Microsoft held a special event today in New York City, during which the company announced the 14.4" Surface Laptop Studio 2 and 12.4" Surface Laptop Go 3. Read on for a more expansive look into who would most benefit from these systems, how they may be configured, and which of these may be best for you.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2: A Laptop Like No Other
Built for developers, designers, and creators, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 has been upgraded with more than twice the computing power, up to twice the graphics power, large RAM and storage loadouts, an improved 14.4" PixelSense Flow touchscreen, an upgraded camera, expanded connectivity options, an improved trackpad, and an AI coprocessor.
The Surface Laptop Studio 2 delivers peak performance, even when running demanding workloads, thanks to its 13th-Gen Intel® Core™ i7-13700H 14-Core processor, up to 64GB of LPDDR5x memory, and up to 2TB of SSD storage. Create content and play games with an NVIDIA 4060 or 4060 GPU, or design, engineer, or render with the NVIDIA RTX 2000 Ada GPU.
The 14.4" PixelSense Flow touchscreen keeps its 2400 x 1600 resolution, but has been enhanced with Dolby Vision IQ, which introduces a wider range of color, with more shades and hues compared to an SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) display. Further boosting the visual performance is a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which means the display refreshes 120 times per second for smoother visuals, and certification for VESA DisplayHDR 400, which means the display has a brightness of 400 nits.
Although there is wireless Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, Microsoft hasn’t neglected wired connectivity. The company added a USB-A port, a microSDXC card reader, and a charger for the Surface Slim Pen 2, in addition to the two Thunderbolt™ 4 ports and headphone jack that have been ported over from the original Surface Laptop Studio. Also of note are improvements to the trackpad, which lets users adjust haptic feedback and click sensitivity. The trackpad may also be turned into a two-button trackpad for accessibility purposes. For those of us who are working from home or engaging in video chats via integrated Wi-Fi 6E, the front-facing 1080p camera now has a wider field of view.
Microsoft also added an Intel® Gen 3 Movidius 3700 CPU AI Accelerator to the Surface Laptop Studio 2. This AI coprocessor delivers smart, predictive text suggestions and is also built into the taskbar and camera. Users will be able to answer complex questions with Bing Chat in Microsoft Edge, and NVIDIA Studio uses AI to accelerate creative apps.
Aside from these upgrades and enhancements, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 retains the same form factor as its predecessor, meaning you’ll be able to type in Laptop Mode, stream in Stage Mode, or sketch with the separately sold Slim Pen 2 in Studio Mode, making this system well suited for a wide range of creative types.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3: The Perfect Everyday Laptop
The Surface Laptop Go 3 helps users breeze through work and play from almost anywhere, thanks to an ultra-portable design that weighs less than 2.5 pounds, with up to 15 hours of battery life. The 12.4" PixelSense touchscreen retains its 1532 x 1024 resolution with 10-point multi-touch functionality, while the processor has been upgraded to a 12th-Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U 10-Core processor and either 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR5 memory. Store your files and get fast access to your data with a 256GB SSD, while visuals are handled by integrated Intel® Iris™ Xe Graphics.
Available ports and interfaces include USB-C, USB-A, 3.5mm, and a Surface Connect port. Access the Internet using Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and connect compatible wireless peripherals using Bluetooth 5.1 technology, which helps keep USB ports available for wired devices. Rounding out the Surface Laptop Go 3 is a front-facing 720p webcam with Windows Hello, dual far-field Studio Mics with Voice Clarity, and Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium.
Rolling out as a free update to Windows 11, Microsoft Copilot aims to be your everyday AI companion. It will analyze the context and intelligence of the Web, your work data, and your current task to provide better assistance, with your privacy and security at the forefront. Also available in Microsoft 365 and within Edge and Bing, Copilot will work as an app, or reveal itself when you need it, with a right click. Over time, Microsoft will continue to add capabilities and connections to Copilot across the brand’s most used applications.
For more information about the new Surface products, including additional features, specs, and highlights, be sure to check out the detailed product pages for the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3. Or drop us a line below, and we’ll do our best to reply to your comments and questions.