Surface Book 2 Vs MacBook Pro (2017): Who’s on the Front Foot?

Microsoft has launched its new high-end laptop back in October this year. The new laptop is called as Microsoft Surface Book 2. Microsoft’s new offering will compete against Apple MacBook Pro range of laptops. Let’s compare the Microsoft Surface Book 2 Vs MacBook Pro (2017) laptops and find out who’s having the upper hand.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Vs MacBook Pro (2017)

ModelSurface Book 2 13-inchSurface Book 2 15-inchMacBook Pro 13-inchMacBook Pro 15-inch
Display13.5-inch PixelSense Display

3000 x 2000

3:2 aspect ratio

15-inch PixelSense Display

3240 x 2160

3:2 aspect

13.3-inch Retina Display

2560 x 1600

16:10 aspect

15.4-inch Retina Display

2880 x 1800

16:10 aspect

ProcessorCore i5 (dual-core 3.2GHz)

Core i7-8650U (quad-core 4.2GHz)

Core i7-8650U (quad-core 4.2GHz)Core i5 (dual-core 3.3GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz)

Core i7 (dual-core 3.5GHz, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz)

Core i5 (dual-core 3.3GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz)

Core i7 (dual-core 3.5GHz, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz)

RAM8GB or 16GB16GB8GB or 16GB16GB
Storage256GB, 512GB, or 1TB256GB, 512GB, or 1TB256GB, 512GB, or 1TB256GB, 512GB, or 1TB, 2TB
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 620 (Core i5)

Intel UHD Graphics 620

NVIDIA GTX 1050 (2GB) (Core i7)

Intel UHD Graphics 620

NVIDIA GTX 1060 (6GB)

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650Intel HD Graphics 630

Radeon Pro 555 (2GB)

Radeon Pro 560 (4GB)

Battery70WHr

Up to 17 hours

Up to 5 hours in Tablet Mode

80WHr

Up to 17 hours

Up to 5 hours in Tablet Mode

Up to 10 hoursUp to 10 hours
ConnectivityMarvel

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen1),

One USB Type-C w/ video, power in/out and USB 3.1 (Gen1) data

Full-size SDXC card reader (UHS-II)

Marvel

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen1),

One USB Type-C w/ video, power in/out and USB 3.1 (Gen1) data

Full-size SDXC card reader (UHS-II)

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, Headphone jack (3.5mm)Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, Headphone jack (3.5mm)
Cameras5.0MP 1080p video at 30 FPS (front)

8.0MP 1080p video at 30 FPS with auto-focus (rear)

5.0MP 1080p video at 30 FPS (front)

8.0MP 1080p video at 30 FPS with auto-focus (rear)

720p (front)720p (front)
BiometricsIR CameraIR CameraTouch IDTouch ID
PriceStarts at $1,499 (roughly Rs 97,500)Starts at $2,499 (roughly Rs 1,62,500)Starts at $1,799 (roughly Rs 1,17,000)Starts at $2,399 (roughly Rs 1,55,850)

 

Surface Book 2 Vs MacBook Pro (2017): Quick Comparison

Looking at the specifications, the Surface Book 2 is better than the MacBook Pro in almost every aspect. However, both laptops have different OS integration and you can’t judge the performance on the basis of just hardware components.

For graphics and editing work, the Surface Bok 2 is better with GTX 1060 Mobile chipset against the Radeon Pro 560 one. Let’s check each and every parameter of both laptops.

Surface Book 2 Vs MacBook Pro (2017): Who’s at Front Foot?

(Microsoft Surface Book 2)

Design

Design wise, the Surface Book 2 resembles totally to its predecessor. Same goes for this year’s MacBook Pro; although there are few changes, it looks identical to its predecessor.

Display

The Surface Book 2 has a super high-resolution display of both 13.5-inch and 15-inch models. On the other hand, the screens of both Apple’s notebooks are vibrant and look beautiful. However, the contrast ratio of 1600:1 on Microsoft laptops are overwhelming than the 720:1 ratio of Apple’s MacBooks.

Battery

Microsoft is claiming up to 17 hours of battery backup on the Surface Book 2 on a single charge. While that said, the actual usage might differ based on the nature of users’ work. Apple, on the other hand, is claiming up to 10 hours of battery life on its MacBooks.

Surface Book 2 Vs MacBook Pro (2017): Who’s at Front Foot?

(Apple MacBook Pro 2017)

Connectivity

Connectivity options are an important aspect while looking for a laptop. On Microsoft’ laptop, you will get a USB Type-C port, which is becoming a standard these days. Apple has offered 2 USB Type-A ports and an SD card reader. Both laptops have other necessary connectivity options; you can check them in the table mentioned above.

Conclusion

From our quick comparison of Surface Book 2 Vs MacBook Pro (2017), it appears that Microsoft has an edge over Apple. The performance, looks and sturdiness make it a perfect top-notch laptop. Surface Book 2 competed neck-to-neck against Apple’s notebooks in every category. Microsoft and Apple are one of the most popular laptop brands in India.

While this is just a preliminary comparison, the winner among the top-notch laptops can’t be declared this soon; as we haven’t got our hands on these laptops yet. The Surface Book 2 is expected to be made available in India soon after the global availability.

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