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Surface Laptop 5 review: What a letdown

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 specs (as reviewed)

CPU: Intel Core i7-1255U
Display: 15-inch touchscreen, 2496 x 1664 (201 PPI) Storage: 512GB SSD
Ports: 1x USB-C/Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-A, Surface Connect port, headphone jack
Battery life: 9:50 (tested) | Up to 17 hours (Microsoft’s claim)
Wireless: Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth 5.1
Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.6 x 0.58 inches
Weight: 3.4 pounds
Price: $1,799 as configured, $999 (13.5-inch) | $1,299 (15-inch) starting

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 ($999 to start) has arrived, and it bears a striking resemblance to last year’s Surface Laptop 4.

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Sadly, that semblance is more than skin-deep. While the new Surface Laptop 5 improves upon its predecessors by offering Thunderbolt 4 support, faster RAM and a more modern Intel 12th Gen CPU, little else has changed inside this sleek ultraportable. In fact, battery life and some areas of performance have actually gotten worse, according to our testing.