The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is now available in 15″ and it costs the same to lease as the MacBook Pro 15″ – but which one is best?
With the Surface Book 2 Microsoft are clearly setting their sights on creative professionals who would usually go for the MacBook Pro. The Surface Book has the high-res display, long battery life and high-end graphics performance that designers, animators, and video editors long for. You can detach the touchscreen and draw on it using the Surface Pen and Dial, and Microsoft has packed in some higher-end components, including 8th Gen Core processors and Nvidia GTX 1050 or 1060 graphics.
Traditionally Apple have been seen as the prestige item but this is starting to change – however, in our opinion if Apple were to bring out a faster MacBook Pro then this trend could start to back track. There are differences in terms of performance and power etc, which we’ll look at shortly, but some general things to consider when you’re weighing up these two notebooks are; the MacBook Pro can run windows as well as the Apple OS, the residual resale value of the MacBook Pro is also around 20% whereas the old version of the Surface Book has only 5% of it’s original value. Another thing to consider is that if your MacBook Pro were to develop a problem you can obtain a loan machine and be up and running quickly due to the Apple iCloud ecosystem.
The Surface Book 2 on the other hand has 4 times the power of the original Surface Book, an impressive battery life and up to 1TB of storage with 16GB of RAM. It also have more than 5 times the graphics performance of the original Surface Book. You can use the Microsoft Surface Pen and Dial with the Surface Book 2 to create and design and with the USB-C port so you can charge devices, transfer files, and display video from a single connector. The main difference is, of course, the ability to use the Surface Book 2 in three ways – as a laptop, tablet, and studio.
The Surface Book 2 looks just like it’s former self and the latest MacBook Pro remains the same, and while the Surface Book 2 is attractive to anyone who might want to move from laptop to tablet without having both, this does come at the cost of some portability. The MacBook Pro is thinner than the Surface Book 2 – 0.6 inches rather than 0.9 inches – and it’s also lighter by 0.2 pounds.
When it comes to displays the Surface Book 2 features an amazingly high-res screen in the 15″ version at 3240 x 2160 – the 13″ is pretty amazing too at 3000 x 2000. In comparison, the MacBook Pro, runs at 2800 x 1800 on the 15″ (and 2560 x 1600 on the 13″). The 15″ MacBook is brighter, but the 15″ Surface Book is slightly more vivid, and it detaches to become a tablet!
Both of them offer strong performance in terms of power, but graphically the Surface Book 2 is more powerful. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with its Kaby Lake Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD achieved a score of 15,293 on Geekbench 4, while the 15-inch Surface Book 2’s Core i7-8650U CPU with 16B of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD was slower, achieving a score of 12,505 on Geekbench 4. When it comes to graphics, the Surface Book 2 is stronger, with a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. The MacBook Pro’s Radeon 560 GPU works well but the Surface Book 2 deals with more graphic heavy applications and games with ease.
Microsoft have added a USB Type-C port to the Surface Book 2, but unfortunately it’s not a Thunderbolt 3 port, which allows for higher speed connections. However, it does have two USB Tyoe-A ports and a SD memory reader, which the MacBook Pro doesn’t.
The battery life of both the MacBook Pro and the Surface Book 2 is top-notch but whilst Apple say the Macbook 15″ has around 10 hours of battery life, Microsoft say their Surface Book 2 has up to 17 hours of video playback battery life. That’s almost a whole working day of difference.
Whether you choose the MacBook Pro or decide the Surface Book 2 is for you, don’t forget that leasing either with a HardSoft lease will cost you exactly the same amount per week, so you can’t lose! To find out more about our leasing options get in touch with our sales team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7111 1643.