Surface Laptop Studio 2 review: stylish upgrade ideal for digital artists

A beautiful laptop with a stunning display that comes up short when being pushed to the limits.

Surface Laptop Studio 2
(Image: © Paul Hatton)

Our Verdict

The Microsoft Laptop Studio 2 is a pro laptop with a beautifully engineered design and a stunningly good display. It looks great at every angle and the refresh rate of 120Hz ensures everything is super-smooth. All of this quality results in a high starting price, which will put many people off, especially considering a decent MacBook Pro can be bought for cheaper. The battery life is still lacking and the processing performance means this laptop is fine for digital artists but not for 3D artists needing beefier hardware.

For

  • Beautiful design, stunning display
  • Multiple positions for the display
  • Touchscreen

Against

  • Very expensive
  • Poor battery life

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The new Studio laptop, released in 2021, was met with a wave of great reviews including our own review of the Surface Laptop Studio that found it to be a great all-rounder hybrid, which delivers on performance. We’ve had to wait two years for the second iteration and I was excited to see this new version from Microsoft

Upon opening the box, I saw that the design was almost identical, a little heavier, but generally the same great look and feel. The movement between the three modes – tablet, laptop and a propped up tablet – was equally well engineered, and I suppose there wasn’t much to improve on there.

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2

The Microsoft Laptop Studio 2 is a pro laptop with a beautifully engineered design and a stunningly good display. It looks great at every angle and the refresh rate of 120Hz ensures everything is super-smooth. All of this quality results in a high starting price, which will put many people off, especially considering a decent MacBook Pro can be bought for cheaper. The battery life is still lacking and the processing performance means this laptop is fine for digital artists but not for 3D artists needing beefier hardware.

Paul Hatton
Writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.