The keys to the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

When in late 2012 Microsoft introduced its first Surface tablet, it did so with a very clear goal: to create a product to get the most out of its software; something very similar to what Apple does with its devices. So the basis for its functions is in the Windows 10 operating system, installed in a very clean version (without third-party programs) and with all its options: from trial versions of its popular Office 365 office suite to biometric recognition systems.

The next generation of this family consists of several computers, including the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X convertible models, and the Surface Laptop 3 laptop that is the protagonist of this analysis.


Surface Laptop 3 is a high-end device (part of 1,149 euros) and that shows as soon as you take it out of the box: it shows a very elegant aluminum finish, a construction that transmits a feeling of durability and a very thin and quite light chassis for its dimensions. It is also modular: it is not that it can be disassembled to choose the components, but it does facilitate the replacement of the SSD hard drive, so it will be easy to increase the capacity if necessary.

Its size is the most important novelty: it is now available with 15 inches in addition to the previous 13.5

Its size is the most important novelty: it is now available with 15 inches in addition to the previous 13.5. With a resolution of 2,496 x 1,664 pixels, it has a 3:2 aspect ratio that makes it ideal for productivity-related tasks. This format does not benefit during multimedia playback or in games, since displaying wide-shaped black frames creates too wide black frames above and below the image. It's also tactile: a feature that we haven't given anything of use to, considering that it's not a convertible model. The sound, on the other hand, is not bad at all. Even when listening to music without using additional speakers and the result is the least acceptable. It is accompanied by a very comfortable and very quiet keyboard and a glass trackpad of good size very soft to the touch and that responds well.

AMD's Return

It's a big shot is surprising: the 15-inch model puts Intel processors aside, yet it's committed to a unit designed with AMD—the AMD Ryzen 5 Surface Edition in the analyzed version, although there's a superior one—that, accompanied by 8 GB of RAM, offers very fluid use. The only exception is very demanding programs in terms of graphics (including games). The reason is that this processor has integrated and non-dedicated graphics module, which greatly limits its performance in this regard.

Here begins the section of the improvements. For example, it's very short in terms of connections. It incorporates a USB Type-A and a Type-C port and a headphone jack. That's all. No card reader, no HDMI, no more USBs... Even the built-in Type C is not compatible with Thunderbolt. There is one more connector in the power supply to charge another device at once.

It is also tight: the firm estimates the battery life at 11.5 hours and during our tests, in which we have employed it as the main work team, it arrived very fast at the end of the working day (about 8 hours). It has fast charging, so in an hour we have again 80% charge, but it is not comfortable to use it during the process. And is that when it is plugged into the current and touched the metal surface you feel the vibration of the energy that enters the device; something normal for the loading system used and without negative consequences according to the firm, which in the day to day is quite rare,

Halfway through

Surface Laptop 3 is a very good laptop, although after the test we have a taste of bittersweet mouth: Microsoft has missed the opportunity given by the 15 inches to create a round computer that raises faces great competitors of the high-end: the main Macbook Pro of Apple, but also models with Windows operating system such as the Dell XPS 15 or Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, among others.