Speaker 1: Microsoft has ditched the dated doc tablet design of the 2015 surface book in favor of the sleeker, more sensible, if not quite as groundbreaking design of the new surface laptop studio,
Speaker 1: The surface laptop [00:00:30] studio has a lot in common with its old, old big brother. The surface studio from its clever repositional pen, tablet oriented display to its somewhat underpowered insides. What separates it from the crowd is the three position 14 inch display. In addition to the standard clam shell, you can pull the screen over the keyboard for use with things like video streaming gaming. Then you can lay it down at a very, very slight [00:01:00] angle for opt more positioning for using as a drawing tablet or writing on one hand, I really like the ability to lay it down and use it as a tablet like that. On the other hand, I really miss something that competition has, which is a more articulated display that you can pull out over the keyboard and let it hover at different angles. Cause I like to use the keyboard while I'm using it in a position other than clamshell, you can sort of do both, but the way the screen is weighted and all of the magnets [00:01:30] around the body make it not very stable.
Speaker 1: It tends to flip down or flip over and not retain the position that you wanted. It. This is a new screen for Microsoft. The flow in pixel sense, flow refers to 120 Hertz refresh rate, which if you're a gamer means something to you, it helps the screen looks smooth when you're playing games or streaming video or whatever. It's a, it's a good, but the laptop is relatively heavy. It has [00:02:00] a two-tier design. And the bottom tier is where it all the venting and the fans are. The cool air runs over this GPU and CPU and runs out as hot air. And given how low power the components are with a pretty lightweight CPU and GPU, I'm kind of surprised how hot the laptop can get the top of the keyboard and the hot air venting out the sides. I mean, it's not burning, but it can be uncomfortable.
Speaker 1: [00:02:30] Microsoft pairs, laptop with a new slim pen too, of course pairs it's $130 extra. Of course I like the sharp nib on the pen. And it has the feel of the Microsoft stylists that I like, which is a bit toothy compared to the slick stylist on for the apple pencil too. But the new haptics are on the disappointing side. The [00:03:00] haptics are supposed to make the experience feel more like drawing or writing on paper. And they do. If the paper is a Blackboard and the brush is nails to me, it feels like driving over a rumble strip, but you can turn it off. And frankly, it's either gonna be an acquired taste or something that some people just don't like, like meat. The laptop does have two Thunderbolt, four ports, and one potential big drawback for people is its me [00:03:30] upgradeability. You can't upgrade the Ram. And if you wanna upgrade the SSD, you have to do it through an authorized service center to some people that just makes it a no go. I wish I could say that I love or hate the surface laptop studio. I like it. It's good for basic work drawing video, watching what a lot of people are looking for in a mainstream laptop, but there's nothing about it. That's means [00:04:00] this. This is the laptop you want.