Real machine review of “Surface Laptop 3”! With a stylish appearance, it also supports pens!

Main image of Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Actual machine review of “Microsoft Surface Laptop 3”is.

Surface Laptop 3 has a stylish appearance unique to Surface and a keyboard that is easy to type.

First, I reviewed and found out“Recommended points / features”When“Notes, etc.”I will give you.

You can check the points and precautions just by looking here.

icon>> Take a look at Surface Laptop 3 on the official website

▶ Take a look at Surface Laptop 3 on the official website

Recommended points / features

Recommended points

Since the aspect ratio (aspect ratio) of the display is 3: 2, it is longer than the usual 16: 9 display.

Since it can be displayed vertically long, it is easy to browse the web and SNS.

Recommended points

The Surface Laptop 3 keyboard is stiff.

Among Surfaces, it is recommended for those who value the ease of typing on the keyboard.

Recommended points

I'm drawing an illustration with a pen

Surface Laptop 3 is compatible with Surface pens.

As for the drawing comfort of the pen, the accuracy of the pen is high without worrying about the deviation.

Even with CLIP STUDIO PAINT, you don’t have to worry about the gap.

■ Surface pen sold separately

In addition, it should be notedSurface pen sold separatelyis.

Surface Pen Price:12,980 yen (tax included)
* Price as of February 15, 2021

Recommended points

The simple yet stylish appearance unique to Surface is also attractive.

Disadvantages, precautions, etc.

important point Although it is compatible with pens, it is not suitable for drawing illustrations.

When I try to draw an illustration, the keyboard part gets jammedTherefore, it is not suitable for drawing illustrations.

I think it’s enough to use for deficit and easy notes.

If you want to use it for drawing illustrations, “Surface Pro 7” is recommended.

reference:Surface Pro 7 real machine review


important point Glare (glossy) liquid crystal, so you have different tastes

Since it is a glare (glossy) liquid crystal, it is vivid, but it is easy to reflect.

important point Fewer interfaces

As you can see, there are few interfaces.

    ■ Other words

  • The 13.5-inch model is equipped with an Intel CPU. 15-inch model with AMD Ryzen
  • All models with Office Home & Business 2019
  • With Office, you don’t need to add Microsoft 365 Personal for Office purposes at the time of purchase.

  • The photo on the manufacturer page is an English keyboard, but the product shipped from the Microsoft store in Japan is a model of a Japanese keyboard.

icon>> Take a look at Surface Laptop 3 on the official website

▶ Take a look at Surface Laptop 3 on the official website

■ 13.5 inch model specifications

YOU Windows 10 Home
display 13.5 inches PixelSense display (resolution 2256 x 1504), touch compatible, pen compatible
CPU Intel Core i5-1035G7 / i7-1065G7
memory 8GB / 16GB
storage SSD 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics
size 308 x 223 x 14.5mm
weight Matte black and sandstone: approx. 1,288g
Platinum and Cobalt Blue: Approximately 1,265g

■ 15-inch model specifications

YOU Windows 10 Home
display 15 inches PixelSense display (resolution 2496 x 1664), touch-enabled, pen-enabled
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3580U(Radeon Vega 9 graphics)

AMD Ryzen 7 3780U(Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics)

memory 8GB / 16GB
storage SSD:128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
size 339.5× 244 x 14.69mm
weight About 1,542g
■ Specifications of this review machine
13.5-inch model “Core i5, memory 8GB, 256GB SSD”

The review machine is a purchased item on this site.

table of contents

  • ――Ease of use check ――
  • ▶ Keyboard
  • ▶ Speaker
  • ▶ Display

    • Glare (glossy) liquid crystal makes it easy to reflect
  • ▶ Check battery life
  • ▶ Quietness check
  • ▶ Size
  • ▶ Actual weight: 1,299 grams
  • ▶ Interface
  • ――Checking processing performance ――
  • ▶ CPU performance check
  • ▶ SSD data transfer speed
  • Graphics performance
  • ――Appearance and other checks ――
  • ▶ Appearance
  • ▶ Accessories etc.
  • ▶ Review summary of Microsoft “Surface Laptop 3”

――Ease of use check ――

▶ Keyboard

▲ Tap or click to enlarge

The stroke width (distance where the key sinks) is a little shallow, but you can type smoothly.

It’s a pity that the up and down cursor keys (arrow keys) and the BackSpace key are small.

Other than that, I think that the keyboard layout is generally well-balanced.

▼ The key top (the surface of the key) has a gentle spherical surface, making it easy to fit your fingertips. Easy to type.

Key top up image

As for the function keys (F key), the unique functions of Surface are prioritized.

To use Windows default features such as full-width katakana conversion, press the Fn key at the same time, but the Fn key has a lamp that can be fixed on or off.

▲ If you press and hold the Fn key, you can keep it pressed.

The loudness of the typing sound is normal

The loudness of the typing sound is normal to slightly smaller.

Keyboard up from diagonally above

Key pitch etc.

Comparison with desktop PC keyboard

▲ Comparison with desktop PC keyboard

▼ There seems to be a key pitch (key-to-key spacing) close to 19 mm, which is said to be easy to type.

Key pitch

The aspect ratio (aspect ratio) of a general notebook PC is 16: 9, while the Surface Laptop 3 has a 3: 2 aspect ratio, so the depth is wide.

Therefore, the depth of the palm rest is wide and comfortable.

Place your hand on the palm rest

Equipped with a backlight on the keyboard

The keyboard backlight can be turned on and off with the F1 key. Brightness can be adjusted in 3 steps.

Keyboard backlight



The clicking sound when you press the touchpad is about normal.

▶ Speaker

The Surface Laptop 3 speakers are designed to be invisible from the outside.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Speaker

There is a speaker around the position of ▲ ○

You can’t see the speakers, but that doesn’t mean they sound bad.

Rather, I think you can enjoy good sound as a speaker for a laptop computer.

▶ Display

The display is not too dark when viewed from the side, and the viewing angle is wide.

Viewing angle check Viewed from the side

▲ Viewed from the side

Viewing angle check Viewed from above

▲ Seen from above

Color gamut

Color gamut

■ Cover rate

sRGB 94%
DCI-P3 70%
Adobe RGB 70%

* The values ​​are measured by us only, so there may be differences depending on the environment and measuring equipment.

As a liquid crystal display, it covers a wide color gamut.

Glare (glossy) liquid crystal makes it easy to reflect

The display of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is bright and beautiful, but it is easy to see because it is a glare (glossy) liquid crystal.

How the light is reflected on the display

When using an application with a white background such as Word or Excel, I don’t think it bothers me so much,
When using an application with a dark background, you may be concerned about the reflection.

Display opening / closing angle

I opened it to the point where I could open the display. It will open up to this point.

A side view of the display up to the point where it can be opened

▶ Check battery life

■ Actual measurement of battery drive time

Used for browsing the internet and typing text
(Load: Light)
9 hours 10 minutes
(Load: Medium)
5 hours 2 minutes
* Time until the battery level drops below 20%
Amount of battery that could be charged in 30 minutes About 43%

* Display brightness: Measured at 80%. The darker the display, the longer the battery life.

Tap (click) here to see the measurement conditions, etc.

■ Measurement conditions for battery life

  • Display brightness:80%
  • Battery saving function: Turns on with 20% or less battery remaining
  • Web browsing: Open 5 tabs in your web browser and display the website in each tab. Each of those tabs is automatically reloaded every minute.
  • typing: Using software called BBench, typing input is automatically performed every 10 seconds.
  • In the above state, measure from 100% battery level.

■ About the item of “PCMark 8 HOME”

It is a measurement test of the battery drive time with the software “PCMark 8”.
It also includes operational tests that have a significant impact on battery life, such as viewing 3D images on websites and video chatting.

Battery life of 5 hours or more with PCMark 8 HOME is not bad battery life.

▶ Quietness check

I tried to see how noisy it would be when it was loaded.

Measured from a distance of 30 cm in height and 30 cm in depth from the hinge, taking into consideration the position of the ears during use.

When idle Almost silent
* When you bring your ears closer, you can finally hear a small noise.
Benchmark test Around 41.8db

Even if the fans are full and do their best, the impression is that the sound is not so loud.

You can use it in a library without worrying about your surroundings.

■ Estimated noise (number of decibels)

Pretty noisy 70db In a noisy office
Noisy 60db Ordinary conversation in a moving car
ordinary 50db Quiet office
quiet 40db Quiet residential area, library
Very quiet 30db Midnight suburbs
Almost inaudible 20db The sound of snow

* The table is just a guide.

▶ Size

  Comparison of size of semi-B5 notebook (university notebook) and Surface Laptop 3

▲ Size comparison with semi-B5 notebook (university notebook)

Surface Laptop 3 thinness

University notebook 252 × 179mm
A4 size 297 × 210mm
Surface Laptop 3 Approximately 308 x 223 mm (x thickness 14.5 mm)

The width x depth is close to A4, making it easy to carry even a standard A4 size business bag.

I put it in my business bag

Where to hold it aside

▶ Actual weight: 1,299 grams

Where we are measuring the weight

Body About 1,299g
AC adapter + power cable About 294g

It is a standard weight for a 13.5-inch laptop.

I’m happy that the AC adapter is light.

▶ Interface

■Right side

Right side

Right side up

① Surface Connect port

■Left side

Left side

Left side up

① USB 3.0(Type-A)
② USB 3.0(Type-C)
③ 3.5mm bed phone jack

For video output, external display output is possible from the USB 3.0 Type-C terminal.

It has few interfaces, but you can connect accessories such as the Surface Dock 2 to the Surface Connect port for greater scalability.

Surface Dog 2

▲Surface Dog 2

Take a look at Microsoft “Surface Laptop 3” on the official website

――Checking processing performance ――

▶ CPU performance check

■ CPU of review machine

  • Core i5-1035G7
  • 4 cores 8 threads
  • 3.7GHz at 1.2GHz/ TB

  CINEBENCH R20 test results

Multi-core 1552
Single core 440

PassMark CPU Benchmark Test Results: 11206

Average value of the same CPU in PassMark 8457Since it is a higher number than, it can be said that the CPU performance is good.
* Average value as of February 15, 2021

By the way, “Microsoft Surface Laptop 3” is equipped with an Intel CPU for the 13.5-inch model and an AMD APU for the 15-inch model.

13.5 inch model Core i5-1035G7
Core i7-1065G7
15 inch model AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 7 3780U

All processors have ample performance for business use.

If you also want to use it for creative purposes, you should consider a model with Core i7 or Ryzen 7 that has high processing performance.

▶ SSD data transfer speed

Storage transfer rate

Sequential read / write isn’t particularly fast for a PCIe 3.0×4 SSD, but random read / write is.

SSD Information

  SSD Information

It was an SSD made by Toshiba.

* Laptops of the same model number may be equipped with SSDs from different manufacturers.

Graphics performance

3DMark score
Fire Strike 2560
Time Spy 902
Dragon Quest X Benchmark
Standard quality (1920×1080) 9566 Very comfortable
FF14 Jet Black Villas Benchmark
1920 x 1080 standard quality (notebook PC) 4295 comfortable

There is graphics performance that can be played if it is a light 3D game.

――Appearance and other checks ――

▶ Appearance

The body color of Microsoft “Surface Laptop 3” is

■ 13.5 inch model

  • Black (metal)
  • Sandstone (metal)
  • Cobalt blue (Alcantara)
  • Platinum (Alcantara)

■ 15 inch model

  • Black (metal)
  • Platinum (metal)

As you can see, the color and material variations differ depending on the inch size.

By the way, Alcantara is made of artificial leather and has a luxurious feel.

▲ Example of Alcantara (Photo is Surface Pro 7)

The review machine this time is “Sandstone (metal)”.

The appearance of Microsoft Surface Laptop 3.Cool angle from diagonally above

Sandstone can look like pink gold or desert sand, which is hard to describe in a nutshell.

The appearance that feels beauty while being simple.

Appearance of Surface Laptop 3 Diagonally above from the top plate side

The Microsoft logo on the top plate shines like a mirror.

Top plate logo up

The folded state from diagonally above

Bottom of the main body

▼ Equipped with a Windows Hello compatible webcam (720p HD).


▶ Accessories etc.

A set of accessories.

Image of accessories

Includes Office Home & Business 2019, AC adapter, power cable, instruction manual, etc.

▶ Review summary of Microsoft “Surface Laptop 3”

This is a summary of the reviews of “Microsoft Surface Laptop 3”.

Appearance of Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Surface Laptop 3 is an attractive laptop, although it has some disadvantages for some people, such as having few interfaces.

Since the aspect ratio (aspect ratio) of the display is 3: 2, it is convenient for those who frequently browse Word files and websites.

■ Recommended for people like this

  • I want to choose with an emphasis on design
  • I want a laptop with a 3: 2 aspect ratio display
  • I want to choose a Surface that is easy to type on the keyboard

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