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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To make the choice easier, we have judged this Microsoft Surface i5 according to what you are going to do with it.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
Surface i5 the right choice for surfing the internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this Surface i5. With this Surface i5, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Microsoft; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
With a 13.5 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. This laptop is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Surface i5 on your lap. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Microsoft has been taken in the overall design of this model.
With a processor Intel Core i5 1,20GHz, Microsoft offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. With less than a 8 Gb of RAM, it Surface i5 is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. With only 256 Gb, Microsoft considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Last point about the autonomy. the Surface i5 can work 8 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Surface i5 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
The Surface i5- the right model for streaming and videos ?
With this laptop, Microsoft offers a product oriented toward general use. This Surface i5 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 13.5, in 2256×1504, and a good quality of colours. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.29 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this Surface i5 product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Surface i5 will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
On the sound side, it Surface i5 has good components: board and integrated speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Core i5 1,20GHz is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Microsoft installed by default. Only the operating system is installed. As a standard, you have some Windows on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel Iris Plus Graphics, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Microsoft. Indeed, it Surface i5 has only 2 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
It Surface i5 is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. That’s only 8 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Surface i5 compatible with on the move use ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. This seems to be the issue that the Microsoft didn’t really take into account in the design of this Surface i5. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
Its weight of 1.29 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. The 13.5 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Note that the screen of this Surface i5 being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The accuracy of touch in navigation is without problem.
No backlit keyboard on this Surface i5. Not really necessary.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor Intel Core i5 1,20GHz; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
The result is a poorer autonomy. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 8 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Surface i5 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Its 13.5 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Finally with the Surface i5, Microsoft deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The Surface i5 to make audio or video editing.
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core i5 1,20GHz does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
The designers of Microsoft have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
The autonomy of this Surface i5 is of 8 hours in normal use; Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Surface i5 receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
As you will have understood, it Surface i5 proposes a rather basic oriented use. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.
The Surface i5- the right model to play with?
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Our tests have shown that yhis Surface i5 wasn’t designed for video games. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
Provided with a resolution of 2256×1504, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
For online gaming, it Surface i5 has high quality Wi-Fi. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.29 Kg.
For autonomy, 8 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In the end, we do not recommend this Surface i5 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
The Surface i5 for office automation.
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If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It is equipped with Windows.
It’s not Surface i5 equipped with all the applications you’ll need. No applications pre-installed, one would expect more from. Microsoft in this product line. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model weighs 1.29 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it Surface i5 is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
Finally, the Surface i5….
The conclusion of the test Surface i5 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks