Microsoft has announced it’s newest Surface Laptop the Studio 2, in their popular lineup of surface laptops and tablets like the Surface Laptop Go 3, the Surface Go 4 and the advanced Surface Pro. The new surface laptop studio 2 is running the latest version of windows OS; windows 11. As one of the most powerful surface products to date from Microsoft, it appears the goal is to take aim at the Apple Macbook with up to 2x the processing power of it’s predecessor.
Windows 11 has been designed to operate seamlessly and speedily with it’s touch sense on the new surface laptop studio 2. A simple tap, drag, swipe any direction, zoom and pinch like you do on your smartphone, like an iPhone or Samsung phone for example. The touchscreen is extremely intuitive making the ease of use on the Microsoft surface laptop studio a breeze. It is a great update over Windows 10.
Prior to “chewing down to the bone” some of the extraordinary more detailed specs of this fantastic new Surface Laptop, let’s discuss in some broader strokes several of the main components of what makes this Microsoft Surface Device so appealing.
Powered by the new 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 14-Core (13th Gen intel core) CPU processor, for blazing processing power and speed. Starting with the Intel Iris XE graphics card or upgrading to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 or the RTX 4060 GPU for graphics, and this laptop can serve many purposes. It has the processing power and graphics for general computing, gaming and even graphics and art. The included large amount of computing memory on the surface laptop studio 2 starts at 16GB RAM up to an astounding 64 GB of RAM. This will help your workload flow well, and allow for the user to have multiple applications or windows running at the same time without lag.
Storage on the new Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 is powered by an SSD (Solid State Drive) which will have massively increased speeds over traditional HDDs (Hard Disk Drives). You also don’t have to worry about the platter on a HDD eroding over time (which they all do). There are choices from a 512GB SSD a 1TB SSD all the way to a 2TB SSD. Plenty of onboard storage for a laptop. In addition, if you have a Microsoft 365 subscription, an additional amount of storage is available in the cloud via Microsoft One Drive.
The form factor of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 also makes this a very appealing choice as your main computer. With amazing versatility to change from a laptop to the angle which to suit your creative needs, showing the the image on your screen to it’s edge, you will get the most out of the new features this laptop has to offer.
Top Pick for the Microsoft Surface Studio 2
Our top choice for the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 is the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 14.4in Touchscreen i7, 64GB RAM, 2TB SSD Platinum Edition.
What makes this version of the Surface Laptop Studio 2 so appealing? Why, is this the laptop for you? We will delineate some of the main specs of the computer and it’s amazing new features.
- Beautiful 14.4” touchscreen with PixelSense Flow touch display, up to 650 nits of brightness, and a gorgeous vibrant 2400 x 1600 resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
- With the PixelSense Flow, you will encounter smoother scrolling and faster frame rates even when gaming on this device thanks to it’s incredible refresh rate at up to 120HZ.
- Virtually unrivaled performance thanks to it’s next Gen Intel Core processors which was built on the Intel Evo platform architecture, delivering over 2x more power than it’s predecessor.
- With the power of a Nvidia RTX GPU, the amazing new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 allows you to create, edit and process content faster more efficiently and with amazing image reproduction. As a gamer, you will really appreciate the upgrade to the RTX 4060 on this version of the Surface Laptop Studio 2.
- Multitasking just became that much easier with up to 64GB RAM and a blazing fast SSD with up to 2TB of storage.
- Thanks to it’s capability to handle High Dynamic Range or HDR content including Dolby Vision IQ, color reproduction, contrast, and brightness are excellent and let you stream content with HDR. Full HD or 1080P is also supported with up to 120 FPS.
- Face to Face calls via Skype or other compatible apps are even more amazing on the Studio 2. With Windows Studio Effects enabling eye contact correction and automatic framing allows you to stay in the picture when utilizing the webcam with Full HD support.
- A customizable haptic touchpad allows the user to engage the trackpad in the most comfortable manner. Coupled with the included Surface Slim Pen 2 stowed in it’s secure storage position under the front of the keyboard, further enhances the functionality is always ready for you in its secure storage and charging area under the front of the keyboard, the tactile feedback makes inking more like pen on paper
- A single slot MicroSD Card Reader is also included, rated for microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC or card.
- Security is essential on your laptop and the Surface Laptop Studio 2 doesn’t disappoint. Protected by Microsoft Defender and utilizing your face to log in with Windows secure facial recognition software, you can rest easier knowing your content is protected.
- Superb Audio reproduction and immersion with Dolby Atmos support for a spatial audio experience like no other.
- Microsoft has introduced it’s new NPU AI assistant called, Copilot. Copilot can assist the you in everyday functionality of the laptop. You can summarize meetings or conferences and emails to creating amazing images and PDFs. It is designed to work seamlessly with other Microsoft Apps like Edge and Bing.
Battery Life and Connectivity
Battery life on the Surface Laptop Studio 2 is rated at up to 19 hours. This allows for plenty of time for work, gaming or general usage prior to requiring charging. With this large battery life, using the computer while on-the-go or if you are not near a charging port, don’t fret.
Connectivity is plentiful on the Surface laptop Studio 2. With the included 2 USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) ports, a USB-A 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1 port and the proprietary (Surface Connect port), charging the device and connecting to peripherals is super simple. There is also one 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Also included are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Bluetooth 5.3 with it’s increased range and stability coupled with Wi-FI 6E which is the newest standard of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6E allows the “client” or device to access the 6 ghz band of the Wi-Fi spectrum. It is also backwards compatible to older Wi-Fi standards.
Wi-Fi 6E is typically more suitable for open office spaces or where you are in close proximity to your router. This is due to Wi-Fi 6E’s shorter range and lack of ability to penetrate walls and obstacles. However, if your router supports Wi-Fi 6E, you can expect blazing internet speeds on the 6 ghz band. Please remember to check your router for Wi-Fi band support.
You can also connect the laptop to a Microsoft Surface HUB, which allows for more ports including display ports if you want to use multiple displays.
Availability and Conclusion
Microsoft announced the new Surface Laptop Studio 2 which is available for pre-order now and shipping on 10/3/23. The laptop will be available is several different versions as we previously mentioned. Storage space can range from 512GB all the way to 2TB and RAM can run from 16GB to 64GB options.
It is important to note that after purchasing the new Surface Laptop Studio 2, prior to using the computer, you should perform a firmware or software upgrade out of the box. This will ensure that you have the latest version of Windows 11 running with any firmware updates that may have been released and not installed. Windows should prompt you if there are any updates available.