Surface Book vs MacBook Pro - Core Specs

Surface Book vs MacBook Pro - Core Specs

When Microsoft announced their new hardware last week in New York City Panos Panay specifically compared the Surface Book against the MacBook Pro. 

We decided to compare the specifications for each of those systems and to focus on the devices configured with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

This comparison of specs is between the i5 and i7 versions of each device. The first set of specs is for MacBook Pro without a Retina Display and the second set is against a MacBook Pro with Retina display.

MacBook Pro (i5) (Non-Retina) vs Surface Book (i5)

  MacBook Pro Surface Book
Screen 13 inches 13.5 inches
Resolution 1280 x 800 3000 x 2000
CPU 2.7GHZ Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 (1)
Memory 8GB 8GB
Storage 256GB 256GB
Battery 7 hours 12 hours
Touch No Yes
Keyboard Yes Yes
Weight 4.5 lbs 3.34 lbs
Price $1,499.00 $1,699.00

(1) Microsoft has not listed the clock speed of the processors in the Surface Book line.

MacBook Pro (i7) (Non-Retina) vs Surface Book (i7)

  MacBook Pro Surface Book
Screen 13 inches 13.5 inches
Resolution 1280 x 800 3000 x 2000
CPU 3.1GHZ Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7 (1)
Memory 8GB 8GB
Storage 256GB 256GB
Battery 7 hours 12 hours
Touch No Yes
Keyboard Yes Yes
Weight 4.5 lbs 3.34 lbs
Price $1,799.00 $2,099.00

(1) Microsoft has not listed the clock speed of the processors in the Surface Book line. There is also no i7 option for Surface Book that does not include the discrete GPU option so that adds to the overall price of the device.

Beyond the core specs listed above each device has the following ports/connectivity options:

MacBook Pro

  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • Thunderbolt port
  • FireWire 800 port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 802.11 n Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g compatible)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 8X SuperDrive
  • SDXC card slot

Surface Book

  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • 802.11 ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Full Size SD card reader

MacBook Pro (i5) (Retina) vs Surface Book (i5)

  MacBook Pro Surface Book
Screen 13 inches 13.5 inches
Resolution 2560 x 1600 3000 x 2000
CPU 2.9GHZ Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 (1)
Memory 8GB 8GB
Storage 256GB 256GB
Battery 10 hours 12 hours
Touch No Yes
Keyboard Yes Yes
Weight 3.48 lbs 3.34 lbs
Price $1,599.00 $1,699.00

(1) Microsoft has not listed the clock speed of the processors in the Surface Book line.

MacBook Pro (i7) (Retina) vs Surface Book (i7)

  MacBook Pro Surface Book
Screen 13 inches 13.5 inches
Resolution 2560 x 1600 3000 x 2000
CPU 3.1GHZ Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7 (1)
Memory 8GB 8GB
Storage 256GB 256GB
Battery 10 hours 12 hours
Touch No Yes
Keyboard Yes Yes
Weight 3.48 lbs 3.34 lbs
Price $1,799.00 $2,099.00

(1) Microsoft has not listed the clock speed of the processors in the Surface Book line. There is also no i7 option for Surface Book that does not include the discrete GPU option so that adds to the overall price of the device.

Beyond the core specs listed above each device has the following ports/connectivity options:

MacBook Pro (Retina)

  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports
  • HDMI
  • 802.11 ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • SDXC card slot

Surface Book

  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • 802.11 ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Full Size SD card reader
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