Best Laptops for Creators Comparison: Surface Laptop Studio, Pro 8, and More

Microsoft announced a new version of the Surface pro last week, along with the Surface Laptop Studio. Surface Pro 8 looks a lot like a logical evolution of Microsoft’s tablet / laptop. Some of the more notable improvements include a 120Hz display with slimmer bezels, Thunderbolt 4 support, as well as a reworked surface keyboard that includes a dedicated space for storing and charging the new one. Surface Slim Pen 2.

Meanwhile, Surface Laptop Studio features a unique hinged display and more powerful hardware. This is effectively a replacement for the Surface Book 3, with a three-point adjustable screen that can be laid flat for drawing or upright to provide a more traditional laptop experience. This laptop comes equipped with an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU and an Intel 11th Gen Quad Core 4.8GHz processor.

Perhaps the best thing to come out of the event was the Surface Slim Pen 2, which aesthetically resembles any other stylus, but includes haptic feedback to simulate the subtle tactile response you get from putting a pen on paper. While the inclusion of a stylus isn’t revolutionary, the improvements to the overall user experience are nice to see.

But how does the new one do it? Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Laptop Studio compare to other laptops that take up creator and power user space? We’ve collected some of our favorites below to compare based on our first impressions and spec sheets, with full reviews to follow in the weeks to come.

In front of the Surface Laptop Studio

We chose the 14-inch models from the HP Specter X360 and the Acer Donkey ConceptD for its competitive price, which includes a stylus, and also for its ability to reorient itself in creative ways. (Microsoft’s new devices don’t include the Surface Slim Pen 2, which costs $ 130 separately.) The spectre It’s technically a 2-in-1 and can work effectively like a tablet if you flip the screen over, though it doesn’t hold it at an angle like the Surface Laptop Studio. the Donkey ConceptDMeanwhile, you can open the screen and stand like an easel or lay flat like a tablet.


Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

Surface Laptop Studio is equipped with a three-point adjustable screen that can be laid flat or upright, along with an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU and an Intel 11th Gen quad-core processor.

We also incorporated the predecessor of the Laptop Studio, the 13.5-inch Surface Book 3. The screen may not fold or rotate, but it can still function as a tablet when detached from your keyboard. We considered adding the 15-inch version of the Surface Book 3, but its $ 2,300 starting price It made it a bit too expensive when compared to its competition.

Still, the Surface Laptop Studio sets itself apart by offering longer battery life and probably a superior dedicated GPU option to any of these other machines. It also has the distinction of being the only laptop in our lineup with a 120Hz refresh rate display, a feature normally reserved for gaming laptops. Usually you would need to look at a gaming class laptop if you need a high-end GPU.

Surface Laptop Studio Comparison

Specification Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio HP Specter X360 14 Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel 13-inch 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Book 3
Specification Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio HP Specter X360 14 Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel 13-inch 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Book 3
starting price $ 1,600; $ 1,730 with pen $ 1,100 (HP Tilt Pen included) $ 1,200 (Acer Active Stylus included) $ 1,600; $ 1,700 with pen
YOU Windows 11 Windows 11 Pro Windows 10 Home or Pro Windows 10 startup
Monitor 14.4 inch 13.5 inch 14 inch 13.5 inch
Resolution 2400 x 1600 1920 x 1280 or 3000 x 2000 OLED 1920 x 1080 3000 x 2000
Touch screen Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pixels per inch 201 PPI 163 or 267 PPI 157 PPI 267 PPI
Brightness 500 nits 400 or 1000 nits 340 nits 400 nits
Update frequency 120 Hz 60 Hz 60 Hz 60 Hz
Aspect ratio 3: 2 3: 2 16: 9 3: 2
Dimensions 12.72 x 8.98 inches 11.75 x 8.67 inches 12.9 x 9.0 inches 12.3 x 9.14 inches
Thickness 0.74 inch 0.67 inch 0.90 inch 0.90 inch
Weight 3.83 lbs (4.0 lbs Core i7 models) 2.95 pounds 3.8 pounds 3.38 pounds
Estimated Battery Life 19 hours 15 hours 14 hours 15.5 hours
CPU 11th Gen Core i5-11300H or Core i7-11370H 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 10th Gen Core i7-10750H 10th Gen Core i5-1035G7 or Core i7-1065G7
GPU Integrated Intel Iris Xe or GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB graphics Integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB or 1650 Ti 4GB Integrated Intel Iris Plus or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 4GB graphics
RAM 16GB or 32GB 8GB or 16GB 16 GB 8GB, 16GB or 32GB
Storage Up to 2TB NVMe SSD Up to 2TB NVMe SSD 512GB NVMe SSD Up to 1TB NVMe SSD
Ports 2 x USB 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 support, 1 x Surface Connect 2 x USB 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 support, 1 x USB-A, 1 x MicroSD 1 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 support, 2 USB-A, 1 x full-size SDXC card reader, 1 x Mini DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 1 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, 2 USB-A, 1 x full-size SDXC card reader, 2 x Surface Connect
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear camera N / A N / A N / A 1080p, 8 megapixels
Frontal camera 1080p 720p 720p 1080p, 5 megapixels
Biometrics Windows Hello Fingerprint reader, Windows Hello Fingerprint reader Windows Hello
Power adapter Surface Connect, 60 W (Core i5 models), 95 W (Core i7 models) Type-C, 65W Barrel DC, 135W Surface Connect, 60 W (Core i5 models), 95 W (Core i7 models)
Colors Silver Blue, black, silver White Silver
Wireless options Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

In front of the Surface Pro 8

The unique form factor of Surface devices makes them difficult to compare, but the Lenovo Yoga 9i and Apple MacBook M1 Air present a solid case as ultraportables outside of the Surface ecosystem that cater to creatives, and we also include the previous generation Surface Pro 7 for comparison.

Like previous generations of Surface, the new Surface Pro 8 doesn’t come with a pen or keyboard to get you started. the new Slim Pen 2 and Surface Pro Signature keyboard it will cost you $ 130 and $ 180 respectively, but it can also be packaged for $ 280. Obviously, the other laptops we’re discussing come with built-in keyboards, and the Yoga i9 includes the stylus as well.


Microsoft Surface Pro 8

The new Surface Pro 8 is Microsoft’s biggest update in years. The upcoming 2-in-1 touts Thunderbolt 4 support, a 120Hz display, a better camera, and a more modern look.

The Lenovo It also shares many of the same hardware specs as the Surface Pro 8, with options for an 11th Gen Core i5 or i7 CPU. It makes a couple of concessions, especially in the resolution and refresh rate of its screen. However, anyone who needs to save a little more money could ignore these warnings.

the MacBook M1 Air It is really the outlier of this line, not only because of its operating system, but because it is also the only laptop we chose that does not have a touch screen or can work as a 2-in-1. However, it strikes a solid balance in terms of features. , performance and price.

The biggest draw for the Surface Pro 8, aside from its unique form factor, is the display, which boasts the highest resolution and refresh rate of the contenders below. It is also the only model that has a 4K rear camera.

Surface Pro 8 comparison

Specification Microsoft Surface Pro 8 MacBook M1 Air Lenovo Yoga 9i Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Specification Microsoft Surface Pro 8 MacBook M1 Air Lenovo Yoga 9i Microsoft Surface Pro 7
starting price $ 1,100; $ 1,380 with exclusive keyboard and pen $ 1,000 $ 1,250 (Lenovo Active Pen included) $ 750; $ 1,010 with exclusive pen and keyboard
YOU Windows 11 MacOS Big Sur Windows 10 Home or Pro Windows 10 startup
Monitor 13 inches 13.3 inch 14 inch 12.3 inch
Resolution 2880 x 1920 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1080 2736 x 1824
Touch screen Yes No Yes Yes
Pixels per inch 267 PPI 227 PPI 157 PPI 267 PPI
Brightness 450 nits 400 nits 400 nits 395 nits
Update frequency 120 Hz 60 Hz 60 Hz 60 Hz
Aspect ratio 3: 2 16:10 16: 9 3: 2
Dimensions 11.3 x 8.2 inches 11.97 x 8.36 inches 12.57 x 8.51 inches 11.5 x 7.9 inches
Thickness 0.37 inch 0.63 inch 0.61 inch 0.33 inch
Weight 1.96 pounds 2.8 pounds 3.02 pounds 1.7 pounds
Estimated Battery Life 16 hours 15 hours 15 hours 10.5 hours
CPU 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1185G7 Apple M1 chip 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1185G7 10th Generation Core i3-1005G1, Core i5-1035G4, or Core i7-1065G7
GPU Integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics Apple M1 graphics Integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics Integrated Intel UHD Graphics or Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM 8GB, 16GB or 32GB 8GB or 16GB 8GB or 16GB 4GB, 8GB or 16GB
Storage Up to 1TB NVMe SSD Up to 2TB NVMe SSD Up to 1TB NVMe SSD Up to 1TB NVMe SSD
Ports 2 x USB 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 support, 1 x Surface Connect 2 x USB 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 support 2 x USB 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 support, 1 x USB-A 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A, MicroSD card reader, 1 x Surface Connect
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear camera 1080p and 4K, 10MP N / A N / A 1080p, 8 megapixels
Frontal camera 1080p, 5 megapixels 720p 720p 1080p, 5 megapixels
Biometrics Windows Hello Fingerprint reader Fingerprint reader, Windows Hello Windows Hello
Power adapter Surface Connect, 60W Type-C, 30W Type-C, 65W Surface Connect, 60W
Colors Grey silver Gold, silver, gray Silver black Silver black
Wireless options Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

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