We check out Microsoft’s updated Surface Laptop.
A couple of weeks ago Microsoft has dropped off its updated Surface Laptop to our offices for me to use. I’ve been using it since then and I can say that is one of the best Windows 10 notebooks I’ve tested. It’s made by Microsoft of course, which is why quality should be top notch – kind of like how Apple is with their MacBook line.
But the Surface Laptop 2 is more than that – it gives you all the best aspects of Windows 10 in one slim and lightweight package. In fact, that’s the first thing you’d notice when you hold it in your hand: the Surface Laptop 2 is also well-made you’d be thinking why Microsoft didn’t do their own Windows hardware before.
It weighs around 1.25 kilograms, making it lighter than some tablets out there. Outside, the matte exterior feels premium, with a simple Microsoft logo placed behind the screen. Unfortunately (and probably one of the main drawbacks), the Surface Laptop 2 only has a single USB 3.0 port along with one DisplayPort and a 3.5 headphone jack. There’s a good chance that Microsoft trying to convince you to start using the cloud for your files hence you no longer need these ports but considering that the Surface Laptop 2 costs more than your average computer, a couple of ports would have been welcome.
Once you open the Surface Laptop 2, you’re greeted by the awesome PixelSense display which looks more vibrant than ever. Unlike other notebooks that follow a wider 16:9 screen ratio, you have a more squarish 3:2 aspect ratio that I actually prefer. You have more screen real estate along with a screen that’s one of the best I’ve seen on a Windows device.
Don’t forget that the Surface Laptop 2’s screen supports touch input, but seeing as that I hate seeing fingerprints on my screen I barely used it. You can always opt to purchase the Surface Pen stylus, though in my case I don’t really have the need for it.
The keyboard is one of my favorite parts of the Surface Laptop 2. It’s surrounded by Alcantara fabric which gives it a unique look and feel even if it gets dirty easily. The keys are excellent to type on and quieter than before, making it an ideal tool for those looking for some peace and quiet while working. The trackpad is also larger so it’s easier to use when navigating, and responsive as well when doing selections.
The Surface Laptop 2 unit we got runs on an Intel Core i5-8350U CPU with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. In the weeks I’ve spent with it, performance was very acceptable. It won’t play the high-end games in 60 fps or edit a 4K video, but it is enough for me to open a few documents, edit some photos on Photoshop and use Google Chrome to upload articles. More powerful versions are available but this specification, the Surface Laptop 2 performed well above our expectations.
The Surface Laptop 2 still uses its own proprietary charging cable, which is reminiscent of the MagSafe adapter use by the earlier MacBooks. It connects via magnets, meaning that even if you manage to trip on the cable while you’re walking, your Surface Laptop 2 won’t be falling to the ground. I managed to get about 6 hour’s worth of continuous use from the Surface Laptop 2 on a normal workday, though it lasts longer when I just use to watch movies online.
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2 impresses us from its design to its performance. Prices start at 4,149 AED and while that may be steep for a Windows notebook, we’re telling you it’s definitely worth it.
+ Excellent design
+ Decent performance
– Only a few ports are available
Final Rating: 4.5/5