Targeting the student market is a focused decision made by Microsoft for its first real laptop. The company managed to deliver a powerful device at an attractive price.
However, there are some challenges regarding the Surface Laptop. One of it is the Windows 10 S restrictions.
Compared to the laptops available on the market today, which are mostly covered with a shiny aluminum coating, Microsoft’s Surface Laptop does not look too outstanding with the screen down. There are some available versions that offer more remarkable colors. However, you may have to expect to pay more.
Microsoft’s charge port is found on the right side. On the other side, you can find the 3.5mm headphone jack, a single USB 3.0 slot, and a Mini DisplayPort Jack. This is another challenge – the lack of USB ports. You can’t charge your phone and plug in an external mouse at the same time. This is a sacrifice made by Microsoft to make the laptop slimmer.
For the display, the Surface Laptop has a 13-inch, 2256 by 1504 pixel touchscreen. The screen is stretched across a 4:3 ratio, making it look a lot larger than other screens on similarly sized laptops.
4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and a Core i5 processor is the standard configuration of the Surface Laptop. However, you can have a boosted version which has 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM.
Because of the Windows 10 S, you can’t download Steam. This makes it less of a gaming laptop. Through the windows store, you can play Xbox games. However, most of the games are optimized for mobile devices instead of a laptop. So don’t expect to have a great experience on playing.
The Surface Laptop’s battery life is great. On a single charge, you can get through a full workday. However, if you try to push it all the way through what the company quoted, which is 14 hours, you might struggle.
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is indeed far from being a gaming laptop. However, the device is a good combination of high-level performance and solid battery life. This makes the laptop great for its target audience, which are students.
Although the restrictions of the Windows 10 S are really frustrating, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to get around. And it will be a common thing for customers to upgrade to the full version of Windows 10 once they purchase the laptop.