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Surface Book vs. the competition: Flagship laptops go head-to-head

Surface Book vs. the competition: flagship laptops go head-to-head

And then there were three: with the introduction of the Surface Book, Microsoft has joined Apple and Google in offering a premium laptop that runs its own platform. But how does it stack up next to its rivals, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Chromebook Pixel? We've put the specs of each side by side to help you sort things out. As you'll soon see, the three only share a few things in common. They reflect the unique philosophies of their creators, whether it's Microsoft's fondness for tablets, Apple's preference for powerful (if conventional) laptops or Google's desire for lean-and-mean web machines.

Surface Book

MacBook Pro (13-inch)

Chromebook Pixel

Price

$1,499 to $2,699

$1,299 to $1,799

$999 to $1,299

Thickness

22.8mm (0.9 inches)

18mm (0.71 inches)

15.3mm (0.6 inches)

Weight

728g (1.6 pounds) tablet only / 1.51kg (3.34 pounds) with keyboard

1.58kg (3.48 pounds)

1.5kg (3.3 pounds)

OS

Windows 10

OS X El Capitan

Chrome OS

Display

13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display

13.3-inch IPS LCD Retina display

12.85-inch touchscreen LCD

Resolution

3,000 x 2,000 (267 ppi)

2,560 x 1,600 (227 ppi)

2,560 x 1,700 (239 ppi)

Aspect ratio

3:2

16:10

3:2

Processor

Intel 6th-generation Core i5 or i7

Intel 5th-generation Core i5 or i7

Intel 5th-generation Core i5 or i7

Memory

8GB to 16GB of RAM

8GB to 16GB of RAM

8GB to 16GB of RAM

Graphics

Intel HD or NVIDIA GeForce

Intel Iris Graphics 6100

Intel HD Graphics 5500

Storage

128GB to 1TB SSD

128GB to 1TB SSD

32GB or 64GB flash storage

Ports

2 USB 3.0, SD card reader, Mini DisplayPort

2 Thunderbolt 2, 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader, HDMI

2 USB 3.0 Type-C, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A, SD card reader

Front camera

5MP

720p FaceTime HD

720p

Rear camera

8MP

NA

NA

WiFi

802.11ac

802.11ac

802.11ac

Bluetooth

v4.0

v4.0

v4.0

Tablet mode

Yes

No

No

Battery

12 hours

10 hours

12 hours

Accessories

Surface Pen

NA

NA