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Time to replace my laptop. I’m kind of giving up on the Surface Book 2. I’m sure it will come out at some point with 8th gen Intel processors.

Can anyone give me some first hand intel on the Surface Laptop? Is it bright enough? How is the trackpad? It looked a little small. It’s hard to tell in stores with the bright lights.

Best Buy has the 8 Gig/256GB/Platinum for 1188 right now. I’ve had a lot of trouble with Spectre x360’s, so HP is off my list.

Can someone give me some first hand advice?

Thanks!

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13 responses to “Surface Laptop”

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    jimchamplin

    I'm a madman. I buy used machines!

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    Usman

    The screen is bright, trackpad is good (it's a precision touch pad), though it doesn't support tap and drag (but does support click and drag).


    Going from a 14/15 inch screen, it's smaller and you have less real estate. However if you can manage to use multiple desktops as part of your workflow, it can work well.


    I have had blue screens due to the webcam, they're rare, I mainly use it in Chrome for facebook video calling and that's usually for couple of hours.


    It's a nice laptop, though I don't see any harm in waiting till end of october to see if book 2 is a thing. I would also say get a coloured one instead of platinum.

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    BigM72

    The trackpad is same size as the Surface Book one I believe. The screen is the same size although with fewer pixels.


    I think the main differences are really it's the Surface Book but folds flat, thinner, lighter, plastic and carpet rather than metal and glass.


    I had pen needs so went for an SB otherwise I would have gone for SL.

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    Simard57

    isnt XPS the Dell line?

    I have recently received the HP Spectre X360 and it has been great - I went with the 4K screen but maybe should have went for longer batter life. The X360 has been improved since I purchased it.

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    jimchamplin

    Out of curiosity: Does the Precision Trackpad control allow you to use multitouch drag? Like a 3-finger drag?

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    Polycrastinator

    You know, if you like the Book form factor, I might just get the original. I know it's older now, but the difference between Skylake and Kaby Lake is minimal, and the bugs have been worked out.

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    Dan

    I used one for a few weeks before returning it. Every PC laptop I've ever used (HP, Lenovo, Dell) has had awful trackpads compared to Macs. Macs are the platinum standard in this area. Microsoft's precision touch crap doesn't help. However, the trackpad on the Surface Laptop was excellent. The 3:2 aspect ratio display was excellent also. The performance was great. Windows Hello is a gimmick, it doesn't work at all in brightly lit areas so it would fall back to a PIN most of the time.


    I only returned it as I felt the price was too high for the value I received. The single USB port was a major deal breaker.

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    skane2600

    I was wondering if there was any problem adding printers to the Surface Laptop if it hasn't been upgraded to Windows Pro. I know there are restrictions in Windows 10S, I'm just not sure where the boundary lines are. It's just idle curiosity on my part since the Surface Laptop is well outside my budget.

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