What you need to know
- The Surface Laptop 3 is now available for preorder. It's expected to be released on October 22.
- Surface Laptop 3 now comes in two sizes, packs a USB-C port, and is available without Alcantara.
- Preorders are live now starting at $999 (opens in new tab) at the Microsoft Store.
The Surface Laptop 3 is now available for preorder. Microsoft has made both the 13.5-inch and 15-inch models available to order, starting at $999 (opens in new tab) for the smaller model. The larger and more expensive 15-inch models start at about $1,199. All models can now be had in either metal or Alcantara finishes, there's a USB-C port for added connectivity, and storage is replaceable (though Microsoft says you'll need a technician to do it).
The AMD-powered 15-inch Laptop 3 goes all the way up to about $2,799 (opens in new tab) and comes complete with custom Ryzen 7 processor (CPU), 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and a 1TB SSD for mass storage.
The smaller 13.5-inch model uses 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs, ranging from Core i5 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, up to Core i7 CPU with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD for about $2,399 (opens in new tab).
There are also a myriad of colors to choose from, and there are now models available without the Alcantara fabric. Colors include Sandstone (metal), Platinum (fabric and metal), Black (metal), and Cobalt Blue (fabric). The color you choose will have an impact on the configurations made available.
All models are expected to be released on October 22, 2019.
13- and 15-inch options available
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
Get yours while it's hot
The Surface Laptop 3, available in both 13.5- and 15-inch configurations, is sure to please anyone looking for a premium Ultrabook.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
I was hoping this year the base model would come with 256GB. Guess I'll have to shell out the extra $300! A $1000 laptop in 2019 shouldn't come with 128GB.
The storage is upgradable, there you go
While that is certainly a welcomed addition, it still doesn't change the fact the base model is $1000 and comes with 128GB of storage
Look at it this way, the Surface Pro X also starts at $999 but has a weaker CPU and doesn't even come with a Pen or Keyboard. Makes this Surface Laptop a better value proposition by comparison.
I know Panos Panay said starting at $999 at the event, but right now Microsoft's website shows a starting price of $2,099.
You have to change the configuration to get the $999. For some reason they have the default system with the core i7, 16gb ram, etc.
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