Meet the newest member of the Surface family.
Along with the new Windows 10 S, Microsoft also introduced the Surface Laptop on Tuesday at its education-focused event in New York City.
The Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s first Surface computer with a traditional clamshell design that’s not a detachable 2-in-1. Until now, Microsoft pushed the Surface Pro 4 (tablet that’s powerful enough to replace a laptop) and the Surface Book (laptop that detaches into a powerful tablet).
Its design is a departure for Microsoft and kind an affirmation that students don’t really need tablets—they need a rock solid laptop that’s affordable and can take a beating.
Available in four colors, Surface Laptop is lightweight at 2.76 pounds and thin at 14.5mm. It’s got a 13.5-inch (2,256 x 1,504 resolution) PixelSense touchscreen display and the keyboard is covered in an “Alcantara” fabric material Microsoft’s used on Surface Pro 4 keyboards before. The backlit keys have a 1.5mm travel and never feel cold when you type, at least according to Microsoft’s Panos Panay.
The Surface Laptop comes with the latest seventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage, and up to 14.5 hours of battery life. Panay says it’s 50 percent faster than the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and lasts longer, too (MacBook Air only gets up to 13 hours of battery life and MacBook Pro has up to 10 hours).
As for ports, it’s got a single USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, and headphone jack on the left side. On the right is a lone charging port.
The Surface Laptop starts at $999 and launches on June 15. Pre-orders are available immediately.