Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio evaluation: surprisingly proficient

When you upgrade to a Core i7 model equipped with Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics, the Surface Laptop Studio becomes interesting. The cheapest one is US$2,100. You can continue to increase RAM and SSD space until you get a high-end model with 32 GB RAM and 2 TB SSD at a price of US$3,100.

The model I tested uses a Core i7 chip, has 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD, and has a retail price of US$2,700.It’s a lot of money, but it’s the same specifications as similar MacBook Pro with Dell XPS 15.

No matter which model you choose, you will get one of the best-looking screens I have seen in a long time. It is 14 inches in size and has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,600 pixels, with 197 pixels per inch. This is not as clear as the 4K Dell XPS 15, but I hardly noticed the difference when side by side. Like other Surface devices, the aspect ratio of the Laptop Studio screen is 3:2.

Laptop Studio’s screen stands out among almost all other products in the consumer market (except for the new Surface Pro 8) Is the 120Hz refresh rate.You can read our Screen refresh rate guide Learn more about what this means and why you want it, but the short story is that the ultra-smooth animations and interactions that were once the realm of high-end game consoles are now available on mainstream laptops. The result is obvious. Windows 11 on Laptop Studio is a visually pleasing experience. However, I have fewer features on Windows 11. It will be described in detail later.

Almost as impressive as the performance and screen is battery life. In our cycle video battery consumption test, Studio always lasted a full working day and managed nearly 12 hours. This is not the 18 hours that Microsoft claims, but it does beat the XPS 15.

Sound is also an outstanding feature of this Surface. It has four speakers, including a subwoofer, which sounds great. The touchpad is also the best I have ever used, not one of them. It’s big, has excellent gesture support, and has a tactile feedback system that makes it feel like you’re pressing a button even if you don’t press it.

Problems with Windows tablets

Windows 11 takes a few steps forward, almost Equal return. You can read Our Windows 11 overview Check out new features and some problems. From the perspective of Laptop Studio, the biggest problem is that almost no desktop applications are optimized for Studio mode. It’s not that you can’t use apps such as Adobe Illustrator or Lightroom, but that they lack the tablet-friendly aspects of similar iOS products.

The beauty of the iPad is that apps are forced to deal with the characteristics of the tablet experience. The advantage of Laptop Studio is that the application does not have to deal with the power limitations of the iPad. There are ideals in the mixture of these two different poles, but neither system has yet been fully realized.

It’s easy to think that running Android applications in Windows 11 might solve this problem, but if you’ve ever used Android on a tablet, you’ll know that you have to hold your breath. A laptop with a detachable screen that starts running Android when you remove it, and seamlessly restores to Windows when you reconnect, all without closing your applications or interrupting your work in other ways , It feels very far away. The same is true for tablet optimization on Windows 11.

The world is a series of compromises, and the Surface Laptop Studio’s ability to span these device lines is better than any other product I have used. It is not perfect, but for a certain type of user, it is what you can get now.

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