Microsoft Surface Laptop review with Windows 10 S

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Chip’s opinion: In the face of the Surface Laptop, we tested two new products from Microsoft at once. Microsoft’s first classic laptop comes with Windows 10 S. What’s the «S» for? During hands-on testing, the limitations of this operating system quickly lead us to the question: why is Microsoft re-introducing a system that is probably doomed to fail? But it is she who overshadows the brilliant first impression that the Surface Laptop makes.

pros Minuses
touchscreen Windows 10S
long battery life few interfaces
light and compact

Together with the Surface Laptop, Microsoft’s new operating system also debuts, which received the name of Windows 10 S, which does not say anything. Microsoft itself could not answer why the letter “S” was put. We quickly became convinced that this was not an optimization in terms of “Service”, since only programs and applications from the Windows Store can be installed on this laptop (limited by Windows 10 S).

The situation was similar with Windows RT, which was developed by Microsoft specifically for ARM processors — it also allowed you to install applications only from its own store. The system turned out to be a disaster.

Microsoft Surface Laptop review with Windows 10 S
Good touch screen as usual for touch displays — no anti-glare coating

Very good keyboard and alcantara

While mentioning the Core i5-7200U and 8 GB of RAM in the technical specifications, Microsoft does not give even half of the information about the performance of this device. Due to the significant limitations imposed by the supposedly secure Windows 10 S, it will not be possible to determine the true performance using popular benchmarks.

If you are lucky and you can download the appropriate drivers for peripheral devices, such as a printer, from the Windows Store, only USB 3.0 and MiniDisplay ports will be available for physical connection. The Surface laptop can communicate wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.1 and an 802.11-ac WLAN adapter.

A notable feature of this laptop is the Alcantara cover around the keyboard. Thus, the Surface Laptop, of course, stands out from the background of other current ultrabook models, but at the same time, not everyone will surely like it. The gray variant is very reminiscent of the Chip edition carpet. In Bordeaux and Cobalt Blue, Microsoft’s first laptop is a delight to the eye anyway, as long as the Alcantara doesn’t pick up sweat and grime.

Alcantara is easy to clean and shouldn’t leave anything behind, according to Microsoft, but experience with the Type Cover for Surface Pro shows that the unsightly appearance remains over time. Alcantara replacement, as well as hardware upgrades or even just repairs, as is the case with all ultrabooks, is unlikely to be possible. The magnesium alloy chassis is wrapped in a plastic wrap, so the Surface Laptop is replete with adhesives.

The typing experience and touchpad controls are very good, and the display’s touch surface is stylus friendly.

Microsoft Surface Laptop review with Windows 10 S
Alcantara is one of the standout features of the Surface Laptop.

Full readiness for the serial marathon

The Surface Laptop’s strengths are in the area of ​​mobility, as we aimed for nearly 11 hours of battery life in our office work scenario. In video playback mode with display brightness set to 200 cd/m2the battery was able to last an impressive 13 hours — this will be enough even for a serial marathon.

13.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2256×1504 pixels has a maximum brightness of 363.3 cd/m2. Checkerboard contrast with its 184:1 could be better, but this shortcoming is evident only when watching movies with dark scenes.

Our tip: Windows 10 S only makes sense if you’re primarily a web surfer or office worker. But for this, in most cases, there will be enough opportunities and much cheaper devices from our rating of laptops worth up to 400$. To unlock the full potential of your Surface Laptop, we recommend that you take advantage of the currently free upgrade to Windows 10.

Microsoft Surface Laptop review with Windows 10 S

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