Microsoft Surface Laptop: Worth $999?

The laptop market is filled with a number of products and there will be much more to come. Today Microsoft showcased a new laptop (Again) and termed it as the Microsoft Surface Laptop. They further said that it is aimed at students and college professionals. We are not sure if a college person would spend $999 on a laptop. He/she would obviously try to go for a cheaper, durable and bang for the buck type of laptop which the Surface laptop is far away from.

Tech Specs for the Base Version: The laptop comes with Microsoft’s new operating system called Windows 10 S. The laptop is powered by an i5 Kaby Lake Processor which has Intel 620 graphics. Its base version comes 4 GB RAM and 128 GB PCIe SSD and still manages to give 14.5 hours of battery life which is more than any laptop right now. The screen has a 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504 ‘PixelSense’ display (201 PPI) which is pretty good. It’s a 3:2 aspect ratio panel, so it looks just like a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book display.  Coming to ports, it is packed with a USB-A 3.0 port & a MiniDisplay port. The final product weighs 1.25 kgs.

Build Quality: The build quality is one of the best but still doesn’t beat the Apple laptops in our opinion. It has great chicklet keyboard but the rest of the side panel beside the keyboard is covered with an Italian fabric (We have no idea why).  The laptop mostly looks like the surface pro 4 other than the Italian coating. Everything inside the laptop is soldered to the motherboard and there is no way you can change/replace the parts inside.

NOTE: Everything is fine till here but the biggest turn off point is that you cannot install any other software other than Microsoft’s Windows Store apps. The next point is you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free until the end of the year, but if everyone just ends up switching to the more powerful OS, then Windows 10 S will be deemed a failure. The upgrading fee after that is $49 which we assume the price of the laptop is $1050. Nobody is going to use a Windows laptop with just apps from the Windows Store. (We all know how great and cool they are). If it’s just Chrome you need, you will need to wait for Google to put it in the Windows Store.

Expensive Version (Seriously): If you need a much powerful Surface laptop, there is a version with an i7 processor while you can opt for an 8/16 GB RAM and 256/512 GB SSD with an Iris Plus 640 graphics.

Final Note: Do we recommend it? No. There are much better laptops at this price point with much powerful hardware than the Surface laptop. But if you need a great looking laptop with 14.5 hours of battery life and Italian fabric coating, then sure go for it.

Detailed Specifications of Microsoft Surface Laptop:

Microsoft Surface Laptop