Microsoft Claims Surface Book Is Twice as Fast as Macbook Pro

On October 6, Microsoft debuted its new line of products including the Surface Pro 4 and, the Macbook Pro rival, Surface Book. "It's kinda funny, there's a pencil out there without an eraser," said Microsoft’s VP Panos Panay. There’s no doubt who Panay is poking fun at, but Microsoft took it a step further claiming its version of the laptop is superior to the Macbook Pro, particularly when it comes to speed.

While Microsoft managed to double its revenue last year, reaching nearly $888 million in sales, Apple sold over 10 billion in combined Mac and iPad sales. Now, Microsoft is working to “bring the thunder” and seems to have no qualms in claiming a chunk of those billions for itself.

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I must admit, after watching Microsoft debut the Surface Book, I want it. I can’t stand the Windows operating system but I might be willing to get used to it if the Surface Book delivers on Microsoft’s promises. At the event, Panay showed off the laptop’s speed by transferring three gigabytes of a gameplay file onto his desktop in record time. Now, if you’ve ever transferred multiple gigabytes, you know the struggle is real. Yet, in the Surface Book’s demonstration it downloads faster than a .jpeg file.

Comparing Macbook Pro stats to Surface Book stats is like looking in a mirror. The difference isn’t so clear. Look at this chart from the Verge; I removed the other products so we could look at the Macbook Pro and Surface Book side-by-side.

However, the Surface Book is designed to operate as both a laptop and tablet, plus it includes the Surface Pen. At first, $1,499 seemed like a steep price to me, but if you add up the price of the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard, you’re in a similar price bracket yet still lack the full capabilities of a regular computer. Which "book" works best may end up being a matter of preference. Personally, if one device can do everything, I'm likely to buy that one device. However, part of Apple's appeal is having multiple devices for different purposes. For me, it comes down to efficiency and productivity. If Miscrosoft's claims are true, the Surface Book may prove to be serious competition for Apple.

Watch Microsoft debut the Surface Book at Tuesday's keynote below.

 

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.