Microsoft Floor Laptop computer 5 preliminary review: Rinse and repeat

(Pocket-lint) – Sitting in the midst of Microsoft’s Floor assortment is the Floor Laptop computer. It’s standard as laptops go, notable maybe as a result of it is as near a MacBook as you would possibly get – constructed by Microsoft with software program by Microsoft, though, admittedly, not operating on Microsoft Silicon.

There’s one other household development that Microsoft has adopted from Apple and that is iterative updating. The Floor Laptop computer 5 is not massively completely different to the Laptop computer 4, which was in flip little completely different to the Laptop computer 3.

The mantra of “if it ain’t broke…” would possibly apply right here – however on the identical time, you miss a number of tips when you do not evolve.

Our fast take

There is not a lot change to the Laptop computer 5 over the earlier iteration, however that may not be a nasty factor: we favored the Floor 4 and it was one in all our favorite Home windows laptops, so this newest mannequin is ranging from a strong place.

On the identical time, it is an iterative replace and when you’re the proprietor of a Laptop computer 4 you are unlikely to hurry out and improve – whereas reductions to the Floor Laptop computer 4 would possibly entice some to purchase that mannequin over the Laptop computer 5.

However for our definitive verdict on this newest Microsoft machine, we’ll need to spend extra time with it. We are going to, after all, replace after we’ve given it an intensive exercise.

Microsoft Floor Laptop computer 5


  • Nice clear design
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • Newest Intel {hardware}
  • Good battery life


  • Few adjustments over earlier interation
  • Some flex in centre of keyboard
  • 720p camera
  • No AMD model

Design, construct and connectivity

  • 15: 340 x 244 x 14.7mm, 1560g
  • 13.5: 308 x 223 x 14.5mm, 1272g
  • Aluminium development


The Floor Laptop computer is available in two sizes, 15 and 13.5 inch, and is lovingly constructed with a refined aluminium shell. It reveals all of the hallmarks of minimalist design, with an unfussy deck, a lid that simply carries the Microsoft emblem and a chassis that is typically free from issues like speaker ports.

There are a number of colors obtainable, however the 15-inch mannequin solely presents Black or Platinum, whereas the smaller mannequin will get the choices of Sage and Sandstone as effectively.

There are additionally Alcantara choices for the deck, just like the Floor Professional, though it appears that is restricted to the 13.5-inch Platinum mannequin for the Floor Laptop computer 5. That offers a barely comfortable and fuzzy end to the deck, which is a pleasant different to chilly (or scorching) steel.

This seems like a high quality machine, with one-handed opening and that properly chamfered base that gives the look that it is floating.

Connectivity is, sadly, additionally minimalised, with a single USB-A 3.1 and a USB-C which helps Thunderbolt 4.0. There’s additionally a 3.5mm headphone socket and the charging connector.

Pocket-lintMicrosoft Surface Laptop 5 photo 4

It is simple to criticise the dearth of further connections, which could possibly be accommodated throughout the chassis, however this has been the case with the Floor Laptop computer for a number of generations. We nonetheless miss SD card slots – which was so helpful for photographers – however we surprise what number of common customers nonetheless have that want.

The shortage of Ethernet is perhaps extra important for anybody working in an workplace atmosphere, however with docks available and wi-fi connections now commonplace, once more, we will not see that being an enormous barrier. Because it occurs, there is a pre-order supply that features a free Floor Dock.


  • 15: 2496 x 1664 pixels, 201ppi, 3:2
  • 13:5: 2256 x 1504, 201ppi, 3:2

The PixelSense Show nonetheless has one thing of a bezel round it, one thing we picked up on in our review of the Floor Laptop computer 4 and we really feel there could possibly be extra show area squeezed out of the bodily measurement of this laptop.

Clearly there are two completely different sizes, however the measurement is the one distinction – each have the identical pixel density attributable to barely completely different resolutions on this 3:2 format.

Pocket-lintMicrosoft Surface Laptop 5 photo 9

We have not had the time to totally assess the show, but when it is something just like the earlier model it is ok, reasonably than being class-leading by way of distinction and brightness. It does, nevertheless, help Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ to spice up your viewing expertise.

It helps contact, naturally, giving it a pure benefit over Apple’s rival gadgets, and it is 10-point multitouch, permitting a spread of interactions, though you all the time have to concentrate on fingerprints in your show area. It additionally helps Floor Pen.

To guard the show floor it is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 (GG3 on the Alcantara model), designed to cut back the prospect of scratching.

The front-facing camera is about within the bezel of the show and solely reaches 720p high quality which is beneath par as of late. It does help Home windows Hi there, nevertheless.

{Hardware} and efficiency

  • 15: 12-gen Intel Core i7-1255U, 8-32GB, 256GB-1TB, 17 hours
  • 13.5: 12-gen Intel Core i5-1235U or i7-1255U, 8-16GB, 256-512GB, 18 hours

The small change for the Floor Laptop computer 5 is the transfer to 12-gen Intel Core {hardware}, placing this on the Intel Evo platform. There is no AMD model this time round, it is Intel solely.

The bigger mannequin solely will get the Core i7, however with a wider vary of RAM and storage choices, whereas the smaller mannequin begins with the Core i5 and has fewer decisions for speccing up. Each are powered by built-in Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Pocket-lintMicrosoft Surface Laptop 5 photo 5

The battery life is spectacular, with Microsoft promising 17 hours on the bigger mannequin and 18 hours on the smaller.

We have not had the prospect to take a look at the efficiency of those laptops so we’ll replace with a full review after we’ve spent extra time with them.

Pocket-lintMicrosoft Surface Laptop 5 photo 7

The keyboard on the Laptop computer 5 presents loads of area and key journey, supported by an amazing trackpad, however there may be some flex within the centre of the chassis. This lets the facet down a bit, as that is not one thing you will discover occurring on a MacBook, nevertheless, it is nonetheless an amazing keyboard to make use of.

To recap

The Floor Laptop computer 5 would not actually transfer issues alongside an amazing deal, with solely a pair to tweaks to help the brand new {hardware}. That is a disgrace, as a result of it is a great-looking laptop and there are simple good points that could possibly be made.

Writing by Chris Corridor.

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