Surface Laptop 3 Specs, Price, Availability – And this is the new Surface Laptop 3 from Microsoft. It’s actually two laptops. It’s the Surface Laptop 3, 13 inches and the Surface Laptop 3, 15 inches. They’re really similar, but they’re a little bit different in some critical ways. The Surface Laptop 3, 13 inch is gonna be pretty familiar if you already know the Surface Laptop and the Surface Laptop 2.
It’s got the same size screen, same dimensions, same kind of overall design. There are a few design differences to be aware of, though. It’s got a bigger trackpad, Microsoft says it’s 20% bigger than before. It’s got a new USB-C port on the side here. Which you can use for video, data, and charging. It’s a USB-C 3.1, it’s not Thunderbolt 3. So you can’t use an external GPU with it, but you can still output to a display.
And the other thing is it comes in new colors, as you can see this is the sandstone gold type of color. You can still get in black, blue, or silver. And as part of the sandstone color and as part of the black color, it’s got a new aluminum deck. So, instead of the Alcantara fabric that you get on the blue or the silver models. You got a kind of a familiar, traditional, standard aluminum deck here.
Otherwise, it’s basically the same Surface Laptop as before, but with upgraded internals. This has Intel’s tenth generation IceLink processors. You can get them in Core i5 or Core i7 variants. So it’s got the latest productions from Intel. And it’s gonna perform better than before, but it’s gonna be a very similar experience.
The Surface Laptop 3, 15 inches, is a whole new thing. But as you can tell, it still looks really familiar. This is basically if you took a 13-inch model and blew it up to 15-inch size. So you got a 15-inch display, got a slightly bigger keyboard, slightly bigger trackpad than even on the new 13-inch model. But otherwise, everything’s gonna be pretty familiar. Same clamshell design, same overall wedge shape.
The 15 inch only is available with the aluminum deck, you don’t get the Alcantara option on it. But you still have the surface connector on the side, you still have the USB-C port, USB-A port, and then your headphone jack.
Inside the Surface Laptop 3, 15 inches is a new processor that is not available in the 13-inch model. Microsoft worked with AMD to put a Ryzen 5 or a Ryzen 7 chip in this. And they worked with AMD to create a custom Surface edition of this chip that’s got a little bit more graphic power than your typical Ryzen set up.
Now Microsoft says that it put this processor in the 15-inch model because they were able to get better graphics performance out of the integrated chips than they can on the Intel side. And they expect that with a 15-inch laptop, you’re gonna be doing more 3-D demanding things. Whether that’s in CAD or Photoshop, maybe some light video editing.
That’s not to say this is a gaming laptop. You’re not gonna be doing 60 frames per second in Tomb Raider or other AAA games. You might be able to do some light gaming on it. But this is still a 3.4 pound, under 15 millimeters thick, portable laptop. This isn’t really like a big gaming rig.
So those are the new laptops from Microsoft, the Surface Laptop 3 line. The 13 inches is gonna start at $999, the 15 inch starts at $1,199. They’re available for pre-order starting today. And they’re gonna be shipping on October 22nd. We’re gonna have way more to say about these once we get them in for a proper review.
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