Which Microsoft Surface is right for you?
Want a device that offers the best of both laptop and tablet browsing? The Microsoft Surface might be just what you’re looking for.
30 Mar 2020
The design of Windows laptops has changed remarkably over the last few years, and leading the pack is Microsoft’s own Surface range. Where previously design was more of an afterthought, Microsoft have created laptops that combine serious power with an understated, minimalist look.
Surfaces comes in two different forms. A more traditional laptop, or a combination of tablet and keyboard. Both have their pluses, but you’ll probably find one style more suitable than the other.
Here’s our expert advice to help you make the right choice.
Surface Laptop 3
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is the laptop model. It pairs a fast processor and 8GB RAM with a beautiful Quad HD display. In other words, it’s pretty much at the top of its class for productivity. And it’s pretty breath-taking to look at.
It also brings all the touchscreen loveliness of your phone to its screen. So, you’ll be able to scroll using your finger rather than a mouse. It’s a fantastic feature you’ll quickly get the hang of. You’ll wonder how you ever did without it.
Another big plus is the Surface Laptop 3’s Dolby Audio Premium sound. Combined with that glorious screen, watching movies on the laptop is pretty epic. And, with a battery life of up to 11.5 hours, you’ll manage a whole movie marathon without needing to plug it in.
Microsoft 15" AMD Ryzen 5 Surface Laptop
Surface Laptop 3 comes in a couple of different sizes. The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 has a big screen with really thin bezels, along with an AMD Ryzen 5 processor that easily keeps up with your workload.
One of the most distinguishing features of this laptop is the Alcantara fabric keyboard. Although it divided opinion at first, the fabric feel has proved to be really popular with our customers. That’s because it’s super comfy and lets you type for as long as you need. It also sets the laptop apart from the plastic keyboards we’re familiar with. But, if you’d prefer a smoother, more conventional feel, you can choose a metal finish.
This laptop is also very light at just 1.54 kilos, so you can carry the Surface Laptop 3 everywhere without any shoulder strain.
Microsoft 13.5" Intel® Core™ i5 Surface Laptop 3
If you’re more of a compact laptop person, but don’t want to compromise on power, then Microsoft offers the 13.5" Intel® Core™ i5 Surface Laptop 3.
It still has the beautiful thing bezels of the bigger screen version, but comes with a 10th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor. It’s still just as powerful, and you still get the same great battery life as the larger Surface Laptop 3. Plus, at an impressive, 1.25kg, it’s just as easy to carry to your office, college or local café.
Both laptops come in 128GB and 256GB storage options, which isn’t bad at all – you won’t need to keep deleting files.
Sold on Surface? Well hold that thought, because Microsoft has the same great Surface experience in a totally different form factor that might just change your mind.
Microsoft 12.3" Intel® Core™ i5 Surface Pro 7
Can’t decide between a new laptop or tablet? The Microsoft 12.3" Intel® Core™ i5 Surface Pro 7 offers the best of both worlds.
Unlike the Surface Laptop 3, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 gives you the freedom to add a keyboard or mouse when you need them. It’s still got the killer combo of a Quad HD display and Dolby Audio Premium, great for movies.
It might be slightly smaller than the Surface Laptop, but the Surface Pro 7 certainly doesn’t hold back on power. It’s got exactly the same processor, making it easy to put the finishing touches on that big project, even on the busiest commute.
We love that even though it’s less than 1cm thick, Microsoft have still found the space for all the ports you could ever need. It can hook up to your phone, TV, and USB stick all at once. It means you can show off that presentation on the big screen without having to unplug your other devices.
Webcams are a pretty standard feature for laptops, but it’s worth knowing about the Surface Pro 7’s camera setup. There’s one on the front, and another on the back. Family Skype catch-ups are a breeze, and the rear camera means you can capture the action as it happens.
Microsoft 13" SQ1 Surface Pro X
If you’re leaning more towards a tablet than a laptop, you’ve got something in common with the Microsoft 13" SQ1 Surface Pro X.
It might not be a laptop, but it performs like one. And again, it doesn’t hold back on handy features even though it’s more compact than the Surface Laptop 3. Snappy processor, 8GB RAM, Quad HD screen, Dolby Audio Premium - they’re all there. There’s even a kickstand that folds out for easy viewing.
But perhaps the best thing about the Surface Pro X is that you can be productive anywhere, and we mean anywhere. It’s one of the few devices in the Surface range with LTE connectivity. That means you can pop in a SIM card and get online, even when you’re miles from any Wi-Fi signal.
And just because it’s more tablet than laptop, doesn’t mean you have to do without a keyboard. Just like the Surface Pro 7, you can add a Signature Type Cover and Surface Mouse if you’re working at a desk or in your home office. Or, if you find yourself translating scribbled notes into easy-to-read text after meetings, cut out the middle man and add a Surface Pen.
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Still not sure which Surface to go for? Check out our full Microsoft Surface range.