Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is stylish and touted as a powerful Ultrabook laptop. Like the previous version of the Surface Laptop, the Surface Laptop 2 features an aluminum body, offers a premium feel, it is built to be sleek, light and portable while retaining a tremendous amount of power. The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 has a traditional laptop design and not different from its predecessor. In fact, it’s almost identical and there are changes only in two areas – new color and powered by an 8th gen Intel processor.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is a blend of beauty and offers incredible performance that keeps everything you love about the first-generation form factor. The Surface Laptop 2 has an incredible 14.5 hours of all-day battery life, incredible display quality along with beautiful design and easy portability. There are four colors options – new Matte Black, Burgundy, Platinum Silver, and Cobalt Blue. As with any computer, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 available in multiple configurations, the prices start at the US $999.00 (£979.00) and goes up to the US $2,699 (£2,079.00).
On the specifications side, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 features 13.5-inch PixelSense multi-touch screen display with a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504-pixel at 201 PPI, aspect ratio of 3:2, able to handle 10 point multi-touch and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The picture quality is crisp, detailed and the screen size is big enough for an enriching gaming, surfing and video watching experience.
The real changes are mostly under the hood, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is powerful and it is up to 85 percent faster than the last year Surface Laptop. The Surface Laptop 2 is powered by the new 8th generation quad-core processors from Intel – Core i5 or Core i7 and supports up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB SSD, making it possible to store ample amount of data. The base model is powered by quad-core eight-generation Intel Core i5 processor which is coupled with 8GB of RAM and has 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage while the top of the line variant is powered by quad-core eight-generation Intel Core i7 processor which is coupled with 16GB of RAM and has 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage. The base model supports Intel HD 620 graphics card while the Intel Core i7 model supports Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640.
The Surface Laptop 2 runs on Windows 10 operating system with October update and comes with features like Timeline and Your Phone App that lets you send texts and use apps from your phone to your laptop and easily sending files between devices. The Surface Laptop 2’s external remains unchanged from the Surface Laptop and has support for an optical Drive, equipped with Windows Hello face sign-in camera, Built-in HD Webcam on the front, stereo microphones and Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium sound technology for a great audio experience.
Microsoft has also improved the keyboard on the Surface Laptop 2 and it is now much quieter than that of the original, a leather-like Alcantara material covering the keyboard draws you in and this is where the palm rests, and a perfect tone-on-tone balance with gorgeous colors. Every detail on this product has been thought through, from the depth of the new matte black finish to the redesign of the thermal system to keep the quiet of elegance of the device. The Surface Laptop 2 body is as much about style as it is about comfort and in its execution, it is both daring and smart. It has the same abilities as that of other laptops but in its unique set of exterior features.
Like Surface Laptop, the Surface Laptop 2 is very poor in terms of wired connectivity and it features only one USB 3.0 Type-A port, one Mini DisplayPort, the Microsoft’s magnetic Surface power connector for charging, and the 3.5mm headphone audio jack. As for wireless connectivity, the Surface Laptop 2 comes with dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth V4.1. Other connectivity features are a multimedia card reader.
The sensors on Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 are an ambient light sensor.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 measures 308.1 x 223.27 x 14.48 mm and weighs 1,252 g (i5) / 1,283 g (i7).
It is backed up by an NA battery that keeps the device or all your tasks throughout the day for up to 14.5 hours (for nonstop video playback) on a single charge.
Like earlier, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 comes with extra gadgets like Surface Pen and Surface Arc Mouse, and cost you £100 and £80 respectively.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Technical Specifications
|Type of Product||Laptop|
|Model||Surface Laptop 2|
|Colour||Matte Black, Burgundy, Platinum Silver, and Cobalt Blue|
|Warranty||1-year limited hardware warranty|
|Sales Package||Surface Laptop 2, Power Supply, Quick Start Guide, Safety and warranty documents|
|Display Resolution||2,256 x 1,504 pixels|
|Pixel Density||201 ppi|
|Display Type||Pixel Sense multi touch display|
|Display Touchscreen||Yes, 10 point multi-touch|
|Display Protection||Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Stylus Input||Yes, via Surface Pen|
|Maximum Boost Speed|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Preloaded Software||Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial|
|Security||TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security|
Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
|Capacity||8GB or 16GB RAM|
|RAM Speed||1866 MHz|
|Optical Drive Type||No|
|HDD Capacity||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB|
|HDD Speed (RPM)||NA|
|HDD Type||Solid-state drive (SSD)|
|Wireless LAN||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Number of Ethernet Ports||No|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor|
|Number of USB Ports (Total)||3|
|USB 3.1 Type A Ports||0|
|USB 3.0 Type C Ports||0|
|USB 3.0 Ports||1 x full-size USB 3.0|
|Number of HDMI Outputs||0|
|Number of Thunderbolt 3 Ports||0|
|Number of Mini DisplayPort||1|
|Number of Surface Connect port||1|
|Number of Surface Type Cover port||0|
|SD Card Reader||Yes, microSDXC card reader|
|Headphone Jack||Yes, 3.5mm audio combo jack|
|Web-cam (user-facing)||Yes, HD Camera|
|Secondary cam (Rear-facing)||No|
|Rear Camera Flash||No|
|Audio Solution||Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium|
|Speakers||Yes, 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium|
|Sound Technologies||Dolby Audio Premium|
|In-built Microphone||Yes, Stereo microphones|
|Keyboard||Standard Notebook Keyboard|
|Physical Buttons||Volume, Power|
|Product Height||308.1 mm|
|Product Width||223.27 mm|
|Product Depth||14.48 mm|
|AC Adapter||45.2 Watt Hours|
|Battery Life||Up to 14.5 hours of local video playback|