SURFACE LAPTOP STUDIO REVIEW
I was able to finally get my eager hands on a Surface Laptop Studio this week and needless to say, it was everything Microsoft promised and more.
What landed in our office was the 14.4-inch i5 model. This laptop definitely takes advantage of all of the latest tech to bring users reliability and best performance to their everyday workload.
The first time I opened up the laptop, I was very impressed with how quickly I got to the Windows desktop. Based on its hardware alone, I’d expected it to be fast loading, but this was the next level.
Other vendors typically preinstall ‘bloatware’ on their products which slows down the start-up process. There’s no risk of that with this Surface laptop coming from Microsoft.
The next thing I noticed about the laptop was just how clean and sharp the monitor was. This can be attributed to the Microsoft PixelSence Slow Display which allows the display to appear high quality with vivid colours, at least to my untrained eyes.
THE SURFACE LAPTOP STUDIO FEATURES
Moving on, the Surface Laptop Studio address key issues from its predecessors.
If you have ever used a Surface before, you may have noticed that they heat up quickly, especially when you are working on something process heavy.
The entire Surface lineup was designed to be thin and light, but this sacrificed performance and cooling.
To address this, the Surface Laptop Studio has the perfect balance of thickness and weight (ranging between 1742.9 to 1820.2 grams, depending on the model). The added thickness allows the surface to have more ventilation for heat to escape allowing the laptop to push itself further in terms of performance without overheating.
Another standout feature of the new Surface Studio is its ability to fold over itself, effectively turning the laptop into a tablet. I think this feature would be particularly useful for anyone who prefers to draw with the stylist, perhaps graphic designers or students.
THE SURFACE LAPTOP STUDIO HARDWARE
The Surface Studio Laptop uses some of the latest and greatest technologies, starting with the Intel i5 or i7 processor (depending on your model). Both processors are quad-core, allowing for smart multitasking with your applications.
On the graphics side of things, the i5 model provides Intel Iris XE integrated graphics. If you’re looking for something more powerful, the i7 model with Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti is a great choice for task loads such as rendering and graphics.
One of the best advantages of these technologies is their ability to use hardware acceleration (GPU Acceleration). This technology is used for many applications but excels in video conferencing applications, such as Zooms and Teams. This allows your graphics to take over with the video processing, instead of your processor, creating a better user experience overall.
When it comes to battery, the i5 Model boasts a 19-hour battery life and the i7 model has an 18-hour battery life. Please take this information with a grain of salt as your daily workload, or which core application you use, is the real definer of how long your laptop battery will last.
Myself and the team at Myrtec are massive fans of the Surface Laptop Studio. It checks all of our boxes: reliable, portable, fast and sleek. Run, don’t walk, to get your hands on one.
I could continue to go on and on about the technical details surrounding this laptop but I will wrap things up now for fear of putting readers to sleep. If you are interested in a Surface Laptop Studio for yourself or your team, and would like for it to arrive fully configured, contact us here.
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