In a bid to improve user experience, Microsoft has unveiled a new firmware update for its third generation Surface Laptop 3, specifically designed for the versions equipped with Intel processors. The update was launched in this week and comes with a number of enhancements to the laptop's functionality.
Enhanced Performance and Stability
The new firmware update is set to significantly improve device charging performance and stability. The update also addresses an existing problem which saw the laptop booting to the Surface logo. This issue has been duly resolved in the latest version.
Moreover, users can now expect to enjoy better stability of external monitors when attached through a dock. This modification further enhances usability and performance, offering a seamless computing experience.
Improved Pen Inking and Additional Information
In addition to charging and external monitor improvements, the firmware update brings about enhanced pen inking capabilities for the Surface Laptop. This improvement is set to increase the scope of interactive activities that can be undertaken on the laptop.
Should users lose their Wi-Fi connection, Microsoft has offered a solution that involves selecting Start > Power > Shutdown. After 10 seconds, users are advised to restart their device by pressing and holding the power button until the logo screen appears twice, a process that takes approximately 20 seconds.
Future Updates and Device Lifespan
Microsoft has assured customers that it is working to correct any persisting issues with subsequent driver releases. Also noteworthy is that all Surface Laptop 3 configurations, including the 13 and 15-inch versions with Intel and AMD processors, are expected to have a lifecycle of just under five years.
According to Microsoft's estimations, the laptops will reach the end of their support lifecycle on July 30, 2024. It has been pointed out that modern Surface devices usually receive firmware and support updates for six years, separately from Windows updates.
The third generation Surface Laptop comes with the 10th Gen Intel-core processor. Microsoft says the device is three times more powerful than the Apple MacBook Air. Intel's CPU is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.
Microsoft also introduced a 15-inch variant of the Surface Laptop 3. This version retains the same 3:2 aspect ratio as the smaller model despite that larger IPS display. AMD Ryzen is on board with a Microsoft Surface edition of the processer.