The hardware event Microsoft held back in early October was a blast due to the number of devices the company had announced. One of those such devices, was the Surface Laptop 3, a worthy upgrade to the Surface Laptop, which in its own right, was quite quality.
Now, the big question right now, is how well does the Surface Laptop 3 compared to its older sibling Surface Laptop 2? Is it better, or is it just underwhelming? Were not going to answer that question, but we will definitely give you the knowledge to make the decision yourself.
We should point out that the Surface Laptop is much different when compared to the Surface Pro. One is more of a laptop, while the other is more of a tablet. However, both are powered by Windows 10 and come with similar hardware features in some instances, at least.
Surface Laptop 3 vs Surface Laptop 2 comparison
We will cover the following aspects in this comparison:
- Screen Size
- Battery Life
- The Price.
The first thing you will notice is how similar the design is of both systems. Everything is almost the same, that is why it should come as no surprise that the dimension of the Surface Laptop 3 is 12.13 inches x 8.79 inches x 0.57 inches, while the Surface Laptop 2 sits at 12.13 inches x 8.78 inches x 0.57 inches.
As you can tell, the difference in the dimension is so small, it just doesn’t matter at all and should never factor in your decision making when it comes time to make a purchase.
2] Screen Size
Both devices come with a 13.5-inch touch display, which is nice. The resolution here is set at 2256 x 1504, and that’s great for the size screen on offer. However, unlike the Surface Laptop 2, the newer version is packing a 15.-inch screen option with a resolution of 2496 x 1664.
Fans have long asked for a bigger Surface Laptop, and now they’ve got it, so rejoice.
We all know that one of the most important aspects of a computer is the performance. Microsoft tends to deliver in this regard, so as expected, the Surface Laptop 3 is no different from its predecessor, though it is faster.
Here’s the thing, the Surface Laptop 2 is only rocking the 8th Generation Intel Core processor, and that’s not bad, to be honest. But we have to stress that the Surface Laptop is much faster due to the addition of the 10th Generation Intel Core processor.
If you’re not an Intel guy, then the current version of the device also brings the AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 to the table. Bear in mind though, you can only get the AMD in the 15-inch version and that’s it.
In terms of the RAM, you can get 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB in the Surface Laptop 3, but the previous version is only limited to 8GB and 16GB. For many users, 8GB is just fine, but if you’re an advanced user, 16GB and 32GB are the better options to choose from.
What about storage? Well, you’re in luck because you can get between 128, 256, 512 GB, and 1 TB for both. Just know that with the Surface Laptop 3, the option is there to replace the storage for something larger at any time.
4] Battery Life
Running your laptop for long periods of time is something we all want to do; therefore, this could be the biggest selling point for anyone. The Surface Laptop 2 can go for around 14-hours, while the newer laptop, surprisingly, can only hit at around 11-hours.
5] The price
When we look at both systems, clearly the Surface Laptop 3 is more expensive because its newer, and the components, for the most part, are better. Now, the price begins at $999, while the older Surface Laptop 2 begins at $899, so you decide.
In conclusion, Surface Laptop 2 is not a bad computer by any means, and we would recommend anyone to purchase it today due to its price and power. Yes, the Surface Laptop 3 is more powerful, but not by much because many of the professional Windows tools today will work just fine on the older model.
At the same time, if you can afford to get your hands on the Surface Laptop 3, then please do so for the sake of future-proofing and having the latest hardware.