When you think of Microsoft you probably associate the company with software rather than hardware because of the Windows operating systems.
The US company was founded in the 1970s and is one of the leading tech companies in the world.
Microsoft has produced hardware for many years, including Windows cell phones, Xbox gaming consoles, tablets and laptops.
The current range of laptops from Microsoft includes budget models, compact machines and 2-in-1 laptops. There are also a number of Microsoft accessories that will enhance the laptop and make it more versatile.
If you’re looking for a gaming laptop, then Microsoft is not the manufacturer you should be looking at, as they don’t make one.
Microsoft is missing out on a huge section of the laptop market and it’s unclear why they’ve chosen not to bring out a gaming machine.
Looking at the range of laptops they do make, we would conclude that their ongoing competition with Apple is the main focus for now.
One of the big advantages of Microsoft laptops is the screens.
Those fitted to every laptop in their range has a crystal clear display. Microsoft machines have high-resolution screens which you don’t find on a large number of laptops. If superb picture quality and vivid colors are important to you, it’s worth looking at the Microsoft laptops.
Their range of laptops has grown in recent years and they now offer a choice of machines with various specifications. We’ve selected six Microsoft laptops from the current range and looked at each one in some detail.
The Microsoft Surface laptop is fitted with the 7th generation Intel Core i7 7220U processor with a speed of 3.1GHz.
Internal storage is limited to 256GB but an external HDD or flash memory will boost this. The 8GB RAM ensures that the laptop runs smoothly and executes tasks efficiently without glitches.
The Microsoft Surface is fitted with a 13.5-inch high-resolution screen that delivers superb images which are crystal clear and a pleasure to look at.
The graphics are sharp with vibrant colors, thanks to the Intel HD graphics 620 processor. Sound quality is good and the built-in speakers do their job well.
This laptop is slim and extremely light, weighing in at 2.76 lbs, which makes it easy to slip into your handbag or backpack. The battery life is excellent at 14 hours on a full charge, which takes away the need to carry the charger when you’re out for the day.
The keyboard on the laptop is well made and does not flex. It’s backlit with a white light that has various brightness levels. The top of the laptop is covered in alcantara, which is a material similar to suede, and it gives the machine a luxurious feel.
One of the downsides with this laptop is the lack of ports. It has only one USB port and no HDMI output. This lack of connectivity limits what you can do with the machine.
The large trackpad is smooth but the mechanism can be a little stiff.
Although we like the alcantara material that covers the laptop it’s not for everyone and it’s almost impossible to remove. Offering customers the covering as an option would be preferable.
This stylish and functional laptop is our overall choice for the best Microsoft laptop.
It’s a great choice for the price and it satisfies the needs of browsers, writers, music lovers and movie watchers and it’s lightweight and portable.
The lack of ports is not a major issue for everyone and Microsoft’s Surface Dock can be purchased to expand connectivity.
The Surface Book 2 by Microsoft is equipped with the 7th generation Intel dual-core i5-7200U processor with a speed of 3.5GHz.
Internal storage is courtesy of the solid state drive and with this model you get 256GB. The 8GB RAM handles multiple tasks with lightning fast speed and efficiency.
The high resolution 13.5-inch screen can be detached from the keyboard, allowing you to use the touchscreen as a tablet. The picture quality when watching movies is superb. The graphics are so sharp they almost appear to leave the screen.
The laptop only weighs 3.38 lbs, making it easy to carry around. If you detach the keyboard it’s even more portable. Battery life is unbelievably good at 17 hours but this does depend on usage.
The laptop is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports for your external drives and other peripherals and there’s a useful SD card reader.
The Surface Book 2 features a well put together keyboard that has a precise action. The touchpad on this laptop is a perfect size and very responsive. The pad is covered with a glass surface which provides the correct amount of resistance when navigating pages.
The front-facing stereo speakers deliver clear audio but are lacking bass when watching movies or listening to music.
The keyboard on the laptop is noisy when typing, which can be distracting when trying to concentrate on various tasks.
Another drawback of this laptop is the lack of internal storage and Microsoft could do better in this department, we feel.
This versatile laptop just missed out on being our overall choice and is relegated to runner-up. It does everything you want a laptop to do and it looks sleek and stylish.
A long battery life, combined with portability, makes this machine a useful everyday tool.
The quality of the graphics on the high-resolution screen also makes this laptop stand out from others of a similar price.
The Microsoft Surface Book is fitted with the Intel core i5-6300U processor with a speed of 2.1GHz.
Internal storage on this laptop is limited to 128GB and you’ll probably need some external storage if you have a large number of files. 8GB RAM is sufficient, and the laptop is more than capable of multitasking with ease.
The 13.5-inch screen provides clear images and the color balance is good. The screen can be detached and used as a standalone tablet, which is useful. The screen is connected to the keyboard with a dock that’s sturdy and easy to use.
The compact size and a weight of 3.48 lbs make the laptop easy to carry around in a laptop bag or backpack. A 5-hour battery life per full charge makes this everyday machine even more portable, as you won’t need to plug in and charge. There are enough USB ports to connect a couple of devices when you’re out and about.
The keyboard on this laptop is comfortable to use and the keys are soft to the touch. The trackpad is responsive and accurate, and the cursor goes exactly where you need it to. The trackpad has some nice features, including two-finger scrolling and pinch to zoom.
The built-in speakers offer a decent volume level but the sound quality could be better at high volume. The sound tends to distort a little and there’s a slight vibration which is frustrating.
The laptop is a little top-heavy due to the way that the screen and keyboard are joined with the dock. It’s tricky to get the screen at the correct angle to prevent the laptop tipping.
Another downside of this model is that, when you’re typing, the keyboard is quite noisy.
If you’re looking for a functional laptop that can be used for work or play, and is also very portable, this is the machine for you. It’s our choice of best portable Microsoft laptop due to its size, weight and looks.
The machine is well-made with quality components, making it durable and a good everyday laptop suitable for all at a great price.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is powered by the Intel Core i5-6300U with a speed of 2.4GHz, which can be boosted to 3GHz. The laptop only has 128GB of internal storage which limits what you can store on the device.
4GB SDRAM keeps things running smoothly and multiple programs run together with no problems.
The 12.3-inch touchscreen provides great, clear images, and it’s an ideal laptop for watching movies on the go.
The screen can be operated by finger touch or by using the Microsoft Surface pen which is sold separately. The built-in speakers deliver adequate sound quality for a laptop in this price range.
Measuring only 0.33 inches in thickness and weighing 1.7 lbs, this is a laptop you can take anywhere with ease. Its portability, combined with an excellent 13-hour battery life, makes it a perfect machine for travelers, students and commuters.
The keyboard on this machine is nicely laid out, which makes for quick and accurate typing. You also have the option to use the Surface pen to make notes, draw diagrams and navigate menus. The touchpad is large and easy to use and it’s responsive to touch.
This laptop only has one USB port which is disappointing. You would have to purchase the Microsoft Surface Dock to solve this problem.
Internal storage is limited and could be improved if Microsoft were to fit a 256GB SSD to this machine.
The Microsoft Surface pen is not included in the price and has to be purchased separately.
The sound quality could be a lot better, although it can be improved by using external speakers. Microsoft could pay more attention to sound quality and fit better speakers to some of their machines.
If you’re on a limited budget and want a Microsoft laptop, the Surface Pro is an excellent choice.
It’s reasonably priced and very versatile, being a laptop and tablet in one package.
A few things could be improved such as storage, ports and sound but these are not major issues and the low price makes up for these shortfalls.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a 2-in-1 laptop fitted with the Intel core M processor with a speed of 2.2GHz.
The internal storage is provided by a solid state drive that has a capacity of 128GB. 4GB RAM handles most tasks with ease and speed, whether in laptop or tablet mode.