At Microsoft’s education event, the company released a new addition to their Surface lineup. The new device has a straightforward name: it is called the Surface Laptop. And it runs a toned down version of world’s most popular operating system, called Windows 10 S. Microsoft wants to sell the Surface Laptop to university students, who require speed and reliability at all times.
Being a university student myself, I see hundreds and and thousands of MacBook users. The main reason for this popularity is the reliability of a MacBook while doing everyday tasks. Plus, it looks real good. Being a MacBook Pro user myself, I am proud at the performance of my computer. I have never had critical issues with my MacBook and I expect it from every laptop I own. The primary issue with Windows is that it slows down as applications are installed and CPU and RAM usage increases (MacBook users also note performance issues when dealing with heavy tasks, but you can have a thousand apps on macOS and still have a smooth computer). Microsoft knows this, and that’s why they made Windows 10 S.
Windows 10 S is, perhaps, the most fundamental problem of the Surface Laptop. Windows 10 S maintains excellent performance and long battery life by not allowing you to install any application outside of the Windows Store. That isn’t a bad idea, but with the lack of excellent Windows apps on the Store, you can’t run much on the laptop. Imagine being denied from installing Adobe Photoshop, iTunes, Chrome or even Steam simply because it isn’t available on the Windows Store. It just won’t gel well with students who are expected to use a lot of third-party apps beyond Office and Windows Store apps.
Sure, you can update Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro, but that installation comes at a price. If you are buying a $1000+ laptop, you would definitely want to use it for everything, not just for making presentations.
All that said, the Surface Laptop looks really good. The display is incredibly thin and the keyboard is covered with Alcantara fabric - the same premium material used on the magnetic Signature Edition Type Cover. One of the configurations also comes in four colours. Even with a very high resolution display, the Surface Laptop will have 14 hours of battery life - outperforming all the MacBook laptops. And yes, it has PCIe based SSD and Core i5 and i7 processors. Not all is wrong with the Surface laptop.
The configurations available are as follows: