Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 full review

Microsoft has announced a new version of its popular Ultrabook, but how does the Surface Laptop 2 compare to the first generation and what are the new features? We'll answer those questions in this comparison.

It's more than just a new black colour, just.

Surface Laptop 2 vs Surface Laptop: Price

When the first Surface Laptop launched, it cost £979 and $999 in the US. The top spec models pushed the price to £2,699/$2,699.

Now the Surface Laptop 2 is here and it also starts at £979/$999 once again. It goes up to £2,079/$2,699 with a large difference there as the 1TB model is only available in the US as it stands.

The new model is available to order from Microsoft and Amazon with shipping on 16 October. You can also order from John LewisPC World and Argos.

Surface Laptop 2 vs Surface Laptop: Design

There's little to say in this section as Microsoft hasn't tried to reinvent the stylish and sleek design of the Surface Laptop.

Really, the main thing to note is that the Surface Laptop 2 comes in a new matt black colour option – and it looks stunning.

Otherwise, you get the same Alcantara material cover around the keyboard and the aluminium case. The laptop still weighs 1.25kg and tapers to around 14.5mm.

Surface Laptop 2 matt black

Surface Laptop 2 vs Surface Laptop: Specs and features

This refresh is a bit like Apple's 'S' devices, where the design remains the same but the core specs get various upgrades.

So, the Surface Laptop 2 brings the benefit of an 8th-generation Intel Core processor – i5 or i7 once again. Microsoft says it's an 'astounding 85 percent faster than the original' which had a 7th-gen Kaby Lake chip.

With the new chip also comes new graphics, so you get UHD Graphics 620 regardless of whether you opt for the i5 or i7.

Surface Laptop

This time around the device comes with at least 8GB of RAM and the option to double that to 16GB, when the original started at just 4GB. When it comes to storage, things are the same with 128-, 256, 512GB and 1TB options. The largest is only available in the US at the time of writing.

Other specs remain the same including all the ports and the 13.5in PixelSense screen which supports the Surface Pen (optional extra). Microsoft has also kept the same claim for battery life 14.5 hours.

Check out the table below for a keyspecs comparison:

  Surface Laptop 2 Surface Laptop
Processor Intel 8th-gen (i5 or i7) Intel 7th-gen (i5 or i7)
GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620 Intel HD 620/Iris Plus Graphics 640
Memory 8/16GB 4/8/16GB
Storage 128/256/512GB/1TB 128/256/512GB/1TB
Screen 13.5in PixelSense 2256 x 1504 (201ppi) 13.5in PixelSense 2256 x 1504 (201ppi)
Ports USB 3.0, headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect USB 3.0, headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect
Battery life 14.5 hours 14.5 hours
Dimensions 14.47 mm, 1.25kg 14.48 mm, 1.25kg

Specs

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2: Specs

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial
  • 13.5in PixelSense Display, 2256 x 1504 (201ppi), aspect ratio 3:2, 3.4 million pixels
  • Surface Pen enabled
  • Compatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction
  • 10-point multi-touch
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 8GB or 16GB RAM
  • 128/256/512GB/1TB SSD
  • 720p HD camera (front-facing)
  • Stereo microphones
  • Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB 3.0
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Surface Connect port
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Up to 14.5 hours video playback
  • 308.02 x 223.20 x 14.47mm
  • 1.25kg
  • 12 months in-store support and technical assistance