The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 has been officially announced, retaining the same 2-in-1 design that made the original so popular.
New upgrades include the inclusion of a MicroSD card, 13th Generation Intel Core processors and the option of Nvidia RTX 4060 and RTX 4050 graphics chips.
Microsoft claims that these new upgrades will make the laptop 2x more powerful than the original Surface Laptop Studio. Keep reading on for everything you need to know about the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2.
Release date and price
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 was announced on 21st September 2023, although there’s no word on release date just yet.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Laptop Studio 2 has a starting price of $1999, but will increase in cost if you opt for the RTX 4060 Ti GPU and upgrade the storage and RAM.
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Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Laptop Studio 2 will be powered by a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 H-Series processor, which should easily be powerful enough for content creators.
Microsoft is also giving the graphics power a significant upgrade, with options of Nvidia RTX 4050 and RTX 4060 GPUs. There will also be an option for RTX 2000 ADa Generation GPUs for designers in the prosumer market.
Microsoft claims that these upgrades will result in a 2x performance uplift. That’s a big claim, but the introduction of the RTX 4060 will certainly make a difference to those who want more graphics power.
Is it even more powerful than a MacBook Pro with an Apple M2 Max chip? Microsoft seems to think so, claiming that the RTX 4060 of the Surface Laptop Studio 2 can render an animated image in Blender even quicker than Apple’s MacBook Pro.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Laptop Studio 2 will feature the very first Intel NPU in a Windows computer. This should help to improve AI performance, which is ideal with the launch of Windows Copilot on the horizon.
If you’re looking to spend big bucks on a high-end configuration, Microsoft has confirmed you can deck the laptop out with up to 2TB of storage and 64GB of RAM.
Design and features
Microsoft looks to be sticking to the same design as the original Surface Laptop Studio 2, with a hinge mechanism allowing the screen to fold ontop of the keyboard to switch into a tablet form.
The haptic touchpad is making a comeback too, with vibrations simulating the clicky feel of a mechanical version. Microsoft claims this is a more accessible form, while it also allows you to tweak the sensitivity to your liking.
New tweaks to the design include a MicroSD card reader and USB-A port, joining the rest of the port gang that includes USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jack. A Surface Slim Pen 2 is also supported, which clips magnetically to the laptop.
Microsoft has stuck with the 14.4-inch PixelSense display too, so there’s no option for a larger 16-inch panel. That’s it for the screen upgrades, so there’s still no OLED panel available.