Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2 is Faster Than Before With an All-New Matte Black Finish

Alongside the Surface Pro 6, Microsoft also took out time at the event to unveil the new Surface Laptop 2. The two portables share specs as well as the external matte black finish.

Design

This is the first Surface Laptop to be graced with this finish. It still comes with that suede-like Alcantara material on the laptop’s base, which is a nice touch.

Surface Laptop 2 Design and Display
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The 13.5-inch “PixelSense” display now comes with a 1500:1 contrast ratio. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio with 2256 x 1504 resolution (201 PPI). Surface Pen support is there, as is Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Hardware

Much of the upgrades sit below the surface, in the form of newer 1.6 GHz Core i5-8250U (i5-8350U with vPro in business versions) and 1.19 GHz i7-8650U processors, with four cores and eight threads. They aid to bring as much as an 85% increase in performance.

There’s either 8 or 16 GB of RAM, with SSD storage options ranging between 128 GB and 1 TB. Intel UHD 620 handles the graphics needs and, unfortunately, there are no discrete graphics options to build upon that.

Connectivity and Battery

As you’d expect, there’s no USB-C port here, as Microsoft continues to overlook the reversible port, even when other Windows laptop makers and Apple has often almost exclusively used the standard on their products by now. There’s Mini DisplayPort, Wi-Fi ac, and Bluetooth 4.1.


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The laptop comes with Windows 10 Home, out-of-the-box, with support for Windows Hello thanks to an HD webcam. There are Dolby Audio-capable Omnisonic stereo speakers, too, while the battery life supports 14.5 hours of video.

Price

Pricing for the machine starts at $999 for the base Core i5 model with 128 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM. That of the top-end model hasn’t been announced, though. The laptop will be available by the mid of this month.

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