USB Type-C, hãng sản xuất intel 10th Gen và minor changes địa chỉ cửa hàng up to lớn a one-of-a-kind máy vi tính experience with some kick


The Surface laptop 3 15-inch featuring AMD has garnered a lot of press – some good, a lot not so good – but Microsoft is also offering smaller Surface máy tính 3 13.5-inch. Lượt thích the new Surface Pro 7, the Surface laptop 3 13.5 is on the outside a minor refresh, but all those hardware changes showroom up lớn a marvelous experience.

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I am unabashedly a tín đồ of the Surface laptop 13.5. But has Microsoft been able to lớn convince me that the new Surface máy vi tính 3 is worth my time over the Surface máy tính 2, and redeem itself from the underwhelming 15-inch version? You bet it did.

When Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5 launched, it started at $1,000. Now, Microsoft has a newer Surface máy tính on the market, called the Surface máy tính 4, which also starts at $1,000. Surface máy tính xách tay 3 can likely be found for less these days, but if you need something smaller and cheaper, check out the new Surface laptop Go.

So Satisfying

Microsoft Surface máy vi tính 3 13.5

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Bottom line: The Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5 is a worthy follow-up to lớn last year"s model. While there are no massive changes, the new intel 10th gen processor, Instant On, faster SSD, Type-C 3.1 port, và huge trackpad make it even better than ever. Battery life is good, & things like Wi-Fi 6 help add some future-proofing. Users can save money & do a DIY nâng cấp of storage if they are willing.


Gorgeous design và craftsmanshipUSB Type-CInstant On và good battery lifeSuperb keyboard & trackpadIntel 10th gene is excellentIt is now serviceable


No Thunderbolt 3No Dolby Vision or anti-glare display
Just the facts

Surface máy tính 3 13.5 What"s new for 2019

Source: Windows Central

Like the Surface Pro 7, many of the adjustments khổng lồ Surface laptop 3 13.5 are on the inside, where they make a big difference. But there are also a few on the outside that are interesting. Those changes include:

Intel 10th ren 10nm processor.DDR4x RAM (low-power version of DDR4).Twenty percent larger trackpad, also quieter.Platinum Alcantara is now significantly darker.Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201.Bluetooth 5.Faster SSD.Instant-On technology.USB Type-C 3.1 ren 2.AC Fast Charge.Dual Studio Mics.Hidden antenna lines.

For this review, I am using the chip core i5 model with 8GB of RAM và 256GB of storage. The total price is $1,300 without tax, & we purchased it from the Microsoft Store.

CategorySurface laptop 3 (13-inch)Surface máy vi tính 3 (15-inch)
Operating systemWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home
Display13.5-inch PixelSense, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2256x1504 (201 PPI)15-inch PixelSense, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2496x1664 (201 PPI)
ProcessorIntel 10th GenAMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 custom CPU
GPUIntel IrisAMD Vega 9AMD Vega 11
Memory8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x8GB, 16GB, or 32GB LPDDR4
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (replaceable)128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (replaceable)
Front camera720p720p
SecurityWindows Hello face authentication camera, Firmware TPMWindows Hello face authentication camera, Firmware TPM
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi 5Bluetooth 5.0
Ports1x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 1x Surface Connect, 3.5 mm tai nghe jack1x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 1x Surface Connect, 3.5 mm tai nghe jack
BatteryUp to lớn 11.5 hoursInstant OnUp to 11.5 hours
WeightUp lớn 2.79 lbsUp to 3.4 lbs
ColorsSandstone metal, matte black metal, Platinum w/ Alcantara, Cobalt xanh w/ AlcantaraPlatinum metal, đen nhám metal

Source: Windows CentralSurface máy tính 2 (left) vs. Surface laptop 3 (right) reveals the darker màu sắc grey và larger trackpad.

The Type-C 3.1 gene 2 port replaces the Mini DisplayPort of previous Surface Laptops. It can transfer data, nguồn two 4K displays at 60Hz (DisplayPort 1.4), & it supports nguồn Delivery (PD). PD lets users charge the laptop 3 with a Type-C charger, including anything from a phone charger (slower charge) up lớn rarer 90W or 100W chargers with fast-charge support.

Microsoft has now hidden the Wi-Fi và Bluetooth antenna lines, which were previously on the sides of the Surface Laptop. This change is minor và inconsequential, but it demonstrates how much Microsoft is concerned about the overall look of this laptop.

Finally, Instant-On is enormous. This advancement is part of Intel"s Project Athena that focuses on mobility và performance. More on that in the benchmarks & performance section.

Art meets laptop

Surface máy tính 3 13.5 design

Source: Windows Central

There are no significant chassis design changes this year to lớn Surface laptop 3 over the previous version. As noted above, Microsoft has hidden the Wi-Fi antenna lines, which gives a cleaner appearance.

Perhaps the most significant difference this year — & a welcomed one — is the option to buy the Surface máy tính 3 without the plush Alcantara keyboard deck. There are now four different màu sắc options, including cobalt (Alcantara), platinum (Alcantara), sandstone (aluminum), and đen nhám (aluminum). The downside is you are limited khổng lồ specific color choices & deck materials — so if you wanted matte black with Alcantara, that"s a no-go.

Alcantara fabric on Microsoft Surface PCs: Everything you need lớn know

Alcantara is a proprietary fabric that Microsoft has been using for some time on the Surface series. However, many customers found the idea of the material weird and off-putting. Likewise, there are plenty of cases where the fabric can get dirty over time & even stain if not occasionally wiped clean. Lớn alleviate that, Microsoft has darkened the platinum Surface máy tính 3"s Alcantara. Not only does it look better with higher contrast, but it stays cleaner looking, too. The outside platinum chassis, however, is the same as previous models.

Source: Windows Central

I am a massive fan hâm mộ of Alcantara on the Surface laptop series. I consider it lớn be one of the defining differentiators from other laptops. It is soft, warm, và welcoming. I also vì not have to worry about my watch band scratching the keyboard deck. That said, I understand the anxiety over it, and it is wise for Microsoft to lớn offer versions without it. The new sandstone model is outstanding looking, and I came close khổng lồ buying it, but in the end, I prefer the platinum mã sản phẩm with Alcantara.

Microsoft has again created one of the most enjoyable laptops to use.

The chassis of the Surface laptop 3 is perfectly symmetrical & about as minimalist as you can get. Even the speakers are hidden with no visible grills. The ports, one USB Type-A and another USB Type-C, are found on the left side with the tai nghe jack. On the right is the Surface Connect Port for charging.

The display opens with one hand, and when it closes, it slows down right before hitting the deck. It makes a subtle soft closing sound lượt thích how luxury oto doors feel.

New this year is the ability lớn service the Surface laptop to replace the SSD storage device. The process involves removing the four bottom feet, which house Torx screws. Once removed, the keyboard deck that"s held in place with magnets simply lifts away. This ingenious design maintains the look of the Surface laptop with no distinct entry points. I did not notice any negative consequences khổng lồ this change as the chassis feels the same as the Surface máy tính xách tay 2.

iFixit exposes guts of Surface laptop 3, comes away surprised

Although a bit tricky, owners can upgrade the SSD themselves. But for warranty concerns, owners are strongly encouraged to lớn retain the original drive for service by Microsoft.

The Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5 is still without question the most beautiful looking & feeling Ultrabooks on the market. It"s a testament to lớn how form và function in a PC can find a perfect balance.

No HDR or anti-glare?

Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5 display & camera

Source: Windows Central

Microsoft has used an LCD-based 13.5-inch PixelSense Display with a 3:2 aspect ratio at 2256 x 1504 resolution for the Surface máy tính 3. The 201 px per inch (PPI) is lower than that of Surface Pro 7 (267 PPI) and Surface Book 2 (260 PPI), but the difference is negligible for daily use. The display is effectively the same as the 15-inch model in every way except slightly smaller in dimensions.

The bezels are relatively thin, & the glass is Gorilla Glass 3 with some oleophobic protection. That glass is edge to edge without any plastic for the bezels — another excellent kiến thiết choice.

The Surface laptop 3 supports inking with a Surface Pen, but the display does not open to 180 degrees, nor is there a place to lớn keep the pen in transit. In a pinch, however, the pen is great for signing a document or making a quick note. Likewise, the Surface Dial is also supported with off-screen interaction.

New colors

Surface Pen 2019

Unleash your creativity

Just because Microsoft has a new stylus out, doesn"t mean you necessarily need to lớn buy it over the classic Surface Pen. This stylus still has excellent potential for creative work.

For màu sắc accuracy, the screen delivers 97 percent sRGB, 72 percent AdobeRGB, và 75 percent DCI-P3. Those numbers are below that of the Surface laptop 2 (99 percent sRGB and 81 percent AdobeRGB), which is unfortunate.

Peak brightness, when set khổng lồ 100 percent, is just under 400 nits while turning the intensity lớn 0 percent results in a very dim 3.8 nits.

But at the kết thúc of the day, nothing feels like the Surface máy tính 3 13.5.

As I remarked in my Surface Pro 7 & Surface máy vi tính 3 15 reviews, Microsoft seems khổng lồ be slipping in the display race compared lớn Lenovo, HP, and Dell. Things lượt thích support for HDR400 (500+ nits) and Dolby Vision are now standard features for premium Ultrabooks. Likewise, for new anti-glare tech, which keeps the benefits of a glossy display but cuts down on reflectivity, making it better for long hours of work. The same applies to the rise of OLED displays and even faster refresh rates than 60Hz.

Unfortunately, the Surface máy tính 3 13.5, Surface laptop 3 15, and new Surface Pro 7 lack all of those new display technologies. The color accuracy & gamut are also not as good as other premium Ultrabooks. Windows 10 now supports wide-color gamut apps, HDR apps và games natively, but the Surface máy tính 3 does not.

Source: Windows Central

If you are unconcerned with such details, however, the Surface máy tính 3 13.5"s display is still delightful. The contrast is excellent, and the brightness is excellent for indoor use.

Microsoft is continuing khổng lồ use only a 720p front-facing camera instead of a full HD one like the Surface Pro series. That is likely due to lớn how thin the display is on Surface Laptop. The camera is still better than average, though, & the new dual Studio Mics offer improved audio quality for Skype calls.

Nothing is better

Surface laptop 3 13.5 keyboard & trackpad

Source: Windows Central

Microsoft has made minor changes to the keyboard và trackpad for Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5. Lượt thích last year"s model, the company continues lớn make the keyboard & trackpad quieter. The effect stands in contrast with Apple"s laptop apple macbook series, which due khổng lồ the controversial butterfly switches, is exceptionally loud.

The key travel is still an ample 1.3mm, và typing is on the softer side of comparable laptops. I rate Surface máy vi tính 3 as one of the best typing experiences available on any computer. The keys have three-stage backlighting that"s visible on all models except sandstone, which, due khổng lồ its being a lighter color, has less contrast.


The improved trackpad is worth pointing out here. It is now trăng tròn percent larger than last year, & it is very noticeable in photos & in using it. It is not as big as what táo apple uses, but it is effectively perfect for this machine.

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Besides size, though, Microsoft has also changed the trackpad click mechanism. It is still not as creative as Apple"s Force Touch technology as this is mechanical, but it is a step in the right direction. The click is now significantly quieter. It is extremely satisfying to use with a softer, but not mushy feel.

This year"s Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5 has the best track of any Windows 10 PC, period.

clean and clear

Surface laptop 3 13.5 audio

The 15-inch version of Surface laptop 3 has some muddied audio và even minor distortion when the volume is mix above 60. Luckily, none of this applies khổng lồ the Surface máy vi tính 3 13.5. Side by side the Surface máy tính 2 và the Surface laptop 3 13.5 sounds the same; that is brilliant.

Audio for movies và music is bright with an extraordinarily rich ambiance. There was no speaker distortion. It is an engineering feat that Microsoft can pull off such satisfying audio with non-visible speaker grills. Sound instead comes through the keyboard, và it works surprisingly well.

It"s unclear at this time if the audio of Surface máy vi tính 3 15 is worse because of the lack of Alcantara – which could act as a cloth speaker membrane — or it is for other unrelated reasons. Likewise, I have not tested the non-Alcantara version of the Surface máy tính 3 13.5 lớn verify this hypothesis.

Under the hood looks good

Surface máy tính 3 13.5 performance, battery, and heat

Source: Windows Central

Like all Surface PCs before it, the Surface laptop 3 13.5 is near the top, but it is not the fastest performer. Microsoft attempts to find a balance between heat, performance, & battery life resulting in overall better experience for the users, versus excelling in a single category.

The Intel vi xử lý core i5-1035G7 processor is a slight change from the vi xử lý core i5-1035G4 found in the Surface Pro 7. The G7 has a slightly higher base-clock of 1.20 GHz, versus 1.10 GHz found in the G4. The G7 also has a somewhat beefier GPU with 64 execution units versus 48 in the G4.

Microsoft is offering 8GB and 16GB options for RAM, but if you want 16GB, you need lớn step up to lớn the pricier bộ vi xử lý core i7 model. RAM is the newer DDR4x, which while not faster than DDR4, it is more power-efficient.

Geekbench 4.0 (CPU) (higher is better)DeviceCPUSingle coreMulti core
Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5i5-1035G75,26517,345
Surface máy tính 3 15Ryzen 53,98512,079
Surface máy tính 3 15i7-1065G75,72719,593
Surface máy tính 2i5-8250U4,20313,233
Surface Laptopi5-7200U3,7257,523
Surface Pro 7i5-1035G45,24517,350
Surface Pro 6i7-8650U5,03713,864
Surface Pro 6i5-8250U4,28714,031
Surface Pro 5i5-7300U4,3028,482
Surface Pro 5i7-7660U4,5139,346
Surface Pro 4i5-6300U3,3196,950
HP Spectre x360 15i7-9750H4,96818,790
HP Spectre x360 15i7-8565U5,24616,272
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390i7-1065G75,45919,097
Razer Blade Stealthi7-8565U5,13916,339
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1i7-8665U5,46915,800

Cinebench (R20) (higher is better)DeviceCPURange
Surface laptop 3 13.5i5-1035G71,584 to lớn 1,606
Surface laptop 3 15Ryzen 51,523 to 1,610
Surface laptop 3 15i7-1065G71,703 to 1,745
Surface Pro 7i5-1035G41,201 lớn 1,479

Running Cinebench four times in a row, the scores show the following ranges. Typically, the results drop on successive runs due to lớn thermal constraints on the processor. Surface Pro 7 is particularly susceptible khổng lồ a rapid range in scores because of its limited thermal envelope. The Surface máy tính 3 13.5-inch handled thermals quite well without a steep drop in performance between runs.

Like the Surface Pro 7, it is safe to lớn say that this year"s core i5 mã sản phẩm performs as well or slightly better than last year"s hãng sản xuất intel 8th Gen bộ vi xử lý core i7. That is a substantial boost in performance and quite remarkable from previous iterations of Intel"s 8th gen platform.

Compared to the AMD Ryzen 5, which is positioned against Intel"s bộ vi xử lý core i5, hãng sản xuất intel wins handily. Specifically, the Ryzen 5 in the 15-inch is still slightly behind Intel"s 8th Gen chip core i5, and significantly behind Intel"s 10th Gen core i5.

Source: Windows CentralFull CrystalDiskMark benchmarks for the Toshiba BG4 256GB SSD.

Intel"s Iris Plus graphics also bring a substantial boost over hãng sản xuất intel UHD 620 though this is still clearly in Ultrabook range, not gaming or clip editing. Where AMD shines in the 15-inch model is in the GPU with the Vega 9. That GPU slightly outperforms Iris Plus. You can see this effect in PCMark 10, which balances CPU & GPU usage for a comprehensive overall score. But because so much software — including đoạn clip playback or Adobe software — is optimized for Intel, it makes the point moot.

Cinebench (R20) delivers a score of 1,584-1,606 in multiple sequential runs for the core i5-1035G7. The AMD Surface máy vi tính 3 with Ryzen 5 garnered similar results between 1,539 and 1,610.

Although by no means a gaming laptop, the Surface laptop 3 13.5 — even with a bộ vi xử lý core i5 và 8GB of RAM — can hold its own. Arcade games lượt thích Guacamelee! 2 played just fine, of course. Even the popular first-person shooter Overwatch can run without issue. Setting the game"s graphics quality to low with a resolution of 1600 x 1200, I was able to average between 60 to lớn 70 frames-per-second (FPS). During major battles, that rate dropped to 54 FPS but was still playable. That said, if gaming is a priority, consider the bộ vi xử lý core i7 mã sản phẩm with 16GB of RAM instead (or something more suited like the new Razer Blade Stealth).

Source: Windows Central

PCMark 10"s battery rundown test, dubbed "Modern Office" resulted in the Surface máy tính xách tay 3 getting 9 hours & 15 minutes with 19 percent battery left. That was with the display brightness at about 150 nits. By comparison, the Surface máy vi tính 2 with the same screen brightness was just about 9 hours on the same benchmark.

Real-world usage pegs the Surface máy tính 3 13.5 closer lớn 7 to 8 hours of use depending on GPU activity & display brightness.

Another significant change, which I wrote about extensively, is the improved Instant On feature. Previously, the Surface laptop would hibernate after just a few hours in standby. The result, when turned on, would be a slower resume (~15 to đôi mươi seconds) before the Windows login screen would appear. Now, the máy tính xách tay 3 13.5 turns on nearly instantly — as fast as you can mở cửa the lid — & log you in with Windows Hello. This behavior is lượt thích how táo bị cắn MacBooks and iPads behave, and it improves the user experience by a lot if you frequently xuất hiện and close your laptop.


The Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5 and Surface máy vi tính 3 15-inch Business Edition seem to be shipping with The Toshiba BG4 (ball grid) SSD for storage, while others have an older SK Hynix card. Ball-grid storage is a smaller khung factor that has been around for a while, but the Toshiba BG4 is brand new. It was announced at CES 2019 but only became available this quarter, earning strong reviews. Sourcing different SSDs is quite common for manufacturers. Still, at least, in this case, the Toshiba gives a significant boost in performance, especially in write speeds, over the SK Hynix (both are 256 GB). As lớn which version your máy vi tính comes with, it seems to be random.

Source: Windows Central

Wi-Fi is also interesting. Microsoft is continuing to shift away from Marvel for wireless to hãng sản xuất intel across its lineup (except for AMD Surface máy vi tính 3 15, which is Qualcomm Atheros). By going with Intel, Microsoft can utilize next-gen Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax) và Bluetooth 5, which help with connectivity and power improvements.

Wi-Fi performed well, but there seems to be a new bug whereby Wi-Fi tải về speeds significantly drop when resuming from sleep (same applies lớn Surface Pro 7). This likely related to lớn the new Instant On feature, và while not wholly disruptive, it can be frustrating.

Thermals and heat are excellent on the bộ vi xử lý core i5 model. While installing large applications or playing games, you can hear the fan. It is not a high-pitched sound, but rather more of a whoosh effect. For regular usage though like Office, productivity, email, web browsing, even light photo editing, the fans are rarely enabled, especially if on battery.

The competition

Alternatives to lớn the Surface máy tính 3

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Other alternatives that aren"t Microsoft-made include the Razer Book 13 & Dell XPS 13. Both laptops feature an excellent Ultrabook design, with the latest specs & premium-price tags khổng lồ match. Razer Book 13 starts at $1,199 & the Dell XPS 13 starts at $899.

Microsoft made a great laptop with the Surface máy tính 3, which is likely why they didn"t change much with its successor. The Surface laptop 4 is now available, and it makes meaningful changes where it counts. The external chassis và design is the same, but Microsoft has swapped out the older 10th-gen Intel & Ryzen 3000 AMD series chips in favor of the more modern và more powerful intel 11th-generation & AMD Ryzen 4000 series chips instead.

This provides the Surface máy tính 4 with better battery, better processor performance, & a more powerful GPU in both Intel & Ryzen models. The Surface Lapto 4 also comes in a new Ice blue color, but the biggest difference is that you can now get the AMD chips in the 13.5-inch variant, starting at $999. Unless you"re on a budget and you can get a good discount on the Surface laptop 3, we think the Surface laptop 4 is the one lớn go for if you"re looking for a new Surface Laptop.

Should you buy?

Bottom line on Microsoft"s Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5-inch

Source: Windows Central

The Surface máy vi tính 3 follows a similar trajectory of Surface Pro 7. While only modest changes, they are significant ones that showroom up khổng lồ one of the most enjoyable laptops lớn use. I"m also happy Microsoft"s foray with AMD did not extend to lớn the 13.5-inch model. This is not AMD"s time yet.

The Surface máy vi tính 3 13.5 is still without question the nicest looking Ultrabook on the market. It"s a testament to how form and function can find a perfect balance.

Take, for instance, the new fast charge ability. When using the Surface Connect or a 65-watt Type-C charger, the máy tính xách tay can gain around 70 percent of the battery back in an hour. Even just 15 minutes during lunch could give you an extra couple of hours of usage. Or the ability lớn now use a Type-C portable battery. There"s also Instant On, which, while sounding trivial, lets you get in và out of your work faster than ever – it makes you want lớn use the máy tính xách tay more.

The dramatic increase in performance is welcomed. As is the option to not have Alcantara, which may convince some skeptics khổng lồ now join the Surface family. Toss in some of the best fundamentals lượt thích the finest typing, tracking, audio, và that 3:2 aspect ratio, and you start to understand why this is such a lovely laptop.

I could lament the lack of Thunderbolt 3, which has no technical reason for not being here. But most users will benefit from the universal aspect of Type-C, which can nguồn dual 4K displays at 60Hz, handle data, Type-C hubs, and Power Delivery (PD).


I do think for most users, the chip core i5 model with 8GB of RAM is adequate ($1,300). Users could opt for the cheaper $1,000 model with just 128GB of storage, và if they feel comfortable opening the laptop, they can add up lớn 1TB to lớn save money (RAM is not upgradeable). The bộ vi xử lý core i7 model is ideal for those who plan to lớn make this their primary PC, developers, or those who can justify the 16GB of RAM. The vi xử lý core i7 mã sản phẩm is an extra $300 starting at $1,600.

However, like the Surface máy vi tính 2 — và unlike the Surface Pro 7 — there is a lot of competition in this space. Dell has the excellent XPS 13 7390 or XPS 13 2-in-1 7390. HP"s refreshed Spectre x360 13 looks remarkable. Lenovo has the killer Yoga C940. Many of these are not just laptops, but full convertibles with many more options, HDR OLED displays, 4G LTE, & more all for lower price points. There are many compelling reasons to buy one of those over the Surface laptop 3.

4.5out of 5

But at the end of the day, nothing feels like the Surface laptop 3 13.5. It is not the fastest laptop, does not get the best battery life, but it is, arguably, the most satisfying to use. It is, as I said last year, "a perfect blend of art & technology." That is still true. It"s just now even better.

A worthy successor

Microsoft Surface máy tính xách tay 3 13.5

Small changes add up fast

With the addition of USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 6, and Intel 10th ren processors, the Surface máy vi tính 3 13.5 delivers a solid follow up lớn the Surface máy tính 2. Between the optional Alcantara, ability to lớn get the máy tính xách tay serviced, including SSD upgrades, Instant On, and the hugely improved trackpad, Microsoft has again created one of the most enjoyable laptops khổng lồ use. While it won"t win out for value, it does maintain the crown for user satisfaction. & that"s priceless.