Apple Inc. MacBook 2016 vs Microsoft Corporation Surface Pro 4: Who Reigns Supreme?

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The Country Caller compares the two light-weight powerhouses to see which is better

If you are in the market for an ultraportable laptop, then you might have noticed plenty of variety. However, most agree currently two devices are sitting on top of the ultraportable device market. The Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) MacBook 2016 and Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Pro 4 are arguably the best devices you can buy. Both devices offer ultra-thin designs and barely weigh anything while boasting powerful specs and gorgeous displays. Today, we compare the two ultraportable powerhouses in terms of design, performance and specs to see which device is better.

Design, Size and Weight

Even though the two devices are very different in design, aesthetics share much common attributes in terms of weight and dimensions. Both devices feature a 12-inch display, which is handsomely carved on a single piece of aluminum. The Surface Pro 4 weighs in at 786g without the touch cover and 1.06kg with the cover. The MacBook 2016 weighs a measly 920g, which makes it one of the lightest laptops in the market today. The Surface Pro 4 with the Touch Cover comes out to be 13.4mm thick, while the MacBook is 13.1mm.


The two devices are however completely different when it comes to daily use. The Surface Pro 4 is basically a tablet with a touch stylus and comes with a detachable keyboard that serves as a touch cover. It is a perfect device for the versatile users who use the stylus for drawing on suites, such as Adobe Illustrator, and the efficient touch keyboard provides a pleasant typing experience that does not compromise on productivity.

Apple’s MacBook is by far one of the best laptops manufactured by the company in recent years. The new laptop offers an ultraportable design, a beautifully designed touch pad, and a gorgeous display that constitutes a perfect user experience. In terms of design quality, MacBook offers a better user experience due to its strong design build.


Both devices offer powerful specs; Apple MacBook is available with the Core m3, m5 and m7 processors. The Surface Pro 4 comes with the core m3 for the base version, while i5 and i7 for the higher-end variants. This makes Surface Pro 4 more powerful than the MacBook. The Surface Pro 4 can also be bought with 16GB of RAM, whereas the MacBook tops out at 8GB.

Both devices are not much different when it comes to everyday use. The core m3, m5 and m7 variants match their series variants in most performance terms. The difference is sometimes present when there is heavy multitasking, though it is unlikely to affect the everyday user.


There is no clear winner as both devices offer powerful specs and unique features. For some users, Surface Pro would be the best device due to its touchscreen and stylus, whereas the MacBook is the perfect laptop that some would keep at home.

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