When it comes to portability, the Surface Pro 3 and the MacBook Air are competing devices. Ask Microsoft which is the better of the two and they will tell you that their device, the Surface Pro 3 is the best. Ask Apple and they will tell you that their MacBook Air is hard to beat. This leaves users confused.
To help you make up your mind, we have done a comprehensive Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air review. We look at the good and the not-so-good in terms of hardware, screen display, performance and touch.
Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air – Hardware
That said, however, you have to acknowledge that the Surface Pro 3 is very much like the MacBook Air in terms of design. Microsoft designed their device with a magnetic power adapter, backlit keys and a magnesium alloy casing which are all features that are found on the MacBook.
The devices are also very similar when it comes to size; they both fit into similar sized bags. The Surface Pro, however, is lighter than the MacBook – it weighs 1.1 Kg which is about 200 grams lighter than its competition.
Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air – Screen Display
Microsoft created their device with a 2160 x 1400 megapixels while Apple did theirs with 1440 x 900. This makes the Surface Pro a much better screen. Put the devices side by side and you will see a huge difference. In the Surface Pro, images are a lot clearer. They are sharper and the user experience is generally a lot richer.
That said, you should know that the MacBook has way more battery power than the Surface Pro. You can easily keep it going for nearly 10 hours which is very uncommon in devices of this kind. The Surface Pro does not come anywhere close to that.
Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air – Performance
Both are Haswell processors that have the ability to Turbo Boost. If you are a regular user you will not notice much difference in the devices, but people who want to edit images or video will definitely do better with the Surface Pro 3.
Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air – Touch
Microsoft seems to have figured it out. The Surface Pro comes with a touch pen that is quite brilliant. Users who like to write or draw will have a great time using the Surface Pro.
Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air – Other Considerations
The other thing to take into account is the keyboard. Although the Surface Pro has a keyboard that’s pretty impressive, the MacBook’s keyboard is definitely better. If you spend a lot of time typing or sending emails, you should go with the MacBook.