Overnight Microsoft announced their latest hardware product, Surface Laptop. The new laptop is a proper laptop, no detachable screen and runs real 7th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. While last night’s event focused on education, anyone can buy these new laptops from Microsoft.
They are the first device to run Windows 10 S, which restricts users to Store apps, however this can be upgraded to run traditional desktop apps.
The 13.5″ PixelSense touchscreen display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and runs a 2256 x 1504 pixel resolution (201 PPI). The device comes with 4, 8 or 16GB of RAM, but those selections are limited based on the processor you choose.
Weighing in at 1.25 kg the Surface laptop should be very portable and looks good doing it in an aluminium body. There’s definitely some conservative decisions made in the engineering of the device, like the inclusion of USB 3.0 rather than the forward leaning USB-C, but that’s likely something that’ll be fixed next year in v2. Despite that decision, the claimed battery life of more than 14 hours is something we all should get excited about.
The Surface Laptop features a webcam that’s Windows Hello capable, so you can login with your face, rather than a password. If you’re a creative, you should know the Surface dial and pen are also both supported.
So now we get to the price. In the US, Microsoft were able to get what is effectively premium hardware to edge in under the thousand dollar mark. In Australia, with GST, that turns into A1,499 for the base Core i5, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD. You can ramp that right up to A$3,299.00 for the top end model with a Core i7, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD.
Its a bloody nice device, but those prices are a little hard to stomach. That said, Surface has never been about affordability, its about a reference design for what’s possible and puts OEMs on notice, giving them something to aim for when making more affordable models. There’s definitely plenty of room to play with, between $300 and $1,500 Aussie dollars.
If you area a student (or teacher) at a supported education provider, you can score a couple hundred dollars off the Surface Laptop, starting at A$1,349.10. If you want a Surface Dock to connect to external displays and USB peripherals, that’ll be an additional A$299.95.
The Surface Laptop is available for pre-order now and will be released on June 15th, 2017. Also, Microsoft are only making a single colour available in Australia which sucks, hope you like Platinum (aka grey).