Microsoft has just announced the third generation of its classic laptops within the Surface range, the Surface Laptop 3. Unlike the Surface and Surface Pro, these have a classic keyboard to which the screen is anchored to form a laptop with a much more conventional appearance, although they continue to maintain the maximum of the range of trying to offer the most powerful hardware possible to have the Better experience with Windows.
This third generation stands out for several things, such as betting on a 15-inch version in addition to the classic 13.5-inch version. Microsoft has also decided to bet on AMD processors to the detriment of the Intel in its larger version, although it keeps Intel processors in the smaller version, and finally incorporates a USB Type-C that was missed so much in previous versions.
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The versions of both sizes are practically identical, even having the same key size, but differing mainly in the space between keyboard and trackpad. Aesthetically there are no major changes compared to previous generations, but in addition to the USB-C, the device also has a 3.5 mm jack and a more conventional Type A USB that also remains necessary to connect external storage devices .
Surface Laptop 3, specifications
|SURFACE LAPTOP 3 13.5 “||SURFACE LAPTOP 3 15 “|
|SCREEN||13.5 “Pixelsense, aspect ratio 3: 2, 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI)||15 “Pixelsense, aspect ratio 3: 2, 2496 x 1664 (201 PPI)|
|PROCESSOR||10th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7||AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7, or Intel Core i5 and i7 10th Generation|
|GRAPH||Iris Plus 950||Radeon Vega 9.11 with AMD, Iris Plus 955 with Intel processors|
|RAM||8 or 16 GB LPDDR4x||8, 16 or 32 GB DDR4 AMD version, 8 or 16 GB LPDDR4x Intel version|
|STORAGE||128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB SSD removable||128, 256, 512 GB removable SSD|
|CAMERAS||720p f2.0 HD front||720p f2.0 HD front|
|CONNECTIVITY AND PORTS||1 USB-C, 1 USB-A, 3.5mm jack, Surface Connect, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0||1 USB-C, 1 USB-A, 3.5mm jack, Surface Connect, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0|
|DRUMS||Up to 11.5 hours||Up to 11.5 hours|
|DIMENSIONS||308 x 223 x 14.51 mm||339.5 x 244 x 14.69 mm)|
|WEIGHT||1,310 kg||1,540 kg|
|OTHERS||Windows Hello for facial recognition, Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio, dual microphones, ambient light sensor, Surface Pen||Windows Hello for facial recognition, Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio, dual microphones, ambient light sensor, Surface Pen|
|PRICE||From 999 dollars||From $ 1,199|
Design, power and reparability
One of the main features of the Surface range has always been its design, and this is something that Panos Panay has placed a lot of emphasis on during the presentation of this new generation. Microsoft has left behind the Alcantara finish of the keyboard in the previous generation to bet on a complete aluminum finish that gives them a more premium look. Even so, they are optional changes and you can choose the finish when you buy it. Its keyboard has keys with a travel of 1.3 millimeters to offer a pleasant touch.
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The trackpad has grown by 20% compared to the previous year’s model, and the mini-DisplayPort has replaced an expected USB Type-C. Its modular design also stands out, allowing the device to be opened making it easier to repair and power Easily change the hard drive for another. Something that goes very much in the tendency of “reparability” and durability, a movement that now in the European Union are being taken more seriously.
The Surface have a fast charge capable of reaching 80% of the charge in less than an hour, and that they get with the classic Microsoft proprietary adapter in its range. All this for a battery that they promise will be able to last 11.5 hours, although as always, it will have to be tested in our analysis to be able to see what the real figures are.
The Surface Laptop 3 will come with two different sizes. On the one hand there will be the 13.5-inch version, which will have a resolution of 2256 × 1504 pixels and a density of 201 dpi. Then there is the new 15-inch variant, with 2496 × 1664 pixels PixelSense display, and a density that is also 201 pixels per inch. The older brother has a weight of 1,542 kg, while the small one will remain at 1,26552 kg.
As for the specifications, the devices can reach 16 and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM in the 13.5 and 15-inch versions respectively. The smaller version also integrates tenth-generation Intel quad-core processors, with which Microsoft promises twice the speed of the Surface Laptop 2, and three times that of the MacBook Air.
The big internal change is seen in the 15-inch version, where you will have the option of having an AMD Ryzen “Surface Edition” processor, which Microsoft says are the fastest mobile processors manufactured by AMD. These processors were born from the collaboration between Microsoft and AMD, and ensure that they have the fastest graphic performance of any laptop in their category. Again, you will have to try it in the first person to check it.
In both models, we will find SSD storage that can reach 1 TB of space. Remember that in this case they are removable hard drives that you can change whenever you want. As for the ports, in addition to the aforementioned Type C USB we will also find a full-size Type A USB, and a 1.5 mm jack.
Surface Laptop 3, price and availability
The new Surface Laptop 3 can start to be booked from today in the United States, with shipments that are scheduled to begin on October 22.
As for the price, the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 will start at $ 999 in its version with i5 processor with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD, rising to $ 2,399 in its variant with i7, 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD As for the 15-inch version, its price will start at $ 1,199. There will be four colors, the new Sandstone and the Platinum, Cobalt and Black classics.