Microsoft Surface Laptop sells little, but is among the best notebooks

Let’s find out the strange case of Surface Laptop, the first real laptop made by Microsoft, after the great success of the 2-in-1 convertible Surface Pro. Since its marketing, it has recorded just 1.9% of total sales, compared to the Surface line.

The ranking of the best notebooks is populated day by day with increasingly advanced and intriguing laptops. Microsoft Surface Laptop, not to be confused with the Surface Pro or the Surface Book 2, is a quality notebook, based on the Windows 10 S operating system ( Light version of Windows based on the App ) and made by Microsoft itself.

Yet, according to statistical data collected by Adduplex for February 2018, the Surface laptop records just 1.9% of the total sales of the Surface line (including the older models). But let’s talk about an excellent and interesting product, in many respects, absolutely in competition with emblazoned devices like the Apple MacBook Pro and DELL XPS ultrabook. For lovers of design and eye-catching materials, this is an undoubtedly interesting device. Surface Laptop is a lightweight laptop that fits powerfully into the category of ultrabook laptops.

Microsoft Surface Laptop, below market expectations

We start from the sales statistics of the Microsoft Surface Laptop. According to a study by AdDuplex, for February 2018, the Surface Laptop affects the sale of the entire line of Surface devices with a meager 1.9%. Digit clearly below any forecast. The reasons for this apparent failure could be related to the rather high price of the device and the presence of the Windows 10 S operating system pre-installed. Microsoft is immediately running for cover, extending the ability to install Windows 10 PRO for free, until the end of this month. It will be enough? In the meantime, we have created a data sheet of Microsoft Surface Laptop dedicated to readers.

Innovative design and precious materials

Engineers and technicians have worked extensively on this notebook. Microsoft Surface Laptop has a compact and resistant design at the same time. The keyboard is composed of island keys and features an Alcantara coating, which makes it comfortable and easy to clean. Moreover, thanks to the insulating treatment it is resistant to liquids and stains. The upper body, which wraps the touchscreen display is made of aluminum and is very resistant to impact. The display of the Surface Laptop uses Gorilla Glass 3 technology and on paper is very resistant to scratches.

Important technical features

Microsoft Surface Laptop is available in five different hardware configurations, based on the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The base model has a list price of $1,169 and includes the configuration with Intel i5 processor, 128 GB SSD storage, 4 GB of RAM and Intel HD 620 graphics card. The most performing and expensive model of the Surface Laptop line mounts an Intel i7 processor, 1 TB SSD, 16 GB of RAM and the Intel Iris Plus 640 graphics card. In this case the price rises considerably, up to the threshold of three thousand euros. The display for all models is 13.5 inches and uses PixelSense technology. The maximum resolution is 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI) with an aspect ratio of 3: 2. The total number of pixels is 3.4 million.

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13.5-inch touchscreen display

The display of Microsoft Surface Laptop is made by Panasonic and has a diagonal of 13.5 inches,with a maximum resolution of 2256 x 1504 inches at 201 ppi . The screen of this notebook is compatible with the Surface 4 pen and integrates a 10-point multi-touch functionality. It is a Corning Gorilla Glass type screen, very resistant.

Camera for Windows Hello and wraparound audio

The Microsoft Surface Laptop integrates two stereo speakers under the keyboard. The technology is of the Dolby Audio Premium type with omnidirectional radiant sound. The audio quality of this notebook therefore presents enveloping and clean sounds, with invisible speakers and carefully hidden in the shell. The Surface Laptop camera has a resolution of 720p and can also be used with the Windows Hello unlocking and security system. The 720p HD camera can be used to take photos and record HD videos in widescreen format.

Connections and Battery

Microsoft Surface Laptop has a Wi-Fi card compatible with the IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n standard and a Bluetooth 4.0 LE module. The integrated battery is 5970 mAh and should guarantee up to 14.5 hours of battery life. In addition, this Surface Laptop has a USB 3.0 port, a video output mini display port, to connect up to two 4K UHD displays (at 30 Hz) or a single 4K UHD display (at 60 Hz).

Technical features

  • Display 13.5 “PixelSense, 2256 × 1504 px, 201 PPI 3: 2 (Panasonic VVX14T092N00) / Gorilla Glass 3
  • Intel Kaby Lake Core i5-7200U or i7-7660U / GPU Intel HD 620 (i5) or Iris Plus 640 (i7)
  • RAM : 4, 8, 16 GB LPDDR3 Hynix RAM
  • SSD 2 NVMe 128, 256 (Toshiba), 512 / 1T GB (Samsung)
  • Ports : USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect, 3.5 mm combo jack
  • Network : Wi-Fi AC Dual Band IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE Marvell Avastar 88W8897
  • Battery 2 Wh 5970 mAh. Power supply 44 watts 5.1V 1 °
  • Camera : 720p HD with IR compatible with Windows Hello
  • Audio : Dolby Premium stereo sound, TPM, brightness sensor
  • Operating system : Windows 10 S with free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro by 31/03/2018