Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

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Build Quality:
4.6
GENERAL USE: Good7.3/10
GAMING/3D: Fair6.7/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.4/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.8/10
BATTERY: Good7.6/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.0/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.1/10
SIZE: 14.4"

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is a versatile device due to its flexible hinge, allowing it to transition between a laptop and a drawing tablet. As a device in the upper midrange price bracket, it balances features and cost, featuring an Intel i7 processor and an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU, which are good for general use, 3D rendering, and some engineering applications. It has a solid 16GB of RAM and a 512GB storage drive, which supports most tasks well. The screen is a sizeable 14.4-inch with a 3:2 aspect ratio, offering a high resolution and supporting touchscreen inputs with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, enhancing both productivity and creative work. The battery life is moderate and should last through most of a typical workday. This laptop is not as lightweight as some other models, which may affect portability, but it does provide a decent port selection including Thunderbolt 4. It also boasts a backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, and facial recognition, which increase both convenience and security. Suitable for those who need a combination of performance and versatility but can compromise on maximum battery life and the lightest possible weight. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Flexible hinge for laptop and tablet modes
  • High-refresh-rate touchscreen display
  • Good build and speaker quality
  • Decent general use performance
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • Limited port selection
  • Modest heat management
  • Fair 3D performance

Ratings by Category

Build Quality:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.5
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Keyboard Quality:
4.4
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Portability:
4.3
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Engineering & Design:
4.2
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio features a powerful Intel i7 processor and an Nvidia RTX GPU, providing ample capability for engineering software and design tasks that demand high performance. Its high-resolution IPS touchscreen with a flexible hinge can be used as a laptop or drawing tablet, which, paired with excellent color coverage and a high contrast ratio, makes it ideal for tasks requiring precision in visual detail.
Battery Life:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
General Use:
4.1
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is equipped with a powerful Intel i7 processor and ample RAM, supporting smooth multitasking and performance for general use. The high-resolution, color-accurate touchscreen and its unique hinge allowing for laptop and tablet modes couple with good portability and battery life, making it versatile for various tasks.
Gaming, 3D & AI:
3.8
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio includes a relatively mid-range Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, which can handle gaming and 3D tasks but may not offer the top performance seen in high-end gaming laptops. Although it has a high screen refresh rate of 120Hz, which is beneficial for smooth gameplay, the GPU power is the limiting factor for more demanding gaming scenarios.
Operating Noise:
3.8
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,619
Brand
Microsoft
Release Date
January 09 2021
Operating System
Windows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
12.7'' x 9'' x 0.75''
Weight
4 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-11370H
Overall CPU Score
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5.5/10
Graphics
RTX 3050 Ti (50 W)
Overall GPU Score
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3.1/10
RAM
16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
2400 x 1600
General Use Screen Score
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8.2/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
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7.7/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
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8.1/10
Diagonal Size
14.4"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
0
USB-C ports
2
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
0
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
2

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 hours
Battery Capacity
58 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
1080p
Keyboard Quality Score
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8/10
Fingerprint Reader
No
Number Pad
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Warranty Period
1 year

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PCMag

Tom Brant | October 2021
"There’s no doubt that the Surface Laptop Studio is groundbreaking. We’ve come to expect such things from the Surface lineup, so it’s always nice to see a product that exceeds our expectations. The pull-forward laptop-screen concept has been tried before, but never in a device that’s so stylish and packed with innovative features like a haptic touchpad and robust digital stylus support."

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