Analysis of the Surface MCZ-00003 – Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y from Microsoft.

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Latest release in the range Microsoft, we’ve been running tests onSurface MCZ-00003…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.

Surface MCZ-00003 adapted to surf 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 MCZ-00003. With this Surface MCZ-00003, 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 the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
With a 10 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. With less than a 8 Gb of RAM, it Surface MCZ-00003 is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Surface MCZ-00003, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Your computer will work better and longer.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. With only 128 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. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, the autonomy of 9 hours is one of the worst on the market. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.

Is Surface MCZ-00003 okay to watch videos ?

Microsoft presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This Surface MCZ-00003 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. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 10, in 1800×1200, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. 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 0.8 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Surface MCZ-00003. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. 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. The operating system and that’s it. This is a Windows 10 that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 615, 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.
Microsoft didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. The Surface MCZ-00003 only 3 ports only provides you with ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. With its autonomy of 9 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.

Is Surface MCZ-00003 planned for travelling ?

It Surface MCZ-00003 is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the Microsoft didn’t really take into account in the design of this Surface MCZ-00003. 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.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
With a weight of 0.8 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 10 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Well thought out, the backlit keyboard will Surface MCZ-00003 be handy for use in the dark. In addition, it is well designed with quality materials.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
With the installation of the processor Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Microsoft is optimistic about the autonomy of this Surface MCZ-00003. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
With 9 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 128 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who will need more space, this Surface MCZ-00003 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. With a screen of 10 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 3 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Surface MCZ-00003 really made for travelling.

The Surface MCZ-00003 to make audio or video editing. 

Not really designed for video editing or music. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Microsoft has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Microsoft made the choice to put only one SSD. 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. The Surface MCZ-00003 has only got one, with total 128 Gb storage for your movies and music. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
The autonomy of this Surface MCZ-00003 is of 9 hours in normal use; This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the Surface MCZ-00003has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
As you will have understood, it Surface MCZ-00003 proposes a rather basic oriented use. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.

The Surface MCZ-00003 for online or local games.

It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. With this Surface MCZ-00003, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. Clearly, Microsoft has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1800×1200, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. 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 An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 128 Gb it Surface MCZ-00003is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
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 0.8 Kg.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 9 hours available.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Surface MCZ-00003 a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

Surface MCZ-00003 for office automation ?

In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Microsoft may have put a rather low computer on the market. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Microsoft has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model weighs 0.8 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. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
This Surface MCZ-00003 eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the Surface MCZ-00003.
With only 128 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it Surface MCZ-00003 is less interesting than its competitors. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.

What about the Surface MCZ-00003 ?

The conclusion of the test Surface MCZ-00003 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks