Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15″ Higher-End Touch Laptop

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The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15″ is a larger version of the popular notebook series. Instead of the 13.5″ screen on its smaller sibling, this models sports a 15-inch display with a slightly greater pixel count of 2496-by-1664 to retain a very sharp picture. Both versions have the productivity-centric 3:2 aspect ratio, IPS wide viewing angles, and support finger touch and active digitizer pen inputs. The Surface Pen is sold separately.

Another big difference is in the internal component department. The Laptop 3 15″ is based on an AMD computing platform instead of Intel’s. The notebook comes with either the AMD AMD Ryzen 5 3580U AMD Radeon Vega 9 AMD Ryzen 7 3780U Mobile Processor with Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics. These are both exclusive Microsoft Surface® Edition processors. But, they are quite similar to the AMD Ryzen 5 and 7 chips you can find widely used in other laptop models. All of the chips are perfectly capable of running the daily home and office tasks and provide some extra headroom for more advanced tasks like video editing. Normally, the Ryzen 7 variants are slightly faster than the Ryzen 5. Their Vega integrated graphics.

The system memory (RAM) size can be either 8GB or 16GB, while internal solid state drive storage capacity options are 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1-Terabyte.

The port selection is quite minimalist. The laptop has only one standard-size USB port and a compact USB-C port, besides the ubiquious audio jack and proprietary Surface connector. But at least, the USB-C port provides video output capability.

The Surface Laptop 3 15″ has a battery life of “up to 11.5 hours” with “typical” device usage involved.

Although it has a larger display, the Surface Laptop 3 15″ is still quite portable. It weighs in at 3.4 pounds and measures 0.6″ in profile.

There are two color options when buying this metal-topped laptop: Platinum (gray) and Matte Black.

Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15

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Brand Microsoft
Laptop type Standard non-convertible laptop

Premium-class laptop
Performance Mid-range performance
Screen size 15-inch
Screen resolution 2496 x 1664 pixels (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes
Other display specs IPS type (wide viewing angles)

3:2 aspect ratio (taller screen ratio, more suitable for document editing and productivity than common 16:9)
Processor (CPU) AMD Ryzen 5 3580U (enables smooth everyday computing)

AMD Ryzen 7 3780U (enables smooth everyday computing)
Graphics (GPU) AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 integrated graphics (for light gaming, but with improved smoothness)

AMD Radeon Vega 9 integrated graphics (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

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front-facing web camera

HD 720p (standard laptop webcam resolution)

Face-recognition camera (supports Windows Hello log-ins)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC (previous-generation Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the latest 802.11AX)
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 3.4 pounds
Height 0.6"
Width 13.4"
Depth 9.6"
Casing material Aluminum
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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