microsoft-surface-book-vs-macbookShort Bytes: After witnessing one of the best keynotes of 2015 from Microsoft, we are here with the ultimate showdown of laptops: Microsoft Surface Book Vs. Apple MacBook Pro. 

This was a big week for Microsoft, perhaps the biggest ever for the company in terms of the hardware launches. The company showed off its next generation Windows 10 devices that tried to give a serious competition to Apple’s recently-launched new lineup of premium hardware.

In its Windows 10 device launch event, Microsoft launched its first ever laptop Surface Book that is a direct competitor of Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Microsoft called the Surface Book an ultimate laptop that delivers twice the performance of the MacBook Pro. Microsoft’s first laptop has gained universal praise for its design, performance and seamless transition from a PC to a tablet.


The Surface Book weighs insanely low and gives a tough competition to the 13-inch MacBook Pro’s Retina display by embedding more pixels in its PixelSense screen.

The new Surface Book is powered by the latest Intel Skylake‘s sixth-generation Core i5 and i7 processors. These new processors are the main reason why Microsoft is able to boast of 50% better performance. To get the better Intel Core i7, you’ll have to spend few hundred dollars extra.


Talking about the GPU, Surface Book comes packed with NVIDIA GeForce GPU to bring more graphical performance. But, if you choose to go with this model, you’ll have to spend $1,899, minimum.


If we intend to go for an honest comparison, we’ll have to look at the base model of the Surface Book that will cost you $1,499 for a 128GB storage and 8GB RAM. The MacBook Pro again comes with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM for $1,299. Both these laptops claim the 12-hour battery life. So, which one to buy? 


Well, by spending extra $200, you get some great additional functionalities. The Surface Book is the future of laptops and it embodies the perfect hybrid design with hassle-free laptop-to-tablet transition. You also get a Surface Pen and a touchscreen with it to have some more fun. With new Skylake processors in the Surface Book, the claims that Surface Book is two times faster seems pretty believable.

Take a look at the specifications and make your decision:

SpecsSurface Book13-inch MacBook Pro
Starting price$1,499$1,299
Display13.5-inch 3,000×2,000-pixel resolution13.3-inch 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution
Pixel density267227
Dimensions (imperial)8.67 x 12.3 x 0.30 inches12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71 inches
Dimensions (metric)220.2 x 312.3 x 7.7mm314 x 219 x 18mm
Weight1.6 lbs. (726g)3.48 lbs. (1580g)
Thickness with keyboard0.9 inches (22.8mm)0.71 inches (18mm)
Weight with keyboard3.48 lbs. (1579g)3.48 lbs. (1580g)
Operating systemWindows 10 ProOS X El Capitan
ProcessorsUp to 6th-gen 2-core Intel Core i7Up to 5th-gen 3.1GHz 2-core Intel Core i7
GraphicsIntel HD 520 or Nvidia GeForceIntel Iris 6100
Storage128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
RAM8GB / 16GB8GB / 16GB
BatteryUp to 12 hours video playbackUp to 12 hours video playback
Networking802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports2x USB 3.0, 1x SD card reader, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1xSurfaceConnect(charging and docking), 1x headset jack2x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt 2, 1x HDMI, 1x SD card reader, 1x headset jack, 1x MagSafe 2 (charging)
Cameras5MP front, 8MP back720p front webcam
HingeFreely positionable to 125 degrees, tablet reversibleFreely positionable to 135 degrees
ExtrasIncluded keyboard dock with built-in Nvidia GPU ($1899 or higher models), included stylusForce Touch trackpad

Which one’s your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.