The Surface laptop comes with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U and an Intel HD Graphics 620. It has a 13.5 inches IPS LCD display, a resolution of 2256×1504 pixels (201ppi). It comes in two different versions: 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage or 8GB and 256 GB storage.
The Core i7-7660U Surface has a lot more power: 8GB RAM and 256 GB SSD, 16GB RAM and 512 GB SSD or 16 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD. The processor gives this laptop enough performance along with the Iris Plus 640 graphics.
Design and Display
The design gives the Surface the premium feel, but there are some things that bothered us: instead of having the Mini DisplayPort a Thunderbolt 3 would have been better. Also a second USB port would have worked wonders for those that use a mouse and another device that needs the port.
The display has its pros and cons. While pixel density is a little low, it isn’t noticeable. But the 3:2 aspect ratio as not great when you want to work and need a wider screen. It could have come in a little larger version (14 inch instead of 13.5 inch). The Pen can be used when the device is in ‘Laptop mode’, but it’s not a comfortable experience.
As long as it runs on Windows 10 S (which you can upgrade to Pro for free until it expires), the battery life is great. It gets almost 10 hours of power and if you use apps like Photoshop or Chrome browser (instead of Edge) you get about eight hours.
The i5 version is good for basic uses, getting a good score (2285) on benchmarking when it comes to web browsing, photo editing, casual gaming, or video chat. When it was tested for creative uses like video editing, photo editing or advanced gaming, it had a better score (2577). For work tests and performing tasks like writing, spreadsheets, video chat the results were higher (2825).
It looks like even the Intel Core i5 model is quite performant and it offers a great experience in whatever you want to employ. It feels premium, it has a soft Alcantara fabric around the keyboard, it has instant responses, and all in all it is a good device to work on.
Of course, we would pay a little more for its better looking brother, the Core i7-7660U, and that would take us to at least $2,199, which is a major expense for a laptop that doesn’t have a Thunderbolt 3. If you can get over it and over the huge price, expect to be positively surprised.