Surface Laptop 2 – Unboxing, Setup, Benchmarks and Review

Surface Laptop 2 – Unboxing, Setup, Benchmarks and Review

hi everyone Aaron here for ZolloTech and
many of you have been asking me to take a look at the surface laptop 2 and since
I already did the surface pro 6 I thought we’d take a look at this now now
this has been out for a couple months and the good news is you can get this
for a reduced price of about $300 off so they currently go from $799 to $2399
and that’s for a top model of with a core i7 16 gigabytes of RAM and a
terabyte of storage this one is $999 so let me flip it over
I’ll show you what comes in the box and what specs we’ve got so you can see in
the top there it’s got the 8th gen Core i5 quad core processor 256 gigabytes SSD
and 8 gigabytes of RAM so let’s go ahead and open this up we’ll get it set up see
what comes with it and then move on to setting it up and seeing what it will do
as far as its benchmarks go so we’ll go ahead and open this up there we go
let’s set this aside and here’s the surface laptop now this is the new color
for this year it’s in black and we’ll take a closer look at that in just a
moment now in the box we’ve got a little documentation it looks like and no
stickers but it talks about caring for the surface laptop
let’s move this aside and take a look at the power adapter that we’ve got so
here’s the power adapter we’ve got an extra USB plug in it and then our wall
adapter then you can see the magnetic connector there and this is something I
wish Apple would bring back but they won’t and this is really nice to have so
here is the surface laptop let’s go ahead and open it up there we go and you can see it looks
just like last year’s model it’s aluminum on both top and bottom and then
let’s go ahead and flip it over and it picks up fingerprints really easy but it
still looks nice and then on this side you can see we have USB a display port
microphone jack no USB see and then we’ve got our surface connector here so
it’s pretty nice just like last year’s but it doesn’t have the modern adapters
you can get a USBC adapter pretty inexpensively on Amazon to USB a so
we’ll open it up and this is Alcantara although it doesn’t feel like I’ll can
tear that you get on some of the other surface devices so it’s hard to say if
this is actually what that is but it looks pretty good you’ve got a nice
glass trackpad and a really great keyboard since they’ve kept the same one
from last year let’s go ahead and turn it on and get it set up now the keyboard
has great throw to it it looks really nice it feels good then the trackpad is
nice it’s glass and it clicks on the bottom you can’t click on the top and
the overall build of this is really nice it’s very sturdy and feels very high
quality you can see the screen is quite reflective but these are really nice
displays let’s go ahead and turn this on wait for it to boot up and then we’ll
get it set up so you’ll see it says continuing selected language I’ll click
yes and we’ll be able to set this up with our voice so I’ll do that if you
need an assistive reader press the windows control and
enter keys at the same time to turn on narrator okay enough intro let’s dig in
now one thing – yes yes your keyboard is set to us want to stick with that yes
do you also type with another keyboard layout no now let’s get you connected to
a network that way you can get updates now one thing to note is the speakers
are under this keyboard and they’re vibrating something you can hear that a
little bit but let me go ahead and put in my password and we’ll get to the next
step I’ll click Next well click accept move on to the next
step you have to do that physically you can’t do that with your voice for at
least I haven’t been able to so I’ll put in my credentials and then click Next yes okay hold still for a second we need
to learn to recognize you one to set up a pin if you’ve never used
Windows hello it’s like face ID for your laptop it’s definitely the best way to
log in out there and I’ll do this later I don’t want to do that now let’s move
on to the next step yes your PC comes with a free 30-day
trial of office three sixty two use the info I need to do my best work yes these
are the settings microsoft recommends except when you’re ready so everything
looks good here we’ll just tap on accept there we go
so it’s setup and it’s going to load the desktop we’ll wait a few minutes and we
should be at the desktop and then we’ll take a look at some of the benchmarks
and see how this compares now this should be faster than the MacBook Pro
without the touch bar which is similarly priced or even the MacBook Air so this
should be a better deal but you’re lacking those Thunderbolt ports that you
have on the MacBook but either way this is a great value for $9.99 but just keep
in mind you can’t upgrade this so there’s no way to actually change the
RAM or the storage later on and it’s not upgradable like the surface pro you have
the microSD slot on this you don’t so we’re at the desktop that was pretty
quick let’s go ahead and close this and let’s turn up the brightness a little
bit this goes pretty bright now if you’ve never seen one of these displays
this is really nice it’s 13.5 inches corner-to-corner 20
256 by 1504 with 201 pixels per inch there we go it’s customizing to how I
have my PC set up and it’s just a really nice beautiful screen touchscreen but it
is a little bit reflective if I had one complaint about it but overall it’s a
great display so you’ll see it comes installed with Microsoft edge that’s
going to be discontinued soon or at least revamped to use the chromium
engine from Chrome but let’s get some apps installed I’ll make sure this is
updated and then I’ll run some benchmarks so I’ll check for updates and
see what we’ve got it’s probably going to take a while to update and currently
I have about 47% battery these easily get you through a day if
you haven’t used one of these and you’ll see there are a ton of updates so I’ll
get this updated and then I’ll move on from there and see what it’s like to use
in benchmarking now it’s been quite a while and I installed all the updates
that this had available for it that took quite a few hours and then I installed
some benchmarks and some other things so let’s take a look at the Geekbench I ran
this already and you’ll see we came in at three thousand three hundred and
forty nine for a single core in ten thousand nine hundred and thirty three
for some multi-core score and this is pretty good it’s okay but the main thing
holding this back is it’s graphics card and the graphics card in this is an
Intel u HD graphics 620 the processor itself sacktual e pretty good so let me
go ahead and close that and you’ll see I have Cinebench open here and I also have
intel’s power gadget just to see if it throttles now so far I haven’t seen
throttling during tasks so it’s base clock speed is about 1.8 gigahertz or so
and it only runs at about 2.1 it doesn’t really get to its base clock speed so
let’s go ahead and hit run for the cpu test we’ll see if it throttles at all it
may but it does have a fan inside as well so let’s wait for this to finish
and see what we get now completed with 476 for CPU that’s
not great but it’s not horrible either but let’s go ahead and run the OpenGL
test and also I never saw it throttle it ran at about 2.3 gigahertz the whole
time so let’s go ahead and hit run and if you look down here there’s GPU
utilization and it’s doing pretty good as far as the overall temperature it’s
not warm or anything like that even if you touch it here on the underside it
may get a little bit warm so let’s wait for this to run and see how it does now at first when this started to run it
actually throttled a little bit but then I noticed the CPU utilization is way
down so it’s actually not throttling it’s just not using a lot of its power
so we’ll wait for this it’s hanging out about 50 degrees Celsius so that’s
pretty cold actually not bad at all the OpenGL test completed and it
completed at thirty six point seven three frames per second if you can see
up there and that’s pretty good that’s actually better than some others that
I’ve tested MacBooks and things and again the temperature never really went
over 50 degrees Celsius it’s gone back down to 44 degrees Celsius so let me
close that and then we’re going to try the heaven benchmark which is more of a
gaming benchmark and then we’ll try a game that everyone’s going to ask me if
it runs anyway we’ll try out fortnight and just see what it runs at so we’ll
click run here I’ll leave everything at default for now everything is on high
and we’ll click run and see what Heaven benchmark does so right now on its
default settings I didn’t change anything we’re running at about 5 frames
per second in the upper right there so not so great normally when we get to the
part where there’s the airship it goes up a little bit and we’re at about 8
frames per second 6 to 8 it depends on what it’s doing so not so great there
and I wouldn’t expect it to be very good at this this is not really meant for
gaming so let’s go ahead and exit out of this quit now because many of you will
ask anyway we’ll go ahead and open fortnight now
keep in mind this has not gone above fifty degrees Celsius that’s really
impressive I don’t hear any fans or anything it’s staying nice and cool so
let’s see if it runs this what kind of frames per second we get I’ll let it
kind of run itself as far as what it can handle and hopefully we get okay
benchmark so I haven’t opened this before it just finished installing a
little while ago and let’s see how it does you’ll see it’s fully loaded
at least in the lobby and by default it set everything to medium and we’re
running at about 20 frames per second so let me go ahead and hit play see what it
does I may have to lower it down to low just to get decent frame rates out of it
also while we’re waiting for it to do matchmaking GPU utilization is usually
run 94% here and I’m starting to hear the fans spin up so there’s that and
also it’s running at about 2.4 gigahertz right now at 43 percent utilization so
it’s doing okay as far as the CPU is concerned you can see it’s quite choppy
right now and it’s not really doing so well as far as the framerate is
concerned let me change some of the settings quick this is much more
playable although still kind of choppy you’re actually better off playing it on
your phone probably for framerate and if you want a little higher resolution it
seems like it works but it’s not so great so it’s playable but it’s it’s not
anything that I would recommend when you’re when you’re playing this it seems
like it’s going to be okay in low resolution or low mode but overall it’s
not going to be great and I’m terrible at this game so let’s move on to the
next thing now as I said during that fortnight test it actually spun the fan
up for the first time although we’re only at about 53 degrees Celsius and
it’s coming down now and you can see it actually thermal throttled a little bit
once we got to that full CPU utilization and GPU utilization it pulled back the
frequency a little bit for the most part though it did really well and then the
other thing with this is something I actually
miss when I’m using a Mac is the touchscreen the touchscreen is super
responsive and it’s great to be able to just use this as something that you have
in addition to whatever you’re doing so if you want to open up Chrome go to my
website here and let me move this out of the way go to my website and it’s nice
and fast but we can scroll through this and this is really a Productivity
machine just little just size things it’s great for productivity maybe you
need to administer some servers maybe get some schoolwork done with word
things like that you’re not gonna have any problems as far as those tasks go
however if you want something for gaming I would highly recommend taking a look
at something like the surface book 2 or maybe even something from a razor now
I’m not so sure that this is actually Alcantara I guess it could be but it
doesn’t feel like the Alcantara of the other colors that they have available so
there’s something different with the black color and the device itself just
feels great it just like last year’s it’s super high quality build I used one
for an entire year the previous version and liked it a lot to administer some
servers and things like that it was great for remoting into servers running
a bunch of tabs having a ton of things open at once even with eight gigs of ram
it seems to handle it just fine and then you get all the updates for surface and
it was rock-solid the main limitation is really the ports on the side although if
you use this with a dock that’s what I did most of the time with a monitor it
was great and then over here you only have one USB a and the headphone but
that usually works for most of the things you’re going to do and if you use
a dock you’re good to go but if you want to edit video or you want to do
something like maybe game on it you may want to look elsewhere or get a surface
book too or maybe a razor or something along those lines to get you by a little
bit faster but when it comes to trackpads and the touch screen and the
keyboard this is a really solid package that I can highly recommend to most
people wanting a Productivity machine now additionally if you are someone that
wants to use a pen it’s not really easy to use a pen on this display although
the surface pen will work as well as the surface dial next
but I found over the year of using the previous version I never used the pen
just because it was awkward to use on this display it’s better for a tablet
style I get the surface pro or the surface go now if you haven’t seen my
surface pro 6 video this is going to have the same internals and be capable
of the same thing and there’s also the surface go but I don’t normally
recommend that unless you want to do really light work let me know your
thoughts about the surface laptop 2 in the comments below and if you haven’t
subscribed already please subscribe and like as always thanks for watching this
is Aaron I’ll see you next time

100 thoughts to “Surface Laptop 2 – Unboxing, Setup, Benchmarks and Review”

  1. @zollotech Suggest me a laptop(under 1000$ PRIMARILY for (AutoCAD, Coding, good battery life, Gaming, legit windows OS) & secondarily (Looks,weight, connectivity options..etc.,)

  2. Nice video but why do people think that you game on Surface devices. All of their devices except the Surface Book 2 with descrete gpu are not gaming machines by no stretch of the imagination.

  3. Why does it cost so damn much for the average specs? 2.4k for an i7/16gm/1tb? Really? 1k for it/8gb/256? That's just bad.

    Why are these laptops so expensive now?

  4. seems to me like if you need a windows pc the only ones making good laptops now days are Microsoft only and Macs, everything else either has good specs and terrible build quality and terrible screens or low resolution, MacBooks have definitely spoiled me with their retina screens

  5. Soo meh.. Technology has gotten stupid high. I built me a powerhouse years ago for less than $1200 with a i5-4430, 20 Gigs of ram, 3-120 GB SSD's running in Raid0 and a 2Tb HD…I don't game so no graphics but this computer is like 6 years old now and still kicksass. Runs 4K from youtube and netflix with ease. I probably will only replace this thing out of necessity.

  6. The Surface Pro 6 i5 version DOES NOT have a fan, but the Surface Laptop 2 i5 version DOES. Are both machines just as powerful / have same benchmarks? Why didn't Microsoft remove the fan from the Surface Laptop 2?

  7. laptops between $300 to $450 exist in market ? also should be usable… not just cheap… non gaming laptop but long lasting specs possible to get for routine works ?? can you plz suggest some ?? screen should be over 15” and Battery must be 👍🏻

  8. Great video, I love how you describe the computer and its specs, I feel like a Microsoft sales person telling me in person ell I need to know with out going to a store. I'm a heavy Mac user, I haven't used a Windows in about 2 years but you made me very interested in this computer, if my pro ever gives out, and they make a surface laptop 3 with a better graphics card I might actually consider buying it.

  9. Aaron, would you do a comparison video between devices? I know you're not a huge channel (though the channel's grown quite a bit over the last year) so you don't have a ton of devices lying around, especially a plethora of $1K+ laptops, but would you do a comparison video of this against a 13" MBP, if you have one? I know you have a 15" but I can't recall if you have a 13….

  10. If you could add a little bit energy to your video and talking… cause honestly everything about the video was great (y) but just add alittle bit action and loud talking and something to get the audiance go along with you ! THANKS ! <3

  11. No way. 256GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM? And a 8th gen processor but no thunderbolt USB C? I could forgive this on the Surface Pro but none of that in a Laptop?

  12. Great video, Thanks! Just gave this to my daughter for Christmas, she loves the Windows Hello login. She sold her MacBook Air to Gazelle and on Windows to stay.

  13. Microdsoft Surface connect to "true" usbc adapter.
    Most reviews and reviewers don't know or do not mention this is avalable and supports usbc chargiong and full 4k60 and data speed.

  14. $799-$999 is not too bad while on sale.

    But the $799 15" OP laptop with 2 year warranty at Walmart is an insane value.!
    Please review
    Not as pretty or well built, thin or light, but it is totally upgradeable, and has a has a color accurate 144hz ips Full HD LG screen, 16gb single channel ram, slower 256 sad and a 2.5" 1tb hard drive, intel 8750H 6 core i7 processor, nvdia 1060 gtx, all metal build, mechanical keyboard.

    It;s ssd included is pcie but only runs at sata speed, a new samsung name 512GB ssd is about $150.
    Sell or keep your old sad
    Adding a 16GB stick, for 32GB of dual channel or swapping the single stick for 16GB dual channel will be about $75-$250
    Sell your old stick.
    Battery is way too small, take out the Hard drive and upgrade to a bigger battery. about $75.
    Will never have great bateery life with those specs.
    But it is meant for gaming and 4k video editing and multitasking and desktop replacement.

    No thunderbolt 3, but with the 1060 GTX you do not need it.

    It can easily equal and many times out bench both the higher up Macbook Pro Vega, And XPS 15 models if you add a stick of memory for dual channel operation.

    Those are $1400 to over $3000

    And you can take out the hd and upgrade to a bigger battery, 2 pcie slots for 2 ocie suds, 2 ram slots for up to 32GB dual channel ram, sd card reader, hdmi, usb, usbc, mic and headphone jack out, metal build, great ventilation.

  15. No repair option, ZERO. Any failure means you throw your laptop in the trash. No possibility to exchange alcantara – it gets dirty very easily. A swaying, unnecessary touch screen. Uncomfortable keyboard and touchpad.

  16. @zollotech does the version of the microsoft laptop 2 that you bought allow you to upgrade to windows 10 pro for free?

  17. Why laptop are becoming too expensive?999$ is too expensive.they are charging 200$ for box?they are giving i5 not i7 or i8 or i9.why laptop is becoming experience?is Microsoft is taking money for good feeling? inflation is problem etc?it has no graphic card are spending 999$ for home.its too strange.its not value for money not even for for writing and reading you are spending 999$.why not to purchase tablet.not ipad you think software company is making Carter?just also look at the price of ipad.i mean to say we know we are now depending on this they are charging too much in the name of premium.i may be wrong.but may be I am right.

  18. Would this be alright for Photoshop and illustrator? I'm taking digital design this year so I need it pretty soon. Any replies would be appreciated 🙂

  19. Same design as last year, just change the cpu and that is a huge improvement (which is intel's credit, not microsoft's), thick bezels, no usb-c and a price that is way higher than competitors. NAH.

  20. I use the pen to fill out those pesky PDF forms without having to print and scan them. Works a treat. Sure isn't very convenient for drawing or design but for occasional use like marking papers or filling out forms its ok

  21. The trackpad only clicks at the bottom not at the top?
    What a damn nuisance.
    I was about to purchase this machine to replace my Dell.

  22. Amongst other things I don't like about Windows, the idea of buying a brand new laptop and before you can even enjoy it you have hours of software updates to do. Pretty piss poor.

  23. I just purchased one of these. Is their anything I could do to get a better gaming experience. Never have done pc gaming so no nothing about PCs. Can I get a better graphics card?

  24. this computer looks cool but I'm getting a Macbook Pro, not bc I don't like PC's but after windows 8 things IMO change for the worse and I HATE windows 10.

    Edit: I still don't like Windows 10 but I just saw a few videos of MacBook pro and how even more ridiculously expensive is now so I'm considering this one.

  25. Which one do you think is better for programming? surface pro 6 or surface laptop 2 or surface book 2?

  26. **Time Codes**
    Start – 00:00
    Price – 00:15
    Specs – 00:30
    Unboxing – 00:53
    Design / Ports – 02:00
    Keyboard – 02:55
    Trackpad – 03:03
    First Boot up – 03:21
    Full Setup – 03:33
    Upgradeability – 07:27
    Display – 07:52
    Battery – 08:35
    Updates – 08:43
    Geekbench – 08:58
    Graphics Card – 09:17
    Cinebench – 09:50
    Unigen Heaven – 11:20
    Fortnite – 12:10
    Throttling / Thermals – 14:00
    Touchscreen – 14:20
    Productivity – 14:45
    Conclusion – 15:23
    Outro – 17:09
    End – 17:31

  27. during the test, the current TDP is always under 16w , maybe that is the reason why the cpu is always under 60 degree? however the cpu which Apple chose always has a higher TDP (28W), so the temperature test may not fair

  28. macbook pro core i5 with touch bar and surface laptop2 maxed out costs nearabout same in canada,so which is the best deal we can get between these two?

  29. This was soooo helpful. I thought it already had a virus when I started it. I never thought they would have it speak to you. Thx so much 😆

  30. Great video! Unfortunately, this laptop is such a ripoff. I got a gaming laptop from HP with i5, 1050 Ti, 8 GB DDR4 memory, and 1 TB SATA hard drive for $480.

  31. It's an i5 Ultrabook. You don't buy that if you have any interest in gaming. You buy a Surface Book 2 or even something more powerful than that. However, you lose the form factor and the portability. It's actually faster than most comparable i5 Ultrabooks. It's just not a gaming product, nor intended to be.

  32. The laptop was really good until i saw the fuc**ng inputs like display port and sd card slot. Microsoft should have done type-c inputs to this laptop

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