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June 13, 2023

The best Surface laptop features for writers

Writers come in all forms. Whether you’re an aspiring novelist, a student who writes academic papers, a marketer who writes sales pitches, or are someone who just loves to journal, all writers need a notebook or a digital device to put their words in. Learn why Surface devices are among the best laptops for a writer that can help create their best works.

Laptop features that can come in handy for writers

As a writer, you need a laptop that can enhance your creativity, keep you focused while you write, and has the tools to bring your words to life. While most laptops can do the trick, the right device will adhere to all of your writing needs and assist you as you string your words together.

Everyone writes differently—which is why Surface has features for writers to help you succeed and stay productive.

Person using a notebook next to a Surface laptop

Experience the feel of a touchscreen

Sometimes it feels more natural to write something out with a pen instead of typing on a keyboard. If you find yourself hitting a writer’s block every now and then, it might help to revisit your roots by jotting down a few notes by hand. Notetaking or even doodling on a blank page can help you brainstorm and get your creative juices flowing again.

That’s why the touchscreen on a Surface Pro 2-in-1 device can inspire creativity. You can magnetically detach Surface Pro’s keyboard to turn it into a functioning tablet. Use a Surface Pen or Surface Slim Pen 2 to take precise, free-flowing notes with the feel of pen on paper. Digitize your notes and sketches by saving them in OneNote, or upload them to a cloud service like OneDrive so you can continue your train of thought from anywhere.

Type as long as you need with a comfortable keyboard

When inspiration strikes and you find yourself in the midst of a productive writing session, you’ll be doing a lot of typing! However, this can put strain on your hands and wrists. Surface’s wide selection of accessories includes the Surface Pro Signature Keyboard, which is not only comfortable to type on, but its full mechanical keyset and backlit keys combine the feel of a full-sized keyboard and the portability you expect from a Surface device. You can find more Surface keyboard options in the Microsoft Store.¹

Write from anywhere with a lightweight and portable Surface

Changing up the scenery every now and then can help you find a fresh perspective. Whether you’re surrounded by nature at a nearby park, or fueling up at your favorite coffee shop, a laptop that is lightweight is a good asset to seek motivation for your writing projects. Surface Pro 9 weighs just under 2 pounds and can be packed up in seconds, making it the ideal laptop to carry around. And, with so many enhanced features for productivity, you’ll be able to stay focused—no matter where you go.

Write to the end with lLong-lasting battery life

Don’t let a low battery stop you from losing your thoughts. A laptop with a reliable battery like Surface Laptop 5 will give you the power to stay productive without needing a charge. With up to 18 hours of battery life, you can save the time you’d use to find an outlet and work from anywhere.²

Storage room for all your writing projects

While most documents won’t take up too much space, you might need the capacity to navigate complex projects or virtual mood boards—so it can’t hurt to have a storage drive that fits all your works. Surface Laptop Studio 2 comes with up to 32 GB of RAM to ensure that you have all the space you need for your files. You can also build your bundle to save on essential Microsoft 365 writing tools such as Word, OneNote, and Editor.

Still can’t decide which laptop best suits your writing needs? Compare Surface devices to see which device has the features you’re looking for.

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  • [1] Chargers, software, accessories, and devices sold separately. Availability may vary by market.
  • [2] Battery life varies significantly based on device configuration, usage, network and feature configuration, signal strength, settings, and other factors. See Performance for details.