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Microsoft Surface

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of Microsoft Surface. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the keyboard and screen. The battery and performance also get good comments. Opinions about the energy efficiency and durability are mixed, and some have doubts about the sound and usability.

design, performance, battery, screen, keyboard

usability, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Microsoft Surface is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 36 reviews)

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Expert review by: Allen Ngo (notebookcheck.net)

Microsoft Surface Laptop (i5-7200U) Review

 

All screen and no substance. The new Surface Laptop sounds and looks more special than it really is. While the unique 3:2 touchscreen is bright, crisp, and colorful for graphic artists, almost everything else fails to impress.

very accurate colors and grayscale before calibration ; bright display backlight; excellent black levels ; excellent construction quality; rigid design ; nearly full sRGB coverage ; unique Alcantara texture ; above average speakers ; Windows Hello...

no USB type-C, Thunderbolt 3, SIM, SD reader, Kensington Lock, or fingerprint reader ; bottom of base can become very warm under heavy processing load ; chassis reverberates noticeably during audio playback ; weak integrated HD Graphics 620 performance...

Microsoft advertises the Surface Laptop as "more than a traditional laptop", but our experience has been the opposite. If features like USB Type-C, SD card readers, and NVMe are important, then current flagship Ultrabooks from Lenovo, HP, and Dell pack...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop

 

Microsoft's Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is aimed at students looking for a sleek alternative to the aging Apple MacBook Air. It's stylish and powerful, but you'll want to nab the free Windows 10 Pro upgrade while you can.

Light and thin body. Comfortable keyboard and palm rest. Long battery life.

Limited port selection. Installed OS is locked to Windows Store apps. Windows 10 Pro is a paid upgrade after promotional period. Surface Pen not included.

Meanwhile, the Core i7-powered version of the New Razer Blade Stealth remains our Editors' Choice for midrange ultraportables for its faster performance and wealth of features, all for $300 less than our upgraded Surface Laptop.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

 

Microsoft's Surface Laptop will lure you in with Alcantara fabric, then cage you into Windows 10 S.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Tom Warren (theverge.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro review

 

I feel like I always start a Surface review the same way, so here goes: I've always wanted Microsoft to build a laptop. A couple of years ago, Microsoft nearly did that with the Surface Book but it...

Free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro ; Great balance of power and thinness ; Beautiful touchscreen

Few apps on Windows 10 S ; Alcantara fabric requires care and maintenance ; No SD card slot or USB-C

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

 

The original Surface products from Microsoft -- the first-gen Surface Pro and Surface RT -- had everyone asking at the time: "Why is Microsoft making a tablet?" The latest Surface has everyone asking a different question: "Why is Microsoft making a...

The Surface Laptop has a slim, modern design and comes in a selection of cool colors. Battery life is very good, and the keyboard and touchpad are both excellent.

The included Windows 10 S operating system can only install preapproved apps by default (but it's upgradable). The long-term life of the fabric covering remains a question. The cooler colors are only available in more expensive configurations, and the...

While it doesn't necessarily stand out in a crowded field, the Surface Laptop has a great design and is a solid, travel-friendly clamshell PC.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop Review

 

The Surface Laptop ($999, $1,299 as configured) is the Microsoft notebook that I've been waiting for. Unlike the Surface Pro, this clamshell easily balances in my lap. And the Surface Laptop is lighter, more affordable and more stylish than the pricier...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Michael Muchmore, Juan Martinez (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Hub

 

Microsoft's Surface Hub is a huge touch screen with built-in intelligence for meetings, whiteboard sessions, and videoconferencing. Sure, it requires a significant investment and there are some minor software issues, but it's a unique and impressive...

Big, beautiful touch screen. Intelligent, meeting-focused custom version of Windows. Works well for whiteboard sessions and video conferences. Sensitive microphone arrays. Includes self-charging digital pens.

Expensive. Requires an Exchange Server or an Office 365 for Business account along with Skype for Business. Difficult to call standard (non-Business) Skype users.

Will Greenwald contributed to this review.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop Review and Ratings

 

The Surface Laptop impresses on style, stuns on battery life, and sports one of the best laptop screens to date. But our quibbles (the fabric-covered keyboard, and a few other issues) overshadow it, in a field crowded with excellent premium portables.

Excellent display and battery life ; Striking design ; Solid aluminum shell ; Quiet even under load

Cloth-covered keyboard deck poses questions about durability ; Subpar, soldered-on storage ; Base model ships with just 4GB of RAM ; Noticeable keyboard flex

In terms of design and presentation, we found loads to like about the Microsoft Surface Laptop, including an excellent screen, mostly solid build quality (aside from the soft spot in the keyboard deck), and the pleasingly fingerprint-averse shell. It's...

Oct, 2017

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Expert review by: Nathan Spendelow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Studio review: Extraordinarily expensive but an intriguing iMac alternative

 

A fantastic, enormous all-in-one that's much more than an iMac wannabe but the price means it's for professionals only

Glorious 3:2 True Scale display ; Neat fold-down design ; Speedy performance

Laptop-grade graphics ; Surface Dial not included ; No pure SSD option

Ultimately, then, the Surface Studio comes down to a question of value. If your business is willing to pay an exceptional price for an exceptional computer then, to my admitted surprise, I’m inclined to say that the Surface Studio outclasses the iMac....

Sep, 2017

Expert Reviews Recommended

Expert review by: Nathan Spendelow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Aims at the student, offs the MacBook Air - now in more colours

 

Ideal for students with heavy wallets, the Windows 10 S-powered Surface Laptop offers an appealing but pricey alternative to the MacBook Air

Gorgeous design ; Stellar performance ; Excellent battery life

Windows 10 S leaves a lot to be desired ; Disappointing screen

And with a 10% student discount and Office 365 Personal thrown in on top of an already competitive price, it represents superb value for money. In fact, even if you’re not a student, you should take a long, hard look at the Surface Laptop before...

Aug, 2017
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Product Specifications

Design

Color of product:Black / Charcoal
Keyboard form factor:Mini
Wrist rest: No

Other Features

Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):10.9 x 7.4 x 0.197 / 11 x 7.4 x 0.118
Keyboard Weight:7.37 / 8.99

Packaging Content

Mouse included: No

Performance

Backlight: No
Compatibility:Microsoft Surface\nMicrosoft Surface 2\nMicrosoft Surface Pro\nMicrosoft Surface Pro 2
Hot keys: Yes
Keyboard integrated devices:Touchpad
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad

Ports & interfaces

Device interface:Docking connector