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2020 13-inch MacBook Pro vs Surface Laptop 3



Gone is the polarizing butterfly keyboard in favor on Apple’s new “Magic Keyboard,” with a number of other improvements, how does Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro stack up against its direct competition, Microsoft’s 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3.

13-inch MacBook Pro (2020)13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3
Display13.3″ 2560 x 1600, 227 ppi13.5″ 2256 x 1504, 201 ppi
OSmacOS CatalinaWindows 10
CPU1.4GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM

2.0GHz quad‑core 10th‑generation Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, with 6MB shared L3 cache

1.7GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM

2.3GHz quad‑core 10th‑generation Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, with 8MB shared L3 cache

10th Gen
quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz, 6MB cache

10th Gen
quad-core Intel Core i7, Boost up to 3.9GHz, 8MB Cache
GPUIntel Iris Plus Graphics 645

Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 950
RAM8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3

16GB of 3733MHz LPDDR4X

32GB of 3733MHz LPDDR4X

Storage256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Connectivityx4 Thunderbolt

x1 3.5mm Headphone Jack

x1 USB-C

x1 USB-A

3.5 mm Headphone Jack

x1 Surface Connect port
NetworkingWi‑Fi 5

Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax

Bluetooth 5.0
Weight3.1 lbs.2.76 lbs.
Final Score36

The final scores are the sum of each specification where one laptop beat the other. The new 13-inch Macbook Pro only had three instances where it had a better specs than the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, with the option of 32GB of RAM over just 16GB of RAM and the option of 2TB and 4TB over just 1TB in the Surface Laptop 3 and the MacBook Pro has more ports.

Conversely the Surface Laptop 3 had a larger display, newer and more powerful base processors, better graphics, Wi-Fi 6 vs Wi-Fi 5, less weight and less expensive by $300.

In the end, it may not come down to just specifications for some users that need specialized software for one OS or another, their choices might be more limited, but for everyone else, the most popular software is cross platform. So no matter which machine you choose, you can still have access to your favorite apps and services as long as your favorites are not locked into a specific OS. +1 for Platform De.Centralization!



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