Copilot+ PCs are fast, smooth, and run incredibly well, according to users' reviews

Our advice: wait a few weeks before buying one of these.

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Copilot+ PC reviews

If you’ve ever wondered why the tech world appears to be simmering down on assessing new Copilot+ PCs—such as the much-talked-about Surface Pro 11 and Surface Laptop 7—there is a justification for this uncommon quietness.

The answer? Microsoft, the company making this product, caused a delay, so tech enthusiasts who are potential buyers have been waiting for these important reviews.

Microsoft’s decision to postpone the Windows Recall feature has caused a ripple effect, delaying shipping review units of Copilot+ PCs to media outlets. This action created a new ZDP (Zero Day Patch) to eliminate the problematic Recall feature and implement the required fixes.

Consequently, most reviewers got their review units on June 18th, 2024, when some of these Copilot+PCs were launched.

But not everything is quiet and waiting. Some reviews have started to appear, especially of the ASUS VivoBook S 15 that reviewers received before its official release. This device, which runs on a Snapdragon X Elite chip, has been appreciated for its performance, battery life, and unexpected affordability. The Snapdragon X Elite appears as strong as it boasts, performing well in different types of work.

So, what about the Surface Pro 11 and Surface Laptop 7? Well, as they say, patience is a virtue. Writing a complete review requires some time, and with review units only recently arriving in reviewers’ hands, it could take a little time before we see detailed analysis on these devices.

However, the initial hands-on reviews and box openings will soon be available. This may provide an early look at these new Copilot+ PCs. Until then, you can always go to Reddit and read the reviews of those who have already tested the devices.

Just got my hands on the Surface Laptop 7, X Elite 12 core (16GB RAM) 13.8inch. Here are the details:

  • It’s incredibly smooth (is like an M3 Pro experience on a MacBook).
  • I’ve never seen photoshop run so well (even on my desktop PC with an RTX 4080, 32 Giga ram, 7800x3d it’s not as smooth).
  • Chrome runs smoother than ever, even with over 20 tabs open.
  • Geekbench (Perfomance Mode) (note: this is without updating the software).
  • 512GB storage feels a bit limited; after setup, I’m left with only 413GB (without any additional apps installed).
  • In terms of build quality, this new Surface Laptop has better finishing than its predecessors.
  • This is X1E80100 (X Elite 4.01 Ghz) on Surface Laptop
  • Update: AI: The majority of the AI features are available (paint, live caption, Studio effects camera) Recall is disable and not available for the moment
  • Update: Studio effects camera, live caption working OFFLINE
  • Update: Another big update has just dropped, now Copilot looks more like chat GPT (like the demo) (no more on the right)
  • Update: Lot of small new AI feature hidden on Snapshot and orther microsoft app
  • Speaker: Better than the MacBook Air and previous Surface, though slightly less powerful than the MacBook Pro.
  • Screen: We feel the 120hz, so sad they don’t provide OLED screen.
  • Battery: After 8h30 on battery, I have 36% left. On normal usage without run big software you can expect 12h full online work. If you only use Word and Microsoft app i think you can expect to reach 15h
  • Sleep Mode: it’s the same effect as on a Mac, as soon as you open the screen you are in the desktop (in fact it’s more impressive, because Windows Hello unlocks itself in less than 0.5 seconds). You don’t even have time to blink your eyes you Surface is ready
Reddit user

The delay has elicited a range of reactions. Some, like the Reddit user above, are enthusiastic about witnessing the performance of the new hardware, but some express doubt regarding AI characteristics and where Copilot+ PCs are heading in general.

The postponement of introducing Copilot+ PC reviews shows how difficult it can be to release new technology in today’s fast-moving society. As reviewers understand these fresh devices, the technical community eagerly awaits their opinions. Will Surface Pro 11 and Surface Laptop 7 fulfill their claims? Only time and the forthcoming reviews will tell.

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