The Surface Laptop Studio is a new project from Microsoft that complements the regular Surface Laptop. The Surface Laptop Studio (13 and 15 inches) with the detachable display unit, on the other hand, is discontinued and the new Surface Laptop Studio with the 14.4-inch screen is practically the replacement. The screen is no longer detachable but can be tilted forward thanks to a new hinge or used as a tablet.
Microsoft uses Intel Tiger Lake-H35 processors, which are still quad-cores with the integrated Iris Xe Graphics G7. Prices start at €1699 for the Core i5-11300H SKU with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage. If you need more GPU power, you can get a version with the Core i7-11370H and the dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 Tick starts at 2199 Euros. Our review unit is the high-end model with the i7/RTX 3050 Ti, 32 GB of RAM, as well as 1 TB of SSD storage for 2799 Euros. All models get the same 14.4-inch IPS display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which offers a high resolution of 2400 x 1600 pixels, as well as a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The Slim Pen 2 Surface is not part of the package and has to be purchased separately for 130 Euros.
- Processor. 4.8 GHz Intel i7 processor.
- Hard Drive. 512GB SSD.
- Memory. 16GB RAM.
- Graphics card. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti.
- Display. 14.4-inch 2400 x 1600 resolution.
- Operating System: Windows 10 Professional.
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Case – Surface Laptop Studio with a foldable display
We have already been reporting about a new patent folding mechanism in combination with a potential Surface Book 4. We now know that Microsoft uses this hinge for the new Surface Laptop Studio. The device is basically a regular laptop with an additional hinge in the middle of the screen. This means that you can tilt the screen forward in two positions, a position in front of the keyboard (it seems to be held magnetically), or you can place it on the keyboard and use the Surface Laptop Studio as a tablet. We are already familiar with this concept from the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezelno however, the mechanism with the additional hinge was a bit bulkier.
The “middle” position can be used for watching videos or playing games with a gamepad. You can obviously use the touchscreen for inputs or with the optional pen as well, but the hidden keyboard in this case is definitely not ideal and you don’t have access to the volume or brightness controls.
The hinge mechanism itself makes a solid impression and doesn’t seem unstable or fragile, but the question is how it will last over time, especially considering the cables. Microsoft announces that the cables can be bent by 180 degrees. The bottom half behind the display is covered by cloth and feels sophisticated. The regular display hinges also fit well, but there is some bounce when adjusting the opening angle of the screen and the maximum opening angle is limited to 135 degrees.
The unusual design continues with the base unit, which consists of two layers. The bottom and the top, which is wider on all sides. We are familiar with this basic approach from other manufacturers and devices with a tapered design look thinner than they really are, but the transition is usually much smoother and not as angular as in the Surface Laptop Studio. It is very easy to lift the device, but the design itself is (as usual) definitely a matter of taste. The screen bezels are comparatively wide for a modern device at around 10 mm (screen-to-body ratio: 84%).
Microsoft’s Surface devices have always had great build quality and the new Surface Laptop Studio is no exception. The build quality is impeccable and the matte surfaces of the chassis, which is made of aluminum and magnesium, are pleasant to touch and also not very susceptible to dirt. We are completely satisfied with the stability of the review unit as well.
The new design approach results in a rather large chassis and the Surface Laptop Studio is one of the largest and at over 1.8 kg also one of the heaviest devices within the comparison group. The 102W power adapter tips the scale at 379 grams. If you opt for the Core i5 SKU without the GeForce dGPU, you get a more compact 65W power adapter (309 grams).
Connectivity – Thunderbolt 4 and Surface Connect
Surface Connect Port
Surface Connect Port
Microsoft still uses its own Surface Connect port and offers some corresponding accessories like docking stations. But the connector itself is still not ideal. Thanks to the straight side wall, it is easier to attach the connector compared to the angled side wall of the Surface Laptop, for example, but the cable will block the 3.5mm stereo connector depending on orientation. You also get two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, so they can be used for third-party docking stations as well. You don’t get any other ports like a normal USB-A or an SD card reader.
The communication modules are limited to the basic requirements, because the Intel AX200 module from Intel supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.1, but it has been around for over two years and there are already more modern models like the AX210E. Both signal quality and transfer rates, however, were very good during our test with Netgear’s reference router (Nighthawk AX12) and there are no limitations in practice either. There is no option for an LTE or 5G modem.
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- Good low light camera
- Water resistant
- Double the internal capacity
- Lacks clear upgrades
- Same design used for last three phones
- Battery life unimpressive