Surface Laptop 4 – Choose from AMD or Intel

Surface products are always built for creative individuals who want to use technology as a tool to break all the barriers and create something special for everyone. On that note, the Surface Laptop 4 is supported that vision and immerses people in a creative flow by eliminating all the friction.

Surface allows people to adapt to new ways of working and creating through innovative and versatile devices that offer premium design and performance.

The excellent build quality of Surface Laptop 4 is well supported by the internals and this time they came with two options, you either pick the AMD Ryzen or Intel 11th Gen Core and in both cases, you’ll find a smooth experience that powers modern, multitasking demands.

The 13.5 or 15-inch Laptop 4 is combined with quality typing and trackpads, good cameras and mics, and immersive touchscreen display technology called Pixelsense.

Surface Laptop 4 is a unique mix of power and craftsmanship where every detail is molded perfectly and gives creators the freedom to create, connect, and share on the go without searching anywhere else.

For some, it’s all about the satisfying typing experience and Alcantara finishes. For others, it’s the immersive capabilities of touch, video quality, and 3:2 displays with reliable app compatibility.

The Laptop 4 is continuing to innovate while preserving the elements customers love most about the surface. It retains the iconic design, and details, and customers can choose from Alcantara or metal finishes in a variety of bold colors.

Surface Laptop 4 offers a built-in HD front-facing camera with incredible low-light capability and a studio microphone array, ensuring you’ll come through loud and clear as you connect with loved ones or participate in a crucial virtual work meeting.

With the 201 PPI, high-contrast touchscreen display, and Dolby® Atmos™ Omnisonic speakers, you’ll get a cinematic experience that immerses you in your favorite movies and shows from the comfort of anywhere. The custom build silicon also boosts the performance and battery life to a great extent.

The size and weight are very convenient for any situation, you can easily carry your Surface Laptop 4 in the office, living room, coffee shop, or classroom without worrying about the Space.

Price and Purchase Options:

There are two types of variants available one is AMD Verint and another one is powered by Intel so you choose according to your needs. For most people, the differences between the AMD and Intel variants will be insignificant as they both do productivity work very well.

Microsoft says the AMD models are better for multi-threading performance tasks, whereas the Intel variants have a slightly stronger GPU and faster single-threaded performance.

If you’re looking for a device that has better multi-thread app performance and longer battery life, then choose the AMD variant but If you’re looking for a device with faster single-thread app performance, along with more RAM and storage options, the Intel variant is perfect for you.

Microsoft releases consumer and commercial variants separately with multiple RAM and Inbuilt storage options and the Laptop 4 is currently available in all major countries.

The two Varients and corresponding prices are listed below…

Consumer Editions 13.5 inch Screen:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 Platinum 8GB/128GB priced at $999 and 16GB/256GB at  $1199
  • Intel Core i5 Black, Platinum, Blue, Sandstone 8GB/512GB priced at $1299 and 16GB/512GB at $1499
  • Intel Core i7 Black, Platinum, Blue, Sandstone 16GB/512GB at $1699 and Black 32GB/1TB priced at $2299

Consumer Editions 15 inch Screen:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 Platinum 8GB/256GB at $1299, Platinum, Black 8GB/512GB at $1499, and Black 16GB/512GB at $1699
  • Intel Core i7 Platinum, Black 16GB/512GB at $1799 and Black 32GB/1TB at $2399

Commersial Edition 13.5 inch Screen:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 Platinum 8GB/128GB priced at $1099 and 16GB/256GB at $1299, and AMD Ryzen 7 Black 16GB/512GB priced at $1699
  • Intel Core i5 Platinum 8GB/256GB priced at $1199 and Black,Platumun, Blue, Standstone 8GB/512GB at $1399 and
    16GB/512GB at $1599
  • Intel Core i7 Black 16GB/256GB at $1599 and  Black,Platinum, Blue, Standstone 16GB/512GB priced at $1799 and Black 32GB/1TB at $2399

Commersial Edition 15 inch Screen:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 Platinum 8GB/256GB at $1399 and Black 16GB/512GB priced at $1799
  • Intel Core i7 Platinum 8GB/256GB at $1499, Platinum, Black 8GB/512GB at $1699, 16GB/256GB at $1699, then 16GB/512GB priced at $1899, and Black 32GB/1TB priced at $2499

In India, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 sells through Amazon and Reliance Digital and three models are currently available the 13.5 inches AMD Rizen 5 Platinum 8GB/256GB model 15 inches AMD Rizen 7 8GB/256GB Platinum model, and the 13.5 inch Intel Core i5 Matte Black 16GB/512GB.

The Specifications:

Display size, resolution Surface Laptop 4 13.5” Screen has PixelSense™ 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI) Display,

and Surface Laptop 4 15” has 2496 x 1664 (201 PPI)

With a 3:2 Aspect ratio, Surface Pen* enabled, Touch: 10 point multi-touch

Graphics Surface Laptop 4 powered by Quad Core 11th Gen Intel® Core™: Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics

Surface Laptop 4 powered by AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition: AMD Radeon™ Graphics

Dimensions Surface Laptop 4 13.5”:

308 mm × 223 mm × 14.5 mm (12.1” × 8.8” × 0.57”)

Surface Laptop 4 15”:

339.5 mm × 244 mm × 14.7 mm (13.4” × 9.6” × 0.58”)

Weight Surface Laptop 4 13.5” in Platinum Alcantara: 1,265 g (2.79 lbs)

Surface Laptop 4 13.5” in Matte Black metal: 1,288 g (2.84 lbs)

Surface Laptop 4 15” in Platinum and Matte Black metal: 1,542 g (3.40 lbs)

Storage Removable solid-state drive (SSD) options: 256GB or 512GB
CPU Surface Laptop 4 13.5”:

Quad-Core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 processor

Quad-Core 11th Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 processor

AMD Ryzen™ 5 4680U Mobile Processor with Radeon™ Graphics Microsoft Surface® Edition (6 cores)

Surface Laptop 4 15”:

Quad-Core 11th Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 processor

AMD Ryzen™ 7 4980U Mobile Processor with Radeon™ Graphics Microsoft Surface® Edition (8 cores)

Camera, Video, Audio Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)

720p HD f2.0 camera (front-facing)

Dual far-field Studio Mics

Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Atmos®⁷

Software Windows 10 Home 20H2

Microsoft 365 Family 30-day trial

Wireless Surface Laptop 4 13.5” & 15”: WiFi 6: 802.11ax compatible

Bluetooth® Wireless 5.0 technology

Connectors 1 × USB-C®, 1 × USB-A, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 1 × Surface Connect port
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Exterior Casing: Aluminium,

Surface Laptop 4 13.5” colours:²

Platinum with Alcantara® material palm rest

Matte Black with metal palm rest

Surface Laptop 4 15” colours:²

Platinum with metal palm rest

Matte Black with metal palm rest

Battery Life Surface Laptop 4 13.5” with AMD Ryzen™ Processor :

Up to 19 hours of battery life (for typical device usage)1

Surface Laptop 4 15” with AMD Ryzen™ Processor:

Up to 17.5 hours of battery life (for typical device usage)1

Surface Laptop 4 13.5” with Intel® Core™ processor:

Up to 17 hours of battery life (for typical device usage)1

Surface Laptop 4 15” with Intel® Core™ processor:

Up to 16.5 hours of battery life (for typical device usage)1

Battery capacities
  • Battery Capacity Nominal (WH): 47.4
  • Battery Capacity Min (WH): 45.8
Security TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security and BitLocker support

Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in

Physical Keys Power, and Volume buttons on the keyboard
What’s in the Box Surface Laptop 4 13.5” and 15”:

Power Supply

Quick Start Guide

Safety and warranty documents

Warranty 1-year limited hardware warranty
Keyboard Layout Activation: Moving keys

Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1 – F12)

Windows key and dedicated buttons for media controls, screen brightness


Price (International)   Starting from $999 and going up to $2399

Design, Display, and Overall Looks:

Surface Laptops are maintained their design language and the Surface Laptop 4 design matches the other surface laptops and they continue their minimalistic looks here which I like the most.

Microsft is selling both 13.5″ and 15″ laptops with almost the same design just the difference in color and feels. The Platinum, Blue, Sandstone, and Black colors look gorgeous, and the 13.5 inches model is just 0.57 inches thick and weighs just 2.79 pounds (1.3 kg), which makes it a breeze to carry around in your bag while surfing around.

The 15 inches model is also very lightweight just 3.4 pounds but the biggest difference is in the touch and feels section, the 13″ platinum model carries a new Alacantra design keyboard where it almost feels like if you made velvet out of rubber that’s pretty much what it feels like and I love it.

Sadly the 15″ models are having the regular keyboard without Alcantara material and come in Platinum and Matte Black colors. The Alcantara material on the keyboard doesn’t just look fantastic but also helps immensely during long typing sessions. Ice Blue and Platinum are available with an Alcantara finish, but only in the 13.5-inch model.

The 13″ Laptop 4 measures 308 mm × 223 mm × 14.5 mm (12.1” × 8.8” × 0.57”) and the 15″ model measures  339.5 mm × 244 mm × 14.7 mm (13.4” × 9.6” × 0.58”) both are super slim and easily accessible in any place.

On the left-hand side, you have a USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C port for transferring files and charging other devices, not a Thunderbolt, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack for connecting your favorite headphones and we have a Surface connect port on the right-hand side for charging.

The body is made from good quality Alumunium and on top of the lead you have a new windows logo striking out with a darker shade and when you open the Laptop you still see the big bezzles covering the screen and very nice spacing keyboards along with one of the best trackpad in a laptop.

The 13.5-inch model comes with a 2256×1504 resolution display whereas the 15-inch model has a 2496×1664 resolution display. Both have a 3:2 aspect ratio and 10-point multi-touch with support for the optional Surface Pen.

On top of the screen bezels, we have some sensors, an infrared sensor, a light sensor, and a 720p f/2.2 HD webcam for all your video conferencing and calling needs.

The Omnisonic speaker is set up exactly the same as before they’re permeating through the deck of the keyboard and I think it’s a very interesting way to incorporate sound it sounds clean, crisp, and more importantly Laptop 4 comes with Dolby Atmos 9.

The overall looks and design are good and the display is gorgeous but in a 3:2 aspect ratio screen the color accuracy, and gamut are not as good as let’s say the MacBook Pro or Dell XPS 13 but it’s close.

The brightness is near 400 nits which is very respectable but there is a lot of reflection, especially in the bright light atmosphere, and in some cases, the colors look very dull and have a whitish tint on them.

While the Windows Hello face sign-in process is seamless in most conditions, it took too much time in low-light situations and required entering the pin. So a fingerprint scanner in such cases would have been more convenient.

Performance and Battery Life:

The Laptop 4 is pretty smooth in the day-to-day operation and the performance is so much better than the previous surface laptop. If you want a working or personal laptop that can handle multitasking and a number of things, then the Surface Laptop 4 is for you.

These laptops are powered by AMD and Intel Core processors. Two types of AMD processors have been used one is Hexa core AMD Ryzen™ 5 4680U Mobile Processor with Radeon™ Graphics and the other one is octa-core AMD Ryzen™ 7 4980U Mobile Processor.

On the other hand, Intel-based machines are powered by Quad Core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 processor and Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 processor.

Both Intel and AMD versions get the best out of Laptop 4 but still if you’re a developer doing anything multi-core related then AMD has done a fantastic job for you the performance is great although it doesn’t beat out an m1 MacBook Pro or Dell XPS 13 it gets very very close in fact anything CPU related this thing just dominates.

However, if you’re a creator someone who’s doing a lot of adobe work in photoshop or adobe premiere pro go with intel the IRIS XE graphics chip is just so much more powerful than the RX Vega 8 in AMD.

After opening dozens of Chrome tabs, listening to music through YouTube, watching Netflix at Full HD, playing 4K videos on youtube, Microsoft Teams video conference call in the background, and chatting on both Slack and Discord, the Surface Laptop 4 doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

The file transfer through SSD is quite fast sending a large 50GB AVI video file being transferred from an external HDD to the laptop’s internal SSD we are getting a 572.65 Mbps transfer speed which is slower than contemporary competitors like the Dell XPS 13 (806 MBps) or the Thinkbook 14s Yoga (886.35 MBps).

Despite not being a gaming device, if you want the occasional stress-buster, it would be more than up to the task. You should be able to play many games at acceptable frame rates, especially if they’re older or less graphically demanding but new games at high refresh rates don’t give you the desired experience.

The Surface Laptop 4 can play Age Of Empires without many hiccups for the most part even on battery power, and without any stutters at all when plugged in. The 60Hz display is amply smooth thanks to the excellent performance on offer here, and due to the fluid performance, multitask gestures also work as they were ideally meant to in Windows 10.

Heat management is really good as Microsoft stepped up their game here on maximum load the laptop gets up to 90 degrees but came back pretty quickly at 80-85 and where the actual CPU clock speeds hovering around 3.1 gigahertz fan noise gets over 40 decibels not load at all.

In Geekbench 5, the Surface Laptop 4 got a single-core score of 1,356 points and 4,918 in multi-core. If you’re after a super-portable laptop that can get some work done, the Surface Laptop 4 can certainly get the job done

Battery Life:
For the Surface Laptop 4, battery life is one of the big USPs, and Microsoft claims you can get 19 hours of battery life in AMD and up to 17 hours in Intel variants however in our testing the laptop lasted for around 11 hours on a single charge until the battery reached 5 percent and showed pop-ups to connect to the Surface Connector.

The test includes an hour of streaming 4K video content, 30 minutes of Maxwell-render for rendering videos, an hour of playing Asphalt 9, a couple of hours of using Microsoft Teams, and browsing with three different browsers with multiple tabs open, Using Adobe Photoshop for editing images.

Finally, we can say there is a decent battery improvement from the previous generation and if you’re choosing the base $999 version then it’s pretty awesome in this range but the expensive variants are facing real competition when Dell XPS 13 last 13 Hours and Macbook M1 lasts 14 hours.

Windows 11 is the new big thing for your surface:

The Surface laptop 4 came with Windows 10 and was upgraded to a new Windows 11 so you have a wide range of new features and utilities for your home and office works.

There is not a trace of bloatware present, which means that the laptop boots up nice and quick every single time, and you don’t have to spend your first hour with the laptop disabling startup programs or uninstalling things.

And unlike the first Surface Laptop, it’s a full Windows 10 installation, too – no S-Mode here – so this clean slate means that you can easily make the Surface Laptop 4 yours. You get all the great features like Snap apps and groups, a new start menu, modified widgets and taskbar, Microsoft teams, Xbox games, an Android app, and many others.

If you want to know more about the Operating system and all its features then check out the exclusive post for Windows 11 here.

Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse:

The next generation Mouse is here with advanced operations and an absolutely new design that took your interaction with the  Surface laptop 4 to another level.

Surface Arc Mouse features numerous refinements, including the ability to scroll both vertically and horizontally. It connects via Bluetooth and is now available in a choice of rich colors to complement your style.

You can take the Mouse anywhere and It snaps flat, easily slips into your pocket or bag for travel, and connects wirelessly to your Surface device via Bluetooth.

Surface Arc Mouse features an audible, satisfying snap. Simply snap it into its curved position to power up, and snap again to flatten and power down. It allows vertical and horizontal scrolling much easier, more intuitive navigation. Plus, enjoy precise tracking with optimized left and right clicks.

The Surface Arc Mouse is selling at$79.99 USD but currently, it has a $24 price cut only priced at $55.99 and you can buy directly from Microsoft by clicking the above image.

Microsoft Modern Webcam:

Whenever you conduct a meeting or conference remotely the participants are engaged more actively when they have the ability to connect visually on camera in the remote workplace.

Additionally, if you want a better cam for your Surface laptop p4 then the Microsoft Modern Webcam delivers high-quality, reliable video conferencing to enhance or add to your existing PC setup with an experience certified for Microsoft Teams. 

The Modern Webcam easily attaches to your monitor, laptop, or tripod to provide exceptional 1080p video, HDR , and a 78° field of view optimized for meeting experiences. True Look ensures you look your best with auto white balance, auto light adjustment , and facial retouch.

And since you may not always want to be on camera, easily open and close the integrated privacy shutter with an LED usage indicator and know you’re only sharing video when you want.

Microsoft Modern Webcam is selling at $69.99 USD and you can buy it directly from Microsoft by clicking the above image.

Do you need a Surface Laptop 4 as your Daily Driver?

Surface Laptop 4 offers incredible security out-of-the-box with integrated hardware, firmware, software, and identity protection. Customers can maintain control of sensitive information with a removable hard drive for data retention and get more security and control with cloud-first device deployment and management, all the way down to the firmware layer.

For years, the Surface Laptop has stood apart from the crowd with craftsmanship unlike any other. We’ve spoken about how much we believe the details matter – and that conviction is rewarded when we see Surface Laptop consistently hold the highest customer satisfaction rating in its class.

Buy it if you’re a writer who writes seamlessly the comfortable Alcantara material on this keyboard surface is great for the palm, and typing is simply effortless on this device. The key spacing is great for typing and the touchpad is incredible.

The 3:2 aspect ratio of the Surface Laptop 4 is is great for working on documents and spreadsheets. Even on this small screen, the larger vertical space allows you to see more effortlessly. The battery life is great and even improved further with the Windows 11 upgrade.

And there are some things that we don’t like and hope Microsoft should improve in the next release. Sometimes the Surface connector is easily detached from the device with a little shake, we have only one USB type-C and A port, and the thunderbolt port is missing, camera quality could be better.

But overall for creators and working professionals, it’s a nice choice but other brands like Apple, and Dell is also produced similar kinds of Laptops even with better features and looks. For example, the Dell XPS 13 and Macbook Pro M1 are also great so It’s you to decide.

Anyway if you already using Surface Laptop 4 or want to know anything specific about the device please let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Oh how i wish i would have read this review before i bought my current laptap now so i would have been more guided inc choosing what to buy. needless to say i will look forward to more reviews like this when I will buy my next laptap which definitely I will in the next year. I like the idea of the review that it included the benefits of each type and the price. I am not so techy but the way it was presented in this article, it gave me a better idea of what specs should i look into when buying a laptap. Which of the specs should i consider that will fit most of what I need. This kind of review definitely is what consumers need in order to always have that best buy at all times.

    1. Thanks for your time to read the article and as you said many people are searching for the right kind of review before buying a product and I always tried to cover most areas in my reviews. These days there are lots of options but choosing the right kind of product is the key.

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