Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Review

Perhaps you’re a software developer by day and a gamer by night. Or maybe you game and code simultaneously by night, and by day you’re asleep. In either case, your laptop of choice might have once been a Razer or an Alienware, but now there’s a new kid on the block: the 14-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio (starts at $1,599; $2,699 as tested). It advances the state of the art of mobile computing for creative pros in a big way, with a haptic touchpad and a 120Hz screen that pulls forward so you can lay it completely flat on top of the keyboard. It’s not particularly powerful, and it’s pricey, but it’s still impressive.The Most Advanced Surface Laptop

The Surface Laptop Studio was conceived as a successor to the Surface Book 3, another innovative device for creative professionals that Microsoft will continue to sell for the time being. Like the Book 3, the Laptop Studio has a convertible touchscreen. Unlike the Book tiga, which Toko Laptop Medan is a tablet that can detach from its included keyboard base, the Laptop Studio is a non-detachable laptop. Yes, Microsoft already offers a non-detachable (a.k.a. clamshell) laptop with a touchscreen, the aptly named Surface Laptop. What makes the Studio version different is that its screen can be pulled forward to create an easel, or pulled even further forward to lay flat on your desk as a digital canvas on which to spill your thoughts or draw your masterpiece with a digital pen. 

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The concept has been tried Jual Laptop di Medan before, in the form of the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel and a few other devices. But Microsoft’s take is by far the most polished we’ve seen. Whereas the ConceptD 3 Ezel is a tad overweight and rather chunky looking, the Laptop Studio is as sleek a Surface as there ever was. A familiar magnesium gray chassis with a reflective Microsoft logo on the display lid, it measures 0.75 by 12.72 by 8.98 inches (HWD) and weighs 4 pounds. By contrast, the Acer’s 0.9-inch thickness is unbecoming of such an innovative form factor.

Like the ConceptD tiga Ezel, the Surface Laptop Studio has a 14-inch screen, a new sweet spot toward which more and more laptops are gravitating, whether they’re ultra thin biz machines like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon or powerful gaming rigs like the Razer Blade 14. It’s the latter—an outstanding laptop in its own right—that is perhaps the chief competition for the Surface Laptop Studio as it seeks to win the hearts and wallets of its sasaran market: people who consider themselves coders, gamers, and digital artists (and participants in many other creative fields of the 21st century) simultaneously. 

If that’s you, Razer wants to win you over too, of Grosir Laptop di Medan course, and both companies dole out considerable sums for product placement in content you’re likely to consume, from Surfaces in Marvel’s WandaVision to the Razer logo plastered on seemingly every electronic device in Apple TV’s Mythic Quest. Yes, as brands go Razer is arguably (unarguably?) cooler than Microsoft, but both the Blade 14 and Surface Laptop Studio are considerable investments, so coolness is far from the only decision point. 

Instead, if you’re considering the Laptop Studio as one option among a few buzzworthy 14-inch PCs to hit the market this year, it really comes down to priorities. Do you value performance above all else, or are you drawn to the innovative pull-forward design that Microsoft pulls off surprisingly well with the Surface Laptop Studio? Spoiler alert: You can’t have both, so let’s dig deeper into both the features and performance aspects of the Laptop Studio to see how it stacks up. 

(Photo: Molly Flores)Easy Conversion to Stage or Canvas

One of the main complaints about the Surface Book 3 is that its tablet functionality is not as robust as its laptop functionality. In the 15-inch version of the Book tiga, the Nvidia GPU and one of the two batteries are located in the keyboard base, which means that before you detach it you have to close any apps using the GPU and prepare yourself for much shorter battery life. 

The Surface Laptop Studio doesn’t suffer from this duduk perkara, of course, since its screen doesn’t detach. You never have to worry about closing apps or drastically reducing battery life (which is excellent, clocking in at 14 hours in our testing). To pull the screen forward, you simply grasp the upper right or left corner of the screen and twist your wrist gently. The magnetic middle hinge, made of woven fabric with embedded power and data cables that supply the screen, detaches. The display lid then folds Distributor Laptop di Medan along the middle hinge. You pull the screen toward you, slowly closing the bottom hinge, until the bottom edge of the screen is aligned with the gap between the keyboard and the touchpad. Here, another row of magnets snaps it into place. 

In this arrangement, which Microsoft calls “stage mode,” you’ve got a rock-solid surface on which to write or draw with a stylus. It’s far sturdier when the Laptop Studio’s screen is in conventional laptop mode, since there are two points of support instead of just one. As a result, there’s no screen bouncing, something that nearly every other convertible and clamshell laptop suffers when you tap, write, or draw on the screen. 

While tapping on the touch screen is much more satisfying when the Laptop Studio is a stage than when it’s a laptop, the most useful part of the stage orientation is presenting content, not creating it. You can watch videos or play games (using a console controller) more enjoyably without the keyboard in the way. 

For more serious writing or drawing sessions, you’ll want to convert the Laptop Studio into a canvas: Grab the corner of the screen and apply slight pressure again to release the magnetic bond and move the display to the fully flat position, where it will again magnetically lock. Now, the Laptop Studio is essentially a digital version of a pad of paper, and really the only difference between it and a detached tablet like the Surface Book tiga or even smaller convertible dua-in-1s like the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is that it’s too heavy to hold in your hand. 

(Photo: Tom Brant)Getting Smooth With 120Hz

Conventional laptops like the Blade 14—which lacks even a touch screen—can’t do any of this, of course. And the reason it’s surprising that Microsoft is able to pull off the pull-forward screen so well is two-fold. First, because the concept has been tried before but plays a faint second fiddle to the Lenovo Yoga-style convertible 2-in-1s that dominate the market. And second, because Microsoft has added a few features to the Laptop Studio’s touchscreen experience that almost no other similar offering has.

The first is a 120Hz screen refresh rate. Outside of the gaming laptop and flagship phone markets, screen refresh rates above 60Hz are rare. But they’re essential to making what you see on the screen look more like real life. Gaming laptops need them to give esports players a competitive edge, while flagship handheld devices like the Apple iPhone 13 employ 120Hz-screens to make scrolling and other on-screen animations appear smoother. (The Blade 14 can be fitted with a 165Hz screen). 

The Surface Laptop Studio benefits from these usual advantages over the standard 60Hz laptop refresh rate, of course, but Microsoft has another, more niche reason for introducing a high-refresh-rate screen: It enables more realistic writing and drawing experiences, regardless of whether you’re using your fingertip or a digital stylus. The higher refresh rate means the pixels can keep up with your motion better. If writing on a 60Hz screen feels like, well, writing on a screen, then writing on a 120Hz screen feels much closer to (albeit still far from) writing on a piece of paper from an actual pulp mill. 

The Surface Laptop Studio’s second ingredient for success is an optional extra: the new Surface Slim Pen dua. This $129 digital stylus should really be included in the box with the laptop, since the two fit Harga Laptop di Medan together perfectly. When used with the Laptop Studio, the Slim Pen dua adds tactile feedback to even more closely mimic the feel of writing on paper. Apply more pressure to the screen, and the tiny haptic motor in the Slim Pen dua vibrates, evoking the friction you get when you dig a sharp mechanical pencil into a drafting pad. It’s hard to notice until you turn up the sensitivity in the Windows 11 Settings app, and it’s likely more gimmicky than useful unless you’re a digital artist with precise stylus control skills. But now that I’ve experienced it, it will be difficult to go back to using a non-haptic stylus. 

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