Microsoft reveals Surface Laptop 4 and new WFH accessories
Today, Microsoft pulled back the curtain on its Surface Laptop 4 range as well as an all-new suite of devices aimed at people working from home through Microsoft Teams. The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4 is available in four different colours (Ice Blue, Sandstone, Platinum and Matte Black), while the 15-inch model is only available in two (Matte Black and Platinum) and is advertising longer battery life (up to 19 hours in the AMD version and 17 hours with the Intel variant), enhanced audio through Dolby Atmos Omnisonic speakers, and boosted power thanks to the latest Intel and AMD processors. Besides those upgrades, the rest of the specs remain largely unchanged. There are no additional USB ports (one USB-A and one USB-C) and the weight and dimensions are pretty much on par with the Surface Laptop 3.
How much does the Surface Laptop 4 cost in Australia?
The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4 starts at $1,599 (with AMD Ryzen 5 4680U 8GB 256GB) while the 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 starts at $2,199 with the same specs. The 13.5-inch is $3,849 at its highest asking price and the 15-inch is $3,999 at its highest (Intel Core i7 32GB 1TB). Here’s the full range of Surface Laptop 4 prices:
|13.5-inch AMD Ryzen 5 8GB||Platinum||256GB||$1,599|
|13.5-inch AMD Ryzen 5 16GB||Platinum||256GB||$1,899|
|13.5-inch Intel Core i5 8GB||Platinum, Ice Blue, Sandstone, Matte Black||512GB||$1,999|
|13.5-inch Intel Core i5 16GB||Sandstone, Matte Black||512GB||$2,299|
|13.5-inch Intel Core i7 16GB||Sandstone, Matte Black||512GB||$2,749|
|13.5-inch Intel Core i7 32GB||Matte Black||1TB||$3,849|
|15-inch AMD Ryzen 7 8GB||Platinum||256GB||$2,199|
|15-inch AMD Ryzen 7 8GB||Platinum, Matte Black||512GB||$2,499|
|15-inch AMD Ryzen 7 16GB||Matte Black||512GB||$2,699|
|15-inch Intel Core i7 16GB||Platinum, Matte Black||512GB||$2,849|
|15-inch Intel Core i7 32GB||Matte Black||1TB||$3,999|
When does the Surface Laptop 4 release in Australia?
Pre-orders for the Surface Laptop 4 are available now through the official Microsoft Store and will officially go on sale from the 27th of April 2021 through various retailers including Harvey Norman, JB HI-FI, Noel Leeming, PB Tech and more.
Everything else Microsoft announced
While the Surface Laptop 4 was clearly the headline announcement, Microsoft also took the opportunity to reveal a new suite of home office products targeted at the WFH (working from home) crowd. Each new product carries Microsoft Teams certification and a few of the products even have a dedicated Microsoft Teams button that will immediately bring the video chat to the front of the fold when you’ve opened a million windows in the middle of a meeting.
It’s not clear yet whether the Microsoft Teams button can be customised to work with other video conferencing apps, such as Zoom or Google Hangouts, but we’ve reached out to Microsoft for clarification. Here’s the list of new products announced:
- Surface Headphones 2+ ($479.95): Wireless headphones with on-ear Microsoft Teams controls.
- Microsoft Modern Wireless Headset ($151.95): A lighter, cheaper wireless headset with a boom mic and Microsoft Teams controls.
- Microsoft Modern USB-C Headset ($85.95): Cheaper again, the Modern USB-C headset is essentially the same as the wireless version but with a hardwired USB-C cable.
- Microsoft USB-C Speaker ($151.95): A dual-driver, dual-mic USB-C loudspeaker for meeting rooms (or home offices)
- Microsoft Modern Webcam ($119.95): A 1080p/HDR webcam with 78-degree field-of-view and integrated privacy shutter