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Surface Laptop Studio: A 2-in-1 laptop with a hinge behind its screen

by Yvonne Ng
Surface Laptop Studio

Microsoft announced a list of devices during its recent fall event, and one of them is the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio. 

This 2-in-1 laptop has a foldable design with a hinge behind its screen, so you can use it like a tablet or a laptop.

A 180º hinge that lets the screen sit on top of the keyboard

While competitors usually introduce a 360º hinge for their 2-in-1 laptops, Microsoft has decided to make the Surface Laptop Studio stand on top of the keyboard.

With magnets attached in the laptop, you’ll only have three fixed positions to place the screen; you can position it like a normal laptop, lay it flat like a tablet or set it up in Stage Mode where the trackpad is visible.

Under the hood


Microsoft described this as their “most powerful Surface Laptop” as it’s equipped with an 11th Gen Intel Core H35 processor — you can choose between the i5-11300H or the i7-11370H.

If you purchase the Intel Core i5 variant, the laptop will come with an Iris Xe graphics, but if you get the i7 variant, it’ll be equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU.

You can get up to 32GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage with this laptop.

Small screen, big features

This 14.4-inch laptop also offers up to 120Hz refresh rate, pushes 2400 x 1600 resolution and has a 3:2 aspect ratio. It comes with Quad Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Atmos, has a large Precision Haptic touchpad, and can be used with the Surface Slim Pen 2 which can be kept underneath the keyboard.

It also has a 10080p front camera that can be used for Windows Hello, and dual far-field Studio Mics for crystal-clear calls during conference meetings.

On the sides, the laptop has two USB 4.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Surface Connect Port.

Surface Laptop Studio comes with a hefty price tag

Though the local price hasn’t been announced, the laptop starts at $1,599.99 in the U.S. market — that’s about RM6,701.56 in Malaysia.

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