Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 Unveiled – October 3 Release

Here is the new Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2, which is Microsoft's newest flagship laptop. It will be be released on October 3, and the price starts from 1999:

This is the 2nd generation of the Laptop Studio, which Microsoft first introduced on September 22, two years ago. Since then it has become a much sought after laptop due to its pretty unique forward leaning studio screen with touchscreen, powerful hardware, and some good design features.

The hardware has been improved upon, so the new Surface Laptop Studio 2 should continue to be desired.

The processor is the previously benchmarked 13th gen. Intel Core i7-13800H with Intel's Gen3 Movidius 3700VC VPU AI Accelerator.

With as much as four GPU options, you kind of get an idea of what this laptop is about and who it is for. We can chose between just an Iris Xe Graphics GPU, or tep up to Nvidia GeForce RT 4050, or 4060, or RTX 2000 Ada Generation Laptop GPUs.

It has also been give the option of 64GB of RAM, in addition to the 32GB and 16GB LPDDR5x RAM. And storage options are between 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of Gen4 SSD storage.

The multi-angle touchscreen has the same 14.4-inch PixelSense Flow Display as before with a display resolution of 2400 x 1600, a 120Hz refresh rate, and Dolby Vision IQ.

It's stylus pen ready, as the Surface Slim Pen 2 is actually stored underneath the front of the laptop.

The design is a huge part of what sells this laptop. This is because it can be used in normal laptop mode, as a forward angled touchscreen in Studio Mode, or it can be folded entirely and be used almost like a tablet.

And the trackpad continues to be a haptic touchpad which gives users the ability to use different levels of pressure to engage more complex gestures in a 3D-like fashion. And it's compatible with the Surface Dial if you really want to be productive and have lots of quick controllers available at your fingertips.

It also has a good level of sensors for a laptop, including ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer.

Since it's a laptop, it only has a front facing camera with face unlocking, but no rear camera. But it has dual far-field studio mics and powerful quad speakers.

It's equipped with 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and a new USB-A 3.1 port on the left side, and introduces a microSD card slot on the right side, where it's joined by the Surface Connect port and a 3.5mm audio jack. So these changes makes it more user friendly on a daily basis.

Other specs includes dual-band Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.e, and a battery life of 18 hours on average. The power supply starts at 102W with Iris GPU ad goes up to 120W for the Nvidia models.

The weight starts at 4.18 lbs or 1896 grams for the i5 model, and it only comes in one color, which is the silver color known as Platinum.

So we have an increasingly powerful Windows 11 laptop with a highly acclaimed screen by display professionals, that can be properly used at different angles, supports Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP) for serious digitizer use, and has a good build quality. So if money is no issue, it's a good choice for a laptop, particularly one focused on graphics and active use of the studio mode.

– Tom Bowen