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Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

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Product Overview

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is a premium 14.4-inch 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a traditional Surface 3:2 aspect ratio. Powered by 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake H-series quad-core processors, the Surface Laptop Studio goes about the convertible form factor in a unique approach similar to HP's EliteBook Folio.
As its name suggests, the Surface Laptop Studio combines is a laptop that brings in the folding mechanism found in Microsoft's Studio 2-in-1s. Its 3:2 display reminds us of Huawei's MateBook X Pro, even though the physical design is closer to what Apple has been bringing on the market for over a decade.
Other notable features of this laptop includes its magnesium-aluminum chassis, quad-speaker setup, FHD webcam, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti discrete graphics for the i7 model.
The Surface Laptop Studio is introduced with the launch of Windows 11. It is unclear whether it will replace the Surface Book line for the moment.

Ratings

What we found

Pros
  • Gorgeous design with a folding hinge
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the Surface Book 3
  • Only USB-C ports

What external reviewers found

External score 77%
Pros
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent performance
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Lacks haptics or a touch screen
  • Lackluster performance
  • Very expensive
  • No dedicated GPU option

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External Reviews

anandtech[1]

Reviewer score 84%
Reviewers from anandtech have found:
Microsoft has delivered a worthy successor to the Surface Book which integrates wonderfully with Windows 11. The new 14.4-inch PixelSense Flow display is wonderful to use. The 120 Hz refresh makes everything incredibly smooth, but thanks to the automatic refresh rate control, it can lower the refresh to save power. Pen input is also well-executed with the new Surface Slim Pen 2, which can dock to the underside of the step, and charge right off the laptop.
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent keyboard and haptic touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Very expensive

arstechnica[2]

Reviewer score 55%
Reviewers from arstechnica have found:
The Laptop Studio isn’t necessarily trying to win over people who are eyeing a MacBook Pro or a Dell XPS 15 or even a regular old Surface Laptop. The convertible touchscreen and Surface Pen are the main reasons to buy this thing, and everything else about it is just fine if those features are essential for you. My biggest criticism of this laptop is that it’s not as good as the old Surface Book.
Pros
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Good performance for the price
Cons
  • Not as good as the Surface Book
  • No dedicated GPU option

gizmodo[3]

Reviewer score 86%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found:
The Surface Laptop Studio feels like a special creature, and even though I really like what I've experienced thus far, I still feel like I'm just scratching the surface of its potential. Microsoft has delivered a system with an excellent build, a vivid and super-smooth display, and a refined design. With a battery life of 11 hours and 44 minutes on our wifi video rundown test, the Studio is firmly above average.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, vivid display
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Intel-only CPU
  • No Thunderbolt 4

laptopmag[4]

Reviewer score 83%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found:
The Surface Laptop Studio runs Windows 11 out of the box. Photos and videos look crisp and colorful, especially when compared to everything else on the market. The keyboard and touchpad are fantastic, the speakers are crisp and even the webcam is decent. It's an excellent option if you have the cash.
Pros
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[5]

Reviewer score 75%
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
The Surface Laptop Studio is packed with innovative features like a haptic touchpad and digital stylus support. It sails through everyday tasks like web browsing, but on more demanding tasks it falls short. Razer's less expensive Blade 14 just happens to pack a lot more punch, thanks to its Ryzen 9 and RTX 3070.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Haptic touchpad and digital stylus support
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Lacks haptics or a touch screen
  • No stylus or haptic touchpad

pcworld[6]

Reviewer score 75%
Reviewers from pcworld have found:
The Surface Laptop Studio does everything else that the Surface Book 3 does. Microsoft has never shied away from asking for a premium price where Surfaces are concerned. It’s much more than the sum of its parts, offering a superior content-creation and gaming experience.
Pros
  • Sleek, light design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

techradar[7]

Reviewer score 63%
Reviewers from techradar have found:
The Surface Laptop Studio only barely tops the Surface Pro 8 in CPU-dependent workloads. In graphics-heavy workloads like Blender, it doesn't have the best performance, thanks to its paltry 4GB of VRAM. It's not for gaming either, because with its 1600p resolution, even the RTX 3050 Ti isn't going to have much luck at the native resolution.
Pros
  • Beautiful display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent webcam
Cons
  • Not as good as the Surface Pro 8
  • Not the best for gaming

theverge[8]

Reviewer score 67%
Reviewers from theverge have found:
In typical productivity work, the Laptop Studio had no problems juggling many browser tabs, multiple virtual desktops, Slack, Zoom, email, and other daily work apps at the same time. I did initially experience some bad lag when moving windows around while on battery power, but a hard restart (holding the power button down for 15 seconds) appeared to resolve that. Under my normal usage, I averaged less than five hours per charge. Even some gaming laptops are lasting hours longer on a charge.
Pros
  • Bright 120Hz display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • Poor battery life

tomsguide[9]

Reviewer score 84%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found:
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is well-built and reasonably powerful. It has a nice bright screen, great speakers, and a battery good enough to see you through a day at work. But if that's all you care about, you would probably be better investing in a more powerful Windows laptop.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 120Hz display
  • Haptic feedback
  • Great speakers
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No stylus

tomshardware[10]

Reviewer score 82%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found:
The Surface Laptop Studio has a 1080p webcam in the top bezel. The base model is $1,599.99, which uses a 35W Intel Core i5-11370H, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. If you require discrete graphics, you'll need to pay at least $2,099.99.
Pros
  • Powerful Intel Core i7 processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable
  • No Thunderbolt 3

wired[11]

Reviewer score 85%
Reviewers from wired have found:
The Surface Laptop Studio is one of the nicest pen-based image-editing devices I've tested. There are several configurations available, starting with the $1,600 model. The model I tested featured a Core i7 chip with 32 gigabytes of RAM and a 1-terabyte SSD, which retails for $2,700.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No desktop apps optimized for Studio Mode

References

  1. ^ The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Review: Dynamic Design. [anandtech].
  2. ^ Surface Laptop Studio review: One well-built, weird convertible PC. [arstechnica].
  3. ^ Microsoft's Surface Laptop Studio Does It All. [gizmodo].
  4. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review. [laptopmag].
  5. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Review. [pcmag].
  6. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review: Windows 11’s flagship feels like the future. [pcworld].
  7. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review. [techradar].
  8. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review: back to the drawing board. [theverge].
  9. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review. [tomsguide].
  10. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Review: Windows 11 on a Pedestal. [tomshardware].
  11. ^ Review: Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio. [wired].

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