Specs and features
Microsoft emphasizes performance in the Surface Laptop design, and you can see that in the CPU and memory choices, as well as the battery life. In the quest for thin and light, however, we lost a few things, including physical port selection. We also don’t yet have specific part numbers or types for the key CPU, memory, and storage specs, but we’ll add them if we get them.
All CPUs are from Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake family:
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i7
Your memory amount vary with your CPU choice, as follows:
4GB: Core i5
8GB: Core i5 or Core i7
16GB: Core i5 or Core i7
Your SSD size will vary with your memory size, as follows:
128GB with 4GB of RAM
256GB with 8GB of RAM
512GB with 16GB of RAM
1TB with 16GB of RAM
The graphics is tied to the CPU.
Core i5: Intel HD 620
Core i7: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
Corning Gorilla Glass
13.5-inch (diagonal) PixelSense Display
Resolution: 2256x1504 pixels, 3.4 million pixels, 201 ppi
3:2 aspect ratio
Surface Pen-enabled (sold separately)
Alcantara fabric surface laser-cut around the keys. According to Microsoft, you shouldn’t see any light leakage around the fabric.
Windows 10 S
Free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro until Dec 31, 2017
Office 365 Personal one-year subscription is included
Ports and connectivity
One of the first complaints about the Surface Laptop is its lack of physical connectivity: no USB-C, no storage card slot, and the list goes on. Here’s what it does have:
USB 3.0 Type A
3.5mm headphone jack
SurfaceConnect for charging
Wi-Fi: 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Windows Hello face sign-in camera
720p HD front-facing camera
The speakers (Microsoft calls them “omnisonic”) nest underneath the Alcantara keyboard tray, and the fabric itself is part of the sound system.
Microsoft has touted the long battery life on the Surface Laptop. The company claims up to 14.5 hours of video playback. We’ll be sure to test this.
12.13 x 8.79 x 0.57 inches
One-year limited hardware warranty
Included in the box
Editor’s note: This article originally posted May 5, 2017.