Microsoftâ€™s Surface Book 2 Vs. Apple MacBook Pro:Â Which high-end notebook packs more features into a small package?
Have you decided to head for the Apple Store to buy the hippest notebook around? Â If so, you may want to take a few minutes to glance at the specs for Microsoftâ€™s Surface Book 2. Â If you already own the original Surface Book, expect a similar physical appearance, but donâ€™t let that fool you. Â This time, Microsoft has gone way beyond expectations to deliver performance that Apple and other competitors havenâ€™t matched. Â If you hope to future-proof your portable computer with a machine that wonâ€™t seem outdated within months, you might want to consider spending a bit more on the Microsoft machine.
MS Surface Book 2 Vs MacBook Pro
To paraphrase the succinct reviewer fromÂ ZDNet, Microsoft didnâ€™t just introduce the Surface Book 2 to compete with Apple. Â This savvy and established computer company also introduced this high-end notebook to show all of their notebook competitors how to compete in the market for high-end notebooks. Â Microsoft packed a lot of performance in a small package, and they were bold enough to charge a little extra for it. Â If the features of the new Surface Book appeal to you, you should still enjoy a good value for your money.
These are highlights of a comparison of some basic specs between theÂ Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs. the MacBook Pro:
- Price: Microsoft has priced their different versions of the new Surface Book at about $100 to $200 more than Apple. Â With high-end notebooks like these, this price difference isnâ€™t as significant as it would be on a cheaper computer; still, itâ€™s worth noting that Apple usually isnâ€™t in the habit of competing on price.
- Storage and RAM: Both Microsoft and Apple have identical base specs when it comes to storage and RAM.Â Apple can be upgraded to 2 TB, but the Surface Book can only be upgraded to 1 TB of storage.
- Screen size:Â With both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, Microsoft offers a larger screen size and higher resolution. Of course, both machines have spectacular displays.
- Battery life:Â When used as a laptop, the Surface Book 2 claims an amazing 17 hours of battery life. This declines to five hours when used as a tablet. Apple says their batteries will last about eight hours on a charge. Â Since the Apple machine doesnâ€™t transform into a tablet, itâ€™s fair to say that Microsoftâ€™s batteries are claimed to hold a charge over twice as long as Appleâ€™s.
- Weight: The Surface Book weighs a fraction of a pound more than the MacBook.
Explaining the performance capabilities of the Surface Book 2 with the MacBook Pro deserves its own section. Â Compare Microsoftâ€™s Core i7-865OU vs. Appleâ€™s i7-7700HQ CPU. Â Microsoft has Eighth-Generation core processing speeds. Â This makes the Seventh-Generation processor in the MacBook almost appear vintage, but it has only been out for a few months. Â If you need speed, you can make certain that your notebook has state-of-the-art specs if you spend a little more on the Surface Book 2.
Screen Resolution and Graphics Capabilities
One of Appleâ€™s selling points has always been its graphics capabilities and screen resolution. They are still an industry leader in this regard. Â At the same time, the Surface Bookâ€™s display rivals the Apple. Â On paper, Microsoftâ€™s specs may even appear better than Appleâ€™s do.
Microsoft also offers a 1080p/5 MP front-facing camera and a 8MP, auto focus, rear-facing camera. Â The MacBook comes with only a front-facing camera, and this is a 720p FaceTime camera.
Maybe screen resolution has advanced to a point where most differences come down to a matter of personal tastes. Â Unless the vendors start producing holograms or 3D, there might not be much they can do. Â Of course, Microsoft has just introduced mixed-reality headsets. Â The Surface Book 2 comes with a NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® graphics processor that is fully compatible with these. Â Avid gamers may want to upgrade to this latest offering from Microsoft too.
Two-in-One Versatility: Â The Surface Book is a Laptop and a Tablet
Microsoft calls the Surface Book 2 a notebook computer. Â One of the most novel things about the original Surface Book was the fact that the keyboard could detach from the screen This transformed the machine from a laptop to a tablet within seconds. Â The Surface Book 2 still comes with this versatile feature.
The sacrifice you have to make if you want a two-in-one device like this is that the Surface Book 2 is a bit heavier and bulkier than the MacBook. Â When compared to other laptops, you still get a streamlined and lightweight device.
This feature might help you justify the somewhat higher cost of a Microsoft Surface Book 2 when compared to an Apple MacBook Pro. Â If you want both an Apple laptop and tablet computer, you could pay slightly less for the MacBook and then still have to pay more to also buy a tablet.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Warranty
None of these features will help you if your computer malfunctions shortly after you take it out of the box.Â MicrosoftÂ offers 30-day returns, three months of free phone support, a yearâ€™s worth of in-store technical assistance, and free training with your purchase. Â You can also choose to upgrade your warranty to a two-year extended warranty for extra protection. Â With a MacBook, you can decide to buy the Apple Care extended warranty for $99.
Is the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 the High-End Notebook of the Future?
Some of you will always favor Apple devices. Â If you already rely upon other Apple devices, you may find that the MacBook offers you the compatibility and other features that you already enjoy and are familiar with. Â Obviously, Apple already has a large share of the high-end market and will probably continue to for some time.
If youâ€™re not particularly committed to Apple, you might be happy with the way that Microsoft did not hold back with their new Surface Pro. Â Itâ€™s powerful, versatile, and fairly lightweight. Â The additional performance and graphics capabilities may be enough to convince you that this is the machine that is worth paying a bit more for.