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Key Takeaways

  • Microsoft unveils the new Surface Laptop Studio 2, a powerful and expensive laptop that justifies its high price tag with improved specs and performance.
  • The base model starts at $1,999 and can be further customized, featuring Intel's 13th Gen i7 H class processors and Nvidia RTX 4050 or RTX 4060 GPUs.
  • Notable features include a 14.4-inch touchscreen display, Intel NPU, haptic touchpad, and a promising battery life of up to 15 hours.

Microsoft held its big September Surface event, announcing a brand new Surface Laptop Studio 2. The convertible laptop is much more powerful than its predecessor, thus doing a better job of justifying the high price tag. It's still a rather expensive piece of tech, but the better chip option and improved screen do a little more to generate interest.

The base model sells for $1,999 and goes up depending on the customization options chosen. It runs Intel's 13th Gen i7 H class processors, with the actual model of the chip changing based on the configuration. It also features Nvidia RTX 4050 or RTX 4060 GPUs. Microsoft also offers the laptop with up to 64GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD, though configurations with that much RAM will cost more. The company says it's the most powerful Surface it's ever offered, and the specs certainly back that up.

There's a 14.4-inch touchscreen display that slides forward, much like the previous model's screen.

The Surface Laptop Studio 2 comes with the Intel Neural Processing Unit. This is the first Intel NPU in a Windows computer, which is a nice selling point for this high-end laptop.

Another cool feature is the haptic touchpad, which offers a higher level of customization and a more accurate level of responsiveness.

A laptop's battery life is a critical selling point, and Microsoft promises an all-day battery life of up to 15 hours. That's pretty solid, especially for a laptop pushing this kind of power.

Outside of raw power, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 has two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, a microSD card reader, and a slot for the Surface Slim Pen 2.