Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs. MacBook: How Apple Falls Behind


Both Apple MacBook and Microsoft Surface Pro 4 have detachable keyboards and touchscreens. These devices are lightweight and are super thin and performance-wise, perfect for multitasking.

The 12-inch MacBook is powered by an Intel 6th Generation Core CPU, which is the latest from Intel. The device weighs 2 lbs and has keyboard and touchpad configuration. Surface Pro 4 could be the best competitor for Apple’s Macbook, notes Mashable.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Apple’s notebook share the same size but the former is half-inch wider and short edge is just under a quarter of an inch. The edge of MacBook is it’s 14 inches and it’s considerably thinner than the Surface Pro 4. While the thickest edge of Apple’s notebook measures a little more than a half inch, the two systems are more or less equal.

Since Surface Pro 4 has a detachable keyboard, the device without keyboard weighs 1.73 lbs (with the baseline Core m3, it weighs 1.69 lbs.). When the Type Cover is added, the total weight is 2.28 lbs. Regardless of CPU configuration, the MacBook weighs two pounds.

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Surface Pro 4 sports 12.3 inches of display, which is slightly larger than the MacBook’s Retina display. It is worth noting that Microsoft doesn’t call the display as “Retina,” but it has a higher resolution screen.

The Apple’s notebook display resolution of 2304 x 1440 pixels and that translates into 41 pixels per inch difference. Christian Today notes that the Surface Pro 4 boasts a display resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels; however, there is one thing that Apple’s notebook doesn’t have but Surface Pro 4 has: the touch screen.

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The Cupertino-based company has repeatedly stated the touch screen is not necessary when the trackpad is provided. On the contrary, Surface Pro 4 offers the feature when it has the Type Cover.

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