If you’re willing to pony up an extra $99, you can use the Surface Pen with this laptop, which can come in handy for taking quick notes and annotating. Just keep in mind that the display doesn’t lay flat or flip all the way around like 2-in-1 convertibles do.
If you want anything other than Platinum, get ready to pony up. The Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold versions of the Surface Laptop start at $1,299, which is $300 more than the base price. The good news is that these more premium configs come with double the RAM (8GB) and SSD storage (256GB).
A good SSD will give you a transfer rate of 300 MBps or higher. The Surface Laptop is about a third as fast based on our testing. This notebook isn’t slow overall, as it turned in other performance scores that were on a par with a Dell XPS 13, but for this price you deserve speedier storage.
Windows 10 S is too limited
The good news is that you can easily upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free. The bad news is that the Surface Pro runs Windows 10 S out of the box, a forked version of Microsoft’s operating system that promises better speed and security in exchange for running only apps downloaded from the Windows Store. Plus, you’ll have to live with Bing as your default search engine and Edge as your browser. No thanks.