean, 10 out of 10
    Awesome laptop

    Quality sturdy build, solid aluminum. Minimalist design. When you close it the laptop becomes very compact. A lot of screen real estate for the size of the laptop. I like the more 3/2 aspect ratio as opposed to extreme widescreen. Runs whisper quiet. Good battery life. Extremely fast at loading websites and running Microsoft applications. Boots up in something like 10 seconds and when you open it from sleep wakes up immediately, detects your face and unlocks. No complaints so far. There is a lack of connectivity but all laptops this thin have that. Thankfully it still has a USB-A for older peripherals but I have it plugged into a dock through USB-C when at home and everything works great using that.

    Sep 11, 2020 16:36
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop Studio – 14.4” Touch Screen – Intel Core i5 -16GB Memory – 256GB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Set your imagination free on the most powerful Surface Laptop, designed to light up the best of Windows 11. Boundary-pushing design lets you flex your creative muscle on the sleek 14.4“⁴ touchscreen, making seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable creative canvas, complete with built-in storage and charging for Surface Slim Pen 2* under the keyboard. Enjoy smooth gameplay, and draw, sketch and take notes like you would on paper on the bright, vibrant 120Hz display. Run intensive applications and get things done anywhere with all-day battery life, and get inspired with graphics power that exceeds your expectations. Elevate your entertainment with Quad Omnisonic™ speakers, featuring large bass and immersive Dolby Atmos®. Stay in the flow, be inspired and get closer to what you love.

    15 Features
  • Powerful Surface Laptop: Focus on the things you love with incredible performance to handle your most complex workloads, powered by quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors.
  • Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love: Family, friends, passions, music, creations – Windows 11 is the one place for it all. With a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient, it has what you need for whatever’s next.
  • Boundary-pushing design: The sleek 14.4“⁵ touchscreen makes seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable creative canvas.
  • Built for performance: Bring big ideas to life without breaking a sweat, thanks to quad-core powered 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors and Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 256GB solid state drive: While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Elevate your PC gaming experiences: Play the latest games with graphics that rival reality, thanks to DirectX 12 Ultimate and Iris® Xe Graphics. Pair with Xbox Ultimate Game Pass³ and Xbox controller³ for the best experience.
  • Pair w/ Surface Slim Pen 2*: for the best digital pen experience yet, featuring the feeling of pen on paper.⁷ Magnetically attach, store, and charge under the front of the keyboard.
  • Immerse yourself like never before: Enjoy true-to-life color and contrast on the factory-calibrated PixelSense™ Flow touch display with a refresh rate up to 120Hz, plus Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ that adjusts to the changing light conditions around you when playing supported content.
  • USB 4.0 ports with Thunderbolt™ 4 support: Surface Laptop Studio quickly adapts to your needs. From connecting external monitors to unique accessories, just plug in and get going.
  • Best for your video chats, work or play: 1080p HD camera brings superior video quality with low-light performance, brightness, and skin-tone accuracy, while dual Studio Mics capture voice with crisp detail and clarity.
  • Elevate your music, movies, and gaming: Enter a world of entertainment with crystal-clear audio from enhanced Quad Omnisonic Speakers and breathtaking cinematic sound, powered by Dolby Atmos®.²
  • Click anywhere on a Precision Haptic Trackpad: Our largest touchpad yet, optimized for Windows 11. Tap or use intuitive gestures to navigate or create using the entire touchpad
  • Design and deliver the way you want: Work, play, and create the way you want. Surface Laptop Studio and Windows 11 enable you to express yourself in the ways most natural to you.
  • Powerful, fast, and infinitely flexible: Set your imagination free on the most powerful Surface Laptop, designed to light up the best of Windows 11. Stay in the flow, be inspired, and get closer to what you love.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by guitarpete987, 10 out of 10
    The most satisfying and useful Surface I've owned!

    This computer is a true jack of all trades, and I'd say it is a master at one thing for sure - getting things done.

    I've been off and on with Surface products since the line first began. I've had Surface Pros, I had the Surface Go once, I even had one of the older Surface Laptop models at one point.

    In my personal opinion, as a busy guy who does content creation, consumption, and straight up traditional, old-fashioned work on his computer, this is the best Surface product Microsoft has ever made.

    This thing feels incredible. The keyboard is great, the track pad is REALLY great, the body just feels incredibly sturdy, the screen is gorgeous - there is really very little negative to even say about this product. The different screen modes are all quite useful and well-executed, and I love the way the Surface Pen 2 just sticks up in there. It's so simple but brilliant, I think it's personally the best implementation yet of pen storage because although yes, it's somewhat exposed, it's extremely quick and easy to retrieve it if you suddenly need to use it in an instant.

    Perhaps the only negative points I could mention are these, and both are what I would consider minor.

    1. Ports *might* be considered lacking by some. It's personally not a huge deal for me, but I know there have already been a couple of times - mainly when working with peripherals - that it would have been nice to have at least one USB-A port. USB-C is the future, no question, but there are still devices you will use with your computer, especially in an office or school environment - that will call for USB-A. It's easily solved by the couple of multi-function dongles I have, but it's always nice to not have to carry something extra around. I know some people might groan about the lack of SD card ports, too, but to be quite honest, in this day and age, cloud storage is what I use for most things and if I have to plug in a card, I will most likely have my camera with me, in which case I will be carrying around the dongle for that.

    2. Now, I personally don't feel that this computer is *lacking* in power, for most tasks. I have been able to edit photos, edit videos, work with dozens of Chrome tabs, use office software, watch high-resolution videos, etc., without a hitch. But occasionally you notice a bit of minor sluggishness in transitioning between applications or doing things that involve different apps or programs working together to complete something. But I think it's more that FOR THE PRICE you are paying, you could very easily get a more powerful machine. ...However, that means that you'd be sacrificing the brilliant engineering and design functionality that leads to the utter brilliance of the total package of this machine.

    THAT is what you're paying for. Yes, you could get a computer that outdoes this one for what you're paying. But it wouldn't be able to offer what this computer offers while still giving you enough muscle to get you through the tasks at hand.

    Highly recommended, and I'm glad Microsoft had the guts to proudly release this product.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:42
  • Review by LMcKenzie20, 8 out of 10
    Great Successor to the Surface Book

    I really like this laptop. Very premium feel, fast, and to me, beautiful. I also love the versatility of it. I'm a big fan of the Surface Book and I'm sad to see it go, but I think this is a great successor to it. This thing is so quiet, stays warm and performs well. It does however have a little weight to it it you want to hold it as tablet, it's best to place it on a flat surface or your lap if you plan to us it in that position. The screen is somewhat more reflective than I'd like. Battery life is pretty good, unless you're doing extreme editing. Overall this is a great product all around, I'm glad I purchased it.

    Nov 06, 2021 05:06
  • Review by MAV75, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    Microsoft has done an excellent job with this laptop. keyboard feel great to type, screen and it 120 refresh rate is stunning. although I mostly use my arc mouse the track pad has great response. the sound from the speakers sounds great. I use zoom a lot for video conferencing and the web cam and mic is excellent. Battery is decent.

    Oct 12, 2021 08:55
  • Review by Ashley, 10 out of 10
    Surface studio

    Love my new surface studio !! Perfect for note taking instead of using so much paper to hand write my notes !!!

    Oct 06, 2021 19:34
  • Review by Darkstriker, 10 out of 10
    New Design, Same Great Surface Functionality

    I'm a longtime Surface Pro user who was interested in trying this new form factor. I was not disappointed, but came away highly impressed. Build quality is very sturdy and leaves you feeling confident. No issues so far. Highly recommend!

    Oct 19, 2021 19:34
  • Review by MelvinSchmekel, 10 out of 10
    New is good.

    Dude, this thing is awesome. I'm still working on navigating Windows 11 so I'm trying to differentiate between the OS and the computer as to which part is the newer and better in the experience, but, so far so good.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:43
  • Review by Th3ArCh0n, 10 out of 10
    Amazing laptop

    Seriously awesome laptop, high quality fit and finish, great performance, amazing 120hz display! Just do it!

    Oct 08, 2021 13:21
  • Review by Ashley, 10 out of 10
    If you’re debating, Get it!

    I love this newly designed surface product. I traded in my iPad, iMac and Surface Pro 5 for this one laptop! I haven’t missed a beat without those other items. The only con is it may be a tad heavier than a typical laptop.

    Oct 18, 2021 11:43
  • 9.0score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop Go - 12.4" Touch-Screen - Intel 10th Generation Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Ice Blue
    Description

    Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance, and all-day battery life² you need in the lightest Surface Laptop, all at an exceptional value. Ultra-light and portable profile, the apps* you use every day, premium materials, and a choice of must-have colors will make this your go-to laptop.²Up to 13 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2020 using preproduction software and preproduction configurations of Surface Laptop Go Testing consisted of full battery discharge with a mixture of active use and modern standby. The active use portion consists of (1) a web browsing test accessing 8 popular websites over multiple open tabs, (2) a productivity test utilizing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, and (3) a portion of time with the device in use with idle applications. All settings were default except screen brightness was set to 150nits with Auto-Brightness disabled. Wi-Fi was connected to a network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.

    16 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • A screen to fuel your dreams: 12.4”⁷ PixelsenseTM touchscreen, signature 3:2 ratio gives you the optimum space to see more, do more, and fuel your dreams.
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1 processor: Smart dual-core, four-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 256GB solid state drive (SSD): While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Intel® UHD Graphics: On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.
  • The lightest Surface Laptop yet: Take the lightest Surface Laptop with you everywhere at just 2.45 pounds.
  • Power through your day: Up to 13 hours of battery life.² Plus, recharge quickly with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour.
  • Choose your perfect match: Available in Platinum, Ice Blue and Sandstone³ all in a durable, cool metal finish. ³Available colors may vary by market.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in 720p HD camera: Show your best side on video calls, meetings, and virtual get-togethers with the built-in 720p HD camera.
  • Type in comfort all day: Full-size keyboard with large, precision trackpad. Perfect for papers, presentations, emails, and more.
  • Every day, everywhere: Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance, and all-day battery life² you need in the lightest Surface Laptop, all at an exceptional value.
  • Familiar features and trusted security: Get started with convenient security and the Windows you know⁴. Enjoy amazing sound for music and shows. And, easily connect to other devices and accessories.
  • Get it done with your favorite apps: Collaborate, connect, and do your best work with the must-have everyday laptop. Power through your favorite apps, backed by all-day battery life.²
  • Windows 10 Home in S mode: Do great things with Windows 10.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by BarackObama, 8 out of 10
    The Ultra-Portable Laptop!

    Disclosure: Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. Everything in this review is what I experienced while testing the product. Microsoft nor Best Buy had any input in this review.

    Any college students out there looking for a new laptop? Or maybe a laptop for your grandparents or child? This laptop may be for them or you! Microsoft ‘s Surface Laptop Go is built for the basics but for many, that is all that is needed. The Surface Go provides ultra portability like no other and has some interesting features and design choices that may make this your new laptop.

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    DESIGN:

    The Surface Go is beautifully designed. The sleek style, ice blue matte finish adds a sense of quality to this laptop. My favorite parts of the Surface Go are the keyboard and trackpad. The keys are smooth to the touch and quiet. So, for those people who stay up all night typing, you won’t have to worry about anyone hearing all your typing! The trackpad is also smooth to the touch and large, but I found the large trackpad a great design choice as it adds more space to play around with. Unfortunately, the keyboard is not backlit so be ready to have the lights on when typing in the dark.

    The Surface Go has a 12.4-inch screen that isn’t the best quality but is fair at this price point. The bezels are thin which I found enhanced the viewing experience for all my media. I found the Surface Go to be extremely portable and lightweight. Only 2.5 Pounds! I placed this in my backpack and could barely feel any weight on my back compared to other laptops. The charger also was easily portable and small. Most laptops have large chargers but this one was small enough where it could easily fit in a bag. The charger is a typical Surface charger where there is a magnetic charge connector that easily snaps onto the charging port. I’m a big fan of USB-C charging and this laptop also supports USB-C charging but hopefully, Microsoft continues with this design as I like how the cable doesn’t stick out compared to other chargers.

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    PERFORMANCE:

    The Surface Go can be customized with different sizes of RAM and storage. This unit came with 8GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD storage. The SSD allows for a faster boot-up time and quicker performance. I mentioned that this laptop is for the basics, these specs are not for AAA games or the 3D rendering of models but rather for basic word processing, media consumption, light gaming, and other tasks that don’t require a lot of power. I have used the Surface Go for a couple of days now, and it has performed extremely well with the tasks I have put it through.

    I’ve used it for word processing, watching online lectures, typing up notes, media consumption, and even some Minecraft. I had no problems running these tasks while using the laptop. I did place the Surface Go to a test by purposely have dozens of tabs open in my browser while running other memory heavy programs and the laptop’s fans did end up going crazy but besides that, a normal user shouldn’t have any problems running their programs on here. I was surprised that the Surface Go ran games smoothly. Of course, these won’t be heavy games, but games such as Minecraft or Among Us the Surface Go should be able to run these well.

    The battery life of the Surface Go depends on what you are doing with it. Microsoft claims 13 hours of battery life. I was a bit disappointed as I could not get this much out of the laptop most days. Granted, I had my brightness almost at max and had multiple tabs and programs open most of the time, so the 13 hours of battery life was unlikely on my end. But if you are going to be doing light tasks on this, such as browsing the web or word processing, the battery life will likely last longer for you.

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    FEATURES:

    The Surface Go comes with Windows 10 Home S Mode. S Mode is a limited version of Windows 10 that provides you with enhanced security and protection from malware. You won’t be able to download apps from the web and use other developing tools. You will only be allowed to install applications from the Microsoft Store. I am not a big fan of this but can see this being helpful for someone who doesn’t know much about computers and is susceptible to being hurt online such as an older person or a child. S Mode is optional, so I decided to switch to normal Windows 10 Home since I needed more functionality from Windows. Beware, this is a one-way process, so if you get out of S Mode you will not be able to get back into it again. I would have preferred a way to have a switch that enabled/disabled S Mode so if there are times when someone else needs to use the laptop, I can easily enable it for them.

    The laptop does have a touch screen; the screen works with display pens wonderfully. But it is a bit difficult to use since the display is upright and opening it completely up and drawing something on it isn’t probably the safest nor most comfortable. I felt Microsoft could have implemented a 2-in-1 with this laptop for a bit more cash.

    The Surface Go also has a fingerprint sign-in on the power button. It is quick and easy to use. It lights up letting you know when it is ready. A great design and user-friendly choice by Microsoft!

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    CONCLUSION:

    Overall, if you are someone looking for a laptop that does the basics with ultra-portability in mind, I would recommend the Surface Go. The Surface Go is perfect for the average college student who needs it for homework or even your grandparent or child who has limited knowledge of operating a computer. This laptop is for them. The portability, sleek style, and performance are some of the reasons to go with the Surface Go.

    Oct 25, 2020 01:53
  • Review by TechGeek28, 8 out of 10
    Affordable High Quality Laptop

    This is the perfect laptop for school and/or work. It feels so high end to me but has a very affordable price. It amazes me how lightweight it is, the size makes it so convenient to bring with me anywhere I go. The battery lasts all day even when I'm constantly streaming videos, movies, and music along with browsing the web for hours at a time.

    Pros:

    -Beautiful design

    -Super lightweight

    -Extremely thin

    -Very portable

    -Long lasting battery life

    -Quick to charge

    -Fingerprint login works great

    -Setup with Cortana made everything very easy and simple

    -Great price point - affordable

    -Responsive touch screen

    Cons:

    -Max Brightness isn't as high as I'd like

    -Does not have a backlit keyboard

    -Can only handle basic tasks (not built for gaming)

    -Fan can be a bit loud at times

    [Disclosure: Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews - This review reflects my honest beliefs, opinions & experiences]

    I highly recommend the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

    Oct 20, 2020 20:06
  • Review by insomniak1, 10 out of 10
    Boy, this is one beautiful piece of hardware...

    My, this is a very small laptop. It is quite thin and light at a little less than 2.5 lbs. It can easily be handled in one hand –including opening the lid, which I totally appreciate. I received the “Platinum” color option, and I must say that previously this would not have been my color of choice, but once I looked at it, it’s hard not to truly admire it and be pleased with it. The lid and keyboard faceplate are made of aluminum and feel very premium and cool to the touch. The finish can attract some fingerprints, especially the reflective logo, but nothing a quick wipe-down won’t help. Interestingly, the bottom is made of plastic. Although I would’ve liked to have the entire body made of aluminum, the plastic seems of good quality and does not negatively affect the overall design. There are also some rubber feet for added stability. This is one laptop that can truly be used on top of one’s lap comfortably with no balance issues (or overheating).

    I have always liked Surface keyboards, and this is no exception. The keys have decent travel, are very quiet, responsive, and tactile. Although this is a small deck, there is good spacing which helped my typing accuracy. Unfortunately, there is no keyboard lighting, making it almost impossible for me to type in medium to dark conditions. There is also a power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader for signing in. I had to reset it a couple of times, but once I had it well set, it was always a breeze to sign in. The well-sized Windows precision trackpad feels smooth, is quite responsive, and clicky.

    The laptop features a USB-C port, which can be used for charging -no thunderbolt option though. I was glad to see a USB-A and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the left side. On the right side, we have the power connect port. It also features Wi-Fi 6 for future-proofing and 5.0 Bluetooth connectivity.

    Although the screen is only 12.4”, it has an aspect ratio of 3:2 and thin bezels, which make it seem much larger and is great for web surfing, writing emails, and typing documents. The screen can get moderately bright at 300 nits and the colors are very well represented and vibrant. However, I was a little disappointed that this has a resolution of only 1536 x 1024 (148 PPI) which is slightly less than 1080p. Also, if you are watching widescreen content, be prepared to see sizable bars on the top and bottom. Having said this, the screen, which features a full touch display, still looks amazing at normal viewing distances.

    The 720p camera is acceptable for video conferencing. However, one must have good lighting as it can get quite grainy in dark settings. The microphones are very, very good. They were able to pick my voice at a good 10ft clearly.

    This laptop can produce loud, clear sound. However, as with almost every laptop out there, there is really no bass. No surprise there.

    What about actual performance? I am happy to say that this particular model, which features a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor (1035G1), with 8GB LPDDR4x RAM is very capable of handling some productivity projects, open a large number of tabs, and watch some videos all at the same time. Of course, I would not go and try to do video rendering, heavy photoshopping, or 3-D work on it. This is not what this laptop was designed for. I am using the default Windows 10 Home in S mode, which is a toned-down version that optimizes performance on this hardware. However, this can be changed to Windows Pro easily, should you need to install more demanding software. So far, I did not need to switch as I am enjoying this OS as is. This model also comes with a 248GB SSD, which is fast enough and gives me enough space for my productivity use. Sadly, this laptop cannot be upgraded in any way, so I would recommend considering that when choosing a model.

    Now, this laptop is not for gaming, in case anyone wants to know. While you can play some easy-going games, there is just not enough graphical and CPU power to do so. However, if you still want to play AAA titles on this laptop, you can always sign up for a gaming streaming service, which I was able to successfully do and enjoy.

    In the end, I am extremely impressed with Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go. Although it can be a bit pricey, I would strongly recommend considering this specific tier model. The ultra-portability, gorgeous design, great screen, amazing keyboard, and build quality provides a great value for students, teachers, and people who like to move around the house or just like to work at your favorite coffee shop.

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I received this item for review at no cost to me from the invite-only Tech Insider Network Program and Best Buy. However, my honest opinions, experience, and recommendations expressed above are my own and in no way were influenced by this fact.

    Oct 21, 2020 18:24
  • Review by nickcal, 10 out of 10
    Ultra-portable and ready for work

    Disclosure: Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. This review is based on my own personal experiences with this product.

    Technology is always changing and now more than ever before, people find themselves in need of better computers. This amazing laptop from Microsoft has the power to provide support for students as well as business people while staying compact and having a sleek design.

    I want to start this review by saying that this computer is designed for basic productivity-style performance. It does have 8GB of RAM, which is enough to support video chatting and standard office-style tasks like word processing and mild design work, but it’s not enough to be efficient for a video editor or heavy graphic designer. That said, I found the Surface Laptop Go to be a very capable machine for basic activities.

    The design of this laptop is stunning. There are three color options for this laptop model - sandstone, platinum, and ice blue. I have the ice blue version. It’s a cool, sleek color that is subtle while still drawing attention. When its lid is closed, the laptop is very thin and compact. I’m used to a 15-inch laptop, but I frequently use a 12-inch tablet and my fiance uses a 13-inch laptop as her daily driver. At first glance, my initial response to its size was, “Wow, this is a small computer.” Once my fiance had it open and working on it, she didn’t have any complaints about its size. And again, if you are doing standard productivity-style tasks like answering emails, word processing, and even spreadsheet editing, the size is somewhat irrelevant. The keyboard has a very soft feel to it and it’s a joy to use. Keys are very well spaced out and I didn’t find myself mistyping much.

    This laptop was designed to be minimalistic. There are only four ports on it -- the charging port, one USB-C port, one USB-A port, and a headphone jack. Now even though the headphone jack is included, the laptop is Bluetooth capable so you can connect headphones in that way, too. The laptop is touch-screen compatible so you can operate it as a hybrid machine (tablet/laptop), but the screen does not fold flat against the back of the laptop. I find the hybrid operation quite helpful.

    The screen resolution is 1536 x 1024. It’s not a premium screen, but with this being a ‘basic’ level laptop, it’s more than ideal for this machine. I did quite a bit of typing and regular tasks on the laptop and never had a problem with clarity or visibility. One thing I’m not a big fan of with this laptop design-wise is the charger. It’s a two-part power cable and adapter. The cable has a proprietary connector that plugs into the laptop and it’s connected to a brick, which is similar in size to other laptop power adapters. Now, even though it comes with an enormous power adapter/cable since the laptop has a USB-C port, it can receive power through that port as well. I tested this out with a USB-C cable and wall adapter I had available and was able to charge the laptop.

    As far as performance goes, the laptop starts up very quickly and registers my fingerprint within about a second. I opted to work through a cloud-based word processor and didn’t have any issues with the laptop slowing down or being tripped up by that process. I opened up 9 tabs in my browser and had 9 streams of 4K video playing simultaneously while I was working on a document in another tab and I had my cloud-storage drive open in an 11th tab. The laptop did not seem to slow down at all. The Surface Laptop Go does come with Windows 10 installed in “S Mode.” This is really a sandboxed version of Windows 10 in my opinion. It gives you the operating system with limited functionality. It does not allow for external applications to be able to be installed. While this mode might be good for someone who does not understand the basics of how to keep your computer safe from outside downloads, it’s a little bit of a hassle to work with if you want to customize your experience at all. I wanted to download an alternative browser. I had to take the computer out of S Mode, which is a free process, but irreversible, in order to download that one program. This is just a feature that users should be aware of as they set-up their laptop.

    Battery life seems to be pretty strong. The specs of the machine state that a user should be able to get approximately 13 hours of activity out of the laptop when it’s got a full charge. I did not use the laptop for 13 hours straight, but after I made sure it had a full charge, I did find that after about 30 minutes, only 4% of the battery had been drained. That means that I was getting an average charging rate of around 0.13% per minute. When you use that charging rate and multiply it by 780 (13 hours converted to minutes), you get a total of 101.4. Now, that is of course slightly more than 100%, but it’s a close enough average that I can say that the 13-hour estimated battery life is accurate.

    One other thing I noticed while using the laptop was the heat collection on the bottom. I was using it on a flat surface and I noticed that while the laptop was plugged into a power source (either using the provided power cable/adapter or the USB-C cable), the bottom of the laptop near the hinge did get quite hot. The power button also gets quite warm. I think this is a charging issue though because when I started using the laptop unplugged, it was much cooler.

    The Surface Laptop Go is a very strong laptop for someone who needs an ultra-portable, performance-driven machine. It’s lightweight, very easy to travel with, and it has the power to complete most standard tasks. I can recommend this for most types of users (business, educational, or personal), but wouldn’t recommend it for creative professionals.

    Oct 25, 2020 23:03
  • Review by Mary, 10 out of 10
    Don't thinking about and buy it!

    The Microsoft Surface laptop is excatly what i was looking for my needs. Easy to carry it around beacuse of the light weight. It is thing so it fit in my bag perfectly. I can use while i am ridding the train , at the office and the collage. The battery life is amazing. It last for more than 20 hours. I dont have to worry charging it often. I can be any where and if i have internet i get a fast connection. I am very happy with it and i could not have made a better choice. Its amazing and i love it.

    Nov 06, 2021 10:52
  • Review by Sleiram26, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful laptop with excellent functionality

    We bought this laptop for our 12 year old daughter for Christmas. My husband was set on this laptop because of the Microsoft brand , the memory space and lastly the look. He wanted something for her that had great functionality first but also felt young and hip for her. This laptop is something that corporate America operates with so why not get her started at an early age . The laptop is light weight , with a nice sleek keyboard and mouse pad . The color of the laptop is beautiful , looks like a rose gold color even though that’s not the name of the color. The charger is magnetic and is easy to attach. The screen is a touch screen and is very sleek. She’s had it 2 days only but so far it excellent. Would highly recommend this to others.

    Dec 26, 2020 12:34
  • Review by Lexie, 2 out of 10
    Not the computer for me

    The Microsoft Surface 4 was just not the right computer for me nor did I feel that it justified the $1,381 price tag. I watched dozens of videos on YouTube while contemplating the decision to purchase this brand over other laptop brands. What initially made me make the purchase this laptop was factors such as the touch screen feature and it came in 15inches which I was used to as an HP user. Also, the surface 3 options without the Alcantara fabric were sold out. I had always used HP’s in the past so I wanted to try something different. Outside of those two functions, the surface 4 didn’t look spectacular by design and it didn’t give me that wow factor for what I paid. I ended up purchasing the Lenovo Yoga which I really love and it was cheaper than the Microsoft.

    Sep 24, 2021 16:05
  • Review by Sayfur, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft Surface laptop Go

    It's going great for me. I like it easy to use, and I think it's good for new users as well.

    Sep 10, 2021 22:34
  • 9.0score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Device Only - Matte Black
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Connect, create, get comfortable: Whatever your office looks like, be it a desk, couch, or dining table, Surface Pro 7 is your ultra-light, endlessly adaptable partner — now with faster processing and more connections — plus all-day battery life.¹
  • More powerful in every way: Chase your dream and get seriously productive with mega-multitasking laptop power, all-day battery,¹ and plenty of memory and storage.
  • Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Surface Pro 7 keeps up with you — with multitasking speed, stunning entertainment, incredible Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Get back to work the moment inspiration strikes: With Fast Charging, all-day battery¹ and Instant On, you can get back to work right now, tonight, or tomorrow. Surface Pro 7 stands ready to take your ideas to the next level whenever you are.
  • Built-in cameras that show your best side: 1080p HD video webcams are perfect for all your calls, meetings, virtual get togethers and more.
  • Connect and keep up the way you want to: Video calls and meetings come to life with spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras that automatically adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
  • A brilliant display: The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Make a statement with signature accessories: Personalize your Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro accessories you know. Choose from Platinum or Matte Black.⁴
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics. Plus, enjoy crisp, clear audio for music, podcasts, and movies with Dolby® Audio™ sound.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by teedang, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic Product!

    I've been a fan of the Microsoft Surface Pro lines since its inception. Not much of a difference between the Surface Pro 6 and this Surface Pro 7 though. Appreciate the newly added USB-C port but Microsoft should've already had it on the Surface Pro 6. Overall, great product all around.

    Mar 09, 2020 02:27
  • Review by JDThird, 10 out of 10
    Finally found my new laptop

    I had a lot of problems trying to replace my nearly 3 year old Dell XPS13. First of all it was an i7 with a terabyte SSD and 16 GB RAM. 4K HDR screen was gorgeous. I didn't NEED a replacement, but I'd never kept a laptop that long, and I missed the tablet format of my Spectre X360's I had before it. So first I tried a Surfacebook, but it wouldn't work with my Dell WD15 USB C dock. I finally got the multimonitors to work, but it didn't have enough power to charge. I didn't want multiple plugs and I didn't want to buy a dock for it.

    Then I tried a different version of this, the i5 base model Surface Pro 7. I already knew the format, I have a Surface Pro 4 that my son and I use for building Lego sets, since we like the electronic instructions rather than the paper. But that Surface Pro 7 also didn't work well with the multimonitor setup with that Dell WD15 dock. Then I tried the 2020 Spectre X360 15" with the discrete video option. Yes, still issues with the dock and multi monitor. So then I finally tried the new 2020 Spectre X360 14 inch. When that didn't work well with the Dell dock, I purchased a Thunderbolt 3 dock that should've worked well with it, and still had issues.

    I finally saw they had a really great sale on these higher end Surface Pros, so it was worth getting this and simply buying the Surface Dock 2 and bypassing issues with my Dell dock.

    And it's been a nearly perfect result.

    It is a bit of a performance hit for the lower power i7 this has, but for my needs, the things I do like transcoding video files are not a constant, so I don't mind the performance drop. The 4k HDR screen was nice, but I don't watch movies on these, so I didn't really lose anything there.

    I do require something I can use on my lap on the couch though since I do a lot of work at home at night as well, and the Brydge Pro 12.3 really DOES turn this into a laptop for all intents and purposes, finally a keyboard that's weighted enough that this acts like a laptop in your lap, no kickstand needed.

    It's so great having something with no fan noise. This is dead silent.

    The form factor is great for someone like me who takes it to work and back home every day.

    The tablet functionality is outstanding, whether using fingers or the pen, it gives so many more possibilities than normal laptops. Unlike the HP Spectre X60 15 inch, this is NOT a burden to hold and use as a tablet.

    I've had SSD based systems for years now, the last five laptops I've had were all SSD, all my desktops and my media center are SSD, so I'm used to fast booting systems. Yet this still boots quicker than any other system I have or ever used. I don't sleep anything, always power off, so I still have a very quick boot.

    I've had a few issues with a couple programs I use such as Eseecloud for my home external cameras, and even with the dock 2 designed for these, I get weird issues with the mouse moving between one of the monitors and this screen. But considering all the things I run on here, that's small potatoes.

    The power brick isn't too bad, but I found a USB C to surface port charging cable that I can use with a small USB C wall wart that puts out 90 watts. FAR easier to carry that with me, and the one that shipped with this is permanently under the couch and used when I am home.

    The screen gets very dark if you want, FAR darker than the XPS could, which I appreciate at night.

    Battery life is a bit of a letdown, but still better than my Dell was doing after nearly 3 years of use. I would've loved the battery life of the Surfacebook but I didn't want to pay the premium for the hardware when I could get this on such a great sale and have basically the same experience. I have no need of discrete graphics and it seemed pointless to spend extra money for something I never needed to use.

    I'm glad I finally am done searching for a new laptop. Between the Brydge keyboard I can leave at home on the stand by the couch and the typecover for when I'm anywhere else and don't need this on my lap, I have the best of all worlds.

    Dec 24, 2020 18:59
  • Review by BJMED, 8 out of 10
    Great if it stays charged.

    I bought this to replace the one I bought a year and a half ago. The battery on the last one stopped charging and they had to refund (as credit) and then I could use the refund to buy another one. I got the same one in black, and I am hoping the charging issue doesn't happen this time. I love the computer, but even new it doesn't stay charged as long as my little Chromebook, which I bought while waiting to get the new Surface because they don't have loaners. I really love the size and weight of the Surface and the color contrast. I bought the keyboard for it. I wouldn't want to have to use it without that.

    Jul 02, 2021 19:24
  • Review by Surfacepro, 8 out of 10
    No keyboard

    Like the computer. Wish it came with keyboard thought it did and everyone is sold out

    Nov 05, 2021 16:12
  • Review by dhishi, 10 out of 10
    Good Laptop

    Power pack with all the features on 16GB 512GB laptop with an i7. Battery is life is bad.

    Works great for use and portability. Extremely light weight.

    Oct 13, 2021 07:34
  • Review by Jeff, 10 out of 10
    Would highly recommend the Surface Pro

    Fantastic product. Love the size of the tablet and the visual quality is excellent

    Oct 30, 2021 15:51
  • Review by Denice, 10 out of 10
    USB port

    It did exactly what I needed. I needed a tablet that worked just like a computer with a USB port to download my sewing software. And it worked great. I don’t have the best of luck with computers so this did want I needed

    May 21, 2021 19:30
  • Review by Traci, 10 out of 10
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    Everything I was looking for on production floor and office areas.

    Sep 07, 2021 07:41
  • 9.0score
    Microsoft - Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium Gold - 4GB - 64GB SSD - Device Only - Platinum
    Description

    Your perfect everyday companion. New 10.5" Surface Go 2 is perfect for keeping up and winding down - delivering tablet portability with laptop versatility, long battery life, a stunning touchscreen, and Windows security for the whole family. Browse, shop, and manage email with ease, relax with your favorite TV shows, and much more.

    14 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Perfectly portable: Starting at just 1.2 pounds (not including Type Cover*), and featuring a new 10.5" touchscreen display.
  • Your fast, everyday companion: For browsing, shopping, emails, homework and more, with battery life up to 10 hours.¹ And charge your Surface Go 2 to 80% in less than 1.5 hours.⁴
  • Stay connected: Includes USB-C™ port and headphone jack. Full HD front- and rear-facing cameras let you make crisp, clear calls to friends and family, or take and share great photos.
  • Get back to email or homework faster: Features Instant On when you open the Type Cover,* and find the power you need thanks to improved standby that extends battery life when you're away.
  • Browse, play, and binge watch: A bigger 10.5" PixelSense™ Display with improved 220ppi resolution, is designed to be viewed, touched, and written on.
  • Premium sound with clear, powerful volume: Includes built-in Dolby® Audio™, perfect for listening to music and audio books, and streaming your favorite shows.
  • Video calls and virtual meetings come to life: With spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras.
  • Laptop mode: Work Smart - Connect Surface Go Signature Type Cover* for a great typing experience when and where you need it.
  • Tablet mode: Just write - Take notes and complete homework directly on screen.
  • Studio mode: Express yourself - Adjust the built-in Kickstand to set your perfect angle for drawing, sketching and coloring with Surface Pen.* * Some accessories and software sold separately.
  • Seamless, safe, and secure: Sharing Surface Go 2 with your family is seamless and secure, with parent-managed screen time limits, spending control, and content filtering - plus plenty of space for photos, videos, and music.
  • Windows 10 Home in S Mode: Do great things with Windows 10.
  • Seamless activities for the whole family, securely backed up with OneDrive.: Jot down ideas, write papers, help out with homework, create and practice presentations, and keep it organized across your devices.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by GoldRam2006, 10 out of 10
    Perfect option for on the “Go” usage

    Best purchase I’ve made in a while. I was debating on the Surface Go 2 versus Net Books and I’m glad I chose to go with this beauty. Once I took it off S mode it worked just as a laptop. Taking it off the unwanted S mode to many user was extremely easy to do so. Since I’ve had zero issues on downloading apps and been able to use a Military CAC reader for my travels and at home usage.

    Sep 30, 2021 15:45
  • Review by Angel, 10 out of 10
    Love watching tv on mine

    Great device to watch tv on or do anything on I love it!! It’s by far my favorite device I’ve owned.

    Jun 29, 2021 17:38
  • Review by Rafa12, 2 out of 10
    Poor quality

    Overall you get less than what you pay for. Didn't think it would be this low powered and the cpu is 100% used when you're just scrolling on the laptop. 400 dollar phones are better than this thing.

    Apr 01, 2021 07:44
  • Review by SteveO, 2 out of 10
    Don't waste your money

    Would give it 0 stars if possible. 1st one camera stopped working and had to disable to boot up. Only 3 months old and had to accept a refurbished unit as replacement. That one failed immediately (screen was upside down when rotated 90 degrees)... yet another refurbished unit showed up to have the exact same problem (even during the initial setup)... screen upside down when turned 90 degrees.

    Oct 19, 2021 15:26
  • Review by Wildstar, 2 out of 10
    Windows 10 S will not let you install software

    Buyer beware.

    YOU CANNOT INSTALL ANY THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE.

    Windows 10 S is not a normal Windows Operating system. I saw "Windows" and just assumed this Surface Go would work like every other Windows computer I have owned. This is not the case. Windows 10 S is NOT normal Windows.

    This includes other browsers and EVEN TITLES from Microsoft themselves. Windows Journal from Microsoft.com will not install from their website.

    Only an upgrade to Windows PRO is the only answer.

    QUOTE FROM MICROSOFT Website

    My Windows 10 S PC won't install some apps. Is that normal?

    If you have a Windows 10 PC running Windows 10 S (such as a Surface Laptop), you may notice that it won't install apps from outside the Microsoft Store. Don't worry—that's the way we designed it.

    By exclusively running apps from the Microsoft Store, Windows 10 S helps keep your PC running fast and secure and provides peace of mind by removing the risks that come with downloading apps from other places.

    Feb 22, 2021 11:00
  • Review by Brit, 2 out of 10
    Misleading product photo

    Don't buy this if you want a laptop. Also the photo is misleading...there is no keyboard! It's basically an ipad and not the most efficient. Once I got used to it, I thought ok it functions for me just fine...but I expected an actual laptop. Wasn't happy at all.

    Apr 16, 2021 16:10
  • Review by Francis, 10 out of 10
    Life saver !

    Hands-down this is the smallest most fastest ipad/ laptop that I could connect anywhere to so that I can work from anywhere. I can download any software for me to do payroll from anywhere ! For vacations it is easy to pack in my purse because it’s very thin and compact and small very well worth your money. No over heat it lasts days without being charged. Worth every penny !

    Sep 18, 2021 16:24
  • Review by Beenbrockencustmetservise, 2 out of 10
    Protection plan

    Not satisfied with product quality at all it only worked for about a week

    Nov 21, 2020 13:31
  • 9.0score
    Microsoft - Surface Book 3 13.5" Touch-Screen PixelSense - 2-in-1 Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Performance meets versatility. Meet the laptop that can handle your biggest demands. The most powerful Surface laptop yet combines speed, graphics, and immersive gaming with the versatility of a laptop, tablet, and portable studio. Tackle your biggest demands with quad-core powered 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, blazing graphics, and high-resolution PixelSense™ Display designed for Surface Pen* and touch.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Power when you need it: Get up to 15.5 hours¹ battery life — plus get back to work when you're ready with improved standby that extends battery life when you're away
  • High-resolution PixelSense™ display: Breathe new life into your creations on the vibrant, PixelSense™ touchscreen display that combines Surface Pen,* touch, and Surface Dial.* Also available in 15”.
  • Video calls and virtual meetings come to life: With spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras.
  • Robust laptop, powerful tablet, and portable studio in one: Home office, kitchen table or living room couch, choose the way your work best with three versatile modes of use.
  • Laptop mode: Get productive with a robust laptop featuring full keyboard and large, responsive trackpad, while navigating naturally on the touchscreen.
  • Studio mode: Draw, write and sketch with precision using Surface Pen* with Surface Dial* and high-end graphics, at the perfect angle for you.
  • Tablet mode: Detach the touchscreen to swipe through photos and browse the web with a powerful 13.5” tablet.
  • From music and podcasts to movies: Experience movies, music, and virtual meetings with astonishing detail, richness, and depth with Dolby Atmos® sound.
  • All the connections you need for multiple devices and accessories: Includes USB-A and versatile USB-C™ ports, plus a full-size SD card slot.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Myuhase, 10 out of 10
    Excellent laptop/tablet combo

    Great purchase for our college student. Best of both worlds laptop/tablet. Best feature removal of screen for tablet use with stylus to take notes in class. Works well with all the college programs. Streams video well. Speakers are just ok.

    Sep 11, 2020 17:17
  • Review by Disappointed, 2 out of 10
    Disappointed

    Having a terrible experience with this computer. After 2 weeks I was carrying it and it just cracked (due to the hinge if you grab it from the front the screen will crack). 6 month’s later the battery just stopped working. Wish I had gotten an apple instead. Best Buy will not back up the product and neither will Microsoft. Just left out in the cold.

    Nov 08, 2020 19:49
  • Review by cbennettjr58, 8 out of 10
    Overall a good product

    I have been using Surface products for 7 years and would not buy another product. I like the Surface Book 3 however I have two complaints: 1) the computer has to be turned on in order to release the screen, 2) the micro SD card is in the keyboard part of the computer and not in the tablet portion, which means that if you have all your info stored on the SD card and release the tablet portion, you can't access your files; you have to copy them to "computer".

    Jul 03, 2020 23:43
  • Review by Dengi, 8 out of 10
    Good but not Great for 2020

    Its definitely unique and very interesting but for the money, its just not enough.

    -No thunderbolt

    -Almost 4 lbs

    -Less than 4 hours of battery in tablet mode (real life)

    -Weird gap when closed gives it a larger than normal form factor

    -bezels around screen are large for 2020.

    I would seriously recommend a lenovo yoga c940, hp scpecture x360, or dell xps 13. All of these are 2 in 1 laptops that are cheaper and outperform the surface book 3.

    Microsoft needs to revamp the surface book for it to be a serious competitor. This is the same physical form factor since 2015.

    Aug 26, 2020 21:45
  • Review by Hannah, 8 out of 10
    One of my fav laptops

    This is the second time I’ve bought this laptop, first one was the first time they released the surface book. I love this laptop very much. It’s portable, I got a case that makes me a lot less worried to take it with me on the go, and of course the whole screen thing is great. It over performs most laptops I’ve used, and all laptops with the capabilities it has. The only issue I’m having is my touchscreen keeps just not working randomly. I’ve talked multiple times with Microsoft, it’s been happening since the day I got it, and Microsoft said an update would fix it but I keep having to call them back. Not great but the customer service is. It is annoying the pen comes separate and now I bought a $140 pen for the touch screen to not want to work.

    Aug 14, 2020 16:30
  • Review by Emart, 10 out of 10
    Greatly designed laptop

    I purchased this model because it will be discontinued and I wanted to upgrade from my Surface pro 4. This is a great machine with no issues and a free upgrade to Windows 11. This is fast and responsive for my programming needs.

    Nov 12, 2021 16:12
  • Review by LockDoc, 10 out of 10
    Freedom At Last!!!

    Tired of being tied down to my desk top to do invoices and accounting through the desktop version of my accounting software, I decided to buy the Surface Book to allow me the versatility of working where I want. My Wife owns one and i liked its features enough to purchase my own. Touchscreen capable and disconnecting to use as a tablet are awesome. Battery life seems very good. I now operate in a cloud based software and love the ability to be mobile. Great solid manufacture.

    Mar 13, 2021 01:39
  • Review by Happy, 10 out of 10
    Happy customer

    Love these!!! Everyone on our team has these and I hear nothing but amazing reviews from them. I too use it and it is wonderful. NO complaints here and I plan to purchase another one today.

    Nov 01, 2021 07:49
  • 9.0score
    Microsoft - Surface Book 3 15" Touch-Screen PixelSense - 2-in-1 Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Platinum
    Description

    Performance meets versatility. From intensive video and graphics files to high-octane gaming, the most powerful Surface laptop yet combines speed, graphics, and long battery life with the versatility of a laptop, tablet, and portable studio. Tackle your biggest demands with quadcore powered 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, blazing NVIDIA® graphics, and high-resolution PixelSense™ Display designed for Surface Pen* and touch.

    13 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Unleash your best ideas: With the fastest graphics on any Surface, powered by the latest NVIDIA® GTX GeForce GPU, with 512GB of storage, and 32GB RAM.
  • Power when you need it: Get up to 17.5 hours¹ battery life — plus get back to work when you’re ready with improved standby that extends battery life when you’re away.
  • High-resolution PixelSense™ display: Breathe new life into your creations on the vibrant, PixelSense™ touchscreen display that combines Surface Pen,* touch, and Surface Dial.* Also available in 13.5”.
  • Show them what you’re made of with the most immersive gaming on any Surface laptop: Pair your Xbox Wireless controller* to enjoy the latest titles with Xbox Game Pass for PC.* *Some accessories and software sold separately.
  • Video calls and virtual meetings come to life: With spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras.
  • Robust laptop, powerful tablet, and portable studio in one: Home office, kitchen table or living room couch, choose the way your work best with three versatile modes of use.
  • Laptop mode: Get productive with a robust laptop featuring full keyboard and large, responsive trackpad, while navigating naturally on the touchscreen.
  • Studio mode: Draw, write and sketch with precision using Surface Pen* with Surface Dial* and high-end graphics, at the perfect angle for you.
  • Tablet mode: Detach the touchscreen to swipe through photos and browse the web with a powerful 15” tablet.
  • From music and podcasts to movies: Experience movies, music, and virtual meetings with astonishing detail, richness, and depth with Dolby Atmos® sound.
  • All the connections you need for multiple devices and accessories: Includes USB-A and versatile USB-C™ ports, plus a full-size SD card slot.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Powerhouse Performance in an Elegant Design

    Laptops are becoming a more important part of our lives again as it becomes normal to do more things at home and on the go - outside of a traditional classroom or office. The Surface Book 3 has made another convincing argument why Laptops are an essential part of our routines and so far my time with this 15 inch laptop, I am very impressed!

    SET UP / APPEARANCE:

    - Right from the get go, the unboxing is very satisfying! The packaging is minimalistic which makes everything nice and clean.

    - The inside contains the PC and the charging chord. The charging chord is a proprietary Microsoft chord that is 127W which is crazy powerful! It also has a USB port on the charging block so you could add your cellphones charger to it as well which is nice. Also, the Surface Book 3 can charge via USB-C which I think is a great feature if you are invested in a USB-C ecosystem.

    - Set Up is fairly easy, I really think Microsoft has come a long way in this category. They take you through step by step on options and it's mostly ready to go right out of the box!

    - For the 15 inch model your first impression is "This is Big" but comparatively speaking, it's really a small sized laptop for its screen size. It's light, easy to pick up and bring along, and is thin but still has to be thick enough to house the USB ports it has. And I know other laptops are going with a bezel-less laptop screen design, but I think the bezel is necessary when using it in tablet mode.

    - In terms of the appearance, I think it’s a beautiful design. I know Microsoft didn't make much changes from the Surface Book 2, but I am fine with that. Other companies don't drastically overhaul the design of their laptop every release so why should the Surface Book 3 when it's already a clean design?

    FUNCTIONALITY:

    - The most intriguing part of this laptop is the detachable display. To me that is its big selling point and it really pays off! After utilizing the detach button, you wait 2 seconds, and its ready to detach. And the "Tablet" portion is so light and feels great in the hands. Of course, you can reattach with the screen reversed to harness the full power of the computer but still use it as a tablet.

    - One of my favorite small features is the "Windows Hello" which basically uses the camera to see your face and unlock the computer. Its fast, smooth, and really easy to use!

    - The Keyboard is probably the best laptop keyboard I've ever used! It has great feedback while still having a slim profile and I am a fan of not having a keypad because it centers the keyboard better and makes everything flow better. Plus it has backlight keyboard for night time use.

    - The trackpad is another aspect I really like about the Surface Book 3. I think it works pretty well and I'm glad they didn't go bigger.

    - Another big selling point of this, are the ports. It comes with two USB ports, one SD Card reader, one USB-C port, a headphone jack, and the Microsoft charging Port (which is on the keyboard or on the bottom of the tablet when detached). Having all of these are a huge plus, especially for adapting better for creators/designers/engineering/IT needs!

    - The two cameras are also the best cameras I have ever used on a laptop. I never understood how its felt for years now that Smartphones and Tablets have superior cameras to the ones on laptops, but the Surface Book 3 finally broke that trend. It's essentially to have a nice front camera for video conferencing or chatting, and the rear camera is really nice to have as well.

    - Lastly, the display its brilliant. I love the 3:2 display which makes gives it a better feel when on certain applications vs a widescreen display. Technically the display isn't quite 4K, but it can still play YouTube, Netflix, and Movies in HDR which is more important than 4K is to a laptop. Truly the screen is sharp, bright, vibrant, and I really enjoy using it.

    PERFORMANCE:

    - As far as performance goes, this thing is a true champion! I mean 32 GB of ram and a 512 GB solid state drive with it's NVIDIA graphics card? Really great specs from the get go.

    - I really tried to push the Surface Book 3's limits and had a hard time doing it honestly. I used Adobe Photoshop and Video editing software and it had no problem quickly loading my content as well as processing through it all when I was using the application. Not only that, but I ran CAD software on it to get some work done and it handled the application so smoothly and I never had any overheating issues either! I was really impressed with the Surface Book 3's processing power and being to able these large use applications with large data files the way that it did.

    - Speaking of the fan, Microsoft did a really nice job packing all this power but making sure it never feels to hot or gets overheated. The way the fans are positioned, the keyboard never feels too hot and the fans are never loud.

    - Another piece I really liked what the Surface Book 3's gaming capabilities. It was able to handle gaming and graphics processing at a high rate and I never felt the frame rate was poor or the game visuals weren't loading fast enough. I think this can handle video games very well without being overly bulky like gaming laptops usually are.

    WHAT ITS LACKING:

    - The most disappointing thing for me was the lack of a Microsoft Pen coming with the Surface Book itself. This is already a pricey laptop aimed towards high end performance needs and yet they don't include the Pen with it. Would have been nice to see them bundle it in.

    - I don't love the placement of the headphone jack. It is located on the top right corner of the display and seems awkward to use. Yes I understand most people use Bluetooth anyways, but it still isn't my favorite placement.

    - I wish the tablet portion of the laptop had a USB-C port on it. If someone is just using the tablet portion and wants to connect to an HDMI or add an accessory, they can't do that unless they connect it through the Surface Book docking station which uses the charging chord hook up.

    - There are a few software things I think Windows 10 can still improve on. Like if I am in portrait mode, why can't I snap applications to the top half and bottom half? But little things like that can be fixed with software updates and don't have any nagging issues with me really.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - If you are feel you truly want the best Windows experience you can get in a compact form, the Surface Book 3 is the way to go! Whether you are designing, creating content, or want the best entertainment - you will not be disappointed. I have been so impressed with its easy of use, dual functionality with the tablet mode, and just overall feel of using this laptop everyday that I really think this should be at the top of people's lists. It will definitely be your daily do it all driver for years to come!

    “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.”

    Jul 08, 2020 15:17
  • Review by BADog, 10 out of 10
    Great laptop with serious performance ability

    DISCLAIMER: As a member of the Best Buy Tech Insider Network, I was given this item in order to use, test, and give my honest and unbiased review which you will find below.

    The Microsoft Surface Book 3 has come out with a few configurations in both the 13.5" and 15" models. This review will be for the Surface Book 3 15", 512GB SSD, 32GB RAM, with Intel Core i7-1065G7 10th gen chip. The package comes with the Surface Book 3, power supply + connecting cord and minimal paperwork. The Book 3 comes with a 1-year limited hardware warranty.

    PROS:

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    * Incredibly sturdy and solid feel. Great look with sleek, matte finish, and chrome windows logo on top

    * All SSD "hard drive" in addition to 10th-gen i7 chip operates faster than traditional hard drives and has quick boot-up.

    * Both facing and rear cameras are very clear. When using Skype or Zoom, there is little-to-no distortion or fuzziness.

    * The facial recognition capabilities of the Book 3 is better than all other PCs I have had that used this function. To unlock, if you're in the vicinity, it unlocks quickly and easily.

    * Vents are conveniently located on the top of the unit in front of the screen (past the keyboard numbers) and are generally out of sight from the user as it's embedded in the crease. The unit can sit in your lap without having to worry with heat not having a way to be released from the bottom like many laptops. Vents are also included on the outer shell of the screen for when in separated mode. This is an incredibly great feature for vent placement. As always, less heat is better.

    * Screen can be removed and used as a tablet; however, understand that the screen does not just pop off. You must engage the "screen removal" icon in the taskbar area or you may damage the unit. Once disconnected, the screen can be rotated in any direction and auto-rotate will occur. Keyboard functions are available as well. Finger gestures are simple and worked without flaw.

    * Magnetic power cord attachment! You can attach the power cord with the cord facing towards or away from you due to the engineering of the cord itself. It pops right in the slot either way for the benefit of the user and cord management. See pictures I included.

    CONS:

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    * Location of wired headphones jack. It is located on the side of the top-right part of the screen. If the Book 3 is open, then you have a wire hanging from the top-right corner which is awkward. Perhaps the bottom corner would be better so if disconnected from the hinge, you can still use the wired headphones easily.

    * The provided power cables do not have an attached velcro strap for cable management or for when packing up to travel. It would be nice to have a strap for keeping cables intact when putting in computer bag.

    PERFORMANCE:

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    I have mostly used photo and video-editing software on this laptop. I use an older version of Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, but moreso CyberLink PowerDirector 15 (PD15) for video editing youtube and baseball videos. I have traditionally used a high-end gaming laptop for video editing as desktop components are usually more robust than laptops. That gaming desktop has 24GB RAM and runs Win10x64 w/AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Quad-Core processor at 3.20GHz.

    I put this laptop to the test and wanted to see which PC would complete a 1m11sec video production from MT2S to MPEG-4 1920x1080/30p (11Mbps) which included the original multi-trimmed video, transitions, layover graphics, and audio layover. The rendering took 2m25s for the desktop while the Book 3 took 2m31s. There was not much fan activity (if any) at the conveniently-located vents. Very little heat was created from the unit which was good. When using PD15 constantly, it kept up during transition creation and audio editing. There was no lag, and the Book 3 did not seem overworked as the fan rarely kicked in. When using Photoshop and PS Elements, the Book 3 didn't flinch. All functions worked quickly and without flaw - just as well as my gaming desktop.

    Having said that, I also did a little gaming using the Steam platform. I played Grid 2. It was an installed platform/program, not streaming. It did not lag in any way while I had BT ear buds cranking the audio to my ears. The Book 3 never faltered. Now unlike the video editing, when gaming, the fans did in fact did hit high speed, and took about a full 1-2 minutes to return to normal levels after I shut down the Steam gaming platform.

    In running Ookla Speed test app and nothing else running, I have a 1Gbs fiber line (1G up and down), and it pulled 590Mbs down and 550Mbs up using 802.11ac connection type on 5GHz channel. All "eco" settings were disabled for the wifi adapter to get maximum performance. These values are as good as any laptop or desktop available as far as wifi is concerned. This laptop does not feature an ethernet port, so wired access was not tested.

    OTHER OBSERVATIONS:

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    * Ports include 2 x USB-A (version 3.1 Gen 2), 1 x USB-C® (version 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Power Delivery 3.0), 3.5mm headphone jack, Full-size SDXC card reader. If you need an ethernet port, you'll have to get a USB-C--to--Ethernet adapter.

    * I still like to use a mouse instead of the touchpad. The touchpad has the option to be turned off if a mouse is connected. This is a must-have so when typing, so when your thumbs accidentally touch the pad, the cursor does not move.

    * The Book 3 comes with 2 internal batteries... I'm assuming one in each piece so the screen can work as a standalone.

    * When closed, there is a magnetic "pull" as the screen touches the keyboard bottom area... then it more or less snaps shut with magnets.

    * Power and volume buttons are on the top left of the screen section. This is done in the event the screen is separated, you can still control the power and volume easily if the keyboard is not attached.

    CONCLUSION:

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    I don't know that there is a better Windows 10 laptop out there than the new Surface Book 3. Performance-wise, I haven't seen another laptop that can touch it. I had a "gaming laptop" from another manufacturer in the past, and as soon as nearly any program was opened, the fan on that unit would go full blast and struggle to keep up. This unit did not do that until it was pushed to the limit with a more involved gaming environment. But for audio/video/photo editing, this Book 3 didn't blink. I highly recommend this Book3 for performance-based apps and if you like having that detachable tablet feature. It is by far my favorite laptop I own. I was unable to test other advertised peripherals (ie. pen) as they were not included.

    Jul 09, 2020 14:39
  • Review by Mukman, 8 out of 10
    Portability with Power

    Feel and Finish:

    The outside is made of sturdy magnesium and provides a nice finish that resists marking. Your old school laptop feel with a sturdy flex hinge. One of the first thing you notice is the heavier weight. The keyboard is a big portion on this. (keyboard is 2lb 7oz. – tablet 1lb 13oz.)

    The Touch screen is glossy and offers a PixelSense display 3240 x 2160 resolution, 260ppi.

    Nice aspect ratio of 3:2 with nearly 4K Display

    Keyboard is large with nice keystroke and a nice touchpad.

    The hinge has a unique look. It does not open all the way flat, but you can remove the display and reattach backwards to then close the laptop with the screen to the outside.

    Operation / Connections:

    Set-up was very simple. Standard Windows 10 walk through.

    I recommend backing up or Syncing your old PC to One Drive, it makes life so much easier to transfer to the new computer.

    There is no fingerprint reader which I found a little surprising, but the face ID is almost instant, so I suppose I won’t miss it.

    Connections:

    2 USB - 3 .1 ports and 1 USB-C - 3.1 port. I do miss the HDMI connection found on my prev. 2 in 1

    You also have a headphone jack and full-size SD card reader. – I prefer the micro SD card slot that pushed in and remains flush with the computer which I feel is safer and won’t get knocked around. However, If you have a camera or other device that utilizes a standard SD you will be quite happy.

    The headphone jack is oddly located on the top right of the screen which creates a dangling cord across your keyboard or mouse area when docked. When used as a tablet, there is no issue. I prefer Bluetooth headphones, so I won’t experience this too often.

    Power cord is fantastic. It is magnetic, so all you have to do is get close to the connection and it connects itself. (to the keyboard or to the tablet direct when detached)

    Camera’s:

    - 5MP Front-facing 1080P and an 8.0MP Rear-facing AF 1080P. They work very nice so far. I have only taken a few outdoor shots with the rear facing camera and they turned out very good. The front facing cam I recently used for a Zoom meeting and it provided a crisp well balance video image, No complaints there.

    Battery :

    I experienced about a 4-hour average battery life when connected to the keyboard. (Mostly watching YouTube videos and Browsing etc.) When doing some heavy rendering of images, I got about 2 hours on the battery. You will get much less time when in tablet only mode. Maybe 2 hrs.

    Needless to say, the battery performance is a little underwhelming. You may experience more battery life if simply browsing the web and other light work, or perhaps more standby time.

    There are two batteries, one in the tablet portion and a larger one in the keyboard. The keyboard is also where you get the power of the NVIDIA GeForce GPU.

    Power /Speed:

    The processor and GPU do a great job rendering files and gaming. I downloaded and played some Modern Combat and had no issues at all, Graphics were sharp with no lag. For a laptop with removable screen I was impressed.

    Rendering images was much faster than my LG which has an Intel Core i7-8565U (1.8 GHz) 8th Gen processor. (Processor on SB3 is 10th gen 1.3 Ghz) Time to render on the LG was 75 sec. to the SB3 at 43 Sec. So the Surface book was a good 40% faster.

    Overall impressions;

    If you are an artist, developer, programmer (depending on how often you use that right CTRL key) or photographer that need mobility, you won’t be disappointed with the build and performance.

    This Surface Book 3 has the power for any task including gaming.

    What needs improvement?

    -The Speakers.. The quality of the sound is pretty good, but they do not get very loud at all. Not sure why they did not include a second pair in the keyboard.

    - I would also like to see a micro SD slot and USB C connection on the Tablet. You are provided no external connections / storage to the tablet itself, so if you want to transfer images off a device you must have your keyboard plugged in.

    - Battery – perhaps it goes hand in hand with high performance, but the battery life could be better.

    - Oh and did I mention that Microsoft does NOT include the Surface Pen with a computer that is approaching $3k, come on Microsoft, this is a ‘Surface’ after all, the drawing ability was one of the appeals of this line.

    I have heard the Surface Pen works well and my daughter, who is an artist, would have loved to test it. Perhaps another time.

    I also found it a little awkward to use the tablet when detached from the keyboard as there is no kickstand to rest upon. What I end up doing is attaching the tablet backwards on the keyboard and close flat. This also disengages the keyboard and mouse pad from accidental touches and gives you the extra battery life and GPU performance. What I do like about this is the keyboard is protected under the screen, not like my other 2 in 1 where I end up with the keyboard exposed toward your lap or table.

    I did notice the keyboard is missing the right CTRL key. This is quite annoying as I can no longer use one hand to hit CTRL P to print etc.. My LG 2 in 1 has the same key, but it only becomes a ‘menu’ key when you press the ‘Fn’ button. That makes way more sense to me.

    This is a bit on the heavier side when keyboard is attached (15” version). It weighs in at 4lb 4 oz. on my scale (Keyboard is 2lb, 7 oz. and the tablet is 1lb 13 oz.) My guess is due to the weight of the screen (Tablet) it may be necessary to have a heavier keyboard.

    Bottom Line:

    If you are NOT a gamer or have no need for this high-end processor and GPU, then you can probably find a less expensive and more portable option.

    But if your looking for a powerful versatile laptop capable of crushing your daily tasks, gaming or video editing.. well this laptop will do that for sure, but then Surface also provides you a removable drawing tablet where you can create until your heart is content.

    The longer I use it the more I like it even with some of the quirks mention above. The power and speed is amazing.

    I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

    I have included a picture of the SB3 next to my LG Gram 14” so you can see the size difference with the different aspect ratio.

    ~Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews

    Jul 09, 2020 20:04
  • Review by SamG, 10 out of 10
    Nothing Quite Like It

    Note: I am part of the Best Buy Tech Insider Network. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.

    I love the Surface Book 3. It’s not for everybody and it does have its shortcomings with some dated ports and an underwhelming for this size 4-core processor, but it’s a unique device that does what it sets out to do and is great for getting work done especially in applications that can utilize the Nvidia graphics.

    The design of the Surface Book 3 is mostly unchanged since the original model from 2015, but I still think it holds up and it’s instantly recognizable next to other laptops. The markings on the device are minimal aside from the silver Microsoft logo on the back of the screen, so you get that nice Apple-esque aesthetic. The design of the hinge is such that the screen doesn’t fold completely flat onto the keyboard and you’re left with a noticeable gap at the hinge that you can see straight through. It’s an interesting quirk that I really don’t mind that much as hinge feels extremely robust, but it makes it look a bit chunky next to a Dell XPS or MacBook Pro. It looks nice on its own as a table as well. My photo shows the Surface Pen, which is not included and I purchased myself separately, but I’d recommend it for drawing and note-taking.

    The specs on the Book 3 I received are all top shelf for the most part. Everything is about as up-to-date as it can be with a 10th generation i7 processor, 32GB of super fast 3733Mhz RAM, a 512GB SSD, and Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti graphics with 6GB of GDDR6 memory. Wireless includes WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5. The processor is only a 4-core 15W i7, which is disappointing in this price range as you’d typically see 45W 6 or 8 core processors in other laptops, but the design of the Book 3 means most of the guts have to live behind the screen, so I can understand how a higher wattage processor might not be feasible. Still, not having a 6 or 8 core option is a bit of letdown. The Nvidia graphics also live in the keyboard base, so when using this in tablet mode the Book 3 reverts to the integrated Iris Plus graphics.

    The port selection on the Book 3 is okay, though a little dated. You get 2 USB-A ports, 1 USB-C, a full size SD card reader, and the Surface Connector. All the USB ports are 3.1 Gen 2 and unfortunately the USB-C port is not Thunderbolt 3. It’s a disappointing omission and it limits your options for docks to just what Microsoft has available. As it stands today there are still a lot of USB-A devices out there and the SD reader is extremely useful for photography, but I do wish Microsoft had taken a more modern approach this time around as the external ports stand in stark contrast to the modern internals.

    The display is nice. It’s not the eye-popping OLED that you see on some other laptops, but it looks great and gets decently bright. To my eye the colors seem accurate and well balanced as well. The 3240x2160 resolution fits the 15” screen nicely and the taller 3:2 aspect is especially useful for getting work done. The bezels around the display aren’t the smallest by today’s standards, but they’re far from egregious and they’re necessary for using the Book 3 as a tablet.

    The speakers are okay, but not great. The sound is clear, but they don’t get very loud - I generally had to have them around 75-100% most of the time and even 100% wasn’t always loud enough; I’d recommend headphones. The microphone is good. On the video call I was on people said I occasionally sounded quiet, but I’m going to chalk that up to issues with the system controllering the microphone volume and not the microphone itself. Both the front and rear cameras are excellent for a laptop; the front camera might be the best built-in laptop webcam I’ve seen. So many (even high end) laptops seem to default to terrible 720p webcams, so this is a fairly low bar to clear, but it’s nice to see a quality webcam at a time when they’re getting a lot more use.

    The keyboard and trackpad are both great. The keys are appropriately spaced with good travel and everything is where I’d expect it to be; I was able to get typing right away and never found myself hunting for a particular key. The trackpad is the best I’ve used on a Windows laptop and the experience was on par with my wife’s MacBook Pro. Clicks and gestures all register without any problems. It doesn’t feel cramped, but I do wish it was a little bit bigger just because the space is there to do it.

    Performance for me has been great. As mentioned before, the i7 processor that comes in the Book 3 is only the 15W quad core model, but for my normal multitasking and the programs I use it’s been more than fine. Using my CAD software I was able to load in and work with multiple assemblies more quickly than I typically could with the desktop I use, so the 1660 Ti and 32GB of RAM is definitely doing their jobs there (my desktop uses a 7th gen i7 and Nvidia Quadro P600 for reference). I also loaded Adobe Creative Cloud and Photoshop and Illustrator both ran great. And while it’s certainly not the go-to for gaming, the 1660 Ti is more than capable of running most games without too many sacrifices at 1080p or 1440p. The 15” model even has native built-in support for Xbox Controllers (using Microsoft’s standard, not Bluetooth).

    Battery life with the keyboard base connected has been great for me. I’ve been able to make it through most every day very comfortably starting from a full charge. The batteries on the Book 3 are split between the screen and the keyboard base, but it seems like maybe 60-70% of battery comes from the keyboard, and I definitely felt a bit of battery anxiety using it in tablet-only mode.

    Separating the screen from the keyboard and reconnecting them take about a second. It’s not quite the instantaneous satisfaction of pulling the keyboard off the Surface Pro, but it’s not bothersome at the same time. The transition has been seamless for me so far and it seems to prevent you from detaching in times when the graphics card is in use, which is nice. I will say the Surface Book 3 feels like a laptop first and a tablet second; Windows is certainly usable in tablet only mode and lots of applications have touch-oriented controls or touch-screen modes, but Windows as a whole is still a desktop/laptop oriented operating system and most of the experiences are still built around that. And using the 15” screen as a tablet is also pretty unwieldy no matter what the UI experience is. Being able to pop the screen out and reconnect it to the base in different positions is a useful trick though for when you want to present something or folding the screen down into an angled surface for drawing.

    Overall I’m still really happy with the Surface Book 3. The ports are a letdown and the CPU could be better, but overall this is a stellar device in almost every other regard. From a pure specs perspective you could do better for the price, but I think the Book 3 is more than the sum of its parts and provides a unique experience you just won’t find anywhere else. My official rating is 4.5 stars.

    Jul 09, 2020 09:15
  • Review by NotAFanSurfacebook3, 2 out of 10
    Don’t Buy This: DEAD & UNFIXABLE after 1 Year!

    Very expensive, inconsistent piece of equipment. I have owned this Surfacebook 3 for ONE year, ONE Month and 28 days. I am the only one who uses it. I use it for work. It has completely died on me twice. I am in complete shock because I just left Best Buy’s Geek Squad where the rep took 5 minutes to look at it and told me “we can’t turn it on either - unfortunately with these Surfacebook computers once they go dark you can’t fix them.” I previously owned a reasonably priced Dell laptop for 10 years and a cheap $249 ASUS laptop for 10 years too…I would recommend either of them over this computer.

    Aug 14, 2021 16:55
  • Review by Shae, 6 out of 10
    It's Great, so why 3 stars?

    Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.

    I was elated to receive the Microsoft Surface Book 3 and become a convert. It is beautiful aesthetically and started up right out of the box. I appreciate that I do not have to have any extra dongles all over the place that constantly disconnects and ruin workflows. Such a plus for those who are creatives or content heavy. It has two USB-A slots, an SD card slot and one USB-C slot. It does not have a micro SD slot.

    The initial setup was a bit annoying, but not a big deal. It was annoying because you had to add an email address, create a Microsoft account, and go through other prompts as security measures before you could begin using the computer. I find that being able to just setup a password would have been efficient and much simpler, instead of being forced into creating a Microsoft account. I do love the face detection feature (Windows Hello face sign-in) to log into the computer. It is super fast and so far has been very accurate. If it does miss your face, or if someone else is trying to log into it, it will prompt you to use your password or another form of security.

    My favorite part and why I was super excited to have this for my workflow, was because I can detach the screen and use it as a tablet or flip it around and use it as a notebook. I love the versatility of this 3-in-1, and the display is so big. I’m able to easily scale what I’m working on. However, if you’re working with certain apps like those from Adobe suite and you want to detach the screen, it will provide a prompt that details that you should save and close out of specific apps or detach anyway and possibly lose unsaved data. I haven’t seen it do it prompt for any native applications so far.

    The batteries lasts for a long time. You are able to charge the computer or charge the tablet portion of the laptop. A full charge was about 2 hours. I attempted to test the length of the battery running multiple programs, with all factory settings and my usual daily use, but unfortunately my counter reset sometime during my test and I wasn’t able to, but it was a few days before the battery was at 0%.

    The display and its clarity is gorgeous, and quite impressive, especially while viewing 4K videos. I love that it’s touch screen too. It makes navigating some features so much simpler and faster. When detached and used as a tablet, it is still very fast and extremely responsive. I haven’t experienced any lag when opening applications, switching activities, using the touchscreen, etc. I anticipate purchasing the Surface Pen to see how it can improve my workflow and how well it will work with apps such as Lightroom, Photoshop and Illustrator.

    15in. is quite large so I would’ve hoped that the trackpad would have been much larger. It's tiny for its size, and I do not like the feel or how hard and loud the click is when pressed. It is very responsive and smooth. Tons of wasted space. Could’ve added additional speakers for a true surround effect, especially because it has Dolby Atmos. However, I do like the keys. They are smooth, backlit and there isn’t any loud clicking when keys are pressed. Also, It’s quite heavy as a laptop/notebook, but more manageable as a tablet.

    So why 3 stars? The reason for 3 stars is not because it isn’t good, because it’s great. But because I wanted to strictly convert to using the Microsoft Surface Book 3 for my work with editing, and post processing photos and videos. I use several programs from Adobe suite daily and running the programs can be quite much and memory heavy, which can slow down a laptop dramatically. Although, I haven’t experienced stalls or lagging, I am having issues with workflow between a couple of the apps, strictly on this laptop, that I’m not experiencing with my other laptop or phones. It doesn’t seem to be an issue with the applications. So for right now, until we can figure this out I’m still finding myself using my other laptop to complete the main part of my work. Which defeats the purpose of my needs or what I was aiming to accomplish with the Surface Book 3. If it wasn’t for that it would have a strong 4 possibly 5 stars.

    If you made it to the end, thank you for reading my review. I do recommend this as it is fantastic for everything else I have used it for. Also the 3-in-1, touchscreen, speed, reliability, battery life and some other features are amazing. As a reminder stated above, I received this product for my unbiased and honest review which was 100% based on my needs and what I was searching for from the Surface Book 3.

    Jul 13, 2020 15:02
  • Review by RedScorpion, 10 out of 10
    A Satisfying All-In-One Experience

    Not strictly a tablet. Not only a laptop. The Surface Book 3 continues the Surface Book tradition of blending the two devices to provide an all-in-one solution for users seeking to create, play, and work in an ever-remote workspace. While the device is not without some quirks and questionable design decisions, it handled nearly every task I threw at it. It is currently my favorite portable Windows 10 device and I have absolutely no problem recommending it.

    I should disclose that I am a member of the Best Buy Tech Insider Program. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. Please keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of my experience so far. While this review is longer than I would like, I hope it helps others with their purchase decisions.

    Pros:

    First thing to point out, the Surface Book 3 looks largely the same as the Surface Book 2. The clam shell design from previous iterations is still present. The screen operates in a 3:2 aspect ratio which looks great when typing or working in Photoshop. It can be a bit problematic with gaming (more on that in a bit), but the screen is generally beautiful with great colors, contrasts, and black levels. It is a consistently beautiful display.

    The keyboard and touch pad are great. This is the best keyboard I have ever had on a laptop in terms of its responsiveness. The spring in each key just feels great. However, I really wish a number pad could have been worked into the design. If you work on a lot of spreadsheets, this may not be the most efficient keyboard or machine for you.

    Gaming was much better than I expected. The Surface Book 3 runs on a newer Intel 10nm Ice Lake processor. The processor was not the fastest in my testing, but it gets the job done. When combined with the included NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti discreet graphics, I was amazed that the Surface played nearly every game I put in front of it. Doom Eternal ran at 60FPS for a good chunk of my testing when I played the game in 1080p at a 16X9 aspect ratio. Sea of Thieves looked and played great. On top of that, the Surface Book 3 15inch model comes with a built-in Xbox wireless controller adapter so you can easily sync your Xbox one wireless controller without the need to purchase a separate adapter. The strategy game, Warhammer: Total War 2 performed admirably enough, but this was the first game that showed me the limits of the Ice Lake CPU as performance could stutter a bit if enough units were o