Microsoft has announced the new Surface Laptop 4 alongside several exciting new PC accessories.
The new products all share a theme. They’re built for flexible work. Microsoft explained this rationale: “As we look to the future, it’s clear that flexible work is here to stay.”
“According to our latest release of the Work Trend Index, over 70% of workers surveyed want flexible remote work options to continue. For hybrid work and learning environments, devices must help people be productive, enabling collaboration with the right balance of power and performance.”
Microsoft’s relationship with Intel and AMD was always going to be tested after the smash-hit Apple had with its own ARM-based M1 chips in the latest range of MacBooks. The improved performance and battery life of Apple’s laptops will have applied more pressure on Microsoft and Intel and AMD to come up with something comparable.
And while the performance and battery life numbers are still to be seen, it’s interesting that Microsoft felt the need to highlight that it has partnered with both Intel and AMD to customise the Surface Laptop 4’s chipsets in ways that boost performance and battery life.
Surface Laptop 4
Microsoft has launched a new but familiar-looking Surface Laptop 4. As per, there’s Microfost’s 3:2 (201 PPI) PixelSense touchscreen, available in 13.5” or 15” models, and customers can choose from Alcantara or metal finish in “bold colours you can’t get anywhere else”.
Surface Laptop 4 offers a built-in HD front-facing camera with, according to Microsoft, incredible low-light capability. The camera is complemented with a “studio microphone array” and Dolby Atmos Omnisonic speakers.
Importantly, customers will have a choice between an 11th Gen Intel Core processors, or AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition (8 cores). Microsoft adds that it has partnered with both Intel and AMD to customise silicon in ways that boost performance while offering improved battery life.
Surface Laptop 4 13.5-inch is priced at NZD$1,749; the Surface Laptop 4 15-inch is priced at NZD$2,499.
Surface Headphones 2+ for Business
Microsoft is also boosting its headphone hardware, introducing the updated Surface Headphones 2+. The new headphones boast:
- 13-levels of active noise cancellation
- Innovative earcup dials
- 8-microphone system for improved voice clarity
- 18.5 hours of music listening time or up to 15 hours of voice calling timez
Surface Headphones 2+ is priced at US$299.99 (NZ pricing tbc).
Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker
- Omni-directional, background noise-reducing microphones
- High-quality speaker with voice optimisation
- Premium, compact design with cable storage and carrying case
- USB-C connection
The Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker is priced at US$99.99 (NZ pricing tbc).
Microsoft Modern Webcam
- High-quality video with HDR and True Look that deliver facial retouch, fixed light adjustment, and autofocus to help you look your best.
- Integrated privacy shutter (you can easily slide open and close over the camera lens). Plus, the LED status light lets you quickly see if your camera is on.
- Versatile mounting system, you can secure to your monitor, laptop, desk, or tripod.
- Video output: 1080p video Up to 1080p, 30fps, HDR, auto exposure, 78-degree field of view.
- USB-A connection
This Microsoft Microsoft Modern Webcam is priced at US$69.99 (NZ pricing tbc).
Microsoft Modern USB Headset & Modern Wireless Headset
A Microsoft Modern USB Headset and Modern Wireless Headset were also announced – selling for US$49.99 and $99.99, respectively (NZ pricing tbc.)