Microsoft launches cheaper, weaker Surface Laptop model

By Polycount ยท 9 replies
Feb 2, 2018
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  1. If you've wanted to get your hands on a Surface Laptop but couldn't stomach their high price tags, Microsoft may have a solution for you. As reported by Windows Central, the tech giant is now selling a stripped down version of the laptop with an Intel Core m3 processor inside.

    Coming in at $799, the latest Surface Laptop is $200 cheaper than Microsoft's previous "budget" $999 laptop model. In addition to containing a weaker processor, the new Surface Laptop will also house less RAM and storage -- 4GB and 128GB, respectively -- than the top-of-the-line Intel i7-powered variant. However, these numbers mirror what you can get with the $999 i5-powered model.

    Other device specs of note include a 13-inch, 2,256 x 1,504 resolution display, 720p front-facing camera (with Windows Hello integration) and an Intel HD 615 integrated GPU. As far as operating systems go, the stripped down Surface Laptop will run Windows 10 S out of the box, much like the device's more expensive models. If you'd prefer a full version of the OS, Microsoft is offering free Windows 10 Pro upgrades to Surface Laptop owners until March 31.

    If the new Surface Laptop sounds like your ideal device, you can pick it up now via the Microsoft Store, though your color options will be limited to 'platinum.'

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  2. fktech

    fktech TS Addict Posts: 253   +73

  3. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Maniac Posts: 368   +174

    So this is a cheaper less attractive Macbook
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,724   +3,143

    Yes, but with no implied status in owning it.:D
    Reehahs and ZackL04 like this.
  5. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Booster Posts: 160   +10

    Yes buy MacBook or older MacBook Air and use OS-X or install Windows 10 on it you get more out your money. And be faster.
  6. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Maniac Posts: 368   +174

    Ya core M is a joke IMO
    Reehahs likes this.
  7. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Booster Posts: 63   +64

    I haven't bought a Windows machine with 4GB of RAM in years, and never intend to do so again.
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,682   +161

    16 GB should be standard
    They can sell these for any price tag.. Billion in profit sell them for $249 each. You can sell more for that price. As we know they're not even made in USA. Cheaper labor cost never makes it to the price tag.
    Target sold i3 with 4GB of RAM max upgrade to 8GB RAM for $24 bucks. I still feel if Target can sell them for cheap why in the world can't MS do it...
  9. vhfan

    vhfan TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +25

    The tech giant is now selling a stripped down version of the laptop .

    How about a stripped down version of Win 10 , the current version is an abomination.
  10. Ascaris

    Ascaris TS Addict Posts: 124   +84

    Still gets a 0 from for repairability, right?

    If I have to destroy it to open it, I'm not interested.

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