Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 Price in India, Full Specifications and Review



The Surface Laptop 4 is a premium laptop with Style and speed. Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant touchscreen. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek design, speed, immersive audio, and significantly longer battery life than before and you can tell by the sturdy and beautifully finished housing and the smooth hardware. While Zen 3 is already available, Microsoft has equipped the laptop with a Zen 2 processor, but it knows how to get the most out of it. That pays off in good performance and an improved battery life of ten and a half hours, which is two hours longer than its predecessor. The screen has a nice 3:2 ratio, a high resolution and a good calibration. The price is lower than with the Surface Laptop 3. That does not immediately make this fourth generation cheap, but you do get a lot of laptop in return.



How Surface Laptop 4 is different from another laptop? That's quite an important question to ask yourself if you're looking for a smooth 15" laptop. Microsoft announced its Surface Laptop 4 in mid-April, and the new model looks like two drops of water on the old Surface Laptop 3, which is already from 2019. The cheapest 15 "er has a Ryzen 7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Yet the cheapest version with 16GB of RAM already costs almost Rs.178000 and such prices remind us of those of Apple, which is also known for its expensive hardware. If it's so expensive, what makes a Surface Laptop more interesting than a Dell, HP, or Lenovo?


Exterior

Firstly, The exterior makes a Surface device different from other laptops. Microsoft has its own design language for its Surface devices, which boils down to a clean, minimalist design, no letters, just a Microsoft logo on the case and a 3:2 aspect ratio. That aspect ratio determines the appearance of the Surface products, because the result is that the laptops are somewhat higher and narrower than the wider 16:9 laptops.

Laptop 4 is quite similar to laptops with 4:3 screens,  because of that shape, but that's not the only thing that makes it look a bit old-fashioned. The screen bezels are about 8 millimeters wide and although that sounds narrow. Most manufacturers know how to make those bezels a lot narrower these days. In addition, webcam modules have become more compact. A good example is Dell's XPS 13 has much narrower screen edges and, like the Surface Laptop, a camera with facial recognition.


Design

The design can be summarized as a few simple, clean lines, in which a keyboard, a touchpad and a number of connections are processed. There are no lights, logos or other things to be found. The housing not only looks tidy, it also feels very sturdy. This is because the part in which the keyboard is located consists of two shells that fit together almost seamlessly. Both parts are made of magnesium alloy and have a strong feel. There are no parts of the housing that give easily under pressure. This also applies to the construction of the screen,


Sound

Speakers are incorporated under the keyboard because it grilles do not fit into the sleek appearance of Surface devices. That's nice, because unlike many other laptops, they are not pointed downwards, but upwards, towards your ears. Many connection options also do not fit into the Surface philosophy. You can see that on the Surface Pro tablet, for example, but also on the Laptop 4. On the right is only the connection for the charger. This is Microsoft's own plug, which is magnetic and therefore releases when the cable is suddenly pulled, so that the laptop is not pulled off the table. You can also use Microsoft's own docking stations with this connection.



Connections

On the left there is a regular USB-A connection with a maximum transfer rate of 10Gbit/s. The USB-C connection next to it is multifunctional, which means that you can use it to connect USB devices at 10Gbit/s, but also to control external displays. You can also charge the laptop via USB-C, but that is not possible with a 5V phone charger. We managed to do it with chargers that supplied 15 or 20V. The multifunctional USB-C connection is practical, but we would have liked to see more connections. Thunderbolt support would have been useful, but unfortunately we never see that on AMD laptops and we would also find a card reader a welcome addition. A full HDMI connection would also not be out of place, because everyone has an HDMI cable lying around,


Keyboard and Touch pad

The appearance of the Laptop 4 is same as the Laptop 3. The keyboard and touch pad have also remained unchanged. The keyboard is backlit, which can be dimmed in three brightness's. The keys have a small dimple, which makes it easy for your finger to slide to the center of the key. The touch is clear and with 1.6mm there is quite a bit of travel, which makes the keyboard pleasant to tap. The touch pad has a glass surface. It features a button that sits below the surface and "clicks" very clearly. You can use the entire bottom half of the touch pad to make that click and of course different touch points are supported so you can right click with two fingers.

You can log in by using facial recognition. The camera has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, as we see on almost all laptops. Other than the charger, no peripherals and accessories are supplied with the Laptop 4. A nice addition to the charger is the USB-A connection to charge your phone. Fast charging is not supported by the way; it stops at 5 volts and 1 amp.


Screen and Battery life

In 2021 screens with a 'higher' aspect ratio are becoming more popular. Microsoft's Surface devices have had an aspect ratio of 3:2 for years. We increasingly come across 16:10 screens, but in high-end laptops we also regularly see 3:2. Microsoft already offered a 3:2 screen in the Surface Laptop 3 and the same panel is used in the Laptop 4. The resolution is 2496x1664 pixels and on the 15" screen it produces an image about as sharp as a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels at 15.4". The screen also features a touchscreen, with support for styluses. The panel itself comes from Sharp.


The panels are actually the same, and have equal brightness and contrast. A brightness of 400cd/m² is nice and high and great for indoor use. You can also work outside, if it is not too sunny. The contrast of 1350:1 is just good for an IPS panel. The panel Microsoft uses was good in the Surface Laptop 3 and so is the Laptop 4.


Battery test

After releasing the Surface Laptop 3, Microsoft chose to use a first-generation Ryzen processor, while it was clear at the launch that the second-generation Ryzen processor would be announced soon. Between the first and second Ryzen generations, we saw significant differences in our battery tests, in favor of the second generation. The Surface Laptop 4 has a slightly larger battery than the Surface Laptop 3, but the battery life has been extended by almost two hours during browsing, mainly because Zen 2 is more energy-efficient than its predecessor.


The battery life will be a lot shorter and you only have four hours left. That is striking, because it is a lot less than with the Surface Laptop 3. The reason for this is clear when you look at the scores, because where the Surface Laptop 3 dangles at the bottom of the list, the Laptop 4 is almost at the top. The battery is drained faster under load, but the performance is there. In practice, a battery life of four to ten hours is therefore realistic for this laptop, depending on the load.



The third generation of Surface Laptop, Microsoft has made the laptop's hardware accessible. Previously, the parts of the housing were glued together and it was virtually impossible to gain access to the hardware yourself and then reassemble the whole thing undamaged.


From the Surface Laptop 3, the screws can be removed under the rubber feet on the bottom. Then the C-cover, in which the keyboard and touch pad are processed, can be removed and you will find something that resembles the image above. The speakers incorporated under the keyboard are clearly visible and are directed upwards. Although there is no speaker grille above, it does produce excellent sound for a laptop. The only part that you can easily replace as a user is the SSD, which is next to the left speaker. That SSD is 30mm long, but the Price watch contains a handful of SSDs that fit. The battery is glued in parts and therefore not easy to replace by the user, as Microsoft has printed on the battery in triplicate.


Specifications and Benchmarks

The Surface Laptop 4 comes with two screen sizes. The cheapest version has a 13.5" screen with a resolution of 2256x1504 pixels and comes with a Core i5, Core i7 or Ryzen 5 processor. The 15" model we discuss in this review has a resolution of 2496x1664 pixels and is equipped with a Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor. Below is the specifications of version with Ryzen 7 processor.



Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 4980U

cores/threads: 8/16

Clock frequency (turbo): 2.0GHz (4.4GHz)

GPU: AMD RX Vega 8

Random access memory: 16GB Lpddr4x-4266

SSD: Hynix BC511 512GB

Wi-Fi: Intel WiFi 6 AX200 160MHz

Screen: 15", 2496x1664 pixels, ips, touch

Screen panel: Sharp SHP14B4

Weight:1558g

Battery: 47.4Wh

Operating system: Windows 10 Home


Benchmarks

Microsoft has made its own version of AMD Ryzen processor with the Laptop 3. Then Microsoft used first-generation Ryzen processors, which were equipped with an extra graphics compute unit compared to the regular AMD chips. The new AMD chips in the Surface Laptops are based on the Zen 2 architecture. The Zen 2 architecture dates back to the summer of 2020 and has therefore been available for a while. In addition, the Zen 3 architecture on desktops has been available for a while and the laptop chips based on the Zen 3 architecture have also been announced. On the other hand, Microsoft knows how to get a lot of speed out of the AMD chip. The 4980U is broadly the same as the 4800U, AMD's fastest 15W chip of that generation, but the clock speed is 200MHz higher. This applies to the base clock speed, which is 2GHz with the Laptop 4 and the turbo speed, which is therefore 4.4GHz. Furthermore, it is a processor with eight cores and support for SMT.


The Laptop 4 has the fastest 15W Zen 2 processor. The 8-core processor in the Surface Laptop 4 knows what to do, especially for a 15W processor. In Cinebench Multi, it is almost at the top and performs just as well as an 8-core Intel processor of the tenth generation, such as in the BTO, while that CPU has a tdp of 45W. If you can't put more than one core to work, Intel wins in Cinebench, but the performance is still impressive.


If we look further at 3DMark, the CPU performance remains good, but graphically the Vega GPU is not really a competitor for Intel's Xe GPU. The Vega architecture dates from 2017 and although AMD can now run the GPU cores at 1750MHz, it is sometimes time for something new. That does not mean that the internal GPU is worthless. Especially in graphics applications it can do its bit and light games will run fine at a not too high resolution, but the days when AMD had the fastest on-board GPU are long gone.


The SSD in the Laptop 4 is a Hynix BC511 and it appears to deliver about the same performance as the SSDs in the Surface Laptop 2 and 3.



Result

The result is a laptop that you can stand out with, without unnecessary stickers and lights, and even without speaker grilles. The housing is made of magnesium alloy, feels very sturdy and is neatly finished. The different parts of the housing fit together almost seamlessly. The minimalist design does have the is advantage that the connections are not practical, with only a USB-A and a USB-C connection. Plus, the design has been around for a while  the Surface Laptop 3 looked exactly the same. The screen edges seem quite wide for 2021 standards.


Screen is also the same as in the previous Surface Laptop and is characteristic of Surface products, due to the 3:2 aspect ratio. In most situations, except for watching movies, we find a 'higher' screen to work more pleasantly than the standard 16:9 ratio. The screen also has a high resolution and is well calibrated. Also characteristic of Surface devices is the touchscreen, with support for a stylus. You may or may not use it, but it's good to realize that the laptop has a glossy screen as a result. A matte coated version is not available.


Hardware, The AMD processor is a special Surface Edition, with the highest clock speeds that you will find on a Zen 2 processor with a 15W TDP. The laptop also achieves those high clock speeds and the cooling does not produce too much noise. An Intel version is also available, but for the raw CPU power, the AMD version with Ryzen 7 processor is recommended. The big advantage of the Intel version is the more powerful GPU, because the actually four-year-old GPU in the AMD processor puts that version behind. In most situations, however, the eight AMD cores with an admittedly slightly slower GPU are more useful than the smooth Intel GPU with only four cores.


So it's great that Microsoft has managed to squeeze the most out of Zen 2. Incidentally, the Zen 2 architecture is another big step compared to the first Zen architecture. The high number of cores, eight, has already been mentioned, but Zen 2 is also more efficient and that pays off in the battery life, which has now been extended by two hours and comes to ten and a half hours during browsing.





Pros

Cons

Well-optimized CPU
Impractical connections
Good screen
Outdated CPU architecture
Sturdy housing

Replaceable SSD

Price: Rs.135000 (Approx)