Microsoft has announced the Surface Laptop 5 at its annual fall Surface event. There aren’t many changes from the outside, but inside, Microsoft has made a drastic change to the hardware by pulling support for AMD Ryzen processors in this generation.
The Surface Laptop 4 was the first (and only) Surface device to provide an option for Ryzen processors. Notably, it was a highlight of the laptop, providing better multi-core performance and longer battery life than its Intel rival.
With the improvements made in Intel’s 12th-gen processors, the decision to stick with Team Blue doesn’t feel like as much of a gut punch. It should be noted, however, that Microsoft has chosen to use Intel’s U-series chips.
In particular, you get the choice of either the Core i5-1235U or Core i7-1255U on the 13.5-inch model and just the Core i7 for the 15-inch model. These are all 15-watt chips, but only include two Performance cores (and eight Efficiency cores).
|Microsoft Surface Laptop 5|
|Weight||Fabric 2.80 pounds or Metal 2.86 pounds – Surface Laptop 5 13.5″
3.44 pounds –
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1230U (only
Intel Core i7-1250U
|Graphics||Intel Xe Graphics|
|RAM||Up to 32GB LPDDR5X|
|Display||13.4-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS|
|Storage||Up to 1TB PCIe SSD|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2|
|Webcam||720p + IR camera|
|Operating system||Windows 11|
Up to 18 hours of typical device usage –
Up to 17 hours of typical device usage –
The Surface Laptop line of laptops has never been workhorses for performance, and the
The available color options are the only other significant change to the
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