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Microsoft has given us more choices than ever with its Surface products this year. If you want a 2-in-1 tablet, you can now choose between a Surface Pro 7 or a Surface Pro X. If you want a traditional clamshell laptop, you can now choose between a 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 or a larger 15-inch model. I’ve already taken an in-depth look at the latter Laptop 3, so in this review I’m focusing on the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3.

The $999 ($1,599, as tested) 13.5-inch model is the more “traditional” Laptop 3, and I think it’s the one that most people should get if they are looking at buying one. It has an outstanding keyboard and trackpad; a sharp, bright touchscreen; a sleek design and sturdy build; and excellent performance for everyday productivity tasks, which is what you’re most likely to use a 13-inch laptop for.

The Laptop 3 isn’t without faults, however, and you can get better battery life and better port selection from other 13-inch Windows laptops, such as Dell’s XPS 13 or HP’s Spectre X360. It also has the occasional bug that will cause things to go haywire until the laptop is shut down and rebooted. Still, if those things aren’t deal-breakers for you, the Laptop 3 is an excellent, traditional Windows 10 laptop.

Microsoft didn’t change much with the Laptop 3’s external design over the prior models — it’s still an aluminum clamshell laptop with a slightly wedged shape that’s easy to slip into a shoulder bag. The 13.5-inch model weighs 2.89 pounds, which puts it between the MacBook Air’s 2.75 pounds and the MacBook Pro’s three pounds. It’s not the lightest 13-inch laptop you can get, but it certainly isn’t cumbersome.

There are two notable changes with the design, however. Firstly, the Alcantara cloth deck that has been the signature of the Surface Laptop line is now optional depending on which color you get. It’s present on the silver and blue models, but is replaced with a much more traditional aluminum keyboard deck on the gold and black models.

I’ve been testing the gold version (which Microsoft calls “sandstone,” but I’m a human so I call it gold), which looks very nice and doesn’t pick up fingerprints and grease like the black model does. I do miss the Alcantara though — the aluminum deck is nice, but it just kind of feels like every other aluminum laptop and doesn’t have that soft touch the Alcantara provides. But if you were concerned about the Alcantara’s durability, you now have an option to avoid it. (You’ll have to pay at least $1,299 to get a different color, though, as the $999 base model is only available in silver and comes with the Alcantara fabric.)

The other change Microsoft made was swapping the ancient Mini DisplayPort for a USB-C port, which is probably what should have been on the first version of the Surface Laptop in 2017. You can use the USB-C port to charge the laptop (in addition to the Surface Connect port on the opposite side), hook up an external display, or use various USB-C accessories like a hub. Unfortunately, it does not support Thunderbolt 3 speeds, so you’re limited to USB-C 3.2 (10Gbps) devices and can’t use it with an external GPU, faster external SSD drives, or a Thunderbolt desktop dock. Most other laptops in this price and size range do support Thunderbolt 3, so it’s frustrating that the Laptop 3 doesn’t.

Aside from the new USB-C port, the other I/O on the Laptop 3 is a single USB-A port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector, which connects with 65-watt charger that comes in the box.

Microsoft has done some work to make this generation easier to service and upgrade than prior Surface Laptop models, but that doesn’t mean you can just crack the Laptop 3 open and get to upgrading. The only part that actually can be swapped is the SSD and Microsoft says it’s not user-replaceable — you’ll have to take the Laptop 3 to an authorized service center to get the work done.

The 13.5-inch touchscreen display is unchanged from prior models, and it maintains the signature 3:2 aspect ratio found on all Surface devices. It’s bright and sharp, with good viewing angles and punchy colors, and I really love the taller aspect for working in documents or reading websites. There is some letterboxing when I watch wide-screen videos in full-screen because of it, but for everything else I do on a laptop, this aspect ratio is better than the traditional 16:9 screen.

I also appreciate the fact that it’s a touchscreen, even if this isn’t a 2-in-1 convertible and it’s not the primary way I interact with the laptop. Being able to casually reach up and tap the screen is a convenience I miss when I use laptops that lack touchscreens.

One thing that has bothered me during my test period is the erratic behavior of the display’s auto brightness function. It will randomly lower the screen’s brightness to uncomfortable levels from time to time before raising it again a couple of minutes later. This happens with the laptop in a stationary position and none of the lighting changing.

Like the 15-inch Laptop 3, the 13.5-inch model has an outstanding keyboard, with excellent spacing, travel, and feedback. It’s perhaps my favorite laptop keyboard I’ve used in a long time. Similarly, the trackpad, which is 20 percent larger than one on the Laptop 2, is smooth and easy to use, with great tracking and palm rejection. This keyboard and trackpad combination is the best you can get in the Windows world and shows Apple how a laptop keyboard should be done.

Inside, the 13.5-inch Laptop 3 has Intel’s latest 10th Gen Ice Lake quad-core processors, with either Core i5 or i7 options. I’ve been testing the Core i7 (i7-1065G7, to be specific) model and it has excellent performance for any productivity task you might want to accomplish. It’s also competent enough to handle Lightroom and Photoshop, and doesn’t have any issues playing back 4K video, like I saw with the 15-inch model’s AMD processor. (You can apply these performance results to the Intel version of the 15-inch model that Microsoft is selling to businesses, as it uses the same processor as the 13.5-inch model.)

In fact, the 13.5-inch model was significantly more capable than the 15-inch version when it came to exporting a 5 minute, 33 second 4K H.264 video out of Adobe Premiere Pro. The 13.5 was able to chew threw that job in just 15 minutes and 26 seconds, compared to the over 3 hours the 15 would have taken. That’s even faster than an older 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2016 that has a dedicated graphics card could manage. I wouldn’t recommend the Laptop 3 as a gaming machine or a hardcore video editing workstation — this is a thin-and-light computer, after all — but if you need to get some video editing done on it in a pinch, it’s certainly capable.

Battery life, on the other hand, has been less than stellar. In my daily workload test, which involves setting the screen to 50 percent brightness and juggling between dozens of browser tabs, Slack, email, Word, Twitter, and other productivity apps, I get about seven hours between charges on the Laptop 3. That’s better than the sub-six-hour times I saw on the 15-inch model (iFixit’s teardown says both the 13.5- and 15-inch versions have the same capacity battery), but it’s far from class leading and short of a full work day.

The Laptop 3 does have a new fast-charging feature, which Microsoft says can bring the laptop to an 80 percent charge from nothing in less than an hour. My tests line up with that — I was able to go from dead to 39 percent in 30 minutes of charging. But the fast-charging feature only works when the laptop is closed and sleeping — you won’t get fast charging speeds while you’re using the machine.

Finally, as this is a Surface device, numerous weird bugs have come and gone throughout my testing period. I’ve already mentioned the display auto brightness bug, but I’ve also seen aggressive battery drain, fans ramping to 100 percent while charging, and the trackpad randomly stop scrolling in apps. Most of these bugs go away after fully shutting down the laptop and restarting it, but they are all frustrating things to experience in the first week of using a brand-new laptop. Microsoft typically does update its Surface devices with bug fixes and patches on a regular basis, so hopefully things will have settled down a few months from now, but right now, the Laptop 3’s experience can be hit-or-miss.

Aside from those pesky bugs and the merely okay battery life, the Laptop 3 13.5 is a very good laptop, and I think most people looking for a premium Windows 10 computer will be very happy with it. It doesn’t have any of the nagware or bloatware so common on machines from HP, Dell, and Lenovo, and it has simply the best keyboard you can get on a laptop. The Surface Laptop isn’t inexpensive, and you’ll pay for those niceties, but for the most part, it’s worth it.

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Sours: https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/28/20932406/microsoft-surface-laptop-3-13-5-inch-review-test-price-specs-features

Surface 3

This article is about the 3rd generation of the Microsoft Surface-series device of the non-Pro line. For the 3rd generation device of the Pro line, based on Intel Core CPU, see Surface Pro 3.

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A Surface 3, with attached type cover and surface pen accessories

Surface 3 with Type Cover and Surface Pen running Windows 10 version 1607

Product familySurface
Type2-in-1 detachable
Release date5 May 2015
Introductory price$499–599 (USD)
Discontinuedlate 2016[1]
Operating system
System on a chipIntel Atomsystem-on-chipquad-corex7-Z8700
1.6 up to 2.40 GHz, 2 MB cache, 2 W[2]
Memory2 or 4 GBLPDDR3 1600 MHz
Storage64 or 128 GB (37 and 93 GB respectively are user-available)[3]
Removable storagemicroSD, up to 200 GB[4]
Display10.8 inches (27 cm): (9 inches (23 cm) by 6 inches (15 cm)) 1920x1280 (214 ppi) ClearType screen with 3:2 aspect ratio
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
SoundDual front facing speakers
Bluetoothactive pen, with underlying N-trig DuoSense technology (sold separately)
Type Cover detachable keyboard with touchpad (sold separately)
CameraFront: 3.5 MP, 1080p HD
Rear: 8 MP, 1080p HD
TouchpadOn the Surface Type Cover (sold separately)
Bluetooth 4.0LE
Full size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
3.5 mm audio socket
Cover port (proprietary)
Charging/Docking port (Micro-USB)
4G LTE (with cellular model)
3.78V 27.5Wh/7270mAh
5.2V 2.5A (13W)
Online servicesWindows Store, OneDrive, Xbox Music, Xbox Games, Xbox Video
Dimensions10.51 inches (267 mm) (width)
7.36 inches (187 mm) (height)
0.34 inches (8.6 mm) (depth)
Mass1.37 pounds (620 g)
0.58 pounds (265 g) (add for Type Cover)[5]
PredecessorSurface 2
SuccessorSurface Go
Related articlesSurface

Surface 3 is a 2-in-1 detachable from the Microsoft Surface series, introduced by Microsoft in 2015. Unlike its predecessor, the Surface 2, Surface 3 utilizes an x86Intel Atom system-on-chip architecture, or SoC, rather than a processor with ARM architecture such as the Nvidia Tegra that powered the Surface 2, and runs standard versions of Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[6]


The older, original Surface (also known as Surface RT) and Surface 2, with their ARM-based processors and Windows RT operating system, are pitched against the iPad and other tablets. The first Surface was criticized for performance issues though this was rectified in the succeeding Surface 2. The biggest problem was that these ARM-powered devices were incompatible with the vast number of programs written for x86 personal computers, while suffering from the limitations of the Windows RT operating system and its sparse application ecosystem.

Released prior to Surface 3, the Surface Pro 3 (featuring a more powerful Intel Core processor) became a profitable business for Microsoft in late 2014.[7] It had a starting price of $799, features a high-resolution ClearType display[8] and competes with high-end ultraportable laptops like other Ultrabooks.[9][10][11]

With the introduction of the Surface 3, Microsoft aimed to make the Surface more affordable for those who don't need the power of the Surface Pro 3, at the expense of performance. Surface 3 can be considered a closer competitor to traditional tablets like Apple iPad, with Surface 3 offering full desktop OS capabilities instead of a tablet's mobile OS.



The Surface 3 share a similar design to the Surface Pro 3 with a body made of magnesium alloy giving a matte gray finish to the back of the device. It features a kickstand that can be set to three different angles: 22, 44, and 60 degrees. The Surface 3 does not have a fan, therefore lacking the ventilation holes seen on Surface Pro line. The Surface 3 weighs 620 grams features a 10.8 inches (27 cm) diagonal multi-touch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. For a charger Surface 3 uses a standard Micro-USB, giving users a wider variety of charging options, including charging the device with a mobile phone charger.

Surface 3 has the 14 nmquad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 SoC.[12] The Atom x7-Z8700 is able to drive up to three external displays over Mini DisplayPort and support a resolution of up to 4K with a single external display.[13] The 2-in-1's own display has a resolution of 1920x1280. The device ships with either a 64 or 128 GB solid-state drive and 2 or 4 GB of system memory.[14] The device's storage capacity can be increased by installing a microSDmemory card of up to 1 TB.


Main articles: Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

Unlike its predecessors, the Surface 3 is the first device in the non-Pro line to feature the full Windows desktop OS as opposed to Windows RT. This therefore puts the device into the category of 2-in-1 PC, which cannot be said for its predecessors, the original Surface and Surface 2, due to their use of ARM processors.

Surface 3s purchased before 29 July 2015 come with Windows 8.1 but were upgradeable to Windows 10 for free from that date onwards.[15] After the Windows 10 release, consumer models of the Surface 3 shipped with Windows 10 Home, unlike the devices of the Surface Pro line, which shipped with Windows 10 Pro. Business models of the Surface 3 shipped with Windows 10 Pro.[16][15]


Surface Pro 3 with red Type Cover.

The Surface 3, as with its predecessors and Surface devices of a Pro line, features an optional Type Cover accessory—an attachable keyboard, which is also a protective cover for the screen, with an announced price of 129 USD.[17]

The Surface 3 is the first non-Pro Surface to support the Surface Pen. Unlike Surface Pro 3, however, it is not included with purchase, but is available for purchase separately.

Various aftermarket USB or Bluetooth peripheral devices, such as keyboards and mice can be connected to the Surface 3.


Surface 3 received generally positive reviews from computer critics. They praised Microsoft's shift from ARM architecture toward x86, and therefore from Windows RT to a regular Windows OS. Most noted a well designed chassis and accessories produced of quality materials, and overall premium feeling of use. While less powerful, the Surface 3 was a lighter and cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 3. More importantly, the Surface 3 could compete at the high-end of Android and iPad tablets, with the advantage of being a device running a full desktop OS instead of a mobile OS for a similar price.[18] Reviewers also note that 37 GB[3] of the total storage space in the low-end Surface 3 is available to the user, while its close competitor, the low-end iPad Air 2, has only 12.5 GB of user-available storage space for the same price.[12][19]

The most common downsides are relatively low battery life, slower performance compared to devices with Intel Core processors[19][20] and a high price since accessories like Surface Pen and Type Cover are not included.[19][21][18]


Sources: Microsoft Devices BlogMicrosoft Store


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Microsoft Surface 3 (4G LTE)

Microsoft Surface 3 (4G LTE) tablet was launched in March 2015. The tablet comes with a 10.80-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Microsoft Surface 3 (4G LTE) is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Microsoft Surface 3 (4G LTE) on the rear packs 8-megapixel camera. It sports a 3.5-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

Microsoft Surface 3 (4G LTE) is based on Windows 8.1 and packs 64GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card. The Microsoft Surface 3 (4G LTE) is a single SIM (GSM) tablet. The Microsoft Surface 3 (4G LTE) measures 267.00 x 187.00 x 8.70mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 622.00 grams.

Connectivity options on the Microsoft Surface 3 (4G LTE) include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Headphones, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the tablet include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass/ magnetometer.

Sours: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/microsoft-surface-3-4g-lte-2546

Surface 3 review: Smaller, slower, cheaper… better?

The Surface 3's non-LTE version.
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Specs at a glance: Microsoft Surface 3
Screen1920×1280 10.8" (213 PPI), 10-point capacitive touchscreen
OSWindows 8.1 64-bit
CPU1.6GHz Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (up to 2.4GHz)
RAM2 or 4GB LPDDR3 1600
GPU600MHz Intel HD
Storage64 or 128GB
Networking802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
PortsMini-DisplayPort, headphones, microSDXC, USB 3, Cover port
Weight1.37 lb
Battery"9 hours of browsing"
Warranty1 year
Starting price$499 (2GB RAM, 64GB storage)
Price as reviewed$878.97 (4GB RAM, 128GB storage, Type Cover, Surface Pen, Surface 3 Dock)
SensorAmbient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, 8MP rear camera, 3.5MP front camera
Other perks13 W charger

To understand the Surface 3, you must first understand the Surface Pro 3.

The Surface 3 is not the third Surface. It's not a successor to the Surface RT released in 2012 or 2013's Surface 2. Those systems used ARM processors and could not run common-or-garden Windows desktop software.

In many ways, these devices exacerbated all the flaws found in Windows 8. The operating system had a decent enough touch interface, but it was desperately incomplete, forcing the use of the Windows desktop interface even if you were trying to use fingers and the on-screen keyboard. The ARM devices took it a step further: the only third-party applications they supported came through the Windows Store and offered those same finger-friendly interfaces—but they also included Office, in all its finger-unfriendly glory, running on the Windows desktop. They took Windows 8's awkward hybridity and turned it up to 11. As Nigel Tufnel might have put it, "it's one worse."

The Surface 3's heredity is, instead, the Surface Pro line. The Surface Pro and the Surface Pro 2 were both somewhat clumsy. They had the same basic form factor and concept as the Surface RT and Surface 2, but these were thicker, louder, heavier, and hotter tablets. They packed in x86 processors. What they lost in portability and longevity, however, they made up for in versatility. The processors meant that they could run more or less any Windows application ever written, and their integrated stylus support won them praise from both OneNote fans and digital artists.

Nonetheless, these were still strange machines. Their screens in particular were sized for a tablet: a 10-inch screen is a decent size when hand-held, but it was awfully small when using the Windows desktop.

Last year's Surface Pro 3 delivered an altogether more coherent design. It was still clearly related to the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, but with the Pro 3, Microsoft tailored the design to play to the strengths of the older models. The screen was made bigger, with a 12-inch diagonal. This might not sound much, but it greatly increased the comfort when using desktop applications. The aspect ratio of the screen was also changed, from 16:9 to 3:2. This made the device feel more natural when used with the pen.

The Surface Pro 3 still isn't the device for everyone, and its form factor isn't perfect for every occasion. But it's nonetheless a solid device that has found a growing number of fans. If you mostly work at a desk but still need portability because it's not always the same desk, or if you want a tablet some of the time but need a laptop's power all of the time—the Surface Pro 3 makes sense.

In being a better desktop workhorse, however, the Surface Pro 3 gave some things up. While its size is small for a laptop, it's relatively oversized for a tablet. It's relatively expensive for a tablet. And its battery life, while not horrible, isn't exactly tablet-spec. It has a fan and gets quite warm.


The Surface 3 is just a cheaper, smaller, lighter, slower version of the Surface Pro 3. It has an x86 processor, it runs full Windows 8.1, it supports a stylus, it has a 3:2 aspect ratio, and there's a docking station for plugging it in to extra peripherals. It can do seemingly everything that the Surface Pro 3 can do. This tablet is just a little bit smaller, a little bit slower, and a little bit cheaper.

A now familiar design

For all the missteps, the one thing that Microsoft truly nailed with the Surface line has been build quality. They feel like quality devices. The Surface 3 is no exception; it still has a magnesium alloy body, it still has a surprisingly sturdy kickstand, it still has neatly beveled edges. The front is once again all glass, and again the glass is optically bonded to the LCD panel, eliminating the air gap that would otherwise exist. This construction both enhances rigidity and improves the pen experience by ensuring that the digital ink appears as close as possible to the pen tip.

The Surface 3 is the thinnest and lightest Surface yet. It's one hundredth of an inch thinner than the Surface 2 and 0.12lb lighter. While not quite iPad Air 2 thin or light, it's nonetheless thin and light, and it's much more comfortable as a tablet.

The 10.8-inch screen, with its peculiar 1920×1280 resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio, is a fine unit, what we've come to expect from the Surface line. It's bright, blacks are black, and there's no discernible color shift when viewed at an angle.

The default 150 percent scaling provides a decent trade-off between legibility and interface density.

This is a really nice screen, but there's no escaping the awkwardness that prompted Microsoft to make the screen of the Surface Pro 3 larger: 10.8 inches is quite small for using the Windows desktop. That's not to say it's unusable or anything like that. With the default scaling (it's set to 150 percent, effectively 1280×853), text is beautifully crisp and readable, and the resolution is high enough that application toolbars and such are reasonably sized (they don't take up too much of the screen) while still being able to display in full (no hidden buttons to shrink them down to size or anything like that). But it's all a little smaller than I found comfortable, forcing me to sit a little closer to the screen than preferred.

This kind of thing is inevitable, of course. There's no way to square a circle. Smaller screens are cheaper and more portable; larger ones are easier to read.

Look closely and you'll notice four ways in which the Surface 3 isn't just a miniature Surface Pro 3.

The biggest difference is the kickstand: it's a three-position kickstand instead of the continuously variable kickstand in the Surface Pro 3 and the two-position kickstand in the Surface 2. This configuration sacrifices some flexibility in the name of lower prices, and the trade-off actually feels OK. The three positions more or less cover the two extremes of the range of positions that the variable hinge offers. There's a far back position that's ideal for using the pen, a fairly upright laptop-like position, and an in-between position.

Yet another new Surface charger. This time, the connector is plain old micro-USB.

The next big difference is the long-overdue abandonment of the proprietary magnetic charging port. Surface 3 uses a regular micro-USB port for charging. The Surface 3 charger can now charge a phone, and conversely, a phone charge can charge the Surface 3. Surface 3's own charger is relatively high power (at 13W) for fast charging, but lower power charges should still work (it even charged from my PC's USB hub). I was disappointed to see that the charger itself doesn't have a USB port of its own; the Surface Pro line lets the charger serve double duty as a charger for the Surface Pro itself and a phone or a tablet. As someone who can always do with more USB charging, this is a pity.

The Surface 3, like all other Surfaces, also has a full USB port. Unfortunately, Microsoft is still bound by the laws of physics, so you can't charge the Surface 3 from its own USB port.

A couple of devices have recently come to market—the new Chromebook Pixel and the MacBook—with the new USB Type C for their charging ports. USB Type C is the future, and it's inevitably going to proliferate... but as of right now, virtually nobody uses it. For good or ill, micro type B ports (and cables) remain abundant. As such, Microsoft probably made the more convenient trade-off. There's little point in engineering a system that's able to charge from any old phone charger and then using a port that phone chargers can't plug into. No matter what, the transition to USB Type C is going to be an annoying one, and there's going to be a lengthy period during which people need all kinds of adaptors. I'm comfortable right now with sticking to micro-USB; that might not be the case a year down the line.

Like the Surface 2 and RT, and unlike the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, the Surface 3 has no gaps around the edge. That's because it has no fan, so it doesn't need the air vents. This is another feature that bolsters its tablet credentials; we simply don't expect tablets to include fans or air vents. The reason is the processor on the inside: the Intel Atom x7-Z8700 is a 2W part, and hence it only needs passive cooling.

The rear of the machine also has a stylistic difference: the Microsoft logo on the back is shiny polished steel.

The Microsoft badge is now shiny.

The cameras, 8MP rear and 3.5MP front, seem competent. The speakers, which have some kind of Dolby tech involved, are better than average.

Sours: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/04/surface-3-review-smaller-slower-cheaper-better/

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch review: it’s a bigger Surface Laptop

The 15-inch version of the Surface Laptop 3 represents the biggest change to the clamshell laptop since Microsoft launched the first Surface Laptop in 2017. And yet, it is remarkably similar to the prior models, despite the fact that it’s bigger and has a completely different processor.

That similarity has made it difficult to determine who exactly this version of the Surface Laptop 3 is for. It’s not as light and portable as the 13.5-inch Laptop 3, Acer’s featherweight Swift 5, or LG’s Gram 15. At the same time, it’s not nearly as powerful or capable as many other premium-priced 15-inch laptops, such as Microsoft’s own Surface Book 2, the Dell XPS 15, Apple’s MacBook Pro, or any number of 15-inch gaming laptops.

After spending about a week testing it, I think the $1,199 ($1,699 as tested) Surface Laptop 3 15 is for someone who likes the design and build of the other Surface Laptop models, but feels too constrained by the 13.5-inch screen. Or maybe it’s for someone who really likes a 15-inch 3:2 aspect ratio screen, but doesn’t want to lug around the monster that is the Surface Book 2.

Aside from its strange positioning among laptops currently available, the Surface Laptop 3 15 does have several excellent qualities. But it also has a few areas that could use improvement.

Editor’s Note: This review is specifically focused on the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. We’ll have a separate review of the 13-inch model soon.

Good Stuff

  • Excellent keyboard and trackpad
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Good performance for everyday productivity tasks
  • 3:2 aspect ratio screen is great for productivity
  • Relatively little bloatware out of the box
  • Windows Hello facial login works great

Bad Stuff

  • Only two USB ports
  • No Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Below average battery life
  • No SD card slot
  • Matte black model gets full of fingerprints almost immediately
  • Struggles editing and even playing back 4K video

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If you’ve seen the first two Surface Laptops, you’re going to find the Surface Laptop 3 15 very familiar looking. It is essentially the same design, just stretched to larger dimensions. It’s less than 15mm thick at its thinnest point and tips the scales at 3.4 pounds. That’s not very heavy, especially for a 15-inch laptop, but it’s over half a pound more than the 13-inch model, and a pound or more heavier than LG’s Gram 15 or the Acer Swift 5. Still, it’s a very easy laptop to carry around all day, and it slips into my backpack or shoulder bag with ease.

The Laptop 3’s chassis is entirely aluminum – not the magnesium that you’ll find on the Surface Pro – and its build quality is a solid as you’d expect from a premium-priced laptop. There’s little no chassis flex when I pick up the laptop with one hand, and I can open the screen with just a single finger. The 15-inch model has a fully aluminum top deck – no fancy Alcantara fabric here – which makes it feel much like any other aluminum laptop. I miss the soft touch of the fabric cover under my palms when I type, but if you had concerns about the fabric wearing over time, that problem is eliminated here.

Unfortunately, while the black color on my review unit looks striking out of the box, it accumulates fingerprints almost immediately, which makes it look greasy and gross. I’ve resorted to calling the finish Fingerprint Matte when describing it to my coworkers.

One interesting difference with the fully aluminum deck that I didn’t notice on prior Surface Laptop models is something called “touch current” when the laptop is plugged in and charging. When the Laptop 3 is plugged in, I can run my fingers over the deck and feel something like a vibration effect. Microsoft says this is normal behavior and that its internal standards for touch current are stricter than the regulatory standards. It’s not a bad thing, just weird.

Microsoft also says it has done some work to make this generation easier to service and upgrade than prior Laptop models, but that doesn’t mean you can just crack the Laptop 3 open and get to upgrading. The only part that actually can be upgraded is the SSD and Microsoft says it’s not user-replaceable – you’ll have to take the Laptop 3 to an authorized service center to get the work done.

The 15-inch model’s larger size provides two noticeable benefits over the 13.5-inch Laptop 3. The obvious one is you get a bigger screen: a 15-inch, 2496 x 1664-pixel touchscreen with support for Microsoft’s Surface Pen (not included). The other benefit is a larger touchpad below the keyboard.

Like the 13-inch Laptop 3, the screen on the 15-inch model is excellent. It’s bright, with great viewing angles and it has the Surface-signature 3:2 aspect ratio that makes productivity work much easier than on 16:9 screens. I also appreciate the fact that it’s a touchscreen, even if this isn’t a 2-in-1 convertible and it’s not the primary way I interact with the laptop. Being able to casually reach up and tap the screen is a convenience I miss when I use laptops that lack touchscreens.

By far, my favorite part of the Laptop 3 is its keyboard. This is perhaps the most comfortable laptop keyboard I’ve ever typed on, with excellent key spacing, travel, and feedback. I hate to call something perfect, but at the same time, I can’t think of a single way Microsoft can make this keyboard any better than it already is. Apple could learn a lot here.

The Laptop 3’s touchpad is also very impressive. It’s large and smooth, with a glass finish and excellent gesture and tracking support. It has no issues with palm rejection and is perhaps the best touchpad experience on any Windows laptop right now. Apple’s MacBook Pro 15 still takes the crown for the largest touchpad you can get, but there’s nothing to complain about with the Surface Laptop 3’s touchpad.

For I/O, the Laptop 3 has a single USB-A port, a single USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect charging port. This is the first year the Laptop has included a USB-C port, which replaces the old Mini Display port on prior models. You can use it to charge the laptop, connect an external display, or transfer data at USB 3.2 speeds (10Gbps). But it doesn’t support Thunderbolt 3, which means you can’t use even faster external storage drives, a Thunderbolt 3 docking station, or an external graphics card. Virtually every other laptop at this price point includes Thunderbolt 3 support and the lack of it on the Surface Laptop 3 limits what you can do with the computer, which is frustrating.

Also missing is an SD card slot, which would have been a nice addition to the 15-inch version. Overall, the port selection on the Laptop 3 is quite poor, even if it’s better than prior Surface Laptop models.

Under the hood is where the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 separates itself from the other Surface Laptops. Instead of the typical Core i5 or i7 Intel processors, the 15-inch model has an AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 chip with up to 32GB of RAM. It’s the first Surface product with an AMD processor and one of the few laptops you can even get with an AMD chip. Like the Intel chips in other thin and light laptops, these AMD processors are four-core 15W chips, with the main difference between them being a slightly higher clock speed on the Ryzen 7.

Microsoft has boasted about its customized graphics chips that come packaged with the Ryzen processors that have an extra core to provide more power than you typically get with integrated graphics. But that doesn’t mean the Surface Laptop 3 15 can play AAA games or handling graphically intensive tasks such as video editing.

The unit I’ve been testing has a Ryzen 5 processor with Vega 9 graphics and 16GB of RAM. It has plenty of power for productivity tasks, such as juggling dozens of tabs, working in Office, switching between virtual desktops, and using apps like Slack and other modern office mainstays. But when I tried to play games on the Laptop 3, it quickly hit its limit, and couldn’t provide playable framerates at even low resolutions and detail levels in games like Battlefield V, Star Wars Battlefront II, or even Overwatch. The one outlier in the games I tested was Forza Horizon 4, which managed to be quite playable at 1920 x 1200 resolution and low details. It’s clear that Microsoft and AMD worked together to optimize the game as best they could for this hardware. But for the most part, a gaming laptop the Surface Laptop 3 is not.

Likewise, the Surface Laptop 3 is not the right choice if you’re looking for a video editing laptop. I attempted to export a 5 minute and 33 second video from Adobe Premiere Pro in 4K H.264 resolution and the estimated time to completion was over three hours. After 51 minutes it had completed just 25 percent of the export and I gave up. For comparison, an old 2016 MacBook Pro with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon Pro 450 graphics card was able to export the same video out of Premiere in 17 minutes and 55 seconds.

The other thing the Laptop 3 surprisingly struggled with was playing 4K 60FPS video from YouTube. Whether I used Chrome or Microsoft’s own Edge browser, the video would stutter and choke, despite the fact that I had plenty of bandwidth to stream it. I can’t remember the last laptop I tested that couldn’t play back 4K video smoothly from YouTube, and it’s beyond disappointing to see a brand-new premium computer struggle with it. For what it’s worth, the 13.5-inch Laptop 3, which has an Intel processor, had no trouble playing 4K 60FPS YouTube videos on the same Wi-Fi network.

None of these results are terribly surprising (aside from the 4K video playback issues) when you consider the AMD processors in the Laptop 3 are relatively low power (15W, compared to the 45W chip in the MacBook Pro) and a current 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,200 more than the Laptop 3 15. But hopefully they provide some context as to what this laptop is capable of and what it is not.

Despite its relatively low power, the Surface Laptop 3 15 doesn’t have exceptional battery life. Microsoft claims 11.5 hours of usage, but its tests are with the display at a dim 150 nits. At a more practical brightness level, with the brightness slider set to about 50 percent, I’ve been getting less than six hours of battery life on average while using the Laptop 3 for my typical daily workload of lots of browser tabs, Slack, email, Twitter, Word, and other productivity apps across a handful of virtual desktops. That’s less than I typically expect from 13-inch thin-and-light laptops, so I’m a bit disappointed with the 15-inch Laptop 3.

Fortunately, the Laptop 3 now has fast charging, so you can get up to 80 percent charge in less than an hour, according to Microsoft. In my tests I was able to get from zero to 39 percent in 30 minutes with the 65W charger that came in the box and a full charge in just over an hour with a 87W USB-C charger.

On the plus side, the Laptop 3’s fans are quiet the vast majority of the time, and even when they do kick on, they aren’t nearly as loud as a MacBook Pro’s or other more powerful laptops. The Laptop 3 remains comfortable to hold and never gets too hot, either.

If you are looking for a 15-inch laptop for productivity, writing, and other modern work-related tasks, the Surface Laptop 3 is an excellent choice, provided you don’t need all-day battery life. I really love the display’s extra size and its aspect ratio compared to other 15-inch laptops, and the keyboard and touchpad combination are the best you will find on any laptop. The Laptop 3 has the same level of fit and finish as Microsoft’s other Surface devices and it fits right in a modern workspace or coffee shop. It is an excellent thin-and-light computer for doing productivity work on.

Still, if you were hoping that the 15-inch Laptop 3 would be more than just a bigger Surface Laptop, I’m sorry to report that you’ll be disappointed. Fortunately, there are plenty of other, more powerful 15-inch laptops available, such as Apple’s MacBook Pro, Dell’s XPS 15, or even Microsoft’s own Surface Book 2. I don’t know if Microsoft needed to make a 15-inch version of the Surface Laptop, but it did, and it mostly did a good job with it.

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The Microsoft Surface 3 features a 10.8-inch display with 1920x1280. It is powered by a 1.6-GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded by a microSD card. The camera is an 8-megapixel unit and there is also a 3.5-megapixel one on the front.

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Size:10.8 inches
Resolution:1280 x 1920 pixels, 214 PPI
Screen-to-body:69.59 %
Features:Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor



System chip:Intel Atom x7 Z8700
Processor:Quad-core, 1600 MHz, 64-bit, 14 nm
GPU:Intel HD
Internal storage:128GB
Storage expansion:microSDXC
Device type:Tablet
OS:Windows (8.1) Screenshots



Rear:Single camera Camera samples
Main camera:8 MP (Autofocus)
Video recording:1920x1080 (Full HD)
Front:3.5 MP
Video capture:1920x1080 (Full HD)


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Dimensions:10.51 x 7.36 x 0.34 inches (267 x 187 x 8.7 mm)
Weight:21.92 oz (621.0 g)
Tablet dock:Yes


SIM type:Nano SIM



Headphones:3.5mm jack
Speakers:Multiple speakers
Features:Album art cover

Connectivity & Features

Wi-Fi:802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band
Features:Charging, OTG
Location:GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
Sensors:Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass

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Price:$ 699


Officially announced:Mar 31, 2015
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