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  • The Surface Laptop Studio has a flexible hinge that you can use to pull the screen over the keyboard.

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  • The three modes of Surface Laptop Studio: Laptop, “Stage”, and “Studio” modes.

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  • … but mostly it just looks like a laptop.

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  • The screen can be folded all the way down to tablet mode if necessary.

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  • The Surface Slim Pen 2 slides under a lip on the front of the laptop when not in use.

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  • The dedicated GPU option and flexible screen make the Surface laptop the closest thing you can get to a Surface gaming laptop.

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  • The all-metal keyboard deck and large one-piece trackpad are very similar to the Surface Book’s keyboard (and a few others we could name).

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  • Two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a Surface Connect port make it easy to connect multiple monitors, a dock, or other accessories.

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The Surface Pro 8 received a major update today, but the biggest reveal was the brand new Surface Laptop Studio, a high-end convertible with dedicated graphics that offers a speed boost over the regular Surface Laptop. The name “Surface Studio” is borrowed from the (aging and still not updated) Surface Studio desktop, and the Laptop Studio’s screen bends forward, similarly using the base of the laptop as a stand. Most of the time, the Laptop Studio just looks like a normal laptop, but its display can be dragged to “stage mode” using the keyboard and tilted to the most comfortable angle for your work. It also folds all the way down to “Studio Mode”, which completely covers the keyboard and trackpad and turns the laptop into a large tablet.

Surface Laptop Studio starts at $ 1,600 and is available for pre-order starting today. The first pre-orders will begin shipping on October 5th, the day Windows 11 launches.

Microsoft is positioning the Laptop Studio as a replacement for the old Surface Book, and there are some similarities – the all-metal keyboard decks, the Intel Ultrabook-class processors, and the low-power Nvidia GPUs in the Laptop Studio should all be familiar to current Surface Book- Owner. But the laptops differ significantly in form and function. The inability to completely remove the laptop’s screen from its base will no doubt be a disadvantage for some Surface Book owners, although using the Surface Laptop Studio’s display stand to support the screen is its own kind of useful, and I do am not sad to see the death of the Surface Book’s strange, pliable straw hinge.

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But in contrast to the Surface Book, the Laptop Studio is only available in a 14.4-inch screen size – that’s exactly between the 13.5-inch and 15-inch displays in the Surface Book. However, due to the narrower bezels of the display (and because it no longer fits into the bowels of the computer behind the screen), the Laptop Studio is closer to the 13.5-inch Surface Book. This 14.4-inch screen has a resolution of 2400 × 1600 and the same high aspect ratio of 3: 2 that Microsoft uses across the Surface lineup. Like the Surface Pro 8, this screen can refresh at up to 120Hz, twice the typical 60Hz.

The Surface Laptop Studio is compatible with a wide range of Surface Pen accessories, but was designed to work with the new Surface Slim Pen 2 for $ 130. Compared to the original Slim Pen, the new iteration moves the button from the thin side of the device to the wide side, and it also includes a haptic feedback feature that gives you the same feeling when used with the Laptop Studio or Surface Pro 8 ” that you have when you record and draw with a pen on paper “. When not in use, the Slim Pen 2 is tucked under a lip on the front of the laptop under the trackpad, where it can be wirelessly charged.

The cheapest laptop studio configurations are equipped with quad-core Intel Core i5-11300H processors and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics as well as 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Intel’s Xe GPUs are a big step up from older Intel integrated graphics, but the more interesting configuration moves up to a quad-core i7-11370H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR6 RAM. The 3050 Ti won’t maximize your frame rate in Cyberpunk 2077, but it is a powerful GPU for light gaming and 3D drawing and video work, and it adds ray tracing and some other features that Intel’s GPUs don’t.

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The Laptop Studio can also be configured with up to 32 GB RAM and up to 2 TB SSD. As with the Surface Pro 8, if you buy a smaller drive first and upgrade later, this SSD is user-replaceable. It’s a bit of a disappointment to see the Laptop Studio come out on top with quad-core processors. Thin-and-light workstations like Dell’s XPS 15 or Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme weigh about as much as the Laptop Studio (3.83 lbs for the Core i5 model, 4 lbs for the Core i7 model), but they can with six- and eight-core processor options. An AMD option could have added more processor cores in the same performance range, but as with the Surface Pro 8, Microsoft is sticking to Intel for the time being.

The Surface Laptop Studio is definitely different from anything Microsoft has done with its Surface laptops before, but it’s not entirely unique. In the exciting days of Windows 8, PC makers tossed some extremely bizarre touchscreen PC designs on the wall in hopes that they would catch on. Most of them don’t – the only remaining legacy of that era was the tablet-plus-keyboard-cover model developed by the Surface and the 360-degree hinge introduced by the Lenovo Yoga – but Acer has a strange one Laptop called Aspire R7 released that appears to be an early, backward-facing version of the laptop studio (HP also tried something similar with its Folio series, and Acer refined the idea with its Ezel laptops). Microsoft’s implementation looks better, not least because it looks and works like a regular old laptop when the screen isn’t unfolded. It’s just a reminder that there’s nothing new under the sun.

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