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Surface Laptop 2 hands-on: Faster, new black color, but still no USB-C (video)

Alongside the Surface Pro 6, Microsoft this week unveiled the Surface Laptop 2, another modest refresh that still manages to bring a significant speed boost to the table.

From the outside, the Surface Laptop 2 looks exactly like the original Surface Laptop, albeit with a new matte black color option. On the inside, however, the laptop is now powered by Intel's 8th Gen processors, making it up to 85 percent faster than the original, Microsoft says. The typing experience has also been improved with a quieter keyboard, and Microsoft has revamped the cooling system so that the fan only kicks on at around 90 percent CPU usage.

For more, check out our initial hands-on look at the Surface Laptop 2 above. And if you're ready to snag one for yourself, the Surface Laptop 2 is available to preorder starting at $999 (opens in new tab) ahead of its expected October 16 launch.

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3 Comments
  • Not a single accessory I own is USB C and I'm totally okay with that:)
  • It's not absolutely essential to have, I mean my laptop only has one USB-C port and 2 USB-A ports, but it provides some future-proofing, and for a laptop at this price, it is a bummer that it isn't included.
  • That seems like a really desperate attempt to defend Microsoft's inability to look to the future.