After long anticipation, both Apple and Microsoft have announced the newest models in their successful lines of devices, specifically the MacBook Pro 2016 and the Surface Book i7. The Microsoft device is a hybrid, while the MacBook Pro 2016 is a straight forward laptop device, but that didn’t stop people from comparing the devices and pitting them against each other. In this article we shall take a look at what both devices can offer and which is better suited for your particular line of work, or for your daily needs.

Design

This category notes important changes for the MacBook, while the Surface Book sticks closer to its roots. The MacBook Pro 2016 is slimmer and lighter than its predecessors, which have receive complaints about the inconvenience created when users would have carry the laptop around. Apple listened, and made the new MacBook no thicker than 1.49 cm. The thin design of the MacBook features a 13 inch screen with a 2560 x 1600 resolution. There is also a 15 inch version that also provides a higher resolution of 2880 x 1800.



The Surface Book i7 comes with 2.29 cm and features the same hinge system seen previously on Surface devices, which doesn’t allow the laptop hybrid to fully close. While the Apple laptop is thinner, the Microsoft device offers the unmatched possibility of removing the display and turning the Surface Book i7 into a fully fledged tablet, with a 13.5 inch screen that features a 3000 x 2000 resolution.

Performance

The MacBook comes with either an i5 or an i7 processor, complemented by the integrated Radeon Pro graphics chips. The two Mac models use the 450 and 455 respectively GPU versions. Microsoft also brings out the big guns in the form of Intel’s Core i7 processing unit and the GTX 965M GPU, which kick the hybrid’s performance into overdrive.

Aside from the ability of boosting the storage capacity up to 2 TB, both devices offer the same 256, 512 and 1 TB internal storage options.

It seems as the Surface Book i7 has the edge in terms of performance, but oldschool laptop enthusiasts might still opt for the rejuvenated MacBook Pro, which excels in design and premium build quality. However, Microsoft’s efforts are on par, with the extra crucial feature of being able to remove the display and use it as a premium tablet device.

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