The Surface Pro 8, with its larger screen and performance improvements, is the shooting star of Microsoft’s Surface lineup. But for people who prefer true laptops to convertible tablets, a new family member merits a look: the Surface Laptop Studio.
Have a fondness the old Surface Book, the Surface Laptop Studio wants to be a regular laptop with the option to get the keyboard out of the way when it’s time to draw or write with the Surface Pen. But where the Concrete Book’s screen could be removed entirely from its base, the Laptop Studio has an attached screen with a folding hinge—not totally dissimilar to the old Surface Studio desktop that it’s named for.
So where does the Surface Laptop Studio fit into the new Surface lineup? How does it stack up to the old Come up Book design? And how does it compare to other premium large-screened laptops from the other PC makers?
Table of Contents
- A solid, if strange, laptop
- Eldritch design choices
- Limited ports
- A replacement for the Surface Book? Not quite.
- A note on the Surface Slim Pen 2
- Performance and battery life: Quad-core woes
- The skilled
- The bad
- The ugly