MacBook Pro and Surface Book are flagship laptops. They show the best hardware Apple and Microsoft have to offer. They are also showcases for MacOS and Windows 10.
Each makes a powerful statement about what laptops are today and where they are going. The two share underlying technology. Both use the same Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor families.
Both have high-resolution displays. While the Surface Book packs more pixels per inch, most everyday users won’t notice. Both come in a slim clamshell case. They have decent battery life. They are powerful and mobile.
Yet despite similarities they couldn’t be more different. Surface Book is a touch-screen hybrid. The MacBook Pro is a more traditional non-touch screen laptop. More traditional not traditional: most 2016 MacBook Pro models have a Touch Bar. You could see these differences as a fork in portable computing’s evolutionary path.
Most people considering one of these two laptops will have already made up their mind. A number will weigh the two up and choose the computer that most suits their needs. There are matters to consider. You may prefer Windows 10 or MacOS. You may have a fortune invested in apps.
You could have a lifetime of habits, skills and muscle memory tied up in one or other operating system. You may have a deep-seated philosophical or ideological objection to Apple or Microsoft. This may, or may not, be rational. You may want a device with a detachable screen that acts as a tablet.
You may feel you need plenty of ports or you have an aversion to dongles. You may want to punish Apple for not keeping faith with whatever was on your personal MacBook Pro wish list.
Or you might like the look of the Touch Bar. All these considerations are valid. Only a fool would spend a few thousand dollars without thinking them through. The important thing is you have a real choice between two quite different machines.