Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch) review

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Surface Laptop has become a quiet workhorse of sorts for the Surface family, filling the need for a traditional clamshell laptop while still finding just enough space to put the Surface flourish on the complete package. Today, we are looking at the latest generation Surface Laptop 4 to see how the changes under the hood impact the experience of Microsoft’s thin and light clamshell laptop design.

Quick Review

  • The Surface Laptop 4 is available in 13.5 inch and 15-inch screens.
  • The laptop is all aluminum and its thin-and-light design makes this device so appealing.
  • The build quality is excellent and the laptop doesn’t flex or bend either.
  • The display has a native resolution of 2496 x 1664 pixels, with a density of 201 ppi.
  • That means the resolution of the display is higher than 1080p; plus, the 3:2 aspect ratio provides extra real estate than before.
  • The 720p webcam, although average resolution delivers sharp image quality, and the Windows Hello biometric camera is also there for fast facial authentication.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
Model Tested: 15-inch Ryzen 7 4980U / 16 GB / 512 GB
13.5-Inch 15-Inch
Processor Intel Core i5-1145G7

Intel Core i7-1185G7

AMD Ryzen 5 4680U

Intel Core i7-1185G7

AMD Ryzen 7 4980U

Memory 8GB/16GB/32GB LPDDR4X-3733MHz
Graphics Intel: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
AMD: AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition Radeon Graphics
Display 13.5″ 2256×1504 3:2 PixelSense
Touch and Pen support
Individually calibrated panels
15″ 2496×1664 3:2 PixelSense
Touch and Pen support
Individually calibrated panels
Storage 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB PCIe NVMe
Removable M.2 Drive
Networking Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax – Intel AX200 Series
Bluetooth 5.0
Audio Omnisonic Speakers
Dolby Atmos
Battery 46 Wh
65 Watt AC Adapter with USB-A Charge Port
Right Side Surface Connect Port
Left Side USB Type-A
USB Type-C
Headset Jack
Dimensions 308 x 223 x 14.51 mm (12.1 x 8.8 x 0.57 inches) 339.5 x 244 x 14.69 mm (13.4 x 9.6 x 0.57 inches)
Weight Fabric: 1.26kg
Metal: 1.29kg
1.54kg
Camera Front: 720p Camera and Windows Hello support
Dual far-field Studio Mics
Extras Surface Pen and Dial (sold separately)
TPM 2.0
Pricing Starting at $999 USD Starting at $1099 USD

 

The 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 is for those who wish to get a slick notebook that offers the perfect good screen size and portability, looks and sounds good and the battery life is incredible for a device with a display of this size and type. Yes, the Surface Laptop 4 is very expensive, and it goes without saying that the notebook will be better suited for business users, especially executives who want an aspirational computing machine that is not only beautiful to look at but also super capable and functional.