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Microsoft thinks you'll want to caress its new Surface Laptop

Fabric and metal makes it different, but Microsoft has never sounded more like Apple than when it emoted over its pricey new clamshell.

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No more 2-in-1

For its college-focused laptop, Microsoft went with a traditional clamshell design rather than the tear-off-keyboard of the Surface Pro series. But it's still wedge-shaped, because that's the current trend.

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Fabric

The most novel aspect of the Surface Laptop is the fabric overlay on the keyboard and wrist rest sections.

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Screen

Bucking the trend of 16:9 displays, Microsoft went with a 13.5-inch 3:2 aspect ratio touchscreen display with a nonstandard 2,256x1,504-pixel resolution that works out to a pixel density of about 201ppi. The aspect ratio lets you fit more on it than a 16:9 display, but streaming movies will have to be letterboxed. It also covers 100 percent of the sRGB colors space.

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Plastic keys

The keyboard keys are still made out of plastic, with the fabric inset around them. I hope the fabric is spill resistant.

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It comes in burgundy, cobalt, platinum and graphite (aka red, blue, silver and gray).

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Burgundy

Matching mouse!

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Connectors

On the left, there's a USB Type-A, USB-C and headphone jack.

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Hinge

Unlike the Surface Book, it doesn't have a 360-degree hinge.

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Input

There's a touchpad, but the Surface Laptop also works with the Microsoft Dial -- not on the screen, though -- and a stylus, as well as a mouse.

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Edgy

Yes, it's thin.

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Metal

The display section is metal, like a traditional laptop.

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Power button

That power button is in a terrible location. I'd hit it accidentally every time I go for delete or backspace.

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Keyboard cross section

Because the keys are recessed, the rim acts as a bumper for the display when you close it. And while they look pretty flat from the side, peeking over the rim, they actually seem to have a fair bit of travel.

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Power

The only connector on the right side is power, which uses a connector similar to that of the other Surfaces.

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This is what your friends see

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Keyboard in use

The keys look reasonably full-size.

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Windows 10 S

It looks like Windows 10 S also comes with Microsoft do-not-want-ware.

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