It's beautiful, powerful and will keep going all day ...
Microsoft has released the Surface Laptop. This is a real laptop and the comparisons with the MacBook Air are considerable. It's beautiful, powerful and will keep going all day ...
The Microsoft Surface Laptop is released on 15th June, 2017!
We believe this is the Microsoft product that people have wanted for years. Yes, the Surface and Surface Pro are nice, but many business users really like the laptop format and now Microsoft have delivered.
"The basic offering has an i5 processor, 4Gb RAM and a 128Gb SSD for storage!"
Now that's a pretty powerful package and even when you do compare it to the MacBook Air, you'll find that vibrant 13.5" PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen and a really competitive price tag will catch the eye of many people considering moving to the Mac ecosystem, keeping them firmly in the Windows world.
Is there a downside? Well, two that we can think of, but neither are deal breakers. Firstly, it is supplied with Windows 10S, a cut-down version of Windows 10 that can only install apps from the Microsoft Store, and secondly, there's a distinct lack of ports. Windows 10 can be upgraded to Windows 10 Home or Professional, but the ports are fixed and if you use a lot of wired peripherals you may get a little frustrated.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop has a lovely keyboard and a fabric stain-resistant covering to give it a quality feel (not the keys obviously!) and it's really easy to open and close the screen, although if there was one thing we had to point out is that the speakers are underneath the keyboard, so the sound may get a little muffled if you're typing for long periods.
We've included a video from the Verge website below which gives you an idea of how the media are pleasantly surprised at the Microsoft Surface Laptop and in fact are claiming that this is the laptop we've always wanted.
How will it work for business? Well, you'll need to upgrade from Windows 10S to Windows 10 Pro if you're VPN'ing into your business or have software that isn't included in the Windows Store, and we'd recommend the slightly more expensive i5, 8Gb,256GB SSD version rather than the entry level just to give you a bit more flexibility.
But apart from that, everything else we've seen shows that Microsoft have really thought about this lovely laptop and produce something that can even improve on the MacBook Air and even push past the MacBook Pro if you go for an i7 top of the range one.
Pricing starts at £979 inclusive of VAT for the entry level edition, and goes to £2,149 Inc VAT for the MacBook Pro busting i7 version. It seems to be only available in Platinum for now, but other colours will follow soon.
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The Microsoft Surface Laptop will be released on 15th June 2017. You can pre-order now!
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