Nur Zarina Othman shares the hit and misses of the new Surface Laptop 3
THE latest Microsoft’s Surface offers the biggest option ever with four variations to choose from. The one we get to test is the 13-inch black aluminium variant.
This is one good-looking laptop. The black aluminium version is sexy, different from the “usual” platinum look of the Microsoft line-up.
The Laptop 3 offers a few upgrades from last year’s Laptop 2.
The first significant lift is that the Laptop 3 comes with Intel’s 10th-gen processor, making this laptop three times more powerful than the 2019 MacBook Air.
The device is also sturdy. Although the Laptop 3 uses a similar clamshell as its predecessor, it has undergone an upgrade.
The clamp opens smoothly. In fact, I can open it with just one hand.
The display on this laptop is also impeccable. It offers the same first-class display as the Laptop 2 of 2,256-by-1,504-pixel, with 3:2-aspect ratio touchscreen.
With the latest Windows 10 comes Activity history, a feature which helps you keep track of the things you do on your device, including the apps and services you use, the files you open and the websites you browse.
Once you sign in to your device with a Microsoft account (with permission), Windows will send your activity history to Microsoft. And with the activity history data, it will be able to provide you with personalised experiences.
Users can now see a timeline of activities and resume those activities from their device.
For example, let’s say that you were editing a Word document on your device but were unable to finish it because you had to leave the office.
By selecting the Store My Activity history on this device on the Activity history settings page, you would see that Word activity in your timeline the following day. You can then resume your work.
You can also resume working on the activities later from another device if you launch the Microsoft Edge app.
So even when you switch devices, you will be able to see notifications about your activities and resume them on both iOS and Android devices.
Just like many laptop users, a deep keyboard is always a great feature. The Laptop 3 provides just that — a nice deep keyboard.
Microsoft has also embedded the power button in the keyboard for a much cleaner look.
However, I feel the space is a bit too much or maybe my fingers are too short to appreciate the 1.3mm space.
Although it is not exactly the most important feature, I was expecting a numpad on the Laptop 3, just like Dell’s XPS13 which has this feature on its keyboard setting.
The final upgrade is the bigger trackpad — 20 per cent bigger, to be exact — and it feels super-smooth with the just right amount of grip.
When it comes to ports, the Laptop 3 comes with a USB-C, one USB-A, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a bit too few for a laptop.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 nails almost everything anyone wants in a mainstream, portable laptop — thin, light (1.3kg) and with fantastic trackpad and keyboard combo.
At RM4,499, you get a machine powered by a 10th-generation Ice Lake, quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This is a good deal as it is cheaper than some smartphones in the market.
However, Microsoft may want to take a look at the battery again as the battery only lasts about seven hours on a full charge.
Yes, it is almost a full day’s duration but once you start multi-tasking, you will need to plug in your power.
Talking about plugging in, its new fast-charge capability is excellent, reaching more than 70 per cent in an hour.