Though we adored the 13-inch Surface Laptop when it previously transported two years ago, a great deal has changed for thin and light premium laptops since then. Now the line simply doesn’t stand out the way it once did, even the new 15-inch model. At first, it isn’t clear who the 15-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is for: Compared to the remainder of its many competitors, it’s not especially light, or fast or highlight pressed. It’s not economical or loaded with bleeding-edge tech and it doesn’t have especially long battery life. But it’s reasonably versatile, adequately fast, looks pleasantly smooth, is incompletely upgradeable, and even backward-compatible with past force supplies sold by Microsoft.
Processor: 2.1GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3580U (quad-core, 4MB L3 cache, boost up to 3.7GHz)
Memory: 256GB SSD, RAM 16GB DDR4
Screen size: 15-inch 2,496 x 1,664 PixelSense (201 PPI; 3:2 aspect ratio) touchscreen
Weight: 3.4 pounds (1.5kg)
Battery type: Up to 11.5 hours of typical device usage
- Excellent battery life
- Exciting AMD leader debut
- Lacking in power
- Far too few ports
- Steep mid-range pricing
The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 has probably the best battery life we’ve experienced in a 15-inch laptop, which ought to be praised. But, this laptop falls well short on both the power and versatility that most would anticipate from a 15-inch device, making it a disillusioning follow-up for any individual who was seeking after more.