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Apple MacBook Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 7

For years, both Microsoft and Apple have been battling out in the operating system (OS) front. But in recent years, we can see the same with competitive hardware too. In this article, we are going to compare MacBook Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 7.

Picture comparing macbook pro with surface pro in 2021

Both Surface Pro and MacBook Pro have their unique strengths and standout features. Hence, choosing between the two is not going to be easy. But to provide the best review, we will dig in deep and offer our viewers a head-to-head comparison article between the two.

 Apple MacBook ProMicrosoft Surface Pro 7
RAM16 GB16 GB
Display16 inches12.3 inches
ProcessorIntel Core i7Intel Core i7
Graphics CardRadeon Pro 5300MIntel Integrated Iris Plus
Weight3.1 pounds1.7 pounds
TypeUltrabookHybrid
Battery Backup11 hours10.5 hours
TouchscreenNoYes

Design

When it comes to style, design, and eloquence, nothing can beat a Mac laptop as of today in the market. Apple has been at the forefront of providing premium looking products for a while, and the MacBook Pro is no exception.

Even though we still don’t see the relevance behind a Touch Bar’s inclusion, the MacBook Pro comes with a top-notch design. Compared to MacBook Pro, the design of Surface Pro 7 seems a bit disappointing with unappealing bezels and out-of-place design.

Performance

The MacBook Pro is one of the most popular pro notebooks that provides 2.8x CPU performance and 5x graphics performance. While the entry-level MacBook Pro comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, the Microsoft Surface Pro’s entry-level version comes only with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD.

But when you compare the entry-level version’s price, MacBook Pro is almost $500 more than that of Surface Pro. Even if you intend to upgrade the Surface Pro with an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM, it still costs you much lesser than MacBook Pro.

Portability

Microsoft Surface Pro weighs at just 1.7 pounds and comes with a size of 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches, while MacBook Pro weighs at around 3.1 pounds with a size of 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.59 inches.

When it comes to portability, even though both are relatively lightweight, Microsoft Pro is extremely slim and comes with better portability.

Final Thoughts on MacBook vs Surface Pro

Comparatively, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 edges out the MacBook Pro in terms of better portability, battery life, ease of use, and price. Even though it still has its own downsides, the lightweight design and pricing beat the MacBook Pro by a significant margin.

People looking for a MacBook with a longer battery life can go for the 16-inch MacBook Pro for ultimate performance. Everything is fast and fluid with its inbuilt 8GB unified memory. That said, the Microsoft Pro 7 beats the MacBook Pro in many aspects and is undoubtedly better and offers a lot more than its competitor.

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 16:28 [IST]

Submitted by Sudarshan Timsina, National Institute of Technology, Sikkim.

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