Keeping its brand identity burnished this fall is Microsoft. The company recently announced new updates to its Surface line of creative play and work stations.
Forming the foundation of the present series are the Surface Laptop 5 and hybrid Surface Pro 9, both of which are priced from $999. The Pro 9 is now loaded with a 12th-generation i5 or i7 microprocessor, and available with 1TB of hard storage and 32GB of RAM; a 5G-enabled version comes loaded with 512GB of hard storage and 16GB of RAM, a 13-inch touchscreen is a 2,880 x 1,920-pixel display with a 120-Hz refresh rate, and a 10MP camera. The Laptop 5 adds Iris Xe graphics, a Dolby Vision IQ 2,256 x 1,504-pixel 13.5-inch or 2,496 x 1,664-pixel 15-inch display, and a TMP 2.0 chip. Both models feature newest-generation USB, and have batteries with 15.5-19-hour full-charge durations.
At the top of the heap is the $4,299-and-up Surface Studio 2+. The model comes with a 28-inch, 4,500 x 3,000-pixel display with touch capability — powered by an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 card — and an 11-Gen Core i7. Bells and whistles include Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 5.1, a full complement of USB ports, and Atmos speakers.