Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro: Clash of the Titans

Microsoft's launch event last night wasn't just about Windows 10, but about matching another world leader spec for spec, design for design and in some cases, bringing in superior features.

While Lumia 950 and 950XL took on Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Surface Pro 4 took on iPad Air 2 and Surface Book crossed swords with MacBook Pro. We're rubbing our hands in excitement as the battle of the giants takes centre stage.

This is how Surface Book, Microsoft's sleek new laptop, fares when compared with the premium reigning gadgets- the 13.3" and 15.4" variants of Apple's MacBook Pro.


SpecificationMicrosoft Surface BookApple MacBook Pro (13.3")Apple MacBook Pro (15.4")
Display13.5” PixelSense™13.3" LED backlit15.4" LED backlit
Resolution3000 x 2000p (267 ppi)2560 x 1600p (227ppi)2880 x 1800p (220ppi)
Dimensions312.3 x 232.1 x 13.0 - 22.8mm314 x 219 x 18mm359 x 247 x 18mm
Weightstarting at 1,516g1,580g2,040g
Processor6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or i7Intel Core i5 processorIntel Core i7 processor
Internal storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB256GB, 512GB
Graphicsi5/i7 Intel HD 520/ NVIDIA GeForce Intel Iris Graphics 6100Intel Iris Pro Graphics
AMD Radeon R9 
BatteryUp to 12 hours of video play74.9 Wh Lithium-Polymer
12 hours iTunes film playback
99.5 Wh Lithium-Polymer
9 hours iTunes film playback
WiFi802.11ac WiFi Networking802.11ac WiFi Networking802.11ac WiFi Networking
Operating systemWindows 10 ProOS X El CapitanOS X El Capitan
Main Camera8MP autofocusNoneNone
Front Camera5MP720p FaceTime HD camera720p FaceTime HD camera
Video recording1080p HD video recordingNoneNone
Warranty1-year limited hardware1-year limited hardware1-year limited hardware
PriceNot announced yet (~£979)from £999from £1599


As it turns out, Surface Book seems to have grabbed the edge over the MacBook Pro. In terms of display, Surface Book boasts a better screen to body ratio, resolution and pixel density. It is also lighter and thinner than Apple's offerings.

Processor wise, both laptops feature Intel's i5 and i7 processors, but the 6th Gen CPU in Surface Book holds the key. It is faster and requires lesser power to operate.

Surface Book also features an 8MP rear camera which the MacBook Pro variants don't. However, the front cameras seem quite comparable but we'll prefer hands on reviews to gauge the outcome.

As far as storage is concerned, Surface Book offers up to 1TB compared to 512GB in MacBook Pro. However, MacBook Pro also offers up to 1TB of flash external storage which ensures parity.

However, both laptops are evenly matched when it comes to graphics, battery life, RAM, Wi-Fi network support and after-sale warranties.

With Microsoft gaining the upper hand in terms of pure hardware, it all boils down to whether OS X El Capitan or Windows 10 will complete the icing on your cake.

Laptops haven't excited us ever before that they have now, and no matter how advanced modern tablets are, they are here to stay for the next few years in the least.

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  1. Guest
    Guest8th Oct 2015

    "However, the front cameras seem quite comparable" = I wouldn't agree on that comment when it's a 5mp versus a 1.2mp !!

  2. Guest
    Guest8th Oct 2015

    Without doubt the Microsoft Surface Book is far superior to Apple MacBook Pro and better value too.

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