Microsoft Surface Book Vs. Apple MacBook Pro – Which is the Ultimate Laptop?


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:

Specs Surface Book 13-inch MacBook Pro
Starting price $1,499 $1,299
Price $1,499 $1,299
Display 13.5-inch 3,000×2,000-pixel resolution 13.3-inch 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution
Pixel density 267 227
Dimensions (imperial) 8.67 x 12.3 x 0.30 inches 12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71 inches
Dimensions (metric) 220.2 x 312.3 x 7.7mm 314 x 219 x 18mm
Weight 1.6 lbs. (726g) 3.48 lbs. (1580g)
Thickness with keyboard 0.9 inches (22.8mm) 0.71 inches (18mm)
Weight with keyboard 3.48 lbs. (1579g) 3.48 lbs. (1580g)
Operating system Windows 10 Pro OS X El Capitan
Processors Up to 6th-gen 2-core Intel Core i7 Up to 5th-gen 3.1GHz 2-core Intel Core i7
Graphics Intel HD 520 or Nvidia GeForce Intel Iris 6100
Storage 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
RAM 8GB / 16GB 8GB / 16GB
Battery Up to 12 hours video playback Up to 12 hours video playback
Networking 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports 2x USB 3.0, 1x SD card reader, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1xSurfaceConnect(charging and docking), 1x headset jack 2x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt 2, 1x HDMI, 1x SD card reader, 1x headset jack, 1x MagSafe 2 (charging)
Cameras 5MP front, 8MP back 720p front webcam
Hinge Freely positionable to 125 degrees, tablet reversible Freely positionable to 135 degrees
Touchscreen Yes No
Extras Included keyboard dock with built-in Nvidia GPU ($1899 or higher models), included stylus Force Touch trackpad

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

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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