If you’re in the market for a new laptop, you’re probably looking into getting the latest Apple MacBook Pro or the new Microsoft Surface Book. Both of these recently released devices bring excellent things to the table, which makes it difficult for many shoppers to choose between the two of them. You can make this task easier, though, by taking note of the following factors:
For those who don’t know, the MacBook Pro is a traditional laptop while the Surface Book is a hybrid device that you can use either as a laptop or a tablet (through its detachable screen). The MacBook Pro has an all-metal construction but is the lighter and thinner option between the two, weighing just 1,360g and with a thickness of 14.9mm. The Surface Pro is heavier and chunkier at 1,650g and 22.8mm of thickness, but there’s a reason behind it: its detachable display comes with a touchscreen and a processor that enable it to transform into a tablet.
The new MacBook Pro is available as a 13.3-inch model and a 15.4-inch variant, both of which have an impressive retina display with IPS techology. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro has a native resolution of 2560 x 1600 with 227 PPI, while the 15.4-inch model has a native resolution of 2880 x 1800 with 220 PPI.
The Surface Book, meanwhile, is built with a 13.5-inch PixelSense Display that has a 10-point multi-touch feature and is enabled for Surface pen use. It comes with six million pixels at 267 pixels per inch (PPI), and it’s designed to provide an impressive resolution (3000 x 2000) and display realistic colors. In terms of resolution, the Surface Book clearly comes out on top of the MacBook Pro.
The Surface Book comes in several variants. The basic configuration has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and an Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics card — which mean it’s more than enough for basic office tasks and web browsing. The second variant is built with an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce dGPU, (along with an 8GB or 16GB RAM), and it’s ideal for 3D modeling and graphic design. The most powerful option is the Surface Book with Performance Base, which is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GPU.
The 2016 MacBook Pro is also available in several configurations. The 13.3-inch model is powered by a 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and an Intel Iris Graphics 540 GPU and has an 8GB RAM. (The 13-inch model with Touch Bar has a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU and an Intel Iris Graphics 550 GPU.) The 15.4-inch model also has a few configurations; it comes with either a 2.6GHz or 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, a 256GB or 512GB PCIe-based onboard SSD, and a Radeon Pro 450 or 455 GPU.
Apple fans are looking forward to the Touch Bar, a strip of glass that replaces the traditional function keys and is enabled with Multi-Touch. It provides you with the relevant tools for the task at hand and automatically adjusts based on what you’re doing. Another exciting feature is Touch ID, which makes its debut to the Mac range. Microsoft loyalists, on the other hand, are eager to test the Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB GDDR5 memory, which wasn’t present in last year’s Surface Book model.
The new MacBook Pro and the Surface Book each has its own strengths and weaknesses. To choose the right make and model, you have to assess your specific needs and see which device can best fulfill them.
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