Take Your Pick on the Surface Laptop

Take Your Pick on the Surface Laptop

Note that the Surface Pro 7+ is specifically made for businesses. That’s why it ships with Windows 10 Pro and the price reflects the OS upgrade. It was announced in January and it’s the only way to get 11th-generation processors in a Surface Pro. Regular consumers still get 10th-generation processors in the Surface Pro 7.

The latest portable PC from Microsoft is the Surface Laptop 4, but the Redmond firm offers a wide variety of Surface devices. The one that has the most parity with the Surface Laptop 4 is the Surface Pro 7. They’re both under the premium umbrella and they both have similar internals, but they have different form factors. Deciding between the two can be a bit confusing, so we hope to sort that decision for you!

Design: The Surface Laptop 4 is a laptop and the Surface Pro 7 is a tablet
The key difference between the two products is that they’re different form factors. The Surface Laptop 4 is a clamshell notebook while the Surface Pro 7 is a tablet. There are pros and cons to each, and it depends on your preference.

If you’re looking for something more traditional, that’s where the Surface Laptop 4 comes in. It’s a laptop, just like your previous PC probably was. It does actually have Surface Pen support, but it’s not very practical to use.

Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 7 closed, top-down view

The Surface Pro 7 is designed for use with a pen. If you like to draw or take handwritten notes, this is definitely the way to go. You can also attach a keyboard to it, turning it into a more traditional computer.

Despite being a tablet, you don’t miss out on ports with the Surface Pro 7. Well, you don’t miss out any more than you would with a Surface Laptop 4. They both have a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, and a Surface Connect port. One advantage in the Surface Laptop 4 is the ability to remove the keyboard and replace the storage. This is something that showed up in the business-focused Surface Pro 7+, but not in the Pro 7.

They also have very different styles. The Surface Laptop 4 is made out of aluminum, and it comes in four colors. You can get it in Platinum, Matte Black, Sandstone, and Ice Blue. It weighs in at 2.79 or 2.84 pounds, depending on the model you pick, while the magnesium Surface Pro 7 starts at 1.7 pounds. Of course, a Type Cover will add on an additional 0.68 pounds.

When it comes to color choices, the Surface Pro 7 only comes in Platinum and Matte Black. This is because it’s easier to produce anodized aluminum. Magnesium is the lighter material, which is why it makes sense in a tablet, but aluminum is easier to make in pretty colors. Some people consider the Surface Pro 7 to actually be one of the best convertible laptops around. It’s all about what feels comfortable on your lap.

Display: The Surface Pro 7 has a smaller screen
Just like all Surface products, the Laptop 4 and Pro 7 come with 3:2 displays, but the one on the Laptop is bigger. Microsoft uses a 12.3-inch screen on the Surface Pro 7, and that hasn’t changed since 2015’s Surface Pro 4. The Surface Laptop 4 has a 13.5-inch display. There’s also a 15-inch model, but there’s a pretty big disparity between the use case for a 15-inch laptop and for a 12.3-inch tablet.

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