Because of its reputation as a huge competitor in its field, Microsoft obviously strives to conquer each relevant markets as possible. That’s the reason why besides its regular Windows product, the company releases a competitor for a new market every year.

This time, Microsoft targets the education market with its new streamlined Windows 10 S operating system. But wait, there’s more…as the new OS comes with a new line of devices, designed to run it from day one. The main highlight of the Windows 10 S line of devices is definitely the Surface Laptop. Microsoft itself advertises the Surface Laptop as a better choice than any MacBook available in the market today. But here’s the big question: Does the Surface Laptop really has the guts to outdo the MacBook Pro, or is it just pure publicity?

Read on to find out which high-end notebook is more worthy of your hard-earned cash.

DESIGN

 

The new MacBook Pro looks a lot like the old MacBook Pro, with a chassis that’s considerably thinner and a display that’s framed by smaller bezels. As always, the MacBook Pro looks good in just about any environment, and Apple doesn’t actually have a solid reason to change things that much.

However with Microsoft, it went completely opposite in creating the Surface Laptop’s design. First, it utilizes a wedge shape that tapers from really thin at the rear to even thinner at the front. The hinge is also discreet to keep things clean and streamlined, and the use of the same Alcantara fabric that covers some other Microsoft Surface keyboards both maintains the brand’s familiarity and promises a soft-touch feel when typing.

Aside from that, Microsoft is offering the Surface Laptop in four colors — platinum, burgundy, cobalt, and gold. The machine is made of machined aluminum, which adds up to its unique design that manages to stand out without putting off.

Winner: Surface Laptop

PORTABILITY

Like many modern notebooks, the MacBook Pro is a light machine at just over three pounds, and it’s also quite thin at 0.59-inches thick. Its overall chassis size was minimized, thanks to the thin bezel that frames the display. At the same time, Apple decreased the battery capacity with the revised Pro line in its quest to decrease thickness. The Touch Bar version has the smallest battery in the current Pro lineup, but it still managed to squeeze out 10 hours and 17 minutes in our battery tests. Overall, it’s a comfortable machine to carry around.

As previously mentioned, the Surface Laptop is a wedge, starting at 0.57-inches thick at the rear and tapering to 0.39-inches at the front. The laptop is very light at 2.76 pounds only. And since its display uses Microsoft’s unusual, 3:2 aspect ratio, the Surface Laptop’s dimensions are a litter wider and taller than those of the MacBook Pro.

Microsoft promises 14.5 hours of battery life with its Surface Laptop, though they are yet to publish the device’s official battery capacity. Comparing these numbers, the Surface Laptop promises superior battery life. It’s also thinner and lighter than the Pro, though it’s a bit wider and taller.

Winner: Surface Laptop

PRICING

The Surface Laptop comes with the price tag of $999-$2199, while the MacBook Pro is available for $2399-$2799. This shows that each variant is cheaper than its MacBook Pro counterpart. Taking into account all those aspects mentioned above, the Surface Laptop emerges as the better deal. For only $999, you get a beautiful, stable, fast, ultra-portable laptop, that can accomplish more than most MacBooks.

Of course, if the Windows 10 Pro upgrade option wasn’t available, that would be a different conversation. But since you can upgrade to the “regular” Windows 10 that makes the Surface Laptop a more thorough choice.

Below is a comparison chart of each laptop’s specifications:

Specifications

Surface Laptop

13-inch MacBook Pro

15-inch MacBook Pro

Processors Dual-core 7th-gen Core i5/i7 Dual-core 6th-gen Core i5/i7 Quad-core 6th-gen Core i5/i7
Graphics Intel HD 620/640 Up to Intel Iris 550 Up to AMD Radeon Pro 460
Memory 4-16GB 8-16GB 16GB
Storage 128GB-512GB SSD 256GB-1TB SSD 256GB-2TB SSD
Dimensions 1.25kg; 14.5mm 1.37kg; 15mm 1.83kg; 15.5mm
Battery life Up to 14.5 hours Up to 9.5 hours Up to 10.5 hours
Screen 13.5-inch 2256×1504-pixel touch screen 13.3-inch 2560×1600-pixel screen 15.4-inch 2880×1800-pixel screen
Ports USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio, mini DisplayPort 2-4x ThunderBolt 3/USB-C 4x ThunderBolt 3/USB-C
Price $999-$2199 $1499-$1999 $2399-$2799

 

Winner: Surface Laptop

DO ALL OF THESE REALLY MATTER?

Actually, it doesn’t have to. The logic here is plain simple — you’re either an Apple person or a Microsoft person. So, no matter what the comparison says, you’ll eventually end up purchasing a laptop from your favorite brand.

On the other hand, if you don’t label yourself that way, it’s clear that the Surface Laptop is the better choice. For a more affordable price, you can get as good as, or even better laptop than the MacBook Pro (depending on the variant). And if you combine it with other accessories and features, you’ll get even more possibilities.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6:17:45 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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