Microsoft’s newest computer, the Surface Laptop, is the Redmond-based company’s first genuine attempt at creating a “normal” laptop, borrowing heavily from its previous efforts, the Surface Pro and Surface Book. Those two are hybrids with detachable displays, but the Surface Laptop is an all-in-one monster that also features a touchscreen.

It’s a fantastic computer, but not worth buying.

There are many reasons for this statement, but let’s start with the main one—it’s not the best bang for your buck.

Microsoft has made it crystal clear that its Surface line is here to compete in the $1,000-plus computer segment. The Surface Laptop carries through with this philosophy. It starts off at $999, but looking closer at the specs, it’s just a ploy to market a number under $1,000. Its starting specs are embarrassing for a laptop that costs this much. For one grand, you get an Intel core i5, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Those are paltry specs.

If you want something with more power, the price goes up. The i5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage model—which is the model we got in the office—will run you $1,300. This is MacBook territory or much more powerful Windows laptops territory. The Razer Blade Stealth, Surface Pro, HP x360 and Dell XPS 13 are just a few of the other Windows laptops you can pick up now that are either cheaper or more powerful.

Microsoft designed a truly beautiful computer with the Surface Laptop. The highlight of this design is the Alcantara fabric cover, which is a premium finish but doesn’t look like it’ll hold up in the longterm. The last thing I want to do is get any sort of food or drink near this computer. I consider myself to be a clean person that takes exceptional care of his computers, but I do not trust myself to keep this cover clean for the next three or four years.

I can go on and on about Microsoft’s decision to create the Surface Laptop as a gorgeous obelisk, but it doesn’t hold up past the aesthetic beauty. It features a Thunderbolt 2, USB-A and MicroSD card slot, which is nice, but that’s all. It feels like Microsoft should have thrown in a USB-C port just for good measure, but it refuses to do so on all its Surface products.

The Surface Laptop also features a trackpad that isn’t anything to brag about. It’s clicky, but feels cheap. Not what you’d expect from a $1,000-plus computer. On top of that, you’ll probably drop another $50 just to upgrade out of the Windows 10 S stock operating system.

We’re getting negative on the Surface Laptop, which is a shame because it does have a lot to offer. But Microsoft had the opportunity to truly make some waves but ultimately fell short. It’s just too difficult to ignore the myriad of options out there that offer much better value than the Surface Laptop.

Jon shares similar feelings as I do. Check out the video above to see some of his grievances of the Surface Laptop.