Surface Laptop Studio Review – It's Beautiful But Not Perfect!
Looking hardware with performance that is not up to the competition. Okay lets just keep that in mind, but i want microsoft to keep pushing, and i think the problem right now is that the chips they have access to like from intel and amd just require too much cooling for the type of form factor that microsoft is going For like, if this thing had a m1 pro from apple, then this thing would be an absolute monster, because this sort of style would be able to cool it efficiently. Instead, microsoft is still stuck using these power, hungry cpus from intel and amd, and its going to take some time for them to catch up with that being said, if youre looking at this, this specific skew – i have here it costs 2100, and if you compare that To a surface pro 8, its only 200, more now im not saying thats a deal because its absolutely not. This is an expensive product and i feel like this is only for a specific niche which ill get to in a second. I do want to take the time to say that carrying this thing around is super light, its not a heavy laptop, its about four pounds, a little bit less. If you go for the i5 and when you open up the display, considering how top heavy it is, it wobbles a little bit, and i mean ever so slightly now with the surface book the previous generation, you can rip off the display and use it as a Tablet and walk around this is keeping everything connected, theres a few different positions you can work in, for example, this is the traditional laptop position and when you look down on it like this, you wouldnt realize that theres a base underneath now, if you disconnect the monitor, You can push it forward, which i call a touching experience because its right front and center and then, if you bend it down even further, you can use it as a regular tablet.
If you bring it back up, you can flip it backwards. If you want to use it as like a regular display or if you have someone behind you and you want to show them what youre looking at and then, of course, you can flip it back in traditional laptop mode and use it like youd use a normal Laptop now, if you were to look at the design of this and flip it around, it literally looks like theres a tablet on the bottom and it was pasted or glued to a macbook pro. In fact, the ports are very similar to a macbook air and macbook pro, with only two thunderbolt 4 ports on the left hand, side and then, on the right hand, side. You have your surface connect port, your audio jack and then on the power connector. There is a usb charging port now, if you decide to buy the slim pen, 2 theres a perfect spot for it in front of the laptop theres, a very strong magnet there that connects the pen and charges it. At the same time, the magnet is super strong, like you could literally shake this all day and the pen is not going anywhere now personally, im a bigger fan of the slim pen 2 compared to the apple pencil 2.. The apple pencil 2 is probably better for professional artists, like the ones that are drawing really intense intricate pictures, but for simple note taking and sketches, i think this offers a more natural experience.
Not only to me does this feel more comfortable in the hand, theyve. Also added a few features to make it feel more, like youre writing with a real pencil. For example, whenever you write on the display theres a tiny little vibrating mechanism inside of the pen, that makes it feel like youre scratching the surface with an actual pencil its slight, but i do notice it on top of that there is a soft rubber tip. So when youre pressing down on the display, it feels like youre pushing your pencil into soft paper now, just based on my experience. The 120 hertz lowers that latency compared to the surface book, so writing feels a bit more natural compared to its predecessor. Now this display is absolutely gorgeous its 14 inches or 14.4 to be exact. It has that 3×2 aspect ratio its qhd plus it has great color accuracy. It has fantastic brightness, its a beautiful display, but i know some people are gon na complain about these bezels. They are quite chunky for this style of laptop, but i think they had to do it right. Like look at this thing, you know you have this very thick display because of the back panel that allows you to flip it in different portions. They needed some sort of holding mechanism to keep this thing secure. I think if they made the bezels any thinner, the display would feel a bit more flimsy and would kind of reduce your confidence in using this product.
Of course, you log in with windows, 10 hello, its super fast, and it gets it every single time and just like the surface pro 8, you have that beautiful 1080p webcam, which is probably the best you can get on a windows laptop right now. As for the keyboard, this thing is a joy to type on its, not the best keyboard ive used, but its really good one of the better ones you can get on a windows laptop its a little mushy, maybe not as tactile as the new macbook pros that I recently reviewed, and the only thing i dont like is the function row on top like these keys have been reduced to half the size of the normal keys, and it makes it a bit difficult sometimes to to press on them. However, the touchpad, this thing is awesome. You know, windows always gets a little bit of shame with their touchpad to use, because the macbook pro has been the gold standard. I honestly think this is neck and neck with the macbook pros, like moving your fingers around with it with the windows. Precision drivers, the fact when you click on it, theres a like a forced touch or 3d touch effect, which vibrates just makes it feel more realistic. I love this touchpad, but its biggest problem is the performance. I have the i7 model, which is one of the faster models you can choose from today, with 16 gigabytes of ram and an i7 11 370 h processor.
This is an h processor from intel, but its only a four core processor and for microsofts fastest laptop, its kind of frustrating. You know the problem: is they couldnt really go with anything faster, because if they did, it would require a bigger chassis and a lot more cooling to keep this thing under low and microsoft wants to create a product that is not only cool and geared towards creators, But they want it to be quiet, so theyre kind of in a pickle right now. The performance overall is very mid range, like it doesnt run as fast as a dell xps 15, but it sits somewhere between a surface pro 8 and an xps 15. If you want some context, its not going to be the best product for video editing for sure you could edit video on this, but i wouldnt make it my main device. I feel like this is a device really geared towards the person who wants to use the screen to take notes, draw and sketch, but also needs the extra juice, not a lot more juice, but the extra juice to do some design work. If youre an architect. Perhaps some autocad, but they dont, need the full fledged capabilities of a gaming laptop. The cool thing, though, is heat, is under control like this thing never gets insanely hot, and even when it does, the fans kick on to keep it cool. If you have this on performance mode, the fans will get up to about 45 decibels, but the fans dont activate right away like they do on other intel and amd laptops.
It takes some time or sustained performance to get there surface. Temperatures are also great overall, pretty good thermal management, quick interruption. One thing i forgot in the video is that when this thing is venting air, its doing it on the front sides of the laptop most laptops, do it back here they do it on the back sides or on the back of the laptop. The surface laptop studio is doing it on the front, which is kind of annoying, because when youre holding your mouse here, you can literally feel the heat coming out and it intensifies if youre pushing the laptop under load. Now its not intensely hot, where its going to burn your hand or anything, but if youre in a hot climate, its going to feel uncomfortable after a while and it doesnt matter if youre left handed or right handed as for battery life, amazing, i got 12 hours Of use before needing to charge, which is very impressive, unfortunately, you cant open it up and upgrade anything theres, not even a slot on the bottom to upgrade the ssd, and one thing that microsoft does need to change. Is the ssds like these nvme ssds theyre using are super slow compared to the competition so heres the bottom line? I truly have a soft spot for this laptop. I would love to use this for everything because its like the jack of all trades, but its really expensive and the performance youre getting out of this doesnt, compare to similar competing products at this price point now, im not saying you shouldnt, buy it.
What i am saying is its for a very specific use case, if youre the individual, that wants something this beautiful and needs the extra power over a regular surface pro 8, but doesnt need the crazy gaming performance of a gaming laptop or the performance creator. Laptops like the dell xps 15. I think this is a device you should probably look at, but if you care about bang for your buck, theres, obviously better alternatives out there thats it for this review. I hope you guys enjoyed it.