Today, Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop only offers four color choices if you purchase a mid-level model. But that’s about to change.
I first wrote about this oddity in A Closer Look at Surface Laptop Configurations, right around the time the device launched. Though the Surface Laptop was billed as having four available color choices—Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold—those choices have only been available to those who opted for a mid-level, Intel Core i5-based model. The base model is available only in Platinum, which is fine. But the higher-end Core i7 models are only available in Platinum too. Weird.
But since then, Microsoft has started making color choices available to the higher-end, Core i7-based Surface Laptop models, starting internationally. And today, Neowin’s Rich Woods noticed that the color options are listed as “coming soon” on some of the Core i7-based Surface Laptop models here in the US too. (The version with 8 GB of RAM is still listed as Platinum only.)
So this is great news. And it should end some grumbling from customers who want a color choice with their expensive new laptop.