Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple Macbook Air – Specs War

By | May 21, 2014
Surface Pro 3 vs Macbook Air

In case you missed to read today’s top news, Microsoft has launched the most awaiting Windows 8.1 running tablet the Surface Pro 3. This is an upgraded Surface family comes to compete directly with Apple’s Macbook Air. Earlier there were no device to battle with the Macbook Air.

Surface Pro 3 vs Macbook AirMicrosoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple Macbook Air

Surface tablet series is an important part of Microsoft’s mobile focused technology and trying to increase the sales of Windows running Tablets to stay pertinent with the customers as the computing habits change day-by-day. Microsoft also stated that the main target behind the making Surface Pro 3 is to remove the urgency of having two devices such as laptop and tablet. Microsoft this time tried to put all laptop features in a tablet without compromise on the performance, still the surface is light and thin.

During the Surface Pro 3 presentation today, Microsoft took most of the time to compare its newest tablet cum laptop against Apple’s iconic portable computer the Macbook Air.

Here below is the specifications that clearly reveals what exactly new included with SUrface Pro 3 and what already Macbook Air has. We targeted mainly on the “laptop” qualities of the Surface Pro 3. Naturally, the MacBook Air absence a touch screen and support for a Surface Pro Pen accessory, but here is how the rest of its features battle:

Surface Pro 3 Macbook Air
Screen Size  12-inches, 3:2 aspect ratio 13.3-inches, 16:10 aspect ratio
 Resolution and pixel Density 2160 x 1440, 216ppi 1440 x 900, 128ppi
 Processor Speed Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 (Haswell) Intel Core i5 or i7 (Haswell)
 RAM 4GB or 8GB 4GB or 8GB
 GPU Intel HD Graphics 4400 Intel HD Graphics 5000
 Weight 1.76 pounds (without keyboard) 2.96 pounds
 Battery Life Up to 9 hours browsing the web Up to 12 hours browsing the web
 Storage Space 64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB 128GB, 256GB or 512GB
 Operating System MAc OS X 10.1 Windows Pro 8.1
 Port USB 3.0 (1), miroSD, Mini Display Port USB 3.0 (2), SDXC, Thunderbolt (Mini DisplayPort)
 Connectivity 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
 Camera Dual 5MP, 1080p cameras 720p FaceTime HD
 Pricing $799 – $1949, depending on configuration $999 – $1749, depending on configuration

However the Surface Pro 3 lowest model starts at $799, that is for a model that comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a Core i3 processor. Where the base price of Macbook Air starts from $999, so in this case Microsoft has won but apart from that it seem that still Macbook Air is leading from front.

Macbook Air

Again the second model of Surface Pro 3 has almost same configuration compared to the base Macbook Air features same i5 processor, 4 GB RAM but Macbook Air has little more clock speed compared to Surface.

Coming to the final model of both the devices, features same configuration but Macbook Pro has only 256 GB of storage space while Surface has 512 GB just double what Macbook Air has and also Macbook Air equips only 4 GB RAM that costs $1199 MacBook Air but can be configured to have 8GB for an extra $100.

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Once we move out to the i7 processor category, Macbook Ai seems to have cheaper price range compared to the Surface Pro 3. The MacBook Air with 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM and a Core i7 processor costs $1449 while a Surface Pro 3 with those same specs costs $1549.

Now we are moving towards the fully configured tablet cum laptop. The Surface Pro 3 that features i& processor, 512 GB storage and 8 GB of RAM costs $1949 while Apple charges only $1749 for max-configured Macbook Air with 512 GB SSD storage drive.

Final Words

Here we have basically compared both Macbook Pro and Surface Pro 3 keeping the price in mind. Now its all up to the performance and review which device is better and why. Your task is just leave a comment a vote, you want either Macbook Air or Surface Pro 3.