While many vendors make a wide range of screen options available for their workstation laptops, from super-high end to budget, there are no losers for Studio Laptop users as only one (very good) screen is standard.
The new 14.4 inch PixelSense Flow display.
The new screen sits neatly between the old Surface Book 13.5 and 15 inch models, while the weight of the Surface Laptop Studio sits between the two outgoing models. It has a lower resolution than both Books, running at 2400 x 1600 pixels, instead of 3000 x 2000 or more. In practical terms, it’s better for users.
While the new resolution has a lower headline number, it does mean the Laptop Studio graphics controllers have a third fewer pixels to render, which increases overall performance and frame rates. It also solves the dilemma common to workstation-class applications that have small user interface buttons and toggles.
At 3K on a 13.5 inch screen, clicking some of these buttons using even the pen required a deft hand. Realistically, some are too small to see. These elements are larger and easier to see, click and touch at the new resolution.
Emulated scaling comparison - Adobe Photoshop CS 2022 - note the screen resolution you are reading this on will affect how this image looks (request a demo to see the display using your own software).
What does Flow mean?
The display can switch to 120Hz when you are using the pen to draw and write in supported applications with Windows 11. It also switches to 120Hz when finger scrolling on web pages for smoother interaction – something we didn’t realise we needed until trying it. The result is very tactile, and it is much easier to see what is on screen.
Because higher refresh rates lead to higher battery consumption, 120Hz mode is switchable. In normal use the Surface Laptop Studio display runs at 60Hz.
500 nits of brightness
The Studio Laptop screen is much brighter than the Book 3 at 500 nits instead of 400. This is around twice the brightness of standard business laptops. Colour reproduction is excellent with Dolby Vision. With USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 with DisplayPort 1.4 support now standard, the new Surface Laptop Studio can connect to multiple 4K monitors. Automatic dimming is supported and the screen can be dialled down to as low as 2 nits.
The net result is a high quality display sized between the outgoing 13.5 and 15 inch Surface Books at a lower resolution that should be more usable, but with brightness and colour performance that exceeds the outgoing models. 120Hz support in Windows 11 will be a welcome addition for pen users in compatible apps.
Touch and pen support standard
Like other pro-level Surface devices, the Surface Laptop Studio has a touch screen, and supports Surface Pen devices including the new Surface Slim Pen 2, which docks magnetically, wirelessly charges and offers haptic feedback. This provides a tactile feeling to writing and drawing in supported apps - including emulating the feeling of writing on paper, and getting tactile feedback when clicking and interacting on screen. As always, handwriting recognition is top-notch in Windows Ink Technologies.
The Surface Laptop Studio screen uses Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 to protect against accidental damage and scratches.
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