Microsoft launched the creator-centric Surface Laptop Studio, its most effective Surface 2-in-1 on Wednesday evening at its fall hardware occasion. Technically, it is successor to the Surface Book 3, but it couldn’t be more distinct. In every single sense of the word. It has a new, more flexible—some could say weird—design and more effective hardware which includes discrete Nvidia graphics.
The redesign especially stands out as Microsoft has actually ‘flipped’ the script on the detachable components of the last-gen Surface Book. Now, almost everything comes one piece.
The idea remains the exact same which is to say, it will nonetheless supply you a laptop slash tablet expertise, but as opposed to the last Surface Books, the show right here is permanently attached to the base but it can be physically move about at ‘select’ angles. Think of it like a Surface Pro on a pedestal.
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Being a very first-gen item, this also signifies it is a small restrictive in terms of how numerous angles it can support—three to be precise—but regardless, Microsoft is covering a lot of ground. In addition to becoming a ‘regular’ laptop, the Surface Laptop Studio offers you a ‘stage mode’ for slick multimedia playback (the trackpad remains accessible in this mode) and an additional ‘studio mode’ exactly where it lays flat turning into a canvas for inventive tasks. Speaking of which, it supports Microsoft’s newly announced Surface Slim Pen 2 as nicely with its personal committed storage cum charging slot under the keyboard.
There are other upgrades also. This begins with the screen. The Surface Laptop Studio packs a 14.4-inch 3:2 ‘PixelSense Flow’ touch show with a 2400x1600p resolution, 120Hz ‘dynamic’ refresh price and Dolby Vision help. It does not appear to have Adaptive Colour like the Surface Pro 8.
The other huge update comes by way of connectivity. The Surface Laptop Studio has two Thunderbolt 4 ports letting you hook numerous 4K monitors, higher-speed external storage or, even an e-GPU to it.
Expectedly, the Surface Laptop Studio brings quicker hardware and will be offered in each customer and industrial SKUs. More particularly you are receiving two processor options—11th Gen Intel Core H35 i5-11300H and Core H35 i7-11370H. The i7 model comes with two distinct graphics options—Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti and an additional RTX A2000 alternative that is industrial-only. The i5 model comes with integrated Iris Xe graphics. Microsoft will supply the Surface Laptop Studio with up to 32GB RAM and up to 2TB ‘removable’ storage.
The firm is promising up to 19 hours of battery life on the i5 model. The i7 model is rated for up to 18 hours.
Rounding off the package are Windows Hello-prepared 1080p front camera, dual far-field mics, quad speakers with Dolby Atmos and 3.5mm audio jack.
Surface Laptop Studio will get started at $1,599 and will be offered in pick markets beginning October 5-exact same day Microsoft launches Windows 11.