Surface Laptop 4 of Microsoft is almost perfect

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The Surface Laptop 3 was a special machine, because Microsoft chose it for the first time to have an AMD processor. But with its smart improvements the company has surmounted the Surface Laptop 4, which offers more convincing prices and a better battery life while retaining the same key characteristics and design elements. (Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken, right?) The Surface Laptop 4 is an almost perfect laptop for the choice of your next machine.

Not much has changed on the outside compared to the 15-inch surface laptop 3 we examined in 2019. The new version has the same black finished aluminum chassist with the same number and type of pports, including a USB-A, USB-C, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a Surface Connect port you are using as your principal charge port, even if you do not have to charge your laptop in a hurred process. This is also possible via USB-c. It also offers the same number and type of port. Even the weight and dimensions are equal to 3.4 pounds and 0.58 inches and I am glad to report the change of the keyboard.

What is that?
Microsoft’s latest Surface Laptop has an AMD Processor configured.

$999 ($1.699 revisited) PRICE Starts

LIKE design, size, keyboard, power, thermal

LIGHT NOT
The prices are still somewhat high; I wish there was a mobile processor version for the AMD 5000 series instead.

I love a laptop with spacious keys. Type the newest laptop surface feels like I’ve developed immediate muscle memory. The size of the keys, the location and also, as I press it down, the weight of the keys under my fingers feel like dancing. You’re super silent, too. It’s a membrane keyboard no-frills, of course, but it does not feel too mushy. The last time we reviewed a Surface Laptop we were not thrilled with the feeling of the key, but this time around they feel great for me….and I am used to typing with cherry Reds mechanical all day long.

The touchpad is perfectly positioned and my wrist is also the perfect size. It is easier to rest my handles on the laptop itself and they rest right on it when the touch pad is too large, causing a number of casual presses.

However, all the amendments to this surface laptop generation are on the inside, and the AMD Ryzen 74980U starts with a new processor. The 8-core-16-thread CPU can achieve speeds of up to 4,4GHz, which was a major improvement compared to the Ryzen 5 3580U 4-core / 8-thread surface laptop 3 which we reviewd earlier on at the same price. When you look at price, with this AMD Surface Laptop 4, which contains 16GB of memory, and a 512GB SSD, you get more of your money compared with specifications. SSD can be removed if 512GB is not enough space, but it is not a gaming laptop; 512GB should certainly provide the average user with sufficient space.

There are many other laptops, including the MSI Stealth 15M which are just one pound heavier and another 0.04 inches thicker, with faster components at the same price or a little lower. (Microsoft does have a $999 or $1,199 modell for Ryzen 5 4680U according to the amount of storage and memory you want.) But there’s not much to complain about when it comes to the tasks for which this latest surface laptop was made.

3D rendering in Blender took less than five minutes with the CPU and a little more than nine minutes with the GPU for our benchmarking tests. (No wonder, because the graphics are built into the Processor.) In Handbreke, it took close to nine minutes to transcode a 4K video to 1080p at 30 frames a second.

Even though PCMark10 is not usually used to test productivity tasks, a broad range of activities, from opening and storing Word and Excel files to web browsing, can help. It took an average 2.3 seconds to load a document for word processing, it took 15.1 seconds to save a PNG photo file, and other tasks like color adjustment took only 3.3 seconds, although this might vary slightly in terms of the program.

Photo: Joanna Nelius/Gizmodo

The Surface Laptop 4 can also handle some games as long as the graphics are low enough and nothing too difficult is played. In Overwatch, the settings for the graphics are medium to 74 fps. Though a little unusual, the 3:2 aspect ratio is also not that bad for games. The pictures may be a little small in the 13.5-inch-version, particularly if you have an in-game ratio of 16:9 with a resolution of 1920 x 1200.

On their latest Surface Laptop, Microsoft has almost fünf hours enhanced battery life. Looking at Surface Laptop 3, it had approximately 7.5 hours of mid-long battery life. Good enough, but not the Apple M1 MacBook Air and other famous work laptops. Battery life depends on how you use your laptop, but battery charges for longer than an 8-hours working day quickly become the standard of laptops’ work productivity.

And in our battery-rundown test, the Surface Laptop 4 comes in a little over 12 hours. With the model reviewed here, Microsoft publishes a battery life of up to 19 hours, but 12 isn’t bad at all. This is two hours longer than the MSI Prestige 14 Evo, and two minutes less than the MacBook Air above. The pants are even thrown off Razer Book 13 and are billed for only 8.5 hours. The Surface Laptop 4 is better overall for work and school with this extended battery-life and cloud play as long as you have a good Wi-Fi connection.

Photo: Joanna Nelius/Gizmodo

While it’d been better to see some other ports, possibly an other USB-A or SD card, for Microsoft’s major components in its latest surface laptop – processor, battery life and price. Whoever is using Surface Laptop 4 to load pictures or videos from an SD card into a device will require a USB dock. There are plenty of compatible styles on your laptop, but you will probably need a USB dock if you like or need to connect multiple peripherals to your laptop at once.

And, while Surface Laptop 4 is superb, the one thing that makes it perfect would be if it came with a mobile processor of the AMD 5000 series rather than a 4,000 series. The newest AMD processors have a new architecture which enables them to boost their performance in the last generation.

There is no clear reason why Microsoft decided to work with the older gene. However, it can be as simple as design processes for the Surface Laptop 4 started long before AMD had access to its laptop partners’ mobile 5000 Series processors. (As for productivity laptops such as the Surface Laptop 4), AMD contains U-variants of its latest mobile CPUs and apus.

Still the latest generation of surface laptops are worth a high point in your list of laptops to use for your college-based child or to replace this aging machine. However, with improvements of battery life, power and price. Surface Laptop 4 is a simple laptop that almost anyone can recommend.