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Surface Laptop vs MacBook Pro: Detailed Specs Comparison

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In this article, we will do a quick specs comparison between Microsoft’s Surface Laptop and Apple’s MacBook Pro. Read on to find out which one to buy?

-Note: All the specs described here are for the base variant of the respective devices.

Feature Surface Laptop MacBook Pro
Display 13.5-inch PixelSense Display (2256 x 1504, 201 PPI, touch-enabled) 13.3-inch Retina Display (2560×1600, 227PPI)
Processor 7th gen Intel Core i5 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Graphics Intel HD 620 Intel Iris Graphics 540
Battery Life Up to 14.5 hours of video playback Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
Storage 128GB SSD 256GB PCIe-based SSD
Connections One USB 3.0 port, one Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect, 3.0mm headphone jack, SD card slot Two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, 3.55 headphone jack, no SD card slot
Dimensions 12.3″ x 8.79″ x .0.57″ 11.97″ x 8.36″ x 0.59″
Weight 1.25 kg 1.37 kg
Operating System Windows 10 S macOS
Price Starts at $999 $1499


Which one should you buy?

After reading through all the specs , you might be wondering which one to pick up as both the devices offer some great specs as well features (not on MacBook), it can be a tough decision especially considering the premium price point. So, let us make it fairly simple.

  • If you know you want to run macOS and want to develop applications for iOS, buy a MacBook.
  • If you want to run Windows, get the Surface Laptop. However, the MacBook can run both macOS and Windows. Sounds cool, right?

One more thing, if you buy Surface Laptop which runs Windows 10 S out of the box, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for FREE by the end of this year. What’s more interesting is the fact that Windows is now the ultimate dev box for cross-platform development with some of the most advanced developer tools available at your finger tips. Although, some may argue that Surface Laptop was primarily aimed at Education, but why not step foot into the world of code if you are a student? Learn more about it here.

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