This is Tom with The Verge and Microsoft has created a real laptop this time. So they’ve obviously created the Surface Book before, but this is a true laptop. It has a clamshell design. You open it up. There are no special tricks.
The screen isn’t going to detach. There’s no kickstand or anything like that that you normally see on one of the Surface devices. This is a real laptop and it’s running on Windows 10 S, which is the company’s new operating system that’s designed to only run apps from the Windows Store. As you can see it’s a premium design. This isn’t a cheap device. It’s $999 as a starting price. And inside Microsoft hasn’t really cut corners with this laptop. There’s an Intel Core i5 processor, the full one, it’s not panelist Core M that we might seen on other laptops and so it’s fully powered. It has 4GB of RAM on the base model and 128GB SSD. And the design, it has an aluminum finish all around the sort of clamshell outside the device. And then interestingly Microsoft has used the Italian fabric Alcantara, which they’ve used on the Surface Pro 4’s limited edition keyboard. And that’s actually the fabric across the keyboard here and right around by the trackpad. In terms of the keyboard and it’s about one and a half mil travel, so it feels pretty good. It doesn’t feel like a MacBook keyboard like the regular 12-inch MacBook and it feels pretty responsive. And you’ve got a touchscreen, like you get on any Surface devices and it works from the Surface Pen as well. Some of the really interesting things that Microsoft has done with this actual device is that they’ve integrated the speakers underneath the keyboard. And you’ll see that there’s no speakers up here, you don’t really see a hinge and there’s no real grilles or any sort of ugliness that you might expect from a Windows laptop. The actual fan vents are just out in the back here.
It’s kind inconspicuous just out of the way. On the side, you’ve got the Surface connector, so the same one that’s on the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. Also on the other side you’ve got a regular USB, a mini display port, and a headphone jack so there’s no USB Type-C here. I think that’s probably the only disappointing thing from this and holding it in my hand it just feels. It feels great. It feels like the Surface laptop that I’ve kind of always wanted Microsoft to do. So Microsoft reasoning for really introducing this Surface laptop is to boost its Windows 10 S effort, which is its new operating system that’s designed just to run apps that are in the Windows store. That doesn’t mean it’s not gonna run desktop apps, but it’ll need to be packaged as a special way and on the Windows Store for this device to support them. Think of this as a competitor to Google’s Chromebook Pixel. It’s kind of the hero device that’s meant to show off what these devices can do. There’s obviously going to be low-end devices from PC makers, such as Dell and HP and all the rest but this is really the the hero device to show off Windows 10 S. And Microsoft is promising 14 and a half hours of battery life on this new Surface Laptop. We’ll have to see if that holds up in the review but if it does and it’s a pretty good battery life for a device like this. If anything, I’d say they could have maybe made the bezels a little bit smaller on this display. And you’ve also got the 13-inch Pixel sensor display and so you’re getting all that Surface goodness that you would normally get from the other devices. You might notice these odd-looking lines on the side of the Surface Laptop. It’s actually by design it’s the antenna line. So like you would have on an iPhone 7, or some sort of device like that, all the Wi-Fi and the Bluetooth and that sort of stuff is coming out of these on either side the Surface Laptop, so it kind of spoils the design but Microsoft has moved these antennas to the side of the device so they can wedge the keyboard right up against the display so it doesn’t look like it has a hinge. Okay so it’s a real quick look at Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop. It’s going to be available on June 15th for $999. And for that you’re going to get a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 12GB of storage. And basically I think this is the Surface Laptop that pretty much everyone has been looking for, especially myself. And it feels really lightweight. It’s beautifully designed. It’s just, yeah, I can’t wait to review this and sort see exactly how it runs in the course we get. Microsoft is claiming 14 and a half hours of battery life so if that holds up then this is going to be a pretty awesome laptop to use every day.