Surface Laptop vs. Surface Book detailed specs comparison

Surface Laptop is a new lightweight clamshell laptop from Microsoft. Here we have a detailed specs comparison between Surface Laptop versus Microsoft Surface Book which has a similar form factor.

Microsoft Surface Laptop vs. Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Laptop features a slim design and incredibly lightweight at only 2.76 lbs (1.25 kg). It is about 17% lighter than its brother the Microsoft Surface Book. It’s now has a simple clamshell design with undetachable keyboard and trackpad. It also has an impressive 14.5 hours of battery life great for students and traveling businessman.

In term of performance, the Surface Laptop doesn’t have a discrete GPU option as the Surface Book. However, if your workflow isn’t relying much on graphics processing power, the Surface Laptop perform really well with the new Intel Kaby Lake chip. Here is the quick specs comparison between Surface Laptop and Surface Book.

Microsoft Surface Laptop
  1. Surface Laptop vs. Surface Book – Overall Technical Specs Comparison
  2. Surface Laptop vs Surface Book – Intel Core i5 Processors Comparison
  3. Surface Laptop vs Surface Book – Intel Core i7 Processors Comparison
  4. Surface Laptop vs Surface Book – Integrated Graphics Comparison
  5. Surface Book – Discrete Graphics Comparison

1 Surface Laptop vs. Surface Book – Overall Technical Specs Comparison

 

Surface Laptop

Surface Laptop picture

Surface Book

Surface Book picture
AvailabilityIntroducedMay 2, 2017October 7, 2015
Pre-orderedMay 2, 2017October 7, 2015
ReleasedJune 15, 2017October 26, 2015
Configurations
Platinum

Intel® Core™ m3
• $799 - m3 | 4 GB | 128 GB

Intel® Core™ i5
• $999 - i5 | 4 GB | 128 GB
• $1,299 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB

Intel® Core™ i7
• $1,599 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB
• $2,199 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB
• $2,699 - i7 | 16 GB | 1 TB

Graphite GoldBurgundyCobalt Blue

Intel® Core™ i5
• $1,299 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB
Surface Book
• $1,499 - i5 | 8 GB | 128 GB
• $1,699 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB
• $2,499 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB

Surface Book w/dGPU
• $1,899 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB
• $1,999 - i7 | 8 GB | 512 GB
SoftwarePre-Installed OSWindows 10 SWindows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps1 year of Microsoft Office 365 personalMicrosoft Office 30-days trial
DisplaySize13.5 inches13.5 inches
Resolution2256 x 1504 (201 PPI), 3.4M Pixels3000 x 2000 (267 PPI), 6M Pixels
Technology• PixelSense™ Display
• Aspect ratio: 3:2
• Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
• Touch: 10 points multi-touch
• Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
• 100% sRGB color, individually calibrated
• PixelSense™ Display
• Aspect ratio: 3:2
• Touch: 10 points multi-touch G5
Internal SpecsCPU7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-7Y30
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB SmartCache, 1.00 GHz up to 2.60 GHz, 4.5W

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 2.60 GHz up to 3.50 GHz, 15W

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB Cache, 2.50 GHz up to 4.00 GHz, 15W
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 2.40 GHz up to 3.00 GHz, 15W

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6600U
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB SmartCache, 2.60 GHz up to 3.40 GHz, 15W
Graphics7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-7Y30
• Intel® HD Graphics 615

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
• Intel® HD Graphics 620

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
• Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
Integrated Graphics
• Intel® HD Graphics 520

Discrete Graphics
• NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU (1GB GDDR5)
Memory
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
128 GB256 GB512 GB1 TB
SSD
• 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage with 1-year subscription of Office 365
128 GB256 GB512 GB1 TB
NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
Network• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
BatterySize45.2 Wh• Total: 69 Wh
• Clipboard: 18 Wh
• Base: 51 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 14.5 hours of local video playback
Up to 12 hours of local video playback
Power Supply44W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging portSurface Book
• 36W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port

Surface Book with dGPU
• 65W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port
ExteriorDimensions12.13 x 8.79 x 0.39-0.57 inches(308.02 mm x 223.2 mm x 9.93 mm-14.47 mm)Surface Book
• 12.3” x 9.14” x 0.51”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm)

Surface Book with Performance Base
• 12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
WeightIntel Core i5 2.76 lbs (1.26 kg)
Intel Core i7 2.83 lbs (1.28 kg)
Clipboard Only 1.6 lbs (726 g)
Surface Book 3.34 lbs (1,515 g)
Surface Book with dGPU 3.48 lbs (1,578 g)
CasingAluminum• Mechanical features: Magnesium body
• Physical buttons: volumes, power
Colors
Graphite GoldPlatinumBurgundyCobalt Blue
Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad• Precision trackpad: 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
• Five-finger multitouch gesture.
• Full-size backlit keyboard with soft touch feel and full 1.5mm travel.
• Large palm rest with premium Alcantara® material for maximized typing comfort.
• Precision trackpad: 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
• Five-finger multitouch gesture.
• Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
• Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1.6 mm of key travel.
Ports• 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
• 1 x Surface Connect™
• 1 x Headset jack
• 1 x Mini DisplayPort
• 2 x Full-size USB 3.1 Gen
• 1 x Mini DisplayPort
• 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
• 2 x Surface Connect (Compatible with Surface Dock)
• 1 x Full-size MicroSD™ card reader
Camera & AudioCamera• Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
• 720p HD front-facing video camera
• Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
• 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
• 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio• Dual microphones
• OmniSonic stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
• Dual microphones
• Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
MiscSensors• Ambient light sensor• Ambient light sensor
• Proximity sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Magnetometer
Surface Pen• 1024 levels of pressure• 1024 levels of pressure
• Magnetic storage
Surface DialSupports off-screen interaction onlySupports off-screen interaction only
Security• HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
• Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
• HW TPM chip for enterprise security
• Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box• Surface Laptop
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
• Surface Book
• Surface Pen
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty

2 Surface Laptop vs Surface Book – Intel Core i5 Processors Comparison

Microsoft Surface Laptop offers 2 processor configurations just like Microsoft Surface Book did. However, it’s now equipped with the new 7-Gen Intel Core processors which offer a better performance compared to the 6-Gen Intel processors found on Surface Book.

 Surface BookSurface Laptop
Processor6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7200U
Intel Core i57th Gen Intel® Core™ i5
Launch DateQ3'2015Q1'2017
Base Frequency2.40 GHz2.10 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.00 GHz3.10 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB SmartCache
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPI
Max Memory Support32 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s
GEEKBENCH 4
Single-Core Score3,0693,218
Multi-Core Score6,3916,866
More detailSee at GeekbenchSee at Geekbench

3 Surface Laptop vs Surface Book – Intel Core i7 Processors Comparison

 Surface BookSurface Laptop
Processor6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7660U
Intel Core i77th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
Launch DateQ3'2015Q1'2017
Base Frequency2.80 GHz2.50 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.40 GHz4.00 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB SmartCache4 MB
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPI
Max Memory Support32 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s
GEEKBENCH 4
Single-Core Score3,2334,618
Multi-Core Score7,6749,267
More detailSee at GeekbenchSee at Geekbench

4 Surface Laptop vs Surface Book – Integrated Graphics Comparison

 Surface BookSurface Laptop
Processor6th Gen Intel® Core™
i5-6300U
6th Gen Intel® Core™
i7-6600U
7th Gen Intel® Core™
i5-7200U
7th Gen Intel® Core™
i5-7660U
Intel Core i5Intel Core i57th Gen Intel® Core™ i57th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 520Intel® HD Graphics 520Intel® HD Graphics 620Intel Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
Geekbench 4 Compute18,68219,30421,82331,850
Base Frequency300 MHz300 MHz300 MHz300 MHz
Max Dynamic Frequency1.00 GHz1.05 GHz1.00 GHz1.10 GHz
eDRAMN/A64 MB
Graphics Max Memory32 GB
Graphics 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz
Graphics DirectX12
Graphics OpenGL4.4
# Display Supported3
Graphics Technologies
Quick Sync Video Clear Video HD Technology Clear Video Technology InTru™ 3D Technology
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Quick Sync Video Clear Video HD Technology Clear Video Technology InTru™ 3D Technology
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5 Surface Book – Discrete Graphics Comparison

GPUGFEFORCE GPUGEFORCE GTX 965M
NVIDIA Geforce GPUNVIDIA Geforce GPU
ArchitectureMaxwell
Memory Size1 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR5
GPU Engine Specs
NVIDIA CUDA® Cores3841024
Base Clock (MHz)954 MHz935 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz)993 MHz1150 MHz
Memory Specs
Memory Speed5012 MHz5000 MHz
Memory Interface Width64-bit128-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)40 GB/s80 GB/s
Technology Support
Technologies
PhysX CUDA GeForce Experience
Optimus™ Support
G-SYNC -Ready GameStream -Ready Optimus™ Support BatteryBoost™ SLI® Ready
NVIDIA GPU Boost2.0
Microsoft DirectX12 API with feature level 11_012 API with feature level 12_1
OpenGL4.5
Bus SupportPCIe 3.0