Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 Review | Slim, Smart And Fast Intel i7 Processor

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On October 12, 2022, Microsoft opened up the Surface Laptop 5 at its annual hardware launch event, but it was officially available for sale on October 25, 2022. The surface laptop continues to be among the best slim and lightweight laptops on the market.

And the Surface Laptop 5 is the latest version of one of Microsoft’s well-liked Surface devices, which is enhanced with the latest 12th-generation Intel chips.

It is available in two sizes: 13.5 inches and 15 inches. The key contrast from the Surface Laptop 4 is Intel’s 12th-gen Core processors, particularly with the options of i5-1235U or i7-1255U for regular customers and i5-1245U or i7-1265U for businessmen.

PRICE

It is available in two different sizes with different specs and prices:

13.5-inch Laptop Price

The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 5 starts at $999, but it can be upgraded to 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, and an i7 processor for $1,699.

Specifications

LCD 13.5 INCH, 60 HZ
Screen Touch Screen
Processor Intel Core i7
Storage 512 GB SSD
Weight 1.3 KG
OS Microsoft Windows 11
RAM 16 GB

15-Inch Laptop Price

The 15-inch Surface Laptop 5 starts at $1299, and if you want to upgrade it to 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage, the price jumps to $2,399.

The 13.5-inch model is 0.57 inches thick, and the 15-inch model is only 0.01 inches thick. That’s minimal, but in a world with the 0.44-inch MacBook Air M2, the Surface Laptop 5 is no longer ahead of the pack.

Design of Surface Laptop 5

Microsoft offers a few color options for the Laptop 5, including a particularly attractive green, but sadly, they are confined to the 13.5-inch model.

13.5-inch laptops are available in saga and sandstone colors, while you can get 15-inch laptops in matt black or platinum colors.

Over the years, surface laptops have become more precise in their colors, with the launching of the sandstone, ice-blue colors of laptops 3 and 4, and at present, with the introduction of the aluminum, saga, and graphite colors. The design of the Platinum Laptop 5 glazes like a silver aluminum laptop, which is more popular these days.

The Surface laptop hasn’t changed much on the outside since it first came out, except for the fact that the Surface Laptop 3 has a USB Type-C port and the colors have changed over time. As far as ports are concerned, it still has the same lineup of USB Type-A and Type-C ports, along with a 3.5 mm audio jack. It gives a data transfer speed of 40 GB/s with an upgraded USB Type-C port.

Keyboard of Laptop 5

The laptop 5 keys aren’t too gapping or too merged, and the resistance feels just perfect. Its touchpad is a bit larger than the surface laptop 4. But some users still find it a bit small. It also makes a loud noise. Even if you type carefully, trying not to be extra nice with it, that will make a loud noise.

The Battery of Surface 5

The previous year, the battery life of the Surface Laptop 4 was rated at 17 hours with the 13.5-inch model. In contrast, the 15-inch model’s battery lasted 16.5 hours.

Microsoft assured up to 18 hours of battery life with a 13.5-inch laptop, and they have improved it from the previous model. In addition, the charging speed of the latest laptop 5 is also quick as compared to its previous models.

Video Quality

Zoom meetings are an important part of the workflow these days, so it’s a little disappointing that laptop 5 goes with a 720 HD webcam. The Surface Laptop 5’s webcam does not offer HD resolution in low light, so make sure your room is adequately lit before initiating a video call. It’s not exactly a terrible webcam, and Microsoft has made some software modifications to upgrade its standard over last year’s model. But what this camera really needs is a higher quality of this camera.

Audio of Surface Laptop 5

Microsoft has used Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Atmos under the keyboard. As far as I’m concerned, the audio of Surface Laptop 5 is great. Whether you want to enjoy a high pitch song or wanna watch a movie on it, the audio of laptop 5 won’t let you get bored.

Pros and Cons of Microsoft Surface Laptop 5

Pros

  • Good battery as compared to its previous models
  • Sharp display with touchpad
  • Comes with both ports USB C-Type and A-Type
  • Think and lightweight
  • High-quality Audio

Cons

  • The 720-resolution webcam still needs to improve
  • Expensive maintenance option
  • Average performance with high cost

Conclusion 

The Microsoft Surface Laptop provides a bit upgraded CPU from the Surface Laptop 4, but the focus remains on its most portable design and long-lasting battery life. Apparently, it is similar to the Surface Laptops 3 and 4, with two display sizes of 13.5-inch and 15-inch. The main design update of the latest laptop 5 is the initiation of new colors.

FAQs

Surface Laptop 5 VS Surface Laptop Studio, Which Should I Buy?

As usual, choosing a laptop depends completely on your needs and how you intend to use it.

If you are more interested in CPU execution and power regulation, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 is a good choice for you with its 12th generation of Intel processors.

It’s also thin, with even the 15-inch model being lighter as compared to the 14.4-inch Surface Laptop Studio.

The Surface Laptop Studio is good for more specific people like gamers or artists, etc. If you need GPU execution for gaming or creative tasks, then the Surface Laptop Studio is a good choice for you.

Is New Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 Good for Gaming?

The Surface Laptop 5 comes with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. Therefore, this Microsoft 5 laptop is not suitable for gaming purposes. However, the Asus TUF Fx 504 is good for a gaming laptop.

Is Surface Laptop 5 Worth the Price?

The latest Laptop 5 remains a high-performance laptop with a great keyboard, sleek design, and lightweight. Given its performance compared to other laptops, the price is higher, with fewer configuration options.

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