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|
12.1 x 8.8 x 0.57 inches – Surface Laptop 5 13.5″
13.4 x 9.6 x 0.58 inches – Surface Laptop 5 15″
|Weight||Fabric 2.80 pounds or Metal 2.86 pounds – Surface Laptop 5 13.5″
3.44 pounds – Surface Laptop 5 15″
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1230U (only Surface Laptop 5 13.5″)
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|
1 x USB-C with USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-A 3.1
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2|
|Webcam||720p + IR camera|
|Operating system||Windows 11|
Up to 18 hours of typical device usage – Surface Laptop 5 13.5-inch
Up to 17 hours of typical device usage – Surface Laptop 5 15-inch
The Surface Laptop line of laptops has never been workhorses for performance, and the Surface Laptop 5 doesn’t look like it’s changing that.
The available color options are the only other significant change to the Surface Laptop 5 this year. Like the Surface Laptop Go 2 from earlier this year, the Surface Laptop 5 now comes in Sage green. This is in addition to the Platinum Alcantara, Matte Black, and Sandstone, all of which are options for the 13.5-inch model only. The Surface Laptop 5 15-inch still only comes in Platinum or Matte Black.
The Surface Laptop 5 still only comes with a 720p webcam, unfortunately, despite many laptops moving to 1080p this year.
The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 5 starts at $1,000, for an entry-level configuration that comes with the Core i5-1230U, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The 15-inch model starts at $1,300 for the Core i7-1250U, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
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