It is, perhaps, the worst-kept secret in personal technology, but Microsoft today announced the Surface Laptop 4, plus several new accessories aimed at meetings.
“For years, Surface Laptop has stood apart from the crowd with craftsmanship unlike any other,” Microsoft vice president Pete Kyriacou explains. “Surface Laptop 4 is, first and foremost, optimized for Microsoft experiences. It retains the iconic design, details, and materials that our customers love.”
In other words, the only changes are on the inside. For Surface Laptop 4, Microsoft is offering a choice of 11th-generation Intel Core processors or AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition across the 13.5- and 15-inch versions of the product, and across its business- and consumer-focused lines. And there is a new Ice Blue finish in addition to the previous colors, and Surface Laptop 4 includes Dolby Atmos Omnisonic speakers.
Surface Laptop 4 starts at $999.99, it is available to preorder starting today in the US, Canada, and Japan, with additional market availability in the coming weeks, and will ship April 15. And customers who preorder it before April 15 through Microsoft.com or Bestbuy.com will get a free pair of Surface Earbuds.
Speaking of accessories, Microsoft also announced several new Surface-branded accessories, all of which come only in black, including:
Surface Headphones 2+ for Business. This product is identical to the original Surface Headphones 2, but it adds a dongle that certifies it for use with Microsoft Teams. It will cost $299 and business and education customers in select markets can preorder today, with orders shipping later this month.
Microsoft Modern USB and Wireless Headsets. These two new headsets feature a dedicated Teams button, a physical mute button, and an LED mute indicator light to confirm your mute status. They will start shipping in select markets this June, selling for $49.99 and $99.99, respectively.
Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker. This new speaker offers high-quality audio for meetings, calls, and casual music listening, provides the same controls found on the Modern USB Headset, and is certified for Microsoft Teams. It has a powerful speaker driver, dual omnidirectional microphones, a compact design with integrated cord storage, and a carrying case. The Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker will start shipping in June and will sell for $99.99.
Microsoft Modern Webcam. Microsoft’s first webcam in what feels like 100 years offers 1080p/60 fps video with HDR and a 78-degree field of view that optimized for meetings. A feature called True Look helps you look your best with automatic white balance and light adjustment, and facial recognition. And there’s an integrated privacy shutter with an LED usage indicator so you can rest easy knowing that you’re only sharing video when you mean to. What’s missing? Windows Hello. Wa-waa-waaaah. The Microsoft Modern Webcam will start shipping in June, and it will sell for $69.99.