From its inception, Microsoft Surface has garnered plaudits for its combination of price, features and capabilities. What many don’t realize is that the numerous Surface products—including very affordable models, high-end ones and unique devices such as Surface Studio—are designed to fit the needs of different employee types. And that is only scratching the Surface product line.
Here are six Surface devices to give you a taste of what is possible:
Surface Laptop 3
Role or persona the device fits best: Surface Laptop 3 delivers to knowledge/white collar workers a best-in-class mobile PC that has the performance, looks and capabilities to support management-level employees with a well-rounded device. It is the perfect everyday laptop that enhances productivity without compromise. The device will comfortably run all Microsoft 365 and Office 365 workloads and graphics-oriented tasks. Its AV features provide optimal support for remote collaboration.
Key features: Surface Laptop 3 is now available with both 13.5-in. and 15-in. touchscreens. The 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processor provides excellent performance. The device supports up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of data, with a removable SSD capability. Battery life is up to 11.5 hours based on typical Surface device usage as tested by Microsoft. Omnisonic speakers and dual far-field studio mics provide enhanced meeting experiences.
Design goal: Surface Laptop 3 is designed to provide a stylish, well-crafted device that delivers on employee experience through its premium craftmanship—all in a traditional clamshell design. It has enhanced features for remote meetings and collaborations, offering improved video and audio functionality.
Surface Laptop Go
Role or persona the device fits best: This “everywhere, everyday” laptop combines excellent features with great value for employees and users such as information workers, customer engagement professionals and secondary or higher education teachers. The Surface Laptop Go is perfect for employees who are focused on using the common Microsoft 365 and Office 365 apps and midrange third-party apps.
Key features: Surface Laptop Go comes with a 12.4-in. touchscreen and can be equipped with up to 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. It has industry-leading typing comfort with a full-sized keyboard and weighs 2.45 lb.
Design goal: This thin and light device is optimized for productivity on the go, with its light weight, small size and long battery life, and provides suitable levels of performance. The focus is on “work from anywhere” with the battery life to support that.
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Surface Pro 7
Role or persona the device fits best: Surface Pro 7 is a two-in-one device: both an enterprise-grade laptop and a tablet PC. It has the performance necessary to support road warriors and mobile users who want a thin and light device. The product can run commonly used applications, including Microsoft 365 and Office 365, and store large amounts of data.
Key features: This ultralight two-in-one device offers the performance of the 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors. Supporting up to 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage, it is highly capable. It delivers all-day battery life and has fast charging. The device has a 12.3-in. touchscreen, making it easy to carry around. There is also digital inking for those who love to whiteboard and need to handwrite, sketch notes or sign documents. The device also includes upgraded speakers and microphones, as well as AV functionality for premium meeting experiences.
Design goal: This next-generation two-in-one device has the performance necessary to run most traditional laptop applications while also providing tablet functionality. Longer battery life and better performance differentiate this model from its predecessor.
Surface Book 3
Role or persona the device fits best: Surface Book 3 is designed to provide a high-end business tool for employees who put the greatest demands on their devices. These users may be engineers, data scientists, developers, financial analysts or those in similar roles where performance is mandatory. The product can run the most demanding computational and visual/rendering applications, including design and computational analytics.
Key features: Two touchscreen options—13.5-in. and 15-in.—are powered by NVIDIA Quadro RTX or GeForce graphics processors. High performance is provided by the quad-core Intel 10th Generation processor, offering up to 32 GB of memory. It boasts 17.5 hours of battery life. The two-in-one device has the power to run intensive programs anywhere, combined with the flexibility for creating your own way, including the use of digital ink. As with most Surface devices, Surface Book 3 enhances collaboration with a 1080p HD display, a 5.0 MP front-facing camera and an 8.0 MP rear-facing auto-focus camera, far-field microphones and enhanced audio.
Design goal: This is a no-compromise device that delivers optimal capabilities on every aspect of the system design. It delivers the raw performance that the most demanding users require but with a slim design and light weight. Its form-factor versatility, which enables the device to be used as a canvas, tablet or laptop, makes it the right tool for many demanding professionals. Those who collaborate will be delighted with the advanced AV features and the ability to use inking along with traditional input technology.
Surface Studio 2
Role or persona the device fits best: Surface Studio 2 is ideal for creative professionals who want no technology limits to their creative efforts. Focused on employees who are heavily involved in visual design or creation and executives who want a large screen for tasks such as video calls and employee meetings, this product can run tools such as Adobe Creative Cloud, AutoCAD and SolidWorks, and meets the needs of anyone who needs to visualize data.
Key features: Surface Studio starts with a 28-in. display with 13.5 million pixels of true-life color. It is powered by an Intel® Core™ i7 processor with an NVIDIA GeForce GPU and has up to 32 GB of memory and 2 TB of storage. The device supports full 4K video editing.
Design goal: Surface Studio is designed from the ground up to provide a new approach to delivering the most compelling technology for professionals who are focused on visual applications. It provides a free-form digital canvas for capturing and ideating new designs and products. With a zero-gravity hinge, Studio transforms from a desktop to a digital canvas. It is also an outstanding option for desktop users such as executives who want more capabilities.
Surface Go 2
Role or persona the device fits best: Surface Go 2 provides an excellent combination of price and performance for broad deployment to first-line and frontline workers and students who want a thin and light device for running traditional apps and tools. This lightest Surface laptop provides the premium Surface design at an exceptional value. It is a great choice for typical Office 365 workloads and for using common collaboration tools and Windows-based apps.
Key features: Surface Go is a two-in-one device that has a 12.4-in. touchscreen. It is powered by an 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor and supports up to 8GB of memory. The device also supports an inking capability. Weighing in at just 2.45 lb., it has a battery life of up to 13 hours and is optimized for mobility. Storage goes up to 256 GB at the maximum configuration.
Design goal: Surface Go is designed to offer a low-entry price point for a premium Surface device that provides the benefit of a fully functioning laptop in the form factor of a small tablet. The product is light and easily transportable, and meets the demands of a typical user.