Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2

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BEST RATING
Engineering & Design:
4.6
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.3/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.8/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.7/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.2/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.4/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.5/10
BATTERY: Good7.6/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.9/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Excellent9.0/10
SIZE: 14.4"








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Pros
  • Flexible display hinge for tablet use
  • High-quality build and materials
  • Excellent performance for engineering tasks
  • Good portability for its capabilities
  • Touchscreen with high refresh rate
Cons
  • Limited I/O with no HDMI or Ethernet
  • Higher weight compared to ultrabooks
  • No RAM or storage expansion slots
  • No dedicated numeric keypad

Ratings by Category

Engineering & Design:
4.6
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 is equipped with a high-performance CPU and GPU, plenty of RAM, and a high-quality screen with good color coverage and brightness, which are essential for challenging engineering and design tasks. However, it's less portable and has a moderate battery life, so it's better suited for work environments where it can remain stationary and plugged in rather than for constant travel.
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:
4.5
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 is well-suited for general use because it has a powerful Intel i7 processor and ample memory, which ensure smooth multitasking and performance. The high-resolution IPS display enhances visual clarity, and its battery life supports typical usage without frequent recharging, making it a reliable choice for everyday tasks.
Software Development:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.4
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.
Gaming & AI:
4.3
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 is equipped with a high-performance Nvidia RTX 4060 GPU, which is well-suited for rendering complex graphics in games and 3D applications. Additionally, the laptop features a 120Hz screen refresh rate, enabling smoother visuals during fast-paced gaming and dynamic content creation.
Battery Life:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
4.2
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
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
$2,800
Release Date
September 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
12.7'' x 9.1'' x 0.86''
Weight
4.41 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-13700H
Graphics
RTX 4060 (80 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
64 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours
Battery Capacity
58 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14.4"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2400 x 1600
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Display Brightness
503 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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7.5/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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6.8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

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

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
0
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
2
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Andreas Osthoff | March 2022
"The new Surface Laptop Studio with its foldable display is supposed to replace the old Surface Book and the overall impression is good after our review. The build quality and the materials are top-notch, the performance utilization of the two components is solid and the device does not show any major flaws in terms of display or speakers, either. The folding mechanism leaves a sold impression as well, but it remains to be seen how it will hold up over the years. The so-called presentation mode is also not ideal since it covers the whole keyboard."

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