Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop 4 on Tuesday, a laptop that competes most closely with Apple’s MacBook Air. This year, customers can choose between two sizes of Intel or AMD processors, either a 13.5-inch laptop or a 15-inch model.
It shows that Microsoft is taking a different path to its devices than Apple, which has done away with Intel processors in its new computers and now offers its own internal chips. But it also shows that Intel continues to fight where it once dominated. For example, Intel chips have been the standard processor in most notebooks, but companies across the board continue to offer AMD options, which sometimes offer better performance for the price. Last year, Microsoft only offered the selection for its larger 15-inch laptops.
The Surface Laptop 4 is similar to its predecessor, the Surface Laptop 3. However, Microsoft promises a battery life of up to 19 hours compared to 11.5 hours in the previous model and an increase in performance of up to 70%.
Surface Pro 4 offers Dolby Atmos support for improved sound and a new 32GB storage option. However, Microsoft opted for a 720p webcam, which can also be found on a MacBook Air. It’s not sharp like you might get from a standalone webcam or the camera on your smartphone. You also get some things that you won’t find on MacBooks, like a full-sized USB port and a touchscreen display.
Microsoft wasn’t entirely sure how consumers could choose between AMD and Intel models. However, the AMD models offer better gaming performance and, given the improved graphics, are more attractive to people who work with photo and video software. Part of that decision is made for you based on how much you want to spend. For example, the entry-level model only comes with an AMD chip.
The price for the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4 ranges from $ 999 for the 13.5-inch entry-level model with an AMD Ryzen chip and 256 GB of storage to $ 2,299 with an Intel Core i7 Processor and 1 TB memory. The 15-inch model starts at $ 1,299 with an AMD Ryzen processor and costs up to $ 2,399 with an Intel Core i7 chip.
The Surface Laptop 4 is available in the United States, Canada, and Japan and will ship on April 15th. It will be launched in other markets in the coming weeks.