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Starting from the 15th of June, with a starting price of $999 (£770), Microsoft will start selling a direct competitor to the Apple MacBook Air and Chromebook with a new device called the Surface Laptop.

Solid tech specs

The Surface Laptop will use a customised operating system called Windows10S. This will include stronger antivirus protection and a restriction on installed applications – with applications only being able to be installed from the Microsoft App Store.

This laptop shares a lot of similarities with competitors. Some of its defining features include:
• Small design for easy transport (13.5 inches).
• Lightweight design making it 1.25kg (2.76lb).
• Battery life of 14 hours.
• Windows 10S Operating System.
• Touch Screen.

The hardware can be customised from the website although it appears the cheapest option comes with Intel Core i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 620, this is ideal for basic office and browsing, the options after this are:

• $1,299 (£1,006) – 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5.
• $1,599 (£1,238) – 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i7.
• $2,199 (£1,702) – 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i7.

Chromebook still student’s top choice

There does appear to be a nice gap in the market for this to help compete with Chromebook and MacBook Airs. While the cost is fairly priced in comparison with other devices, the Chromebooks do offer a wide range of cheaper alternatives (at a lower specification). As the Surface Laptop appears to be targeting students, the price tag I suspect will be the most important factor - so Chromebooks may still be the more affordable and popluar choice.

Further Reading

More here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/devices/surface-laptop/overview