In my recent review for the Surface Pro 7 and first impressions of Surface Laptop 3 13.5, I keep mentioning "Instant On" as a super cool feature that has been dramatically improved from previous iterations. Built, presumably, with Intel's Project Athena and the 10th Gen Intel platform, the feature effectively turns a laptop more into a smartphone or Apple iPad.
In this quick demo I posted on Instagram you can see a real-world example of it in action. The Surface Laptop on the left has been off for the entire night. Opening the lid, you must press the power button to resume. There, you see the Microsoft logo on the screen with the progress circle before it gets to the login screen for Windows 10. The entire process is only about 20 seconds (some laptops take even longer, like Dell).
Meanwhile, the Surface Laptop 3 13.5 on the right does it all within three to four seconds – even after being off all night. Moreover, the battery drain is minimal. After eight hours of being off, the Surface Laptop 3 13.5 only dropped 3 percent of the battery. The feature works up to 72 hours before the system will finally hibernate.
There is no setting for this, or rather, this is just how these devices work out of the box.
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Instant On is a HUGE deal for Surface Laptop 3 (13, 15-inch with Intel) and Surface Pro 7. It's an Intel-based technology (10th Gen, "Project Athena" stuff), which is why the 15-inch AMD Surface Laptop 3 does not have it. . . .The short of it is the laptop or PC never goes into hibernate or "deep sleep," e.g., when you go to bed, you close the lid and open the laptop 6 hours later you get what happens on the laptop on the left. This effect happens on ALL Windows 10 PCs. . . . With Instant On, which is the Laptop 3 13 on the right, you can see the display and Windows Hello just pop-on. That laptop also has been off since last night. It's just like that all the time. . . .This may seem like a small thing, but if you open your laptop 20 times a day with breaks in between, it makes a huge difference as you're "in your flow" (as Panos Panay would say) much faster. It's a game-changer, IMO. . . .While it's great on Laptop 3, it's almost better on Surface Pro 7 as that device feels more like an iPad. Now it acts like one too. . . .Let me know what you think! . . .#Surface #SurfaceLaptop3 #SurfaceLaptop313inch #MicrosoftSurface #Laptops #windows10 #microsoft #microsoftlife
Some of this may seem trivial, but when you are in-and-out of your Laptop 3 or Surface Pro 7 multiple times a day, being able to jump back into your flow quickly is enormous. It is one reason why so many people like the iPad (and smartphones) – they are always ready to work.
And yes, this feature takes a bite out of one of Qualcomm's bragging rights with its Snapdragon on PC technology, which behaves the same. That means it will be even harder to choose between Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X.
Finally, not to slight the AMD version of Laptop 3 15, as it wakes up very quickly too, especially in multiple succession. Windows Hello is lightning fast. But you will still occasionally see the Microsoft logo when it hibernates as it does so more frequently.
What do you think of this improvement? Shout out in comments if you believe all laptop manufacturers should focus on this tech, or if it's no big deal.
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