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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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Left side, redux

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Graphite

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Matching mouse

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Side view

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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

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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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Power connector

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This is what your friends see

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Touchscreen

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More fabric

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Keyboard in use

The keys look reasonably full-size.

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Side view

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Keyboard, redux

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Navigation keys

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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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Fabric array

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The whole family

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