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 stan