Microsoft announced several new Surface devices. And even though all the headline has been about the Surface Pro X and Pro 8 but the Surface Laptop Studio is also a noteworthy product. The 2-in-1 device doubles as a laptop and folds into a tablet-like device is infinitely flexible.
One of the most striking new features of the Surface Laptop Studio is its design. Instead of being removable, the PixelSense Flow Display screen measuring 14.4 inches (2,400 x 1,600 pixels) is now connected to a hinge that cannot be removed.
The bearing of the hinge allows the laptop to be used in three modes, Laptop, Stage, and Studio. Laptop Mode allows the device to have a shape like a laptop in general. Then, Stage mode will make the screen can be pulled up to cover the keyboard and leaving the touchpad.
Meanwhile, Studio mode will turn the laptop into a tablet that will have its back to the keyboard and touchpad, just like the previous generation Surface laptop models. Looking at the usage scenarios, it is clear that Microsoft is targeting the creators as the target market for this device.
On the hardware aspect, Surface Laptop Studio is powered by a processor configuration (CPU) up to Intel Core i7 (Tiger Lake-H35), an integrated graphics processor (GPU) Iris Xe, up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti external GPU option.
The CPU and GPU components are combined with up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of SSD storage media. The laptop also gets 2x USB 4.0 ports with Thunderbolt 4 support.
Price and Availability
Microsoft marketed the Surface Laptop Studio with a price tag of $ 1,600. The company has already opened the pre-orders period starting September 2021 and will start shipping the product in October.