Comparing MacBook Air 2013 and Surface Pro: what to choose?




Comparing MacBook Air 2013 and Surface Pro: what to choose?


Mobile devices have turned the PC market upside down. At the time, while Apple has completely different views on the further development of the Tablet PC iPad and laptop MacBook, Microsoft’s strategy is to develop a hybrid devices such as Surface Pro, which can completely replace the traditional PC. Let’s try to figure out what could Microsoft and Apple for example Surface Pro tablet and ultrabook MacBook Air 2013 .

Before you begin it is worth noting that Apple offers, and other modifications MacBook Air with faster processors, screen sizes of 13.3 inches and a capacious SSD, but for simplicity was taken basic 11-inch model. It should also be noted that the Surface Pro such options can not boast.
Tablet mode

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The Microsoft solution can be used as a tablet, which can not be said about the Ultrabook MacBook Air. Microsoft is positioning Surface Pro as a laptop in the body of the tablet. Simply get a specially designed keyboard and tablet turns into a full-fledged laptop.


Shown in the image above show the dimensions of the devices that the MacBook Air a little more Surface Pro, but nothing strange here, because in front of us are representatives of two completely different classes of devices. In tandem with the keyboard Touch Cover or Type Cover Surface Pro tablet will be slightly thicker – 16.75 mm and 19.5 mm, respectively.


If you use the Surface Pro as a tablet, it is 16 percent lighter than the MacBook Air. If you add a keyboard Touch Cover or Type Cover it becomes harder to 4 percent and 12 percent, respectively.
Body Materials


MacBook Air laptop is made in aluminum unibody-body, while the Surface Pro uses the body VaporMg, which is made of magnesium alloy. Both devices are a pleasure to hold in your hands.

It should also be noted that the Surface Pro is equipped with a retractable stand, which is used in tandem with the keyboard and sets the angle of the screen set to 26 degrees. The angle of the screen MacBook Air, like most laptops, it’s easy to adjust.


Surface Pro tablet has a touch screen diagonal of 10.6 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (208 PPI). Apple has never created a MacBook with a touchscreen. MacBook Air laptop has a 11.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution (135 PPI). Users who are in search of a mobile device with a screen that features a large number of dots per inch should look towards MacBook Pro Retina, or wait for the MacBook Air Retina. Microsoft also notes the use of technology in the plate smoothing ClearType, which improves the readability of text and color saturation.
Image Output

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Both devices can be connected to an external monitor and completely replace a desktop computer.
Pen input


Since the screen Ultrabook MacBook Air is not touch-sensitive, it does not support pen input. Surface Pro tablet comes with a digital pen Surface Pro, which makes the management of applications such as Photoshop as comfortable as possible.


Both devices are based on dual-core Intel Core i5 processor architecture x86 (2,6 GHz). However, the new Ultrabook MacBook Air has the advantage in the face of the new Core i5 processor microarchitecture, Haswell, which significantly extends battery life per charge.


Ultrabook MacBook Air and is one step ahead of the tablet Surface Pro. According to Intel, in terms of performance GPU processors Intel Haswell superior graphics core CPU Intel Ivy Bridge family twice. It is remarkable, but Apple mentioned during the presentation of the 40-percent superiority.
Random access memory


Both devices have 4 GB of RAM, which is more than enough.
Built-in Memory


An updated MacBook Air boasts a solid state drive capacity of 128 or 256 GB, which is two times more than the storage subsystems, the previous generation MacBook Air and tablet Surface Pro. However, you can always expand the amount of internal memory. In laptop MacBook Air has ports for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, which means you can connect external storage devices, and the tablet Surface Pro – USB 3.0 port and a slot MicroSD.


Apple has equipped the MacBook Air camera FaceTime, which can record 720p video resolution. Surface Pro tablet in turn, can boast of the back and front cameras. Both support video recording in 720p format.


An updated MacBook Air received a communication adapter Wi-Fi 802.11ac, while the Surface Pro to be content with the adapter features Wi-Fi 802.11n. If it is not compatible with the standard 802.11ac router and a corresponding connection to the Internet, it will not matter. Both devices are also equipped with wireless modules Bluetooth 4.0.


Unfortunately, the battery life is not the greatest strength of the tablet Surface Pro – only 5-6 hours of web browsing. Thanks to the new Intel Haswell battery life MacBook Air 2013 has increased from 5 to 9 hours.

mac os win

Software, of course, is one of the priority criteria for the selection of one of these devices. Comparison of Mac OS X and Windows is beyond the scope of this relatively brief overview of the main characteristics of the 2013 MacBook Air and Surface Pro. The main thing to recall that the tablet Surface Pro is running a full version of Windows 8 Pro, and not a stripped-down Windows RT, so all x86-based applications will work fine on the Surface Pro. In addition, Surface Pro boasts not only the “legacy” desktop Windows-based applications, but also new applications in the store Windows Store, which are focused on the possibility of touch screens. Currently, Windows Store can not be credited to the strengths of the Surface Pro, but over time it will be much better. You can also use the emulator to work with Android-applications.

Both devices receive the latest updates at the end of the year: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks (probably $ 20) for MacBook Air 2013 and Windows 8.1 for the Surface Pro (probably for free).


Cost Surface Pro is 900 dollars, 100 dollars less than the MacBook Air in 2013, but is it reasonable to buy a tablet without the keyboard? Therefore, the cost of Surface Pro should add another $ 120 for Touch Cover or $ 130 for Type Cover.

This article gives a lot of criteria, which should take a look. Depending on what you need (tablet, laptop or desktop desktop) is to build your own preferences. Long battery life battery, built-in keyboard, the screen is extremely clear, Mac OS X or Windows? We hope this will help narrow down the majority of priorities and make choices.
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