The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is more of an evolution than a revolution, fitting newer parts inside the recognizable thin, light chassis of the Surface Laptop family. Instead of attempting to position it as anything different, Microsoft has simply promised that this Surface Laptop is more powerful and lasts longer than its predecessors.
These claims are evidently accurate after spending numerous hours with this laptop, yet our test findings offer plenty of opportunity for criticism of Microsoft’s marketing. But since the 2019 release of the Surface Laptop 3, rival companies like Dell and Apple have pushed the boundaries of what an ultraportable can be in terms of thickness, aesthetics, and power.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is without a doubt the greatest Surface Laptop to date, but it can be difficult to determine whether it is the ideal laptop for you. Continue reading for our thorough evaluation of the Surface Laptop 4, which should (hopefully) help you find the answer.
A Surface Laptop 4 ordered through Microsoft(opens in new tab)will cost you at least $899 for the 13.5-inch model and $1,299 for the 15-inch as of April 15 2021 in the US and April 27 in the UK. These entry-level machines come with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and AMD Ryzen 5/7 4000-series processors.
If you require more power, you may configure the Surface Laptop 4 with beefier internals; but, doing so may result in a price increase of up to $2,299 and $2,399 (respectively) for the two variants. The Surface Laptop 4 differs from its predecessors in that both sizes can be configured with either an AMD Ryzen 5/7 4000-series processor or an Intel 11th Gen Core i5/i7 CPU, albeit the 15-inch model is only compatible with the more expensive Core i7/Ryzen 7 processors.
Our 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4 review device arrived with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, which is a combination that costs $1,699. It also has Microsoft’s new (to the Surface Laptop) Ice Blue color scheme.
I would have preferred to see Microsoft attempt a more radical change with the Surface Laptop’s design, but for the time being, you’ll have to look inside to see what’s new. The most recent Surface Laptop sticks closely to the minimalist design of its predecessors, which is both welcome and a little underwhelming.