Recently, the Microsoft brand has just presented the 4th generation of its laptop: Surface Laptop 4 . We had the chance to test it for a few days and we allow ourselves to share with you the verdict of our test. Let’s go!
A mid-range computer
For Microsoft , the Surface Laptop 4 is a mid-range computer. It is more powerful than the Surface Go , but cannot match the performance of the Surface Book . The new model relies on a good price / performance ratio.
For the American giant, the 4th generation of the Surface Laptop is a computer ” perfect for remote work meetings, family calls or aperitifs with friends on Microsoft Teams “.
So, should we buy Microsoft’s newborn ? Does it live up to expectations? We will tell you everything.
Some ports available to the user
It seems that the American firm has bet on a minimalist and boilerplate design. However, the aesthetics of the computer are really elegant.
Granted, the 15-inch model has room, but it only offers the user four ports, which are:
1. One USB-C port
2. One USB-A port
3. A headphone jack
4. A charging port
In short, Microsoft’s new computer has the same number of ports found on 13-inch models available on the market. To connect more equipment, the user is obliged to acquire an adapter.
For the “sleek metal” model, the design leaves no one indifferent. In addition, it weighs only 1.5 kg and is easily transported wherever we set foot. You can put it in a backpack or take it in your hands.
The keyboard and trackpad
On the 15-inch model, the keyboard and trackpad could gain a few inches in width and height, and be taller than they are.
We tested the keyboard and the typing is very pleasant. This part of the computer has been carefully designed to allow the user to type for hours without getting tired. In addition, we found that the keyboard is equipped with a rubber coating, which avoids ripping when entering text.
For people who are used to typing texts and codes all day long, Microsoft’s newborn is the perfect choice. We cite web editors, computer developers and programmers.
For the screen, the display is good and precise. On the 15-inch model, the user can view more content on the screen, especially as websites sprawl vertically.
A touch screen
Fans of touch screens can only fall in love with the Surface Laptop 4 . But for people who are going to order it for work, this option will be of no use whatsoever.
As a reminder, the screen does not rotate 360 °. Thus, we rarely use touch. In addition, you should know that this feature makes the computer screen quite sensitive to glare.
For multitasking, there is really nothing to say. And the icing on the cake, the computer is silent. The user can work on the computer for hours without any worry. The power of the Surface Laptop 4 doesn’t disappoint. If you’re fed up with bugs on your current computer, go with your eyes closed for Microsoft’s newborn .
For the camera, the new Surface Laptop is equipped with a 720p model. We tried it out during a Zoom video conference and wished we had a 1080p camera.
Note that the computer has Windows Hello , an authentication mechanism via facial recognition. We have tried it and it works great.
A powerful and silent computer
The most powerful model of the Surface Laptop 4 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz . To accomplish everyday tasks, the performance offered by the newborn of the American giant does not disappoint anyone.
Even when the user opens a dozen heavy applications on his computer, it does not, in any case, make bugs. And the good news is, it comes with 16 GB RAM. So people can switch from their mobile browser to their graphics software in the blink of an eye.
Besides the power of the Surface Laptop 4 , the laptop is very quiet. The sound of the fan cannot be heard under all conditions. Thus, the user can open several software without being disturbed by the sound of the fan and without causing pain to the computer. The noise is almost absent.
As far as we are concerned, we used the laptop for several hours and the fan did not come on, even when we used Photoshop .
A metal case
The Surface Laptop 4 body is the same as that of Microsoft’s 3rd generation laptop. The edges of the case are relatively large and the screen cover is very sturdy.
Note that the small model of the Surface Laptop 4 is available for an Alcantara cover layer, while the larger model is available in metal. For the colors, the customer has the choice between matte black and platinum.
The 3: 2 aspect ratio of the screen means that the computer is narrower than the models marketed by competitors. In addition, it weighs only 1.5 kg and is among the lightest computers that can be found on the market. When putting it in a bag, do not forget to take into account the charger which weighs 300 grams.
The price of the Surface Laptop 4
There are more and more models on the market. The model with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 SSD is available for 1,845 euros . To have a Core i7 processor, just add 100 euros. Note that this model works under Ryzen 7.
The most affordable Surface 4 is available for $ 1,129 . It is equipped with an 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD, with a 13.5 inch screen. For the version with a 15-inch screen, it will cost 1,449 euros .
For the last two models, you should know that there is no change in the screen, which is in 3: 2 format. As for the definition, it is 2256×1504 pixels for the 13.5-inch model and 2496×1664 pixels for the 15-inch. For the webcam and connectivity, there is no change.
Finally, remember that the 4th generation of the Surface Laptop is not an extraordinary computer. It does not contain any surprising innovations and its design may not appeal to some. However, Microsoft’s new computer is the best choice for people who want to stand out in a cafe or coworking space.
Admittedly, its aesthetic is discreet, but the power of the PC does not disappoint anyone. In addition, it is silent and therefore allows users to work in a comfortable way avoiding bugs and slowdowns.