Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5″ Higher-End Ultraportable with Touchscreen

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The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is a popular 13.5-inch ultraportable laptop. The 2.8-pound 0.57″ thin Surface Laptop 3 features a very sharp 2256-by-1504-pixel display with touch and active pen input support (pen sold separately), IPS wide viewing angles, and 3:2 aspect ratio, optimized for document editing and productivity.

The Surface Laptop 3 is available in four design variants: Platinum and Cobalt Blue with soft-touch Alcantara palm rest and Matte Black and Sandstone with metal palm rest. The display lids are metal on all variants.

As the main upgrade over the Surface Laptop 2, the Surface Laptop 3 packs the 10th Generation Intel Core processor options instead of 8th Gen. Namely, the 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 and Core i7-1065G7. These processors are very fast, delivering completely smooth operation when it comes to the daily computing tasks and some good potential for demanding tasks like video editing. The processors feature the Intel Iris Plus G7 integrated graphics. It offers improved gaming performance over the regular integrated graphics processors such as the Intel UHD series. But, as expected, it still can’t compete with the full-blown gaming video cards like the Nvidia GTX or RTX series.

The system memory (RAM) size can be either 8GB or 16GB, which are both great for multitasking. The laptop comes with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1-Terabyte of fast solid state drive storage.

Another important change over the previous version of the Surface Laptop is addition of a USB-C port besides the standard-size USB and removal of the mini DisplayPort. The USB-C on Surface Laptop 3 supports video output besides data transfers.

According to Microsoft, the battery of the Surface Laptop 3 can provide “up to 11.5 hours” of “typical” device usage.

Besides the 13.5-incher, Microsoft has in its Surface lineup a larger 15″ version of the laptop.

Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5

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Brand Microsoft
Laptop type Standard non-convertible laptop

Ultraportable (small laptop)

Premium-class laptop
Performance Mid-range performance
Screen size 13.5-inch
Screen resolution 2256x1504 pixels (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes
Other display specs IPS type (wide viewing angles)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-1035G7 10th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling effortless daily computing)

Intel Core i7-1065G7 10th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling effortless daily computing)
Graphics (GPU) Intel Iris Plus G7 integrated graphics of 10 Gen Core i5, i7 G7 (for light gaming, but with improved smoothness)
System memory (RAM) size 8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)

16GB (for heavy multi-tasking)
Data storage 128GB SSD (small but usable capacity)

256GB SSD (decent capacity)

512GB SSD (very good capacity)

1000GB (1TB) SSD (excellent capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard without dedicated number pad

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface


Active digitizer pen (optional)
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers
Camera Front-facing web camera

HD 720p (standard laptop webcam resolution)

Face-recognition camera (supports Windows Hello log-ins)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AX (the latest Wi-Fi standard)
Ethernet network port No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB 3.0 (standard full-size USB port)

1 x USB-C (compact type of USB port)
Video ports Video out via USB-C
Media card reader None
Other features Surface Connect port (proprietary Microsoft Surface port for charging, docking, and accessories)
Battery "Up to 11.5 hours" of battery life
Weight 2.8 pounds
Height 0.6"
Width 12.1"
Depth 8.8"
Casing material Aluminum

Soft-touch palm rest (optional)
Casing color Black



Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)

Windows 10 Pro (Windows with added business-oriented features)
Warranty 1-year
Year of release 2019

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Published on February 28, 2020

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