Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 is known for its high quality hardware in a nice looking package. But at a starting price of $ 1
Surface Laptop Go: High school and early college student price
The current Surface Laptop 3 starts at $ 1,000 and you get an Intel i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB processor. That’s the kind of specs you might want for your teen’s laptop, but at a price more than many parents are willing to spend.
Microsoft is trying to counter this with the Surface Laptop Go. The Surface Laptop Go is lighter and more portable. The display measures 12.4 inches, making it a little more than an inch smaller than the Surface Laptop 3. But the hardware isn’t the only thing Microsoft has shrunk. it’s also much cheaper.
The Surface Laptop Go is available in three price and hardware configuration points:
- $ 549.99: Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC storage
- $ 699.99: Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD storage
- $ 899.99: Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD storage
Between slower eMMC storage and the lack of a fingerprint reader, the $ 549 model is hit hardest. The other two models have decent SSD storage and fingerprint readers, as well as Windows Hello features. But even at $ 700, you’ll be spending less than a Surface Laptop 3 and getting the same specs, albeit with a smaller screen. You also get Wi-Fi 6 and fast charging, making it a more future-proof device.
Microsoft is clearly aiming for the Surface Laptop Go to be geared towards high school age and early college kids, and they are heavily featured in the company’s promotional video.
You can pre-order the Surface Laptop Go today, blue, sandstone, and platinum. It will be released on October 13th.
The Surface Pro X gets a faster processor and a new color
The Surface Pro X is being updated today, but only at the top end. Last year there were cheaper models. However, if you’re willing to spend $ 1,499.99 or more, you can get a Surface Pro X with a new processor and in platinum instead of the matte black of the earlier models.
The new processor is a piece of custom silicone that, in partnership with Qualcomm, was named the Microsoft SQ2. It appears that the company used the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G as a starting point, but removed the 5G. That likely keeps the price low and the battery level high.
You still get all of the other features the Surface Pro X is known for, including a great device, long battery life, and a 13-inch PixelSense display. You can use a nanoSIM for LTE connectivity that has removable storage. This earned him additional points at iFixit.
The new Surface Pro X is available in two price ranges and hardware configurations:
- $ 1,499: SQ2 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD storage
- $ 1,799: SQ2 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD storage
You can pre-order it today and it will be out on October 13th.
New colorful accessories
A new laptop apparently means new accessories. Microsoft has also removed a number of new peripherals suitable for any surface device. You can choose from:
- Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard: The compact keyboard for $ 69.99 is sleek and slim, as the name suggests, and has Bluetooth with room for three connections. They have a battery life of two years and can be ordered in two colors.
- Microsoft number pad: For $ 24.99, you can get a matching number pad for your keyboard or Surface Laptop Go that doesn’t have a number pad. It connects via bluetooth.
- Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter: The $ 69.99 wireless display adapter is an upgrade from the older model, but it now supports 4K.
- Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse: The $ 49.99 Mouse is an affordable ergonomic option that comes in a variety of colors and goes with the latest Surface Laptop Go.
- Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse: Now available in Sandstone, a new option in line with the latest offerings from Microsoft.