Nowadays, the path of least resistance to laptop design is directly knocking out the MacBook. Over the years we have certainly seen our various unforgettable events. Microsoft, however, has made its own way with art design across the board. Its products are basically attractive and innovative – something not every hardware manufacturer can say these days. The company doesn’t always get it right. For example, it swings in favor of the fence with the surface duo. Of course when being innovative, the product was shortened to adequate sections which make it extremely tough to recommend.
While the Surface laptop, on the other hand, is not the line’s most groundbreaking product, it has consistently been the best, marking a Windows-ready touchscreen with a more standardized notebook design. The last few models were tough, and this year – probably predictable – doesn’t present any major changes. After about a year and a half the big upgrades are the new chips (your choice is the AMD Raisin or an Intel Core i5 or i7) and the extended battery life that gives a bee an extra 8.5 hours.
Basically, it’s the kind of expectation – or kind of expectation – of regular system refresh. The language of design remains largely unchanged. The laptop on the surface is covered with felt palm rest with its compatible aspects, nothing if not unique on that front. The material has a nice feel to it – it just holds the straight-up metal on a cold day even though I’ve already noticed some wear after a bit of light use.
The keyboard stays on the soft side, it has a surprising amount. Not the best keyboard I’ve ever seen on a laptop, but certainly not the worst (who could forget this fair run for Apple?) And like anything else, it takes a while to get used to. You’d think I’d learned my lesson by now. Maybe it’s necessary that Microsoft’s Surface laptops tend to take them out when the weather is nice, but jeez Hall’s display is reflective.
Almost sporadically so, lots of laptop screens are shiny, of course, but Microsoft is really leaning here, I wouldn’t recommend using it in any kind of sun – even after full brightness the screen can’t resist that reflection. When you see it, the display looks great. Microsoft sent the short between the two. At 13.5-inches, the screen comes in at 2256 x 1504 at 201 ppi (you’ll find the same pixel density in the 15-inch version). We had the new Ice Blue color. Although it is subtle, honestly, I read it more as silver / gray. The speakers sound great, and the webcam is fine, but it’s safe to say it’s probably time to upgrade to 1080p on the whole board, with the telephone conference in mind.