99points

Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD

60points

Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

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Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB
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Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD vs Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

Why is Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD better than Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB?

  • Has an LED-backlit display
  • Has a anti-reflection coating
  • Has USB Type-C
  • Has a fingerprint scanner
  • Has integrated graphics
  • Has NX bit
  • Has a Retina display
  • Has sleep-and-charge USB ports

Why is Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB better than Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD?

  • 4.5h longer battery life
    14.5hvs10h
  • 580g lighter
    1.25kgvs1830g
  • 1.1mm thinner
    14.4mmvs15.5mm
  • 17.5mm shorter
    223.2mmvs240.7mm
  • Has a touch screen
  • 41.3mm narrower
    308mmvs349.3mm
  • 24.04% less body volume
    989.94cm³vs1303.185905cm³
  • Has an accelerometer

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Design

1.weight

1.83kg

1.25kg

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249.5g

2.Has a backlit keyboard
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

The keyboard is backlit, making it easier to type in the dark or dim lighting.

3.thickness

15.5mm

14.4mm

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Huawei MateBook E 12" Intel Core i5-7Y54 1.2GHz / 8GB / 512GB

6.9mm

4.height

240.7mm

223.2mm

Best

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320

17mm

5.Has a detachable keyboard
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

You can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.

For example

Samsung Galaxy Book 2

6.volume

1303.19cm³

989.94cm³

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Display

1.pixel density

220ppi

201ppi

Best

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" Intel Core i5 5300U 2.3GHz / 4GB / 512GB

540ppi

2.resolution

2880 x 1800px

2256 x 1504px

Best

Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GD 15.6" Intel Core i9-8950HK 2.9GHz / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD

3840 x 2160px

3.every pixel has three subpixels
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

The device has a display with three full subpixels per pixel, resulting in a sharp and crisp picture. Pixels in some displays (like AMOLED) share one subpixel to preserve space. This can result in a less crisp, slightly blurred image.

4.screen size

15.4"

13.5"

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.

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MSI GT83VR Titan SLI-024 18.4" Intel Core i7-6920HQ 2.9GHz / 64GB / 1TB

18.4"

5.has an LED-backlit display
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

Uses LED backlighting, resulting in better image quality, more vibrant colors and richer blacks.

6.has a anti-reflection coating
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

This helps to reduce the reflection from your device.

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Performance

1.RAM

32GB

16GB

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MSI WT72 6QN 17.3" Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5 2.8GHz / 64GB / 1TB

64GB

2.Uses flash storage
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

Flash-based storage devices such as SSDs have no mechanical components. Due to this they are typically faster, run silently, and are more shock resistant than traditional HDDs.

3.internal storage

4000GB

512GB

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Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD

4000GB

4.CPU speed

6 x 2.9GHz (Intel Core i9-8950HK)

2 x 2.5GHz

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12 x 2GHz

5.has an external memory slot
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.

For example

Samsung Galaxy Book 2

6.Supports 64-bit
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit applications.

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Connectivity

1.Has WiFi
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.Has Bluetooth
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

3.Has USB Type-C
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.

4.Bluetooth version

5

4

Best

Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GD 15.6" Intel Core i9-8950HK 2.9GHz / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD

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5.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

6.has a VGA connector
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

VGA connector is a widespread connector and is found on many video cards, computer monitors, and some television sets.

For example

Asus VivoBook X556UQ 15.6" Intel Core i3-6100U / 2.3GHz / 4GB / 500GB

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Battery

1. longer battery life

10h

14.5h

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.

Best

Asus NovaGo (TP370QL) 4GB / 64GB SSD

22h

2.Has sleep-and-charge USB ports
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

Sleep-and-charge USB ports can charge electronic devices when the laptop is in sleep mode, hibernate mode, or even switched off.

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Features

1.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.

2.has a front camera
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

A front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.

3.number of microphones

3

2

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.

Best

Lenovo Miix 520

4

4.Has a fingerprint scanner
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

The device has a fingerprint scanner which identifies the user.

5.Has an optical disc drive
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

An optical disc drive (ODD) allows you to use CDs and DVDs for reading and/or writing data.

For example

Acer Aspire 5 17.3" Intel Core i3-6006U 2GHz / 8GB / 1TB HDD

6.has stereo speakers
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

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Miscellaneous

1.Supports hardware-assisted virtualization
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

It is easier to obtain better performance when using virtualization if it is hardware-assisted.

2.Has integrated graphics
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.

3.Has NX bit
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

NX bit helps protect the computer from malicious attacks.

4.Has AES
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.

5.Has AVX
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

AVX is used to help speed up calculations in multimedia, scientific and financial applications, as well as improving Linux RAID software performance.

6.Has FMA3
Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 13.5" Intel Core i7-7660U / 16GB / 512GB

FMA3 is used to speed up tasks such as adjusting the contrast of an image or adjusting volume.

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