Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 Review: A Competitive All-Rounder
The Microsoft Surface is known for three things: its sleek look, low density, and the right balance of power and utility. Since its launch in 2017, Microsoft’s Surface line has provided users with an affordable range of laptops with some of the industry’s best specifications. The Surface Laptop 4, the line’s recent release, is no different—though it does have a few upgraded features.
• Processor: Intel Core i5/i7 or AMD Ryzen 5/7
• Graphics card: Intel Iris Xe or Radeon RX integrated graphics, depending on the processor
• Hard drive: 256 GB SSD
• Display: 2256 x 1504 (for the 13.5 inches version) or 2496 x 1664 (for the 15-inch version)
• RAM: 8 GB upgradeable up to 32 GB
• Weight: Up to 3.4lbs
The Surface Laptop 4’s design is closer to that of a MacBook’s than any other laptop on the market, with its ultra-thin design and 3:2 screen ratio. There’s also nothing different about its physical appearance, as Microsoft opted to continue the Surface line’s clean and textured look. And while its native resolution isn’t as sharp as premium laptops like the Dell XPS, it’s better than common 1080p laptops because of its high pixel density. Plus, despite all these specifications, it remains one of the lightest computers available.
It has one USB-A port, USB-C port, and headphone jack. However, it lacks a Thunderbolt 4 port.
Performance and graphics
The performance depends on whether you’re choosing Intel or AMD as your main processor. The AMD Ryzen has more cores, which means that your laptop can launch more programs simultaneously without experiencing lag. Meanwhile, Intel Cores have more powerful integrated graphics, which means that they’re better for display-heavy tasks like video editing. However, for everyday activities such as web browsing, both chips will perform at similar thresholds.
The Surface Laptop 4 scores an average of 4,800 in the Geekbench performance test—which is good considering it costs USD999 (Rs 1,05,499).
As aforementioned, the Surface Laptop 4 uses integrated graphics, so it’s not the best option for graphics-heavy titles like Call of Duty. However, it’ll run any game smoothly as long as you keep the setting down to 30 FPS (or even a 1080p display, if you need the extra boost in performance).
The Surface Laptop 4 has an improved battery life compared to its predecessors, lasting up to 9.25 hours. It was created using a rules-driven design engine that allowed for a ball grid array or BGA fanout design to mount in its processor. The result is a layout with more interconnection pins between the processor and integrated circuit, so the power is supplied more efficiently to the former. This has enabled the laptop to operate at maximum capacity for hours without wasting any electrical charge.
The Surface Laptop 4 also boasts an excellent keyboard and webcam. While a bit flat, the keyboard has a spongy feel, so you don’t need to exert effort to press down on its keys. The webcam is a standard Microsoft 720p model. It’s not as impressive as the Surface Pro X’s 5 MP snapper, but the images captured are clear enough for video calling purposes.
The Surface Laptop 4 may not be outstanding at one thing, but it does a decent job across its entire features, making it a good option for the average laptop user. So, if you’re looking for a work laptop that you can carry around with you, this extremely portable all-rounder is a good option for that as well.
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