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Microsoft’s new Surface laptop packs a lot of design ambition into a $999 portable

Microsoft hardware honcho Panos Panay is one of the most effective onstage salespeople in tech. And at the company’s education-themed event today in New York, he got to unveil the morning’s “one more thing”—the Surface laptop, a machine he pitched as the ideal notebook for students. This laptop doesn’t just look like a school machine, … Continue reading “Microsoft’s new Surface laptop packs a lot of design ambition into a $999 portable”

Microsoft hardware honcho Panos Panay is one of the most effective onstage salespeople in tech. And at the company’s education-themed event today in New York, he got to unveil the morning’s “one more thing”—the Surface laptop, a machine he pitched as the ideal notebook for students.

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This laptop doesn’t just look like a school machine, even though it runs Windows 10 S, the new education-focused version. It’s the most direct competition Microsoft has ever offered for Apple’s portables:

• At 2.76 pounds and 14.5 mm, it’s lighter and thinner than any current MacBook Pro or MacBook Air model, and offers, Panay said, a screen akin to a 14″ notebook, with 3.4 million pixels, in a 13″ case. 

• It runs Intel’s Core processors and offers, Microsoft says, up to 14.5 hours of battery life.

• Like other Surface devices, it has a touch screen and Surface Pen input.

• Its design aims to hide ugly signs that it’s a manufactured device such as screws, seams, and speaker grills, and the keyboard/palmrest area is covered in fabric.

• It’s available for preorder now and ships on June 15 in four colors.

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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