Apple’s super-slim MacBook Pro wasn’t as praised as expected, because the 13inches model wasn’t significantly improved, but its price is kind of high. The Surface Pro 3 has been around for exactly one year, but it’s still an impressible device, which will be even better once it will receive Windows 10. In this article, we’ll compare these two products in terms of design and performance, to see if the old Surface Pro 3 can beat the 13inches MacBook Pro.
Apple has an affinity for aluminum, because this material gives a premium look, and the MacBook Pro won’t disappoint your eyes. The 2015 version of this laptop is thinner and lighter, measuring 180mm (height) x 314mm (width) x 219mm (depth) and it weights 1.58Kg. In addition, the MacBook Pro 2015 received the force touch trackpad which improved the user experience, but not everyone thinks that this feature was necessary. The MacBook Pro has a backlit keyboard with a premium feel, containing 78 keys, but it lacks the numpad.
The Surface Pro 3 isn’t as classy as Apple’s laptop, as Microsoft is relying on simplicity, but this model is luxurious in its own way. It has a cassis made out of magnesium, which is very durable and the awesome thing about it is that it’s convertible, which means that if you add a physical keyboard, you will use the Surface Pro 3 as a laptop. However, some users complained that the kickstand from its back isn’t that flexible. The device is way smaller, measuring 290mm (width) x 201mm (height) x 91mm (depth), while it weights only 800grams. The full-sized keyboard can be bought separately, but it’s not as high end as the one from the MacBook Pro, while the Type cover looks pretty solid.
The smaller variant of the MacBook Pro 2015 has a 13.3inches Retina LED-backlit display with IPS technology, supporting a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels at 227ppi and without a doubt, is very crisp, but unfortunately, it’s not touch screen and this is a big minus for Apple. The force touch seems a promising technology, but many users want to interact with their screens, not necessarily with their trackpads.
The Surface Pro 3 has a 12inches eDP ClearType HD display supporting 2160×1440 pixels with 216ppi, and you can connect the tablet to three external displays. The screen responds fast enough, but it doesn’t do very well in bright light.
Hardware and Performance
The MacBook Pro has three variants of internal configurations:
– a dual core Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz, whose clock speed can be boosted up to 3.1GHz, which is configurable to 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (boosted up to 3.3GHz) or 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (boosted up to 3.4GHz), while the internal storage has a capacity of 128GB.
– a dual core Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz (boosted up to 3.1GHz), which is configurable to 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (boosted up to 3.3GHz) or 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (boosted up to 3.4GHz), with a supported internal storage of 256GB.
– a dual core Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.9GHz (supports boost up to 3.3GHz), which is configurable to 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (boosted up to 3.4GHz), while the internal storage is 512GB and configurable to 1TB.
There are two variants of onboard memories: 8GB and 16GB, configurable to 16GB, while the graphics are Intel Iris Graphics 6100.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes also in three variants of Intel Haswell dual core processors:
– i3 clocked at 1.5GHz, with HD 4200 graphics and 4GB of RAM;
– i5 clocked at 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz, with HD 4400 graphics and 4GB or 8GB of RAM;
– i7 clocked at 1.7GHz up to 3.3GHz, with HD 5000 graphics and 8GB of RAM.
The storage variants are: 64, 128, 256 or 512 GB.