Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Is A Brilliant 2-in-1 With 120Hz Display, 11th Gen Intel CPUs, Thunderbolt 4
Alongside the Surface Duo 2, Surface Go 3, Surface Pro X, and the Surface Pro 8, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop Studio 2-in-1 high-end laptop. It features a brand new design that’s very different from the Surface Book series of convertible laptops. It has Intel’s latest CPUs, an optional Nvidia RTX 3000 series GPU, a 14.4-inch touchscreen display, and Thunderbolt 4 ports.
In normal mode, the Surface Laptop Studio looks and behaves like a conventional laptop. However, when its screen is pulled forward and set in the ‘Stage Mode’, it becomes a great device for watching videos and presentations. Its screen can be pulled all the way down for the ‘Studio Mode’ to turn the device into a full-fledged tablet. Let us have a look at its design, features, specifications, and pricing.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Specifications
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio has a 14.4-inch PixelSense Display with 10-point multitouch, a resolution of 2,400 x 1,600 pixels, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 3:2 aspect ratio, Dolby Vision support, and a 1500:1 contrast ratio. It has quad ‘Omnisonic’ speakers with support for Dolby Atmos audio. The Surface Laptop Studio has dual far-field studio microphones as well.
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The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio comes packed with powerful internals. It uses Intel’s 11th Gen. CPUs (Intel Core i5-11300H or Intel Core i7-11370H), 16GB/32GB LPDDR4X RAM, and 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB of internal PCIe NVMe SSD storage. The Core i5 version features the Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, while the Core i7 variant uses the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
The device is made using aluminium and magnesium alloys. Microsoft says that the ‘Dynamic Woven Hinge’ used in the Surface Laptop Studio is made of woven fabric with embedded cables that can bend 180 degrees to help the screen set at different angles.
In terms of connectivity, the laptop has two Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports, one Surface Connect port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is no SD card slot or a full-sized USB or HDMI port. So, you’ll have to rely on Thunderbolt 4 or USB Type-C accessories. Wireless connectivity features include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and Xbox Wireless built-in. The 2-in-1 laptop has an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and magnetometer.
The laptop runs Windows 11 out of the box. It has a full-sized backlight keyboard with mechanical keys and a giant trackpad with Windows Precision drivers. It is compatible with the Surface Pen, Surface Slim Pen 2, and the Surface Dial. The device has a hardware TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise-grade security and BitLocker support. Its 1080p front-facing webcam has Windows Hello support for secure face authentication for added security.
The Surface Laptop Studio is powered by a 58Whr battery. The Intel Core i5 version comes with a 65W charger and weighs 1.74kg. The Intel Core i7 version of the laptop comes bundled with a 95W charger and weighs 1.82kg.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Price, Availability
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio price starts at $1,600 in the US. The 2-in-1 laptop is available for pre-order in the US starting today and will start shipping on October 5, 2021, which is the same day when Windows 11 will start rolling out to some compatible devices. It is available in just one colour: Platinum. There is no information regarding the Surface Laptop Studio’s launch in the Indian market. We expect it to launch sometime next year.