Don’t Buy the Wrong Surface Laptop!

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

These are the two new surface laptops for 2019 this is the 13.5 inch model this is the 15 inch model now I'm gonna spend the majority of this video talking about the 15 inch one because it's the one that's most interesting to me but it's also the one that has the most important discussion to be had around it because there's a lot of kind of information and misinformation about this particular device so the 15 inch device starts at $1,200 and the configurations that Microsoft is advertising and kind of pushing right now are all equipped with these AMD chips they're custom chips they're good

Performers they have good CPU and GPU performance but the thing that casts a little bit of shade over this entire AMD surface laptop 3 product line is the fact that Microsoft also sells the same laptop but it's equipped with Intel CPUs and those are just better like straight-up they're better products than the AMD version the weird thing is that Microsoft doesn't even sell this better Intel version to regular customers at least not openly you have to be a member of like their enterprise program or like a business customer with Microsoft even have access to this superior product and

It's not to take away from what Microsoft and AMD have created here like this is a really good device but knowing that this is a slightly inferior product than the Intel version when you're only saving a hundred bucks just it doesn't feel right so with the AMD version of the 15 inch surface laptop 3 you get about an hour less of battery life which is it could be significant depending what you do and you also get slightly worse performance across the board now if you are not a student you don't have access to a student discount and there's no sales going on I would highly

Recommend the Intel version over the AMD every day and I also noticed that overnight like once I close this thing and just let it idle with the screen off overnight it was draining like 15% every night and I'm not sure if it's a software thing or if it's like actually related to the AMD CPU but the battery life is clearly not the strong point of the AMD surface laptop 3 ok how are they overall they're good the design and build quality of the surface laptops I've always been good there's something about the way they look that I've always appreciated they

Don't copy anyone it's got this distinct Microsoft Surface design aesthetic to it and I like that they've also added use PC this year all of them have a single USBC port and they still also have surface connect on the other side it's a lightweight machine particularly the 15-inch like there's something very well-balanced and just easy to hold about this machine it's easily the best device I've ever had for like spinning a laptop and I think most people can likely look at this and like this is a joke it's actually incredibly well

Balanced and lightweight for a 15-inch device but the reason why it is so light or at least part of the reason why it's so light is because the battery in the 15-inch is the same size as a battery and a 13-inch so the bigger screen doesn't give you a bigger battery which is unfortunate but it does keep the weight down on this device when you lift the lid you get your classic three by two Microsoft Surface screen and they're both good both the 15 and 13-inch have good screens there's nothing I would really have to complain about these screens

They're bright they're not like super high refresh or anything they're just high-quality screens from Microsoft the keyboard and the trackpad are also very good the surface laptops have always had great input devices and this year it's no exception the keyboard is something I think most people will enjoy it's got a nice layout the keys have a good amount of travel on it without it being too spongy or too snappy like it's a all-around solid keyboard and the trackpad I think this is like literally the best trackpad on a Windows laptop the thing that makes it

Special nuts its size or its texture it's the actual click mechanism it's like this you hear that it's got this like nice resonance to the click it's a good trackpad and obviously because it's Microsoft it takes advantage of all the windows gestures and stuff like that now the other feature they've added this year is serviceability they've had these screws you can remove from the bottom I'm not gonna remove them from this unit but you got to peel off the rubber tabs I'll show a clip from I fix it where they tore this thing down but you do have access for serviceability not so

Much upgrade ability there's only one thing that can be user upgraded it's the drive and even then it's an uncommon size but the fact that this device can be serviced at all is a nice change from the previous year and the year before that okay performance real quick these are good laptops kind of light to average use if you're trying to pick one up for like video editing or gaming it's not a thing it doesn't matter how Microsoft tries to market these things these are designed for lighter use the GPUs are more powerful this year but keep in mind that

The main strengths of surface laptops have always been about Portability and quiet fans and not so much power but overall I do like what Microsoft brought this year for the surface laptop 3 there's all these tweaks and upgrades that they've done across this device it's got faster drives better Wi-Fi it's got USB see fast charging off of surface Kinect and the repair ability on these devices is something that it's always nice to see but just keep in mind if you're interested in the 15 inch device my recommendation is Intel but the 13 inch device they only offered Intel this

Is like an easier option if you're interested in that one but yeah there you have it surface laptop 3 thumbs if you liked it subs we've loved it see you guys next time but for real give me some actual thumbs if you like this video

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