The Surface Laptop 2 Is ALMOST Great…

The Surface Laptop 2 Is ALMOST Great…


– Hey guys, this is Austin. The Microsoft Surface line
has been growing a lot lately. With everything from a desktop All-In-One with the Surface Studio all the way down to the cheap and tiny Surface Go, there’s a lot to like. But one of my favorite devices has always been the Surface Laptop. So when Microsoft sent
over their brand new Surface Laptop 2 to take a
look at, I got very excited until I took a little
bit of a closer look. The overall hardware hasn’t
changed too much this year which is certainly not a bad thing. It’s all made out of aluminum, and it does sort of give a
little bit of a MacBook vibe. At least until you open up the lid. The keyboard and deck lid
are lined in Alcantara. Now this is pretty unique in the PC space. As opposed to seeing aluminum here, it is much more of a fabric material, and it kind of gives you a
little bit of a unique look. It’s typically found in things like high-end BMWs and Porsches and Audis but having it here on a laptop is nice. Now, sure it will wear and get
a little bit dirty over time, but as far as I’m
concerned, that’s totally worth the trade-off of a
nice, soft, typing experience. You’re also getting a terrific display. So just like last year, it is a little bit of a weird panel with a 13.5-inch size and a 2256 by 1504? Yes, I got the resolution right! It’s really unusual but one
of the nice things they have here is that it, not only
is a touchscreen, of course, like a Surface should be, but importantly, the screen doesn’t really
wobble when you touch it. I mean, it wobbles a little bit, but it’s much better than most
other Ultrabooks out there. The actual panel itself is high quality, but what I really appreciate
is the aspect ratio. Unlike most laptops which are 16:9, this is 3:2 which means that you get a lot more
vertical screen real estate which is helpful for
things like web browsing and you know, productivity. Everyone loves productivity in their really expensive laptop, right? Something else you can do, of
course though, is watch video. And even though you do
get a bit of a letter box, you have a super-crispy video like Jake’s new Can You Survive
the Movies? over on Vsauce3. You’ll find that there’s a
lot of crispiness to watch. That aspect ratio also pays off for the keyboard and trackpad. So specifically the keyboard is terrific. It’s backlit; it’s got a
really nice sort of feel. And on top of that the trackpad
is actually fairly large. Most of that is because
that the screen is taller which means that there’s just
a little bit more space here. One of the big new features this year is not a feature at all! It’s the brand new matte black color! Can I just stop for a second, and say, that yes, I love
a good silver laptop. It’s classic, it’s great. But this? Matte black? I mean I can feel Marques’s
heart just fluttering. It’s so, so cool. I mean, I did not expect
out of all people, Microsoft to make a
murdered-out Surface Book. It is so, so cool. Or Surface Laptop, whatever it’s called. You know what isn’t new this year? The ports which if you take a look consists of a single USB-A,
a single Mini DisplayPort, a headphone jack, and the
magnetic Surface connector. You know what we don’t see? A USB-C, or I don’t know,
a Thunderbolt 3 port? (metal music) Can you feel my frustration? I kinda get that last year
the Surface Laptop 2 did, or the Surface Laptop 1,
didn’t have a Thunderbolt port or at least didn’t have a USB-C. But I mean, you see what this is? This is a $400 Surface Go. Guess what that port is? Do you see that little round, not round, the little circular, what,
what, what shape is that? – [Matt] Oblong. – Oblong, thank you. Do you see that little oblong port? That’s USB-C. It supports power. It supports data. And oh look? It supports full DisplayPort just like this useless Mini DisplayPort here. So even the USB port apparently
is USB 3 and not USB 3.1. I’ll give them a little bit of credit because there is the Surface connector which can give you some of
the functionality of USB-C. But I mean, it’s 2018. It’s going to be 2019 soon. This laptop is going to
be around for a while, and USB-C is absolutely the future. It just, it’s crazy to me that they didn’t just include USB-C here. I mean, it’s on the $400 Surface! Why couldn’t they put it on
the $1300 Surface Laptop 2? One of the major upgrades
for the Surface Laptop 2 this year are in specs. So last year, it was good, but it only had the 7th Gen dual core processors. This year however, we have the full quad core Core i5 and Core i7 options. Now, no, you won’t be able to game particularly well on the Surface Laptop 2 mostly because it doesn’t have any kind of dedicated graphics as an option. And you can’t connect
any external graphics, but having the quad core design does make a big difference for things like being able to do a
little bit more video editing. And you do have all
the Surface accessories including the Pen as well as the Dial. So this might actually be a
pretty solid Photoshop machine. Software wise this year it ships with Windows 10 Home out of the box which would sound totally normal and not exciting at all until you remember that the last year’s version
of the Surface Laptop shipped with Windows 10 S which thankfully has kind of been pushed
along to the wayside. You’ve got a very nice
clean build of Windows, and of course, you can install
all the apps you might want. There are some nice features including Windows Precision Drivers for the touchpad as well as an IR camera that does support Windows Hello. Speaking of that camera,
it is a 720p webcam. It sounds pretty decent,
but most importantly, it actually is a pretty
high quality device. Unlike some other
laptops that have webcams on the bottom of the display where this is the angle you get all the time. Battery life is solid. Now Microsoft claims
14.5 hours on a charge which is definitely a
little bit ambitious. But you should easily be able
to last through a normal day of light use, for example,
at work or school. Something that’s not going to
be taxing it all that heavily. The Surface Laptop 2 is expensive. It starts at $1000, but that’s
only for 128 gigs of storage. If you want bump up to a 256 gig SSD, that’s gonna cost you 300 more dollars. The drive is decently fast,
but it’s nowhere near as fast as the custom SSD inside the MacBook Pro which is actually a
less expensive upgrade. Apple charges you $200 on the MacBook Pro where it is they charge
you $300 on the Surface. So you know, when you’re
charging more than Apple for an upgrade, you might wanna
reevaluate your decisions. I really wanted to like
the Surface Laptop 2. It’s got killer hardware. I love the black look. I really appreciate that it
is much more powerful now. But the issue is that it doesn’t even have USB-C much less Thunderbolt 3. Especially considering this kind of price, the Surface Laptop 2 is a good laptop, but it is not a great one.

100 thoughts to “The Surface Laptop 2 Is ALMOST Great…”

  1. i bet they didnt put in USB-C because its not a legit refresh, just an upgrade. If they put in the USB c this year with T3, then it probably wouldnt give another big reason to switch to surface laptop 3 or 4 if they choose to put it in. i guess only time will tell!

  2. Another failure! What a waste of money on this by not having a USB C type.
    USB A type and display port are almost dead. Welcome 2019.
    Apple wins!

  3. For everyone that keeps nagging about USB-C, you just don't get the frustration both Austin and Linus have with this laptop.

    If you're only going to have one more port other than the USB Type A and the headphone jack, it would be great to have a port that is multifunctional, something that makes up for the lack of other ports in the pursuit of thickness and aesthetics and thunderbolt 3 is the only solution

    Dont think about USB-C in this case because you've yet to use one yourself IRL, think of it in the shoes of a Surface Laptop user

  4. 3:45 "its on 400 dollar surface why cant they put on the 1300 dollar surface laptop too”
    Just like headphone jack, micro sd, dual sim are for cheaper model but not in expensive model phones.

  5. I've had the Surface Pro 5 for 6 months now, and got a nice case that opens up into the standing position with the laptop, plus a silicone keyboard cover. It only covers the keys, but the suede material has held up just fine, and I didn't need a screen protector since I never carry the tablet alone around.

  6. Why would it have a USBC port if it's charging via magnetic charge port? All the devices you're talking about connecting would plug into the Surface via USBA, as with any battery pack, computer, charger, etc. I've never seen USBC to USBC cords before! 😋

  7. Im In year 7 and I might want to get this for Highschool (Australia for you Americans) it’s $1200 for the one I have my eye on so, should I get it?

  8. Clearly a deliberate spec bump. The Surface Go was a new design. This deliberately isn't. The same for the Surface Pro 6.

  9. Is the last generation i7 6600u in combination with the intel iris plus graphics 640 better than this gen i5 8250u with intel hd grephics 640?

  10. No, it’s crazy to ME, that Microsoft made a Surface Magnetic Charging Connect to USB C adapter!
    I just can’t believe they made that adapter!

  11. Microsoft for $999

    1. 8th gen i5 4-core CPU
    2. 8GB Ram
    3. 128 SSD

    Apple for $999

    1. 5th gen i5 dual core CPU
    2. 8GB Ram
    3. 128 SSD

    Or the flagship iPhone

  12. To be honest, I give it to Microsoft for messing with you guys with no USB-C. I’ve never even used USB-C in my life and probably won’t ever need to. I’m pretty basic and the most I would ever plug into my laptop is a phone charger, external hard drive and a flash drive or SD card. No need for external displays or crap like that. If you want to do some “serious gaming” with a bunch of accessories, buy a freaking desktop for god’s sake. It kills the purpose of laptop’s portability anyway.

  13. Look, apple at this point is making people spend money on dongles. I do agree that Microsoft not putting USB-C on the laptop is a missed opportunity, but I’d rather USB 2.0 than nothing.

  14. was it really necessary to burn down your house because it doesnt have usb c or something?
    you have like a million laptops in your house just use one of those

  15. i just got one two days ago (256gb RAM, 8gb memory, i5 processor, cobalt blue) and so far I think it's great. I found it online for $869. I don't have anything that uses usb-c, only a, so it works perfectly fine for me.

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