Updated 07/18/2017: We've upgraded the Surface Laptop to Windows 10 Pro to run traditional benchmarks, and the results are...interesting. Click the Performance section in the TOC to jump to all the numbers.
Our Surface Laptop review considers Microsoft’s new notebook in three ways: first, as a stylish ultrabook, designed to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air on college campuses. It’s also a showcase for Windows 10 S, limiting users to Windows Store apps but with an unexpected benefit to battery life. But if you want more flexibility, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro—and we’ve tested that, too.
After using the Surface Laptop as a Windows 10 S machine, I can say it does a great job of addressing exactly what college students need. More sophisticated users might want to look a bit further afield, though, or at least bail out of Windows 10 S early on.