Microsoft has finally unveiled their new Surface Laptop, based around the most recent Surface tablets and aimed at becoming a rival for Apple’s Macbook Air.
The laptop is pretty unique looking with its aluminium body, Alcantara-covered keyboard and range of colours; Burgandy, Colbolt Blue, Platinum and Graphite Gold. It’s also very thin and light, at 2.76 pounds and just 14.47mm at its largest edge, meaning that portability is one of the selling points, again similar to Apple’s Macbook Air.
If you’re worried about that fabric keyboard getting dirty, Microsoft have provided a reassurance that the fabric is specially designed to resist spills, stains and absorption, and wipe clean.
The screen is a 13.5-inch PixelSense touch display with a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504. There are very few ports, just a single USB 3.0 and a Mini DisplayPort, alongside an audio out jack and the power supply port.
Battery life is said to be 14.5 hours standard use on a single charge, according to Microsoft, which should be plenty.
Interestingly, Microsoft has bundled the Surface with the new Windows 10S, a streamlined, cheaper version of Windows restricted to using the Windows Store Apps and Edge as its browser (so it’s technically a next evolution of the Windows RT OS from the original Surface tablets). Thankfully, there’s a free upgrade to the full blown Windows 10 until the end of 2017 and a small fee for it after this point, with teachers apparently able to still get the free upgrade next year.
The Surface laptop comes in 4 Configurations;
i5 based laptop with 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM for £979 and 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM for £1249
i7 based laptop with 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM for £1549 and 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM for £2149
You can pre-order the laptop now on Microsoft’s official Surface Laptop page with an expected release date of 15th June 2017.