Microsoft revealed some brand-new and upcoming hardware as part of its Surface event, but it didn’t forget about the core products. The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 will update the company’s core hardware lines with some crucial improvements and tweaks.
The Surface Laptop 3
The Surface Laptop line has become a favorite for Windows users. So much so that Microsoft only barely changed the Surface Laptop 2 compared to its predecessor. The Surface Laptop 3 is getting some much-needed updates, however. Changes to the trackpad, keyboard, available ports all make this thing look appealing.
One of the biggest new aspects is the addition of a 15-inch model to the line in addition to the 13.5-inch version. If you go with the 13.5-inch model, you’ll be running on a 10th-gen Ice Lake Intel Core processor. Microsoft says its twice as fast as the Surface Laptop 2 and three times as fast as the MacBook Air.
If you go with the bigger model of the Surface Laptop 3, however, you’ll be revving up with dual AMD processors, called “Ryzen Surface Edition” chips that the company says are “the fastest process for any laptop in its class today.” Also inside is a removable hard drive. Microsoft boasted about the serviceability of the device, showing that the whole keyboard layer comes off with just a few screws.
The designers have also gone out of their way to minimize the bezel on the device, though it has room for a pair of studio mics and a front-facing camera. The display itself is the standard Surface 3:2 aspect ratio and features touch sensitivity.
Surface Laptop Design and Battery Life
Down on the desk side of the Surface Laptop 3, you’ll notice the fabric covering is gone. The trackpad is now 20% larger. Microsoft boasted during the presentation about just how carefully designed this thing is, saying that it removed the rubber bumper from the laptop. The keyboard features 1.3-mm travel with 19mm of space between keys. This is likely to help with that un-bumpered closure, but Microsoft says it also means nearly silent typing. You’ll have to connect a separate blue-switch keyboard if you want to annoy your coworkers.
If you do want to connect external hardware, there’s now a USB Type-C port in addition to the standard USB Type-A port and headphone jack, though that’s it for onboard plugs.
On the battery side of things, Microsoft is saying the Surface Laptop 3 will get 11.5 hours of battery life, though you should take that with grains of salt that taste like “extremely dim screen” and “power saving settings enabled,” probably. The laptop can charge either via Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector or via USB Type-C. With the Connector, though, the laptop will charge to 80% life in less than an hour.
The Surface Laptop 3 is available for pre-order now, launching October 22nd. The 13.5-inch model starts at $999, while the 15-inch goes from $1,199.
The Surface Pro 7
Alongside the Surface Laptop 3, Microsoft also revealed the Surface Pro 7. This one is a bit less exciting, but an improvement nonetheless.
The overall design of the device remains unchanged, but there’s now a USB Type-C port on the outside. The Pro 7 still has the same 12.3-inch display, and still uses the Surface Type Keyboard and Surface Pen. Inside, you’ll find Intel’s 10th Gen processors ranging from Core i3 to Core i7 models. You can start with just 4GB RAM up to 16GB, and from 128GB storage up to 1TB.
Like the Surface Laptop, the Surface Pro 7 will be available on October 22nd and is up for pre-order right now. It starts from $749.