Review: Microsoft Surface Laptop

Microsoft’s fabric-laden Surface Studio takes aim at the MacBook.

Our Verdict

A great looking, light, well-built laptop with a good 13.5-inch touchscreen and decent specs. However, the Surface Book and Surface Pro have more versatility as digital sketchpads.

For

  • Great looking
  • Excellent screen
  • Good performance
  • Lightweight

Against

  • Windows S won't install Creative Cloud
  • No Pen included
  • Expensive for higher-end models
  • Not upgradable

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Microsoft's Surface Laptop is perhaps the least exciting of the Surface range for creative professionals. It’s virtually a direct competitor to the Apple MacBook; offering very similar specs, but with the addition of a touchscreen – which can of course be used with the (sold separately) Surface Pen.

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The Verdict
3.5

out of 10

Review: Microsoft Surface Laptop

A great looking, light, well-built laptop with a good 13.5-inch touchscreen and decent specs. However, the Surface Book and Surface Pro have more versatility as digital sketchpads.

Rob Carney

Rob is editorial, graphic design and publishing lead at Transport for London. He previously worked at Future Publishing over the course of several years, where he launched digital art magazine, ImagineFX; and edited graphic design magazine Computer Arts, as well as the Computer Arts Projects series, and was also editor of technology magazine, T3.