Some of Microsoft's new Surface range is available for Australians from today if you're in the market for a sleek, little companion.
So, what's new about them?
While Microsoft may have stolen its own thunder with the announcement of the Surface Neo and Surface Duo, the company’s workhorse laptop and 2-in-1 also got some straightforward but still very meaningful upgrades.
For starters, Microsoft has listened to customers by not including USB-A ports, and will now include one in both the Pro 7 and Laptop 3. The Pro X, however, will come with only USB-C, which is sure to irritate some users.
Then there's the usual expected upgrades like better battery life and processor power. The Pro 7 will give you the option of 10th Generation Intel Core with i3, i5 or i7 in either dual-core or quad-core. The Laptop 3, similarly, will give you the choice of a quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core with either i5 or i7.
Naturally, the Laptop 3 weighs in a little heavier between 1.2 and 1.5 kilograms depending on which screen size you choose while the Pro 7 weighs between 775g - 790g.
See the full specs comparison below.
|Surface Pro 7||Surface Laptop 3 (13.5")||Surface Laptop 3 (15")|
|Dimensions||292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm, Weight: 775g - 790g||308 mm x 223 mm x 14.5 mm, Weight: 1265g - 1288g||339.5 mm x 244 mm x 14.69 mm, Weight: 1542g|
|Display||12.3” PixelSense™ Display, 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)||13.5” PixelSense™ Display, 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI)||15” PixelSense™ Display, 2496 x 1664 (201 PPI)|
|CPU||Dual-core 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 Processor, Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G4 Processor, Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor||Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 Processor Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 3580U Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega 9 Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition AMD Ryzen 7 3780U Mobile Processor with Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition|
|Memory||4GB, 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM||8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM||8GB or 16GB DDR4 RAM|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics (i3) Intel Iris Plus Graphics (i5, i7)||Intel Iris Plus Graphics||AMD Radeon Vega 9 Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD||128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD||128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD|
|Connections||1 x USB-C 1 x USB-A 3.5 mm headphone jack 1 x Surface Connect port Surface Type Cover port MicroSDXC card reader||1 x USB-C 1 x USB-A 3.5 mm headphone jack 1 x Surface Connect port||1 x USB-C 1 x USB-A 3.5 mm headphone jack 1 x Surface Connect port|
The Laptop 3 is available from $1699 today while the Pro 7 starts from $1249. Prices for the Surface Pro X begin at $1699 when it's released on November 19.
The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 might be one of the most portable 15-inch devices I’ve ever used. It’s thin, it weighs just 1kg, it has a big 15-inch display, and somehow it manages to be pretty powerful to boot. I’ve rarely used a laptop this big that feels so small when transported from home to office, or even just around the house. It’s absolutely excellent. It’s also the first premium device in years to rely on an AMD processor instead of an Intel one. AMD and Intel have both made a very big deal about this partnership, and having used the Surface Laptop 3 for almost a week, I understand their enthusiasm.