Having made a blog post in a while. Decided to go out to a Microsoft Store to “Rent” a Surface Laptop to try and see if I like it. So far I am liking it more than I thought I would. I picked up the Core i5/8GB/256GB SSD Variation in Colbalt blue.
Microsoft Surface Laptop is their new line of product to compliment their Surface Pro (Their tablet that can also be turned into a laptop with the optional keyboard cover), their Surface Book (Their laptop which can be converted to a tablet), their Surface Studio (Their all in one computer). The Surface laptop is just a laptop that doesn’t convert to anything else. The screen remains as a 10-point touch screen though, but you can’t open the laptop flat to draw like you can on the Surface Pro, or the Surface Book.
My unit is powered by a Core i5 7th gen 7200U low powered processor, fitted with 8GBs of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Unfortunately the configuration cannot be user upgraded and their Core i7 line has not yet been released. Though so far, the performance on this is good enough for what I need it for.
Currently I am testing out how well the battery life lasts. It is rated for 14.4 hours of continuous video playback at 40% screen brightness, and wireless turned off. As long as it lasts at least 10 hours I should be good. If not, then I have 30 days to bring it back to the store for a full refund. Hence the term “Rent” :). If I do end up deciding to get it, I might opt for their Surface Complete Care, which covers the unit for 2 years instead of 1 and includes 2 instances of accidental warranty with a $49.99 fee per exchange.
Full review to come shortly.