Recently, a Microsoft event took place on May 2nd with education being the soul of the event. The event witnessed the unveiling of a new device, the beautifully designed and eye-catching Surface laptop. When everyone expected Microsoft to continue the Surface Pro line by releasing Surface Pro 5, Microsoft made a new series called Surface Laptop. With this, there are currently 3 series under Surface umbrella
- Surface Book
- Surface Pro
- Surface laptop
A Surface Phone series is on the way according to the community and Surface Laptop is new to the Surface family. Interestingly, this is the first laptop from Microsoft as Surface Book and Surface Pro are both 2-in-1.
Made For Students & Educators Exclusively
This premium device which starts at a high price of $999 USD is not built for professionals. Instead, it is exclusively made for education circles like teachers, students and learners.
The following features will depict that this device is not for everyone:
- OS – The operating system used here is Windows 10 S. Noticed the S? It is what makes this device different. This new OS from Microsoft is made for distraction-free simplistic operation. Windows S does not support any executable apps that mean you are just stuck to the store. But if you find it restricting, you can always switch to Windows 10 Pro within one year for free and then it becomes $50 USD
- Productivity – Microsoft is offering 1-year license for Office 365 personal which is the mostly used software package for the target group
- Design – The device is extremely well designed with a 15” PixelSense touch display and breath-taking Alcantara (Fibre material) keyboard with high precision trackpad and at the same time weighing just 1.25 Kg.
- Battery – The OS and Hardware is well-optimised with a battery life of all day which is the most important feature needed for a student
- Stand out from the crowd – The device is available in 4 eye-catching elegant colours namely Burgundy (Red Shade), Platinum, Cobalt Blue and Graphite Gold
- Price – This is where this device may lose some customers. The device is priced high due to the design and production values with the base model starting at $999 USD. But the device will justify the price given its performance benchmarks and also students will get an extra 10% discount for this.
- Variants – The device is not for professionals and gamers and the currently there are 4 variants available. They are i5 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM ($999 USD), i5 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM ($1299 USD), i7 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM ($1599 USD), i7 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM ($2199 USD). While the i5 versions are powered by Intel HD Graphics 620, the i7 versions feature a more powerful Intel Iris Plus 640 Graphics.
If you make peace with the price point, the device will be a perfect choice given the requirements are not intensive. If you are willing to have a portable companion that can make your daily tasks easier, then Surface Laptop will be a perfect pair for you. If you are a professional or gamer, it is better to skip this one.