Microsoft has released the secong gen of its tablet. Perhaps the Redmond company lost the battle of the smartphones, but is ready to win the war of computers.
A couple days ago, everybody was surprised with the presentation of Surface Studio, a computer for creators and professionals that points directly to the waterline of the iMac, with interesting innovations like Surface Dial device.
Also updated Surface Book. Apple’s response is called MacBook Pro, presented yesterday, integrating a screen Touch Bar (OLED bar that will change their functions depending on the software used) will allow us use fingerprint with the Touch ID.
We are talking about two notebooks with very different characteristics and different ways of working. Let’s compare the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs. Surface Book with a Dial.
Touch Bar vs. Surface Dial
The main difference between the two laptops, and also its most interesting novelty are the new tools.
Although he was presented with Surface Studio, Microsoft has confirmed that Surface Dial device supports Book. It is a kind of circular controller can be used on the table to manage certain actions, turning or pressing the dial. You can zoom, forward or rewind a movie, or switching between documents or between colors in a graphic editor. But it is most useful when you put it on the touch screen. Then a few virtual buttons come around, which vary depending on the application you use, and allow you to select functions by turning the dial. The idea is to use Surface dial with one hand and touch the pen with the other
Here Apple excels thanks to the perfect integration of its iPhone smartphones and iPad tablets in the Sierra MacOS ecosystem. It also includes a fingerprint reader to unlock the device and make purchases and other operations.
Surface Book is not an ecosystem based on mobile (Windows Mobile only account already) but if it is integrated into Windows 10-based computers, and of course compatible with all devices, including iPhone and iPad.
As we have said, they will be many different configurations. Here we show the most representative: The 13.5-inch Microsoft’s Surface Book i7 starts from $1,349 and goes up to $3,199. And the prices go as follow:
- 13-inch MacBook Pro model with the Touch Bar and Touch ID starting from $1,799 and goes up to $2,599 for the 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD model.
- The 15-inch model is $4,299 for the 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD, and Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB memory.
- The 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro model without Touch Bar and Touch ID starts from $1499.
|Surface Book i5||Intel Core i5, 2 GPUs, 8 GB de RAM, 256 GB storage||$1899|
|Surface Book i7||Intel Core i7, 2 GPUs, 8 GB de RAM, 256 GB||$2099|
|Surface Book i7||Intel Core i7, 2 GPUs, 16 GB de RAM, 1 TB||$3199|
|13-inch MacBook Pro||Intel Core i5 2 Ghz, Intel Iris 540, 8 GB de RAM, 256 GB||$1499|
|13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar||Intel Core i5 2.9 Ghz, Intel Iris 550, 8 GB de RAM, 512 GB||$1999|
|15-inch MacBook Pro withTouch Bar||Intel Core i7 2.6 Ghz, Radeon Pro 450, 16 GB de RAM, 256 GB||$2399|
|15-inch MacBook Pro 15 with Touch Bar||Intel Core i7 2.7 Ghz, Radeon Pro 455, 16 GB de RAM, 512 GB||$2799|
A level of performance and price, both computers guarantee a similar performance, although Surface Book has a slight edge at the chart, with NVIDIA chips. Microsoft models seem a little more expensive to equal hardware, but it is also true that incorporate touch-screen convertible tablet.
The biggest differences come to us in the form of use. The MacBook Pro Touch Bar would probably be offering new control options apps without menus or mouse, but the touch screen and removable Surface Book is more versatile and offers more possibilities, including use of the stylus. Surface Dial utility seems limited to specific tasks.
In both design and weight are very similar, although Surface Book allows working with laptop folding, power rotate the screen and use it in touch mode. But it is a little bulky.