Microsoft in May 2017 in the MicrosoftEDU event site released its own design and production of notebook computers Surface Laptop. Compared to Surface Book and Surface Pro, Surface Laptop can be said that Microsoft's first traditional notebook computer, its stylish appearance coupled with thin design and known as 14.5 hours of battery life results, it can be said to Microsoft's Surface product line into a Stock new vitality.
But the traditional thin and light notebook market has been quite mature, Surface Laptop how to capture the user's heart is placed in front of Microsoft's biggest problem. After Wei Feng net nearly a month of experience, hoping to help you find the answer.
Appearance and design
Outer packaging and accessories still continue the Microsoft style, Founder of the packaging, Founder of the fuselage, Founder logo, which can be very Microsoft.
Surface Laptop uses a typical Surface style, angular design in any way so that even if there is no A side of the "field" and the word logo still makes this notebook with a strong degree of identification.
The appearance of one of the biggest bright spot is no one screw, Microsoft will be minimal design style to play the same time also increased the difficulty of maintenance, according to the famous foreign dismantling site iFixit disassemble report shows, Surface Laptop basically belong to Can not be repaired, so once the internal damage can only be replaced can not repair.
Surface Laptop a total of four kinds of color, respectively, is bright platinum (silver) / graphite gold / deep red wine / gray cobalt blue, Wei Feng net this experience is gray cobalt blue, so many body color in the surface history Can be described as the first time.
The screen uses a 13.5-inch PixelSense touch screen, a resolution of 2256x1504, PPI of 221, plus 100% of the sRGB makes the screen display outstanding. Screen ratio is inherited Surface series of fine tradition 3: 2, compared to the traditional 16: 9 is also more suitable for office.
But to say Surface Laptop design the biggest bright spot, non-Alcantara material C surface can not, this with the MacBook metal material touch to form a strong contrast material, I touched the first time in love. This touch is a little fluffy but when the fingers slip over there is a trace of smooth, it is difficult to use words to express this feeling accurately. If you compare the C face to the girl's hand, compared to the MacBook and other notebooks, I would prefer Surface Laptop, warm and comfortable. In addition to the first-class touch, Alcantara material also has a very strong anti-spill / anti-stain / moisture-proof features.
Surface Laptop machine weight 1.25kg, look at the entire thin and light notebook market can only say quite satisfactory, but also considered thin, after all, only 14.9 mm in thickness. I have more than once listen to the people around to complain that he bought a few years ago with CD-ROM notebook too cumbersome, and would like to change a thin point of the notebook. Have to say that after using the thin and light notebook, they never go back, especially for me who do not play the game users.
To say what the surface Laptop regret, Type-C and lightning 3 interface should be considered a missing. Surface Laptop on the left there are two interfaces, namely USB 3.0 and I do not know the miniDP. Although there is a Surface Connect interface on the right side of the Surface docking dock, but in theory almost all of the equipment can be extended through the expansion of docking features, and taking into account the official website dock 1488 price, Type-C missing makes Surface Connect seems It is a bit embarrassing.
As for the keyboard feel, for the habit of the MacBook Pro for me, Surface Laptop playing the word is clearly more comfortable, mainly thanks to the longer key process and Alcantara material to bring the touch experience, in fact, this evaluation The experience article was done on Surface Laptop.
And the same as the MacBook, Surface Laptop can do one-handed opening and closing, in the middle of the screen above the center to support Windows Hello camera has been retained, measured face unlock speed and recognition rate is very good. Compared to the face of the phone to unlock, I personally think that the notebook is more suitable for facial unlock, because the entire opening and closing operation process, facial recognition can be done at one go, so you can not feel the presence of unlock. I can not wait to look forward to Apple in the future MacBook to add facial unlock function, although the new version of the MacBook Pro Touch ID is also very convenient.
As for the touch screen, personally feel slightly tasteless. Although the operating experience is no big problem, but Surface Laptop itself is the form of the notebook, the keyboard + touchpad + touch screen is very difficult to make me very smooth and then a reasonable allocation of different channels to switch. The most critical is that such a beautiful notebook, I really can not bear such a clean and clean screen to leave fingerprints.
Performance and endurance
Surface Laptop has the seventh generation of Intel i5 and i7 optional, Wei Feng net to get the i5 version, the specific model for the i5-7200U, shipped as 8G, the graphics card for the Intel HD 620, the capacity was 256G SSD. According to the latest news, Microsoft will soon launch a top version of 1TB SDD version of the SDR.
After nearly a month of experience, daily office use and non-large game more than enough, the results themselves are more in line with Surface Laptop hardware configuration.
As for the battery life, Microsoft announced that the surface Laptop battery life can reach 14.5 hours, we do not know how Microsoft is testing life, but from my personal experience: no declared so good, but the success of life Yes.
Full time in the evening 7-8 start using the balance mode almost uninterrupted use of Surface Laptop, during the main brush microblogging / see YouTube / code text, and then 1-2 minutes to sleep at night, the use of more than 5 hours, the remaining power is usually 30% -40% between. Do not use more than one day more than enough.
But need to pay attention to is the above life is based on the Windows 10 S environment, I upgrade to Windows 10 Pro after the endurance performance has declined, coupled with the frequency of the use of Chrome, the same environment only 20% -30 % Of the electricity.
Controversial Windows 10 S
Surface Laptop is preinstalled for the education market to build Windows 10 S system, the system and ordinary Windows 10 biggest difference is that only install the Microsoft application store UWP software, familiar with Microsoft UWP ecological friends should know it Lack of. Does this mean that Surface Laptop will repeat the surface RT's mistakes? the answer is negative.
Windows 10 S system does not support the installation of x86 procedures, but after all, Surface Laptop hardware configuration where, so Microsoft launched Windows 10 S upgrade to Windows 10 Pro service, and in March 31, 2018 is a free upgrade , After the completion of the upgrade can be the same as most other computers to install exe program.
According to Microsoft's official explanation, Windows 10 S is a new experience for Windows for security and superior performance, and the target audience is teachers and students. In fact, from the consumer point of view, more secure applications, relatively unified user experience, more quality of life results, are they are happy to see. But Rome is not built on a day, Windows 10 S developers and Microsoft are still working together, so I got this Surface Laptop week without hesitation to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
to sum up
And most people, I give the Surface Laptop positioning is thin and light notebook, and standing in the Microsoft Surface family point of view it is also considered the most versatile one: thin fashion, one day life, yet the performance , Four colors, men and women should be ... In fact, it should have a broader audience, not just for the education market.
But in fact it is the most attractive to me or its industrial design and operation feel, let it in a single notebook computer distributed a unique charm. Microsoft has been in the industrial design on the road to gradually find their own direction, this feeling so that Surface and other OEM production notebook has a very different temperament, not used to Mac and tired of other Windows notebook, Surface Laptop Is a good choice.