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.
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.
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.