Microsoft Surface Laptop D9P-00001 is a clamshell-model laptop from Microsoft. Due to its squarer display and design, this laptop is practically an ultrabook although Microsoft is not clearly saying it. Surface Laptop is lighter, more affordable and more stylish than the pricier Surface Book.
This Microsoft Surface Laptop is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor. This processor is a dual core CPU which has base frequency of 2.5GHz up to 3.1GHz at max turbo frequency. It also has a cache size of 3MB. This CPU is ready to work with almost everything you have to do on it except the most demanding end of spectrum. Click here to find its benchmark test score.
This laptop is also equipped with a 4MB LPDDR3-1866 RAM soldered and it is not able to be upgraded. However, this amount of system memory will be sufficient for the needs for most users.
As the storage space, a 128GB solid state drive has come with this device. Although the capacity is very limited, but the use of SSD will give users more advantages compare the hard disk drive. As we know that SSD is fast, reliable and energy efficient. If you need to extend the storage space, you may invest on an external data drive or at the cloud storage.
Surface Laptop D9P-00001 has Intel Graphics HD 620 cards, which come integrated with the CPU. This GPU is great to handle photo and video editing, as well streaming video contents. And for playing games, you may play limited options of games at decent frame rates since this GPU is not designed for gaming.
As the screen display, Microsoft Surface Laptop comes with 13.5-inch Pixel Sense touchscreen display which is coated by a shiny sheet of Gorilla Glass 3 for protecting screen surface. The resolution is 2256 x 1504 pixels while the aspect ratio is 3:2 so it will displays sharp, bright and colorful images. There an issue with the aspect ratio that it will show borders at the top and bottom when watching films.
This laptop’s screen also supports the use of Surface Pen and technically offers over 100 levels of pressure sensitivity. However, the use of Surface Pen is not proper here because I think it is uncomfortable even feel silly to work with surface pen on a laptop that could not fold down flat. Moreover, the Surface Pen is sold separately.
The selection of interface ports is limited and somewhat disappointing. No Thunderbolt 3 USB or even basic USB-C is presented like on the most recent ultrabooks and tablets carry as standard. The lack of SD reader is also regrettable since it has become a standard for a laptop and even most smartphones has equipped with the SD reader as well. And here are the I/O port options:
• 1 x USB 3.0 port
• 1 x Mini DisplayPort
• 1 x Combo audio jack
No Micro SD Reader comes with this laptop.
If you need to transform Microsoft Surface D9P-00001 as a desktop PC, then there is Surface Dock that will help you to connect the device to the peripherals such as external monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer and else.
For connectivity, Microsoft has equipped this Surface Laptop with standard parts. They are 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless protocol and Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
Microsoft Surface Laptop comes with a weight of 2.76 pounds and a dimension of 12.13 x 8.79 x 0.57 inches. Based on that numbers, it is able to say that this is lightweight and thin laptop. It can be a good travel device since it is portable. Most users such as students, professionals, travelers, field workers and else will appreciate its portability.
The battery used is 45 Wh 5,970 mAh Lithium-Polymer. Some test show that a full charge battery will lasts up to 9-10 hours for normal use. Although there is a claim that the battery will last up to 14.5 hours of video playback, the achievement of 9-10 hours battery life is still impressive. This is even more to use on a day’s worth of work.
By looking the combo of its portability and battery life, then it is logic to say that this is a traveler’s true companion.
In short, Microsoft Surface Laptop D9P-00001 has come up with a really beautiful design and a very nice screen as well. It is light and thin and also has long battery life. So, concerning to those points, this laptop could become a nice device for travelers, traveling professionals, field workers, and else although Microsoft is targeting the students for this product.
However, port shortage is quite disappointing. There is no USB-C and SD Reader which can be said as a standard for most laptop.
Microsoft Surface Laptop D9P-00001
|Processor||Intel Core i5-7200U/Dual Core/2.5GHz/3MB cache|
|RAM||4MB LPDDR3-1866 RAM|
|Graphics Processor||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Display||13.5"touchscreen 2256 x 1504, coated by Gorilla Glass 3 and support Surface Pen
|Interfaces||• 1 x USB 3.0 port
• 1 x Mini DisplayPort
• 1 x Combo audio jack
|Communications||802.11ac Wi-Fi ireless
|Battery Life||up to 9-10 hours|
|Dimension||12.13 x 8.79 x 0.57 inches|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Pros||Microsoft Surface Laptop D9P-00001 has come up with a really beautiful design and a very nice screen as well. It is light and thin and also has long battery life. Suitable for travelers, traveling professionals, field workers, and students.|
|Cons||There is no USB-C and SD Reader which can be said as a standard for most laptop.|