Obviously, the Surface Book is competing with the MacBook Pro. And that’s not just because I keep saying so in this review — Microsoft has a “Compare to Mac” page on its online store, and Apple went out of its way to unveil its new MacBook Pros the day after the Surface Book launch, which I don’t think was a coincidence.
The Surface Book is considerably heavier but offers a much longer battery life and a wider array of ports (including full-size ones) and is available with discrete graphics, which the 13-inch MacBook Pro is not. The MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter, has better audio and has a lower starting price of £1,299 with key specs similar to what you’d get on the entry-level £1,499 Surface Book.
The Surface Book hold its rank as one of the best laptops available. Yes, there are some purpose-built notebooks that are still better at certain things: gaming PCs that are better at gaming, and ultraportables that are better at … being portable.
But taken as a whole, the Surface Book continues to offer a remarkable all-around experience, ticking off not all, but most, boxes for many shoppers. That includes fast performance, premium design, long battery life, a great screen, a comfortable keyboard, a relatively decent selection of ports and even a smooth trackpad. Yes, you will pay for the privilege of using it, but there also isn’t anything else quite like it.