I ended up keeping the Microsoft Surface Laptop cause I really enjoyed using it and it s time I I replaced the first gen Surface Pro that I had. The laptop performed admirably during the times I’ve used it. I brought it with me on my trip to Hong Kong and Japan and I used it when I can. It lasted me almost the whole plane ride to Hong Kong which was over 15 hours long. There were no outlets part of the way there.
Whenever I had the laptop out, random people would stop by and ask about the laptop and how unique looking it was. I guess it’s not everyday you see a blue laptop with alcantara palm rest.
Performance wise it is more than capable of every day tasks; from casual web browsing, to watching videos on Netflix or YouTube, to some light gaming. Though you shouldn’t expect great performance on newer titles. Obviously, with heavier loads, the battery life is affected.
Spec wise, the model I have runs on a Core i5 processor with 8gbs of ram and 256gb ssd. You can also get this in 4gb of ram and 128gb ssd or Core i7 processor, 16gbs of ram and 1tb ssd. Upgradability is non existent, so the model you get is what you’re stick with. Everything is glued and soldered together, taking it apart would pretty much mean breaking the unit. Ifixit.com has given this a 1 out of 10 rating in terms of fixibility. The worst score you can get. The main selling point of one of these would be the pixelsense display that Microsoft uses at 2256 x 1504 resolution in a 13.5″ display, you can do quite a bit. Especially with Windows Snap feature.
Ports are rather limited. With 1 full size USB 3.0 port, headphone jack, mini-display port, and SD card reader, don’t expect toy plug a lot of peripherals without a USB hub or sort. The power adapter uses their proprietary connector which means if you lose or break yours, you’ll have to shell out another $80CAD for it. The same connector can also be used with their dock station which costs extra $259.99CAD. That gives you an extra 4 full size USB 3.0 port, 2 mini displayport, Gigabit Ethernet port, audio port, and the power connector.
Other optional accessories include the Surface Pen, and the Surface Dial.
The surface laptop comes preinstalled with Windows 10 S, for secure. It can only run apps on the Windows store. They offer the upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free until the end of 2017. I believe now it’s a $50USD charge if you wish to upgrade. However, once upgraded, you can switch between the S version and the Pro version anytime you want. Not that you would, since the Pro allows you to run programs you can install from the windows store. Such as Chrome, VLC player, etc.
Overall for the price I paid for it, there are other options out there you can look at with potentially better specs or cheaper price. Microsoft Surface line has always been on on the more higher end side in terms of price, but you get that with the premium built quality you’d expect from Microsoft.
You may also look into their Surface Pro which ends up being about the same oric once you add the keyboard cover. But you’ll have the portability of a tablet with that as this laptop monitor can’t open up all the way.
Mine version as configured was $1649 CAD before taxes. I don’t know if I can recommend this to everyone based on price alone, but it certainly is a good alternative to something like the MacBook, or MacBook Pro 13″.