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 BookSurface Laptop
Announced DateOctober 26, 2015May 2, 2017
Available ConfigurationsIntegrated GPU
$1499 - i5 | 8 GB | 128 GB$1699 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB $2499 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB


NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU with 1GB
$1899 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB$1999 - i7 | 8 GB | 512 GB


NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M 2GB GPU
$2399 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB$2799 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB$3299 - i7 | 16 GB | 1 TB
$999 - i5 | 4 GB | 128 GB$1299 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB$1599 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB $2199 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB
Software
Operating SystemWindows 10 ProWindows 10 S
Built-in AppsOffice 30-days trial
Display
Display Size
13.5 inches
Display Resolution3000 x 2000 (267 PPI), 6M Pixels2256 x 1504 (201 PPI), 3.4M Pixels
Screen TechnologyPixelSense™ Display
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Inking: Supports Surface Pen
Touch: 10 points multi-touch
PixelSense™ display
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multitouch
Inking: Supports Surface Pen
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated
Internal Specs
CPU
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U dual-core6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U dual-core
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7200U7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
GraphicsSurface Book
Intel® HD Graphics 520


Surface Book with dGPU
Intel® HD Graphics 520NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU w/1GB GDDR5


Surface Book with Performance Base
Intel® HD Graphics 520NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M discrete GPU w/2GB GDDR5
i5: Intel® HD Graphics 620i7: Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
Memory
8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
128 GB256 GB512 GB1 TB

NVMe PCIe SSD
128 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
SSD
Network- Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
- Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
Wireless Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth low energy 4.0
Battery
Battery SizeSurface Book
Clipboard: 18 Wh Base: 51 Wh


Surface Book with Performance Base
Clipboard: 18 Wh Base: 63 Wh
45.2 Wh
Battery LifeSurface Book
Up to 12 hours of video playback

Surface Book with Performance Base
Up to 16 hours of video playback
Up to 14.5 hours of local video playback
Power SupplySurface Book Integrated GPU
36W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port


Surface Book with Discrete GPU
65W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port


Surface Book with Performance Base
102W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port
44W power supply with USB charging port
Exterior
DimensionsSurface 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)
Back: 308.02mm x 223.2mm x 14.47mm (WxDxH)
Front: 308.02mm x 223.2mm x 9.93mm (WxDxH)
WeightSurface Book
3,34 lbs (1,516 g)

Surface Book with Performance Base
3.68 lbs (1,669 g)
2.76 lbs (1.25 kg)
CasingMagnesiumAluminum
Colors
Silver
PlatinumGraphite GoldBurgundyCobalt Blue
Keyboard and Trackpad- Precision trackpad: 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
- Five-finger multitouch gesture
- Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
- Full-size backlit keyboard with soft touch feel and full 1.6mm travel.
- 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® for maximized typing comfort
Ports- 2 x full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 2 x Surface Connect ports
- Full-size SD™ card reader
- Full-size USB 3.0
- Mini DisplayPort
- Stereo headphones/microphone jack
- SurfaceConnect for magnetic power and docking
Camera & Audio
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
Windows Hello sign-in camera
720p HD video camera
Audio- Stereo microphones
- Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio™ Premium
- Stereo microphones
- OmniSonic stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
Misc
SensorsAmbient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Ambient light sensor
Security- TPM chip for enterprise security
- Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box- Surface Book
- Power supply
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety and warranty documents
Surface Pen with 1024 pressure sensitivity
Surface Laptop
Power supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents

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
Quick Sync Video Clear Video HD Technology Clear Video Technology InTru™ 3D Technology
Quick Sync Video Clear Video HD Technology Clear Video Technology InTru™ 3D Technology
Quick Sync Video Clear Video HD Technology Clear Video Technology InTru™ 3D Technology

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

Newest Surface Models
New Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold, 8GB RAM, 128GB)
New Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold, 8GB RAM, 128GB)
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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) - Newest Version
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) - Newest Version
$881.37
Was: $899.00
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) - Platinum (Newest Version)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) - Platinum (Newest Version)
$999.00
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - 13.5"
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - 13.5"
$1,250.00
Was: $1,499.00
Previous Surface Models
Microsoft Surface Pro (5th Gen) (Intel Core M, 4GB RAM, 128GB)
Microsoft Surface Pro (5th Gen) (Intel Core M, 4GB RAM, 128GB)
$645.00
Was: $799.00
Microsoft Surface Laptop (1st Gen) (Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB) - Platinum
Microsoft Surface Laptop (1st Gen) (Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB) - Platinum
$715.00
Was: $999.00
Microsoft Surface Book 13.5" i5 256GB Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook (Silver)
Microsoft Surface Book 13.5" i5 256GB Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook (Silver)
$1,044.00
Was: $1,799.00