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Microsoft Surface 3 is computing beast

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Dale Davies ▼ | October 25, 2019
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with AMD Ryzen Surface Edition CPU and GPU is a 15-inch computing beast.
Surface 3
Computer   The keyboard and trackpad are both excellent
Surface 3The Surface Laptop 3 has one USB-C, one USB-A, a headphone jack, and a Surface Connect port. The 15-inch only comes in aluminum. There’s no subtly soft alacantra keyboard option. It’s lighter and thinner than a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and it’s sleek in matte black. The 2,496 x 1,664 resolution PixelSense display is tack sharp and the 10-finger touchscreen is super responsive. The 720p webcam supports Windows Hello face sign-in and makes me wish my MacBook Pro had Face ID.

Surface 3The keyboard and trackpad are both excellent. The keys on the Surface Laptop 3 are quiet and the trackpad is very smooth. And of course, the Surface Laptop 3 comes with plenty of specs: up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage, and either an AMD Ryzen 5 3580U processor with Radeon Vega 9 graphics or the Ryzen 7 3780U processor with Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics. All in all, very good specs that should serve you well every day.

Surface 3The Surface Laptop 3 breezes through common tasks like browsing the web even with two dozen open Chrome tabs, watching 4K YouTube videos, and editing RAW photos in Adobe Lightroom. But where you’ll really see big performance leaps is for graphics-heavy workloads like editing video and gaming. Yes, the 15-inch Surface Laptop can play popular games like Fortnite at decent settings without choking up. Those are all nice features to have on your working device.

Surface 3Microsoft advertises up to 11.5 hours on a single charge. So, it should go into a plug after an 8-hour workday. The most underrated feature is easily quick charging: 0-80% in about an hour with the included Surface Connect power adapter. Slim and stylish, Surface 3 makes a powerful statement and get improved speed, performance, and all-day battery life. This is one laptop you should really take into a consideration if you need one.