Microsoft Surface Laptop SE vs Laptop 3 13.5

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Review

Evaluation of Microsoft Surface Laptop SE and Laptop 3 13.5 important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Laptop SE
  • Slightly easier to carry: weighs 170 grams less (around 0.37 lbs)
  • Much smaller footprint: 20% more compact case (84.9 vs 106.5 square inches)
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5
  • Around 5.4x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Thinner bezels and 17% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Supports next-generation Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Display has support for touch input
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 49% sharper screen – 201 versus 135 pixels per inch (PPI)
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 1.11 kg (2.45 lbs) 1.28 kg (2.82 lbs)
Dimensions 283.7 x 193 x 17.85 mm
11.17 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
308 x 223 x 14.5 mm
12.13 x 8.78 x 0.57 inches
Area 548 cm2 (84.9 inches2) 687 cm2 (106.5 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~67.8% ~79%
Side bezels 13.4 mm 11.3 mm
Colors White Black, Gold, Gray, Blue
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° 140°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 1 2

Display

Size 11.6 inches 13.5 inches
Type TFT VA IPS LCD
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 135 ppi 201 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:9 3:2
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels 2256 x 1504 pixels
HDR support No No
Touchscreen No Yes
Coating - Glossy
Display tests
sRGB color space - 121%
Max. brightness

Battery

Capacity
Battery type - Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery No Yes
Charging port position Left Left
Charge power 40 W 60 W

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 1.1 GHz 1.0 GHz
Turbo frequency - 3.6 GHz
Cores 2 4
Threads 2 8
L3 Cache - 6 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 600 Intel UHD Graphics G1
Fabrication process 14 nm 10 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 5 W 15 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 14 nm 10 nm
GPU base clock 200 MHz 300 MHz
GPU boost clock 750 MHz 1100 MHz
FLOPS 0.14 TFLOPS -
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type DDR4 LPDDR4X
Memory speed 0 Gbps 3.73 Gbps
Shading units 96 256
DirectX support 12 12
GPU performance

RAM

RAM size
Channels 1x4 GB 2x4 GB
Clock - 3733 MHz
Type DDR4 LPDDR4X
Upgradable - No
Total slots - 2

Storage

Storage size
Bus - PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x)
Storage type - SSD (M2)
Channels 1x64 GB 1x128 GB
Upgradable No No
Total slots - 1
NVMe No Yes

Sound

Speakers 2.0 2.0
Dolby Atmos No Yes
Microphones 1 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v5 v6
Bluetooth v5 v5
Fingerprint No No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A 1x USB 3.0 1x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 1x USB 3.0 1x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt No No
HDMI No No
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader No No
Proprietary charging port Yes No

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight No Yes
Key travel - 1.5 mm
Touchpad
Size - 11.5 x 7.6 cm
Surface Plastic Glass
Windows Precision Yes Yes
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