Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15″ Version

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Specifications

Here are the specs of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15 with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.

Laptop Type

This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.



It belongs to the laptop maker's premium-class lineup.
Performance

The mid-range performance of this laptop allows you to easily complete your daily home and office computing tasks. It additionally has some potential for heavier duties like professional photo and video editing. However, if you regularly do these tasks, a high-performance laptop is recommended. More info about performance of the laptop can be found in the CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage sections below.
Screen Size

This is a laptop screen size slightly smaller than the most popular 15.6".
Touchscreen

The screen supports finger touch input, including multi-touch gestures.



The screen supports active digitizer pen input, besides the common finger multi-touch input. In comparison to simple capacitive pens you can use on any touchscreen, active digitizer pen input provides advanced features like pressure sensitivity. Check with the laptop seller whether the active pen is included in the package.
Screen Resolution

This screen resolution provides a decent picture sharpness and a lot of space on the display for the user interface and apps. It's somewhat better than the popular Full HD. However, these resolutions aren't as good as the premium-class 4K and similar.
Other Display Specs

Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.



The 3:2 aspect ratio makes the screen taller than the common 16:9 ratio. 3:2 is more suitable for document editing and productivity than the video-centric 16:9.
About Laptop Display Learn about laptop PC displays here.
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-1255U 12th Gen

The Core i7-1255U is one of the fastest laptop processors from the mainstream Intel Core U series. But, it isn't as fast as its high-performance Core H and P series counterparts. On the positive side, the i7-1255U and other U series CPUs have lower power consumption than them.
About Processors The laptop's processor (CPU) is the main chip of the system and a very important computing performance factor.
Graphics (GPU) Intel Iris Xe graphics

The Iris Xe graphics of the 11th, 12th and 13th Gen Intel Core processors delivers an improved, yet still basic, 3D gaming performance over the widely used Intel UHD. But, it greatly lags behind the gaming-class GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX / RTX series found in gaming-class laptops. Overall, the Iris Xe is suitable only for light gaming.
About Graphics Processors Graphics processor (GPU) is the main factor for 3D gaming performance. It also affects performance of other graphics intensive tasks like some image and video editing operations.
System Memory (RAM) Size

The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2023. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.



16GB and greater RAM sizes are recommended for heavy multitasking, gaming, and specialized programs that require a lot of RAM.



32GB is recommended for extremely heavy multi-tasking and special applications. For most users, everything above 16GB is an overkill.
About RAM System memory (RAM) size determines multi-tasking capability of a laptop - how many tasks and programs you can run at the same time. Some programs and games may require large RAM to run properly.

The multiple options above mean there are multiple laptop configurations with different RAM choices.

Learn about RAM of laptop PCs here.
Data Storage

256GB is a decent capacity. If you tend to download and store a lot of large files like movies and install many programs, 512GB or more is a better choice.



512GB storage capacity is recommended if you store a lot of large files and install many programs.



1TB is an excellent storage capacity. The sizes above 512GB, including 1TB, are recommended for those who store a lot of large files.
About Data Storage Storage capacity determines how much data you can store on your laptop.

The SSD type of storage provides noticeably smoother user experience than the old HDD type.

The multiple storage options above mean there are multiple laptop configurations with different storage choices.

Learn about laptop PC data storage here.
Keyboard & Input

The laptop has no separate numeric pad you can typically find on the right side of the keyboard on many laptop models.



Keyboard backlight makes typing in dark environments easier.







Speakers & Audio Stereo speakers

As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
Camera Front-facing web camera

Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.

HD 720p resolution

This is the most common web camera resolution in laptops. However, it's low in comparison to camera resolutions of modern smartphones, so it can't produce as sharp picture.

Face-recognition camera

The dedicated infra-red face recognition cameras in laptops are used for Windows Hello log-ins, without password typing.
Wireless & Networking Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX wireless

The 802.11AX is currently the most used Wi-Fi wireless networking standard in laptops. It’s also known as Wi-Fi 6. When connected to 802.11AX-compatible routers, the 802.11AX modules in laptops bring improvements over the older standards in terms of data transfer speeds and multi-device connectivity. In some of the latest 2024 laptops, 802.11AX is being replaced by 802.11BE.

Bluetooth

This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to wirelessly connect the computer to Bluetooth peripherals like Bluetooth mice and keyboards, as well as to smartphones, and other compatible devices.
USB Ports 1 x USB type A

A standard full-size USB port.

1 x USB-C

A compact type of USB port, commonly found in modern laptops and phones.
Video Output Ports Video out via USB-C

The laptop can deliver digital video output via USB-C.
Media Card Reader None

The laptop has no SD card slots. For reading from and writing to SD and microSD memory cards, you'll have to use a separately sold memory card reader via a USB cable.
Other Features Thunderbolt 4

Thunderbolt 4 is a high-speed peripheral connectivity technology for compatible devices. The Thunderbolt connection goes via USB-C interface.

Surface Connect port

A proprietary Microsoft Surface port for charging, docking, and compatible accessories.
Battery 47 WHr capacity
About Battery The battery capacity is excellent for powering mid-range notebooks like this.

The battery life varies depending on usage, settings, and other factors.
Weight 3.4 pounds
Height 0.6"
Width 13.4"
Depth 9.6"
Casing Material Aluminum
Casing Color Black

Silver
Windows Version

Windows 11 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition.



Windows 11 Pro version adds some business-specific features in comparison to the standard Windows 11 Home.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty.
Year of Release 2022

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