Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 15 Review Rundown
Microsoft | Published on 18 Apr 2021 | Last Edited on 10 May 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 is one of the few 15-inch laptops that offer a 3:2 screen. The new AMD Ryzen 7 processor brings significant performance improvements to the laptop. Microsoft's PixelSense display also supports HDR content, as well as 10-point touch input.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 is a near-perfect laptop, and a serious contender when it comes to choosing your next machine. The new version has the same aluminum chassis with a black finish that has a tendency to show fingerprints. The 8-core/16-thread CPU can reach clock speeds of up to 4.4GHz.
Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's Surface Laptop has become a quiet workhorse of sorts for the Surface family. It fills the need for a traditional clamshell laptop while still finding just enough space to put the Surface flourish on the complete package. Microsoft has embraced the 3:2 aspect ratio across the entire Surface lineup, from the diminutive Surface Go all the way up to the 28-inch Surface Studio.
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Surface Laptop 4 is one of the few 15-inch laptops that offer a 3:2 screen. It features a gorgeous 2256 x 1504 pixel resolution that's sharp, bright (378 nits) Microsoft continues to ignore the existence of Thunderbolt 4, which means the USB-C port isn't as fast as it is on other laptops and can't be used for charging.
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Surface Laptop 4 would be the go-to Windows 10 notebook for those who want a portable machine with a large display. Microsoft sells two versions of the 15-inch laptop, one with an AMD Ryzen 7 4980U CPU and another with an Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU. Until Microsoft does the same, its Surface Laptops will lack that modern edge.
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The new Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is again offered in two sizes: 13.5 inch and 15 inch. Both are now offered with either AMD or Intel processors. The performance of the octa-core processor is still very good, and particularly in the multi-core tests. With its 1,562 grams (~3.44 lb), the Surface L laptop is one of the lightest devices.
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The 15-inch version of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 offers one of the most refined computing experiences of any Windows laptop. With a snazzy design and a keyboard and touchpad far more comfortable than most detachable laptops, it's an excellent example of a classic laptop. The laptop has a headphone jack and a rectangular USB Type-A port, which is rapidly disappearing on competing laptops.
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 has significantly improved where it matters. It's available in the same 13.5-inch and 15-inch sizes as last year's model. The keyboard seems exactly the same as on previous Surface Laptops. Microsoft doesn't ship the Surface L laptop with a Kensington lock or an SD card slot.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop has a sleek, simple design that's right in line with the minimalist design of earlier Surface devices. The 15-inch model is limited to the higher-end Core i7/Ryzen 7 chips. It's disappointing to see Microsoft unable or unwilling to find room for more ports.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
Microsoft says the new Surface Laptop 4 is 70% faster than its predecessor, and can last up to 19 hours on charge. While the Dell XPS 13 is shrinking its bezels substantially, Microsoft is still on the Apple end of the playground when it comes to the black frame surrounding its display. We look forward to running our full set of benchmarks and real-life performance tests.
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
Microsoft is making one of the best ultrabooks with the Surface Laptop 4. The 15-inch laptop is more powerful and lasts longer than its predecessors. Most of the ports are on the left side of the laptop, including USB Type-A and Type-C. There's a 720p camera with infrared sensors in the top bezel.
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- 10. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch, AMD) Review: Long-Lasting Comeback. Tomshardware. 2021-04-16. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
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