The Microsoft Surface line is a series of touchscreen Windows computers designed and developed by Microsoft. The Surface series includes the Surface Pro tablets and the Surface Book laptops. The different models all have distinctive features and improvements but all share one thing in common - they allow you to use your finger or a digital pen as an input device for interacting with content on screen. This makes working on the touch-enabled devices faster and more intuitive than ever before.
The size of a Microsoft Surface tablet or laptop can vary, depending on the type and model. The smallest models are around 13-inches while the largest ones are 15-inches in size and beyond. The laptop format tends to be bigger than tablet. Additionally, some models have detachable keyboards so they can transform into a tablet with their own distinct design, allowing you to switch between using it as a laptop and as a tablet quickly and easily without needing separate devices or additional accessories.
The main difference between a Surface laptop and a traditional laptop is the touchscreen functionality. A regular laptop has physical keys on its keyboard, while the touchpad on a Surface device simulates those physical keys with multi-touch gestures. This makes using it as a tablet much easier and more intuitive. Additionally, some models in the Surface series have detachable keyboards that allow you to switch seamlessly between using your computer as a laptop or as a tablet without needing additional accessories or devices. However, many people still prefer traditional laptops for their larger screens and better processing power. Ultimately, which type of Surface you choose will depend on your personal preferences and work needs.
The new Surface Laptop 5 not only has amazing picture quality and sound but also comes with enhanced camera experiences and a variety of colours to choose from. The hardware comes in Platinum, Matte Black, Sandstone, and (new this year) Sage. The hardware is powered by 12th Gen Intel Core built on the Intel EvoTM platform, with Windows 11 and a PixelSense touchscreen. Surface Laptop 5 is the best way to manage your work and make a difference on your own terms.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop(Opens in a new tab) has become one of the best 2-in-1 machines on the market, which is why we were so stoked to discover that it's now on sale for $799.00, or $200 off at Best Buy.
Normally retailing for $999, the Surface Laptop(Opens in a new tab) features the power of a laptop with the mobility of a sleek and detachable tablet. The hybrid lives inside an all-in-one lightweight housing with a 13.5-inch PixelSense Display and a speedy Intel 7th Generation Core i5 and 8GB of memory. It also features 128GB of storage for music, video, documents, and media, while the laptop runs Windows 10 with Office 365, OneDrive, Skype, and more ready to go straight from the box.
"I really needed a laptop but I was tired of the older, heavier models. I also did not want a tablet but a fully functioning PC. The new Surface laptop is fast, lightweight, has a touch screen, and comes with Windows 10. I also like the face recognition feature. I have to remember to log in at work and not just sit in front of my work laptop waiting for it to recognize me! I really love this laptop!"
The Windows-based picks on this list should be ready to run Windows 11. You can find the system requirements for Windows 11 here. That being said, it's getting less and less likely you'll buy a new laptop with Windows 10. Most PCs are coming out of the box with the new operating system.
The stylus, which comes included with the Spectre, now attached to the side of the display, similar to Microsoft's Surface, making for a familiar and easy-to-reach location whether you use the device as a laptop or a tablet.
Intel's Core i7-1260P showed off with high scores on our performance benchmarks, and the 1TB SSD offered blazing fast SSD speeds.And if you want solid sound in both laptop and tablet modes, we appreciated Lenovo's 360-degree sound bar that got plenty loud in either posture.
You don't have to spend over $1,000 to get a good clamshell notebook. The HP Pavilion can get you the latest Intel processor, 16GB of RAM of a 90 Hz, 2880 x 1800 OLED display. You can go lower for the same design, but with a Core i5, 8GB of RAM and a non-OLED screen.We liked the Pavilion for its great port selection, lovely screen and strong performance, all at a value price. The battery life could use some work, but we tested with OLED, and that sucks up battery.The ports include two USB Type-C ports, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack and a microSD card reader.The laptop is made from a mix of aluminum and plastic, giving you a bit of the premium feel you get in more expensive notebooks, even if the design is a bit bland.
The MSI GE76 Raider is our pick for a gaming laptop that can replace your desktop. And yes, it has a massive RGB light bar. It offers seriously strong performance with components ranging up to an Intel Core i9-11980HK and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.The 17.3-inch display is bright and goes up to 360 Hz, for those who want to play esports titles like Dota 2 or League of Legends as smoothly as possible.But unlike many of the other laptops on this list, the Raider is not thin. In fact, it's quite large, but you need that for all of the power inside (and for the 17.3-inch build quality). If you want something smaller, the GE66 Raider, our former pick for this spot, which we reviewed last year, has also been updated to more recent parts.Read: MSI GE76 Raider Review 781b155fdc