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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch) review: Microsoft's 15-inch laptop is all business – CNET, Cnet.com

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch) review: Microsoft's 15-inch laptop is all business – CNET, Cnet.com


            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Though we loved the 13 – inchSurface Laptopwhen it first shipped two years ago, a lot has changed for thin and light premium laptops since then. Now the line just doesn’t stand out the way it once did, even the new 15 – inch model. At first it isn’t clear who the 15 – inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is for: Compared to the rest of its many competitors , it’s not particularly light, or fast or feature packed. It’s not inexpensive or full of cutting-edge tech and it doesn’t have a long battery life. But it’s reasonably light, sufficiently fast, looks pleasantly sleek, is partly upgradeable, backward-compatible with previous power supplies and sold by Microsoft. So it probably does make sense for one class of laptop buyers: enterprise.

The pricing for the 15 – inch model starts at $ 1, 199 (£ 1, 199, AU $ 1, 999 ), but that version has only 8GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD.Windows 10 takes 20 GB, and if you’re a Microsoft Office shop that will take another 6GB, and with that little memory you’ll run a pretty large swap file. You really can’t run anything on that configuration except maybe cloud-based applications, and even then it’s barely really enough memory to hold Windows and a lot of browser tabs. It’s possible that this configuration was intended to run alightweight version of Windows rumored to compete with Chrome OS, but who knows.

    

Our $ 1, 699 (£ 1, 699, AU $ 2, 799 ) test configuration, with 16 GB RAM and aGB SSD, is the minimum configuration I could recommend, and even that storage is only enough if you don’t save a lot of files locally or download video for travel. And that’s a lot to pay for what you get compared with competitors: Laptops like theLenovo Yoga C 930, which is smaller at 14 inches but superior in every other way for hundreds less, or theLG Gram ,which has a slightly larger footprint (a 17 – inch display in a 15 nch size) but delivers a lot more for the same money. On sale it might be a different story, though.

(Microsoft Surface Laptop 3) 15 – inch)

                            

            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                         Surface Laptop 3 15 – inch)                                                                     
                                                                            Price as reviewed                                                                                                                                                  $ 1, 699 (£ 1 , 699, AU $ 2, 799)                                                                     
                                                                            Display                                                                                                                                                  15 – inch 2, 496 x1, 664 (201 ppi, 3: 2 aspect ratio) pen and touch display                                                                     
                                                                            PC CPU                                                                                                                                                  AMD Ryzen 5 3580 U Microsoft Surface Edition                                                                     
                                                                            PC Memory                                                                                                                                                   (GB DDR4 SDRAM) *********************************************************************************** MHz                                                                     
                                                                            Graphics                                                                                                                                                  AMD Vega 9                                                                     
                                                                            Storage                                                                                                                                                  256 GB SSD                                                                     
                                                                            Ports                                                                                                                                                  1 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A, headphone jack, proprietary power                                                                     
                                                                            Networking                                                                                                                                                  Wi-Fi 5 802. ***************************************************************************************************************************** (AC), Bluetooth 5                                                                     
                                                                            Operating system                                                                                                                                                  Windows 10 Home 1903                                                                     
                                                                            Weight                                                                                                                                                  3.4 lbs / 1.5 kg                                                                     

        

The design is essentially the same as the13 – inch Surface Laptop 3, which means it’s basically a bigger(Surface Laptop 2, which was essentially just theSurface Laptop). There are two nontrivial differences: a monitor-compatible-via-dongle USB-C port replaces the mini DisplayPort connector and it’smore easily opened, so the SSD can be upgraded(the memory is still soldered and the battery difficult to remove). It also has a metal keyboard deck rather than the odd Alcantara fabric.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

        

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