USB-C, faster processors and new design options continue to keep Microsofts Windows 10 laptop near the top of the pile
Microsofts top-quality laptop is now in its third generation, with new ports, new processors and a slight redesign, with the option to ditch the unique Alcantara for plain old aluminium.
The 999 and up Surface Laptop 3 is Microsofts vision of what a traditional laptop should be. For the most part thats the same as everyone else, with traditional aluminium body, glass-covered screen and hinge that does not rotate all the way round to the back.
The biggest design difference, an Alcantara fabric deck into which the keyboard is mounted, is now optional. With the 13.5in Surface Laptop 3 you now have the choice of black or sandstone aluminium, or cobalt blue or platinum Alcantara. The larger 15in only comes in black or platinum aluminium.
The craftsmanship of the Surface Laptop 3 is top notch, as it should be for a premium machine. The aluminium lid is smooth and stylish, fitting exactly on to the deck with solid-feeling clunk, and opening up again with one hand without tipping over backwards. The screen, too, is crisp, bright and gorgeous, rivalling the best. These are the things you should expect for a laptop costing 999 or more, but is certainly not the case for all rivals.