By Aryaman Bhatia Science and Tech editor, The Pawprint
Today, Microsoft introduces the Surface Laptop Studio, a successor to the Surface Book family of powerful laptops. It is a complete redesign of Microsoft’s flagship laptop, replacing the detachable display with one that pushes forward to change from a laptop to a tablet (or what Microsoft calls studio mode). “Surface Laptop Studio is the most powerful Surface we’ve ever built,” says Pete Kyriacou, vice president of devices at Microsoft. “It is the culmination of years of Surface innovation – on hinges, display, silicon, and more – and brings the best of the Surface heritage together in one powerhouse device.”. The display and hinge are the most noticeable and instant changes to this Surface Book replacement. The 14.4-inch PixelSense Flow (2400 x 1600) panel supports 120Hz and Dolby Vision. Microsoft is employing a new flexible Dynamic Woven Hinge, which it claims is robust and allows the small laptops to change between modes in the same way as the bigger Surface Studio does. The Surface Laptop Studio has three operating modes: laptop, stage, and studio.
The laptop variant organizes the display in the same way as a conventional laptop, with a complete keyboard and a new haptic touchpad. The staging mode is where things get interesting, as you can move the display forward to a gaming, streaming, or presenting position. This will cover the keyboard, and the angle is more suited to viewing Netflix or playing games, touching the display, or digitally linking with the new Surface Slim Pen 2. Because of all of these additional enhancements, the new Surface Studio is an excellent choice