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Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To make the choice easier, we have judged this Microsoft Surface MCZ-00003 according to what you are going to do with it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Surface MCZ-00003 compatible with internet use?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this Surface MCZ-00003. An inexpensive computer such as Surface MCZ-00003 may seem to be the solution. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Microsoft; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 10 inches size. The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y; A mid-range orientation. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 128 gigabytes will be enough. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Last point about the autonomy. the Surface MCZ-00003 can work 9 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.
Surface MCZ-00003 for videos?
With this laptop, Microsoft offers a product oriented toward general use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Surface MCZ-00003; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 10, in 1800×1200, and a good quality of colours. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 0.8 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
On the sound side, it Surface MCZ-00003 has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
On the application side, Microsoft chose to let you do it. There’s only the operating system. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 615, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Microsoft. Indeed, it Surface MCZ-00003 has only 3 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. Indeed, with 9 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
The Surface MCZ-00003- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
Its weight of 0.8 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. A 10 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The backlit keypad of this Surface MCZ-00003 is simple and convenient for when you’re in a taxi or a dimly lit subway. After spending some time typing on it, we can say it is of good quality.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
At the same time, the laptop processor Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 9 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 128 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who will need more space, this Surface MCZ-00003 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. With a screen of 10 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
It Surface MCZ-00003 provides only 3 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Finally with the Surface MCZ-00003, Microsoft deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
Surface MCZ-00003 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Microsoft has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y that is almost obsolete. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The designers of Microsoft have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 128 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (9 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. On this point Microsoft could have done much better.
On the connection side, the Surface MCZ-00003i s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
As you will have understood, it Surface MCZ-00003 proposes a rather basic oriented use. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
The Surface MCZ-00003- the right model to play with?
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this Surface MCZ-00003, it may be better to go to other models. The Microsoft technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
With only 1800×1200, this model is below standard ones. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Our tests have shown that for Microsoft this computer is not intended for playing video games. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 128 Gb.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 0.8 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 9 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this Surface MCZ-00003 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Surface MCZ-00003 for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, Surface MCZ-00003 it’s still a good product. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Microsoft has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. A weight of 0.8 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Microsoft chose the matt tile option for thisSurface MCZ-00003 that does not reflect light. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
Another interesting feature is the backlit keyboard option, which allows you to work in half light.
The storage of this model, 128 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it Surface MCZ-00003 is less interesting than its competitors. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
What about the Surface MCZ-00003 ?
The conclusion of the test Surface MCZ-00003 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks