In review: Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 – Two display sizes

Microsoft’s business laptop Surface 4 shines with noble workmanship, but is stingy with the interfaces. […]

A slim and stable unibody housing made of aluminum, very narrow and uniform gap dimensions, a generously dimensioned touchpad and a touch display in 3:2-inch format: with its elegant design, the Surface Laptop 4 remains an eye-catcher even in the fourth generation.

The 13.5-inch display of the Surface Laptop 4 has a resolution of 2256 x 1504 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 201 PPI and thus a very sharp display. With its brightness of an average of 385 cd / m2, the color-coordinated Microsoft laptop was also suitable for outdoor use. However, depending on the lighting situation, the reflective touchscreen can make it difficult to read content from the screen. With the separately available Surface Pen, pen input is also possible.

When it comes to connectivity, the Microsoft Surface laptop bakes 4 small rolls. Apart from the headset and charging port, only one USB-C and one USB-A port remain as physical interfaces. You have to do without Thunderbolt 4 as well as a microSD or smart card reader. There is also no mobile radio module.

Manufacturer / Model Microsoft / Surface Laptop 4
Price 1600 Euro
Operating Windows 10 Home
Processor / RAM Intel Core i7-1185G7 / 16 GB
Display / Resolution 13.5 Inches / 2256 x 1504 pixels
Panel Type / Aspect Ratio IPS / 3:2
Memory / Size SSD / 512 Gb
Scanner / TPM ○ / ●
Backlit Keyboard
Touch Panel
Brightness Display Average / maximum 385 / 400 cd/m2
Office volume / load < 30 / 41.5 dB(A)
PCMark 10 4911 Points
Cinebench R23 CPU Multi-Core 4961 Points
3DMark Night Raid 13915 Points
Google Octane 2.0 / Mozilla Kraken 1.1 67690 Points / 586.9 ms
Dimensions / Weight 308 x 223 x 14.5 mm / 1315 g
Battery life 10:44 Hours

● yes; ○ no

Metal or Alcantara

Microsoft offers its notebook in several color variants. In the colors sandstone and matt black, the Surface Laptop 4 has a matt metal surface with color-matched buttons. The latter is also available in the platinum and ice blue color variants, whereby the base unit is then coated with Alcantara.

Our 1.3 kilogram lightweight test device was equipped with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD and costs around 1600 euros. Although it ran with the Core i7-1185G7 and thus the fastest Intel CPU available for the Surface Laptop 4, it remained pleasantly quiet.

In office operation and other less computationally intensive tasks, there was no sign of himself, because his case fan was then almost always at a standstill. Under load, the noise level rose to up to 41.5 dB (A), but never sounded unpleasant due to its low-frequency noise.

With the Surface Laptop 4, buyers have a choice between the 13.5-inch version we tested and the 15-inch model with a screen resolution of 2496 x 1664 pixels. Both devices expect either an Intel CPU of the eleventh core generation or a Ryzen 4000 processor from AMD. Up to 32 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and a 1 TB PCIe SSD can be accommodated in the Surface Laptop 4, which then raises the price for a maximum equipped 13.5-inch version to more than 2000 euros.

*Manuel Masiero is an author at COM!professional.

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