Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 13, i7-1265U
Average of 6 scores (from 12 reviews)
Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 13, i7-1265U
Source: Expert Reviews
Given how superior the alternative choices are, it’s tough to recommend the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5. It’s reasonably priced for such a slim, attractive machine, but that’s not enough these days when you can pick up an M1 MacBook Air from £999 and quite often for a lot less than that in the sales. It’s laudable that Microsoft has made the laptop more repairable this year but, that aside, there isn’t much to elevate this laptop above its rivals, all of which offer more power, superior displays and better battery life for the money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/04/2023
Rating: Total score: 60%
With its unique fairy tea green color scheme, the extremely thin and light body shape, coupled Microsoft’s simple and elegant design style, in terms of appearance, the field of 13.5-inch thin and light, Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 is the only one. We tested the i7 high-end version. For students with limited budgets, if you want to enjoy the exquisite workmanship of Surface Laptop 5 at a relatively low price, you can consider the i5 low-end version. The starting price is only 7888 yuan.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2023
Source: Expert Reviews
Given how superior the alternative choices are, it’s tough to recommend the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5. It’s reasonably priced for such a slim, attractive machine, but that’s not enough these days when you can pick up an M1 MacBook Air from £999 and quite often for a lot less than that in the sales. It is laudable that Microsoft has made the laptop more repairable this year but, that aside, there isn’t much to elevate this laptop above its rivals, all of which offer more power, superior displays and better battery life for the money.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/25/2023
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Mobile Syrup
Ultimately, the Surface Laptop 5 still holds its place among premium Windows laptops. With excellent hardware and build quality, the Laptop 5 is an all-around excellent experience. It’s not perfect, and as mentioned above, improvements like slimmer bezels, a 120Hz display, and better battery life could go a long way to improving the overall experience. As always, those who don’t care for a premium hardware experience can find options from other PC manufacturers that meet the same levels of performance for less. It’s easy to argue that the Surface Laptop 5 is too expensive for what it offers, but in terms of quality, you get what you pay for. And finally, there isn’t a good argument for upgrading to the Surface Laptop 5 from a previous model. Aside from the improved CPU, the Surface Laptop 5 is basically identical to the Laptop 4 and Laptop 3 – unless your old Surface Laptop is broken beyond repair and you want to replace it with a new Surface Laptop, there’s no reason to ditch your old PC for the Laptop 5.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/18/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
This year's Surface Laptop 5 is Microsoft's latest and greatest notebook. It's the 13 model and it's the first to feature the Intel 12th configs CPU. The 12th configs is the first CPU to be built by Microsoft for the Surface Laptop and it's a nice addition to the notebook's already impressive lineup of hardware.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/07/2022
I may seem like I had high standards for this review, and I did. This is a flagship laptop from the company that makes Windows, after all. While those resources and ability to optimize for its own OS did show in aspects like the Surface Laptop 5's consistently excellent build quality and performance, it faltered when it came to basic modern necessities like a decent webcam and a contemporary display layout. If you never videoconference or if wasted space around your display doesn't bother you, you're looking at the best Windows laptop you could buy right now. Even if those things do irk a bit, I'd recommend balancing them against the exceptional performance, build, and aesthetics. The Surface Laptop 5 is frustratingly close to being that universal leader among Windows portables that Microsoft wants it to be. But, if Microsoft wants that crown, I hope it updates the components that held this generation back when it comes time to design the Surface Laptop 6.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2022
Rating: Total score: 78%
That does it for my first impressions of the Surface Laptop 5. Once I've spent a bit more time with Microsoft's new flagship notebook PC I'll be following up this stream-of-consciousness-style hands-on with a more analytical full review, so stay tuned!
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 10/25/2022
Source: Pocket Lint
The Surface Laptop 5 doesn't really move things along a great deal, with only a couple to tweaks to support the new hardware. That's a shame, because this is a great-looking laptop and there are easy gains that could be made.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 10/20/2022
Today Microsoft announced its refreshed Surface Laptop 5, which just like before will be available in 13.5 and 15-inch models. The new notebooks will also feature 3:2 touchscreens with a very familiar brushed aluminum design. Actually, almost everything about the Surface Laptop 5 is the same as before, aside from the addition of new 12th-gen Intel CPUs and one Thunderbolt 4 port.
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 10/13/2022
But more importantly, after seeing Dell add a new member to the XPS 13 family and all the changes Apple is making on the MacBook Air and Pro lines, it's just a bit disappointing to see Microsoft simply going through the motions. And all this is coming from the company that basically invented the modern detachable 2-in-1, so I know Microsoft can do better.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 10/12/2022
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/07/2022
Rating: Total score: 90%
Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs: Integrated graphics card in Intel Tiger Lake G4 SoCs based on the new Gen. 12 architecture with 96 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model. The Tiger Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm+ process at Intel.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i7-1265U: Alder Lake based mobile CPU with 2 performance cores and 8 efficient cores. The performance cores offer hyper threading, leading to 12 threads that can be processed. The CPU clocks from 1.3 to 4.8 GHz. The TDP is specified at 15 Watt.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Microsoft smartphones and tablets have been tested since 2012. There are many reviews with average ratings. The reader's interest is quite given, but the market share is not big enough for the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers (as of 2016).
75.5%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.