Updated 14 Feb 2018

Microsoft

Surface Laptop

Snapshot: The Microsoft Surface Laptop (Model 1769) laptop has a 13.5-inch screen. It has an Intel Core i5-7200U processor and 8GB RAM. How good is its display?

Surface Laptop
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$2199

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Test results

Overall score
77
Design and use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Battery life
?/10
Display
?/10

Good points

  • Good design and use.
  • Good battery life.
  • Good performance.
  • Excellent colours on the screen.
  • Little reflectance.
  • Excellent brightness and contrast.
  • Very good video playback.
  • OK audio.
  • Excellent viewing angles.
  • Has a USB 3.0 port and a mini display port.
  • Has a light sensor to automatically adjust screen brightness.
  • Touchscreen.
  • Large trackpad.

But

  • Front camera only.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Design and use (35%) includes status lights/indicators, connections, laptop design, general use as a laptop, overall style and mobility as well as evaluating its security, manual and recovery options (if provided). For hybrids we also test laptop-to-tablet conversion and general use as a tablet. We also assess the audio quality of the speaker.

Performance (25%) is assessed using 3 benchmark software tools to evaluate the laptop’s performance during a range of tasks as well as its storage capabilities.

Battery life (20%) looks at the battery consumption for both heavy and light usage. Heavy usage is defined as playing an HD-quality video on loop, with power management features set for maximum performance, screen brightness at 100% and connected to a network with WiFi. Light usage is daily tasks, such as browsing the internet and checking email.

Display (20%) includes colour accuracy, brightness, depth and contrast, vertical and horizontal angle of view and glare and surface reflections.

Price is from a July 2018 survey.

Key data

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
82
Brand satisfaction (%)
78
Brand value for money (%)
45

Model

Avg price
$2199
Type
Standard
Full model number
Surface Laptop (Model 1769)
Body type
Clamshell

Specifications

Screen size (in)
13.5
HDD (GB)
n/a
SSD (GB)
256
Available user space (GB)
208
RAM (GB)
8
Processor type
Intel Core i5-7200U
Cores
2
Processor model
Intel Core i5-7200U, 2.5GHz
Video type
Intel HD Graphics 620
Video RAM (GB)
Shared
Native resolution
2256 x 1504
Weight with / without keyboard (kg)
1.3
Weight of power supply (kg)
0.2
Size HxDxW (mm)
16 x 223 x 308
Trackpad size (mm)
105 x 70
Average heavy use battery life (hr:min)
5:47
Average light use battery life (hr:min)
15:20

Features

Operating System supplied
Windows 10 Pro 1703; 64-bit
Stylus included
No
Optical (DVD or CD) drive
No
USB 2.0 ports
0
USB 3.0 ports
1
USB-C ports
0
Thunderbolt port
0
Ethernet port
No
Headphone / microphone port
Yes
Microphone port
No
Headset port
No
HDMI
No
Mini DisplayPort
Yes
WiFi (GHz)
2.4 / 5
WiFi 802.11
a/b/g/n/ac
NFC
No
Memory card reader
No
Front camera
Yes
Rear camera
No
Backlit keyboard
Yes - 3 levels

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