Macbook Pro or Surface Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CharlesAlex, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. CharlesAlex macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2017
    i am new to forum a also do wanted to know which one is best MacBook Pro or Microsoft Surface pro.
    Please do suggest if any other is best.
  2. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Welcome! Best is a relative term with a lot of subjectivity in-between. What is best for one could be terrible for another!

    For example, a retina MacBook 12 replaced both my Surface Pro and MacBook Pro 13 as my mobile machine - so, for me, the retina MacBook 12 + a 15-inch MacBook Pro is best. Both the SP3 and MBP nTB are very nice computers - the retina MacBook is just meeting my needs better.

    What will you use the computer for?
    Which model SP and MBP are you considering?
    What features are most important?
    Do you like the touch screen and stylus capability?
    Do you prefer Windows 10 or macOS?
    How important is weight-savings?
    How important is pricing?
    How important is IO-capability?
    How important is battery life?
    How important is having a built-in USB-A port?
  3. BornAgainMac, Aug 30, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2017

    BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I think the Macbook Pro is better than the Surface Pro. Why? Macbook Pro uses newer components and you can configure it to run both Windows and Mac at the same time using virtualization software. If you need it as more of a tablet device then go with the Surface Book. Surface Pro is a heavy tablet and the apps are not as nice as the iPad.
  4. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    Have you looked at the Samsung 9 Pro? It's a two in one with built in pen and has an excellent keyboard and trackpad and it comes with an i7 Kabylake processor. If you don't need a touch screen or pen input and can live with the new keyboard then consider the MBP. The Macbook is more expensive, but it does come with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Garageband and iMovie, all software that you will have to buy equivalents for in a Windows machine. The main thing here is to take a look at your needs and how you'll be using the computer.
  5. shaunp macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2010
    It depends what you are using them for. I've had numerous MacBook Pro's and now I have a Surface Pro. They are very different from each other. Best thing to do is to go into a store and use them both, then decide for yourself.
  6. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    Florida, USA
    I'll leave it to others to discuss the merits of either machine, but I will point out something which greatly concerns me about the Surface line- why does Microsoft have to keep releasing new firmware updates so they can run their OWN operating system on the computers they make?
  7. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    Basically it comes down to if you really want touchscren/pen support.

    If yes, then the Surface. If not, then the MacBook.

    I've owned a Surface Pro and currently use a MacBook pro fro a laptop. Both are great devices. But the Surface, despite its strengths, was not up to par on the laptop side of it. But the touch/pen support is great.

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