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
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…
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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