Microsoft's new Surface Pro 7 and 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 are hitting stores this week, and the first reviews have hit the web. So what do the critics think? Largely, the Surface Pro 7 keeps its spot as the top 2-in-1 to get, but its design is getting a little long in the tooth, especially when compared to the forthcoming Surface Pro X. Meanwhile, the new AMD-powered Surface Laptop 3 seems to be a solid first attempt, but could use some work.
We've rounded up snippets from several reviews around the web to condense some of their most salient points. Here's a quick rundown.
Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch)
Brett Howse, writing for Anandtech:
Dan Seifert, writing for The Verge:
Phillip Tracy, writing for Laptop Mag:
Tom Brant, writing for PCMag:
Mark Hachman, writing for PC World:
Surface Pro 7
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:
Cherlynn Low, writing for Engadget:
Joe Osborne, writing for TechRadar:
Frederic Lardinois, writing for TechCrunch:
For more on each Surface, it's definitely worth checking out each review in full. Also be sure to check out our reviews for the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3. Also chime in and let us know if you're picking up either device, or are waiting for the Surface Pro X to hit store shelves in the coming weeks.
Better and faster than ever
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Type-C and 10th Gen Intel are game-changers
Microsoft has finally added a loaded-out USB Type-C port to the Surface Pro 7. When combined with Intel's latest 10th Gen processor and GPU, this year's Core i5 blows away last year's Core i7 all without a fan. Minor tweaks to the RAM, going to Intel for Wi-Fi 6, and Instant On ability make this Surface Pro 7 an absolute joy to use.
It looks beautiful, but…
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15
It's a huge Ultrabook, but that's it
The Surface Laptop 2 was one of Microsoft's most fabulous creations, but in making a larger 15-inch version, the company missed the mark. The AMD Ryzen and Vega are merely OK and don't offer much over Intel. The lack of Wi-Fi 6, extra ports, Thunderbolt 3, slightly worse speakers, and occasional battery drains make it even harder to recommend. There's a lot of style but not a lot of substance.
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I was thinking about getting a 15" surface, but I'm glad I decided against it. Amazon has the i7 surface book 2 with 16gb ram for $1799. That's only $100 more then a similar spec'd surface laptop and I get the 1060 as well.
The Book 2 is a very nice device. I've had mine since day one and have been very happy. If it weren't for the 16GB memory limit in the Book 2, I'd be keeping it instead of "upgrading" to the Laptop 3.
I preordered the Surface Pro X, but I'm still on the fence. I want a powerful ultrabook with LTE but none have looked as good as the Pro X so I'm going to give it a shot. If the Surface Book 2, Dell XPS 15, Razer Blade Stealth, or Razer Blade 15 Advanced had LTE I'd get one of those.
I should receive my Surface Laptop 3 15 (AMD) and will apply the just released firmware that addresses the battery life. If it doesn't pan out I'll just return it for the Intel (business) version.
Most reviewers seem unhappy that the SP7 didn't go through any design changes. That's fair enough but it's still the most powerful Wintel tablet on the market. The shorter battery life is a little bit of a disappointment but Engadget says their SP6 would get over 15 hours of use. My work issues SP6 never reached 15 hours of real world use, more like 8-9. If the SP7 does that, I'll be happy. I could probably turn my SP6's brightness down to 25%, turn off wi-fi and Bluetooth, and loop a local video to get 15 hours but that's not representative of real world use. I'll see soon enough when I put my SP7 through its paces this weekend after giving it some time to index the SSD, apply updates, and all of that other fun stuff.
I'm more interested in the 13" SL3 review...
Coming soon. Will have a sneak peak before Friday.
about expected. AMD technology sounded too good to be true at first presentation.
For me out of these the surface pro would be my potential choice. Less batterylife is worrying though. For me a no no. Batterylife must be better or equal to previous generations
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