Microsoft Surface Laptop 2, i7 (JKQ-00069)
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2, i7 (JKQ-00069)
Source: CNet Archive.org version
Microsoft's Surface Laptop 2 gets a big speed boost and a new color option, but is otherwise a minimal update to the first version.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Source: Tweakers NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/20/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Online.com.cn zh-CN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Very good keyboard; decent speakers; excellent color rendering and viewing angle. Negative: No USB Type-C port; thick screen frame; uncomfortable position of power button.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/15/2018
Model: The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2, i7 (JKQ-00069) is an interesting laptop in terms of design. Microsoft has refined the ultra portable attraction with the Surface Laptop 2. It is built with premium materials, clean and sleek design touches, as well as lightning fast speed. These factors are making it one of the most ideal ultra portables available on the market. At just 1.25 kg, it’s very lightweight to hold with just one hand. It’s also very slim and thin at just 308 x 223 x 14.5 mm. The design of the laptop is quite Macbook-like. The slim and sleek design on the sturdy aluminium body makes it a pleasure to the touch on any user’s hands. It has four different finishes, namely the platinum, black, burgundy and cobalt blue. The finishing is sure to attract attention in a crowd as it is uncommon around the market. Besides that, it also features spill and stain-proof Alcantara fabric keyboard and touchpad, preventing users from ruining the pretty fabric finish on the Surface laptop by liquid spills. The first Surface laptop has already featured quite a large and beautiful display. On the Surface Laptop 2, the display is enhanced even more, even though it is just some minor improvements. The display of the Surface Laptop 2 is still the same 3:2 ratio, 2,256 x 1,504 pixels PixelSense display. However, the touch screen seems even more responsive than it’s predecessor, perfect for users who interact with very light touches on the display. It is also usable with a Microsoft Surface Pen if a user is willing to pay extra for that extra accessory.
Looking at the performance, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is undoubtedly a powerhouse device. Featuring an Intel Core i7-8650U processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB NVMe storage and an Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics processing unit, it can certainly power through many resource demanding processes. Since a Surface Laptop 2 isn’t targeted for gamers, the integrated graphics processor can only deliver gaming experience at low to medium graphics settings. Microsoft has ditched Windows 10S in favor of full-fledged Windows 10, which is an advantage due to the locked down features on Windows 10 S. The battery has remain unchanged on the Surface Laptop 2. The battery life of the Surface Laptop 2 is actually very similar compared to its predecessor, featuring 14-hour all-day battery. As for audio, the Surface Laptop 2 speaker is not loud at all, but it certainly delivers a decent audio experience for video calls or movies. As for portability, the laptop only has a single USB 3 port, a mini DisplayPort and a 3.5 mm audio jack. As a conclusion, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is a slight improvement compared to its predecessor, making it one step closer to the perfect ultra-portable laptop for travelers or business usage.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i7-8650U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.9 and 4.2 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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