The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is the Best Windows Laptop You Can Buy

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For many, this will be the second summer trading in an office desk for working remotely. And other than a comfy chair and some excellent noise canceling headphones, the one thing you may be looking to add to your repoirtoire, especially if you’ll be considering holidays and road trips, is a superior laptop. Which is why Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop 4 should be both admired and deliberated as a serious contender if you’re searching for the perfect ultraportable, digital companion—for work and play.

Minimalist, sleek, and might we even say chic, the Surface Laptop 4 comes outfitted in aluminum with a 13.5-inch or more sizeable 15-inch display. And yes, the function is as stunning as the form. An IR camera lets you immediately sign in with facial recognition and you’ll appreciate the upgraded picture quality on the 3:2 touchscreen as well as the extra juice inside with a choice of powerful processors. Plus, the Surface Laptop 4 is eligible for the anticipated upgrade to Windows 11, which will be available to download in the coming months.

Price and Availability: The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is available now. The 13.5-inch starts at $1000 while you can get a 15-inch from $1300 at Microsoft, B&H Photo, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart

Why We Chose It: Though we have a more petite Macbook we hook up to a monitor for work at home, we were desperate to find a laptop with a larger touchscreen which we could tote with us to write and entertain ourselves when we were on the road. The Surface Laptop 4 fits the bill in every way.

We chose the 15-inch screen, which like all Surface laptops, comes in the 3:2 aspect ratio rather than the more common 16:9. Though it may seem piddling, the already generous screen feels less cramped and more, well, square, which makes streaming TV shows and movies extremely pleasing.

The general design of Surface Laptops has always skewed sleek, and the Surface Laptop 4 is no exception. It is outfitted with a full-sized keyboard with keys that match the color of the case, making it aesthetically pleasing inside as well as out.

But in the end, it was the power, graphics and speed which sold us on the laptop, allowing for super quick browsing and loading, even when we had tons of tabs open, as well as bright and clear HD video for streaming video and video gaming.

Why You Need It: The first time we opened the cover on the Surface Laptop 4, we were thrilled with the immersive nature of this computer. Though the 15-inch version doesn’t come in the trendier colors, like the new Ice Blue, you can select either Platinum and Matte Black. And with this new build, you can also choose from AMD and Intel processor options. We tested the Ryzen 7, though all the versions come with AMD Radeon graphics.

Microsoft prefers facial recognition in lieu of a password, and if you choose to partake, you can just open the case, let the webcam’s IR sensors enable Windows Hello and instantly log in. And speaking of which, the Surface Laptop 4’s front-facing HD webcam only shoots at 720p, though it works perfectly fine for video calls (we’re not a huge fan of being crystal clear in 1080p anyhow, thankyouverymuch). It also comes with far-field Studio Mics to better capture your voice, with the hopes that they will also reduce background noise, though we can’t be sure that worked as advertised.

When it comes to watching TV, videos and movies, the display is 2496 x 1664 pixels. That’s better than full HD but falls short of native 4K—though it does support HDR content. Along with the 3:2 aspect ratio, you’ll get almost 20 percent more vertical space than the more typical 16:9 screen size. This meant an immersive experience wherever we decided to stream, including watching the UEFA Euro 2020 soccer matches when we couldn’t be home to catch the action. Plus, it comes with Dolby Atmos sound, offering excellent cinematic virtual surround sound.

Yet, one of the biggest upgrades from Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 is the battery life, which is approximately 16 hours on one charge. Something to look forward to when we get back on long haul flights.

What Others Are Saying: Engadget sees the Surface Laptop 4 as a solid alternative to Apple’s pricey M1 Macbooks. “The Surface Laptop 4’s aluminum case design still feels luxurious enough to go toe-to-toe with Apple’s hardware. Our matte black review unit almost seemed to absorb in light, and handling it felt like caressing a BMW with my fingertips.”

Laptop also sees fit to recommend the newest Microsoft Surface laptop for anyone looking for an ultra-portable option, saying “I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Surface Laptop 4. Everything about it just works, from the keyboard to the speakers and the beautiful display. It’s fast, it lasts a long time on a charge, and it feels sturdy.”

Final Conclusion: If you’re in the market for a thin, lightweight, great-looking laptop to use for work and heavy-duty entertainment, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is a solid choice. It is an excellent mix of form and function with a screen that will knock your socks off.

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