What you need to know
- The Intel-based Surface Laptop 3 has a new firmware update.
- The update improves system stability and includes several bug fixes.
Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 has a fresh firmware update with plenty of improvements and fixes. The update started rolling out towards the end of last week, and Microsoft shared its release notes on January 27. As is the case with most firmware updates, this update doesn't include any new features. It does include several stability improvements and bug fixes.
The update that's available is for the Intel-based Surface Laptop 3. Here's the complete changelog for the Surface Laptop 3:
|Device Manager Name||Version and Update|
|Intel iCLS Client - Software components||18.104.22.168 - Addresses security updates and improves system stability.|
|Intel Management Engine Interface -System devices||2031.15.0.1743 - Addresses security updates and improves system stability.|
|Intel Management Engine Extension - no Device Manager notes||1922.214.171.1240 - Addresses security updates and improves system stability.|
|Surface Hid Mini Driver - Human Interface Devices||126.96.36.199 - Improves system stability and addresses system bugcheck.|
|Surface Integration Service Device - System devices||188.8.131.52 - Improves integration between system services and addresses system bugcheck.|
|Surface ME – Firmware||13.0.1594.2 - Addresses security updates and improves system stability.|
|Surface UEFI – Firmware||184.108.40.206 - Addresses security updates and improves system stability.|
The update started rolling out at the end of last week, so it should be available for your laptop now through Windows Update.
A worthy successor
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5
Small changes add up fast
With the addition of USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 6, and Intel 10th Gen processors, the Surface Laptop 3 13.5 delivers a solid follow up to the Surface Laptop 2. Between the optional Alcantara, ability to get the laptop serviced, including SSD upgrades, Instant On, and the hugely improved trackpad, Microsoft has again created one of the most enjoyable laptops to use. While it won't win out for value, it does maintain the crown for user satisfaction. And that's priceless.
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