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How the Surface Book 3 compares to the new MacBook Pro and other top laptops

How the Surface Book 3 compares to the new MacBook Pro and other top laptops

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Microsoft’s new Surface Book 3 is here, with an update that keeps the design largely the same as the previous model but overhauls the internal specs up to the top standards of what you’d expect from a 2020 laptop.

The new laptops — once again, available in 13.5-inch and 15-inch sizes — promise improvements of up to 50 percent compared to their predecessors, with options for discrete Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics cards on the 13-inch model, and the GTX 1660Ti on the 15-inch. (Enterprise customers will also have the option of the Quadro RTX 3000.)

The processors have also been upgraded to Intel’s 10th Gen Ice Lake chips for better performance and battery optimization. The new Surface Book 3 models also can charge faster and offer the option to configure with up to 32GB of RAM for more demanding users.

Of course, specs aren’t the whole story with any laptop, but the Surface Book 3 lineup certain seems to have plenty to offer. If you want a better picture of how it measures up, we’ve compiled some charts comparing the new hardware to other top 13-inch and 15-inch laptops — including Apple’s newly refreshed MacBook Pro lineup — below.

Surface Book 3 (13.5-inch) comparison

CategorySurface Book 3 (base configuration)Surface Book 3 (top configuartion)MacBook Pro (base configuration)MacBook Pro (highest configuration)Dell XPS 13
Starting price$1,599$2,699$1,299$1,999$1,199
OSWindows 10Windows 10macOS CatalinamacOS Catalina Windows 10
Display13.5-inch (3000 x 2000)13.5-inch (3000 x 2000)13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) Retina display13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) Retina display13.4-inch (1920 x 1200)
Pixels per inch267 ppi267 ppi227 ppi227 ppiN/A
Refresh rateUp to 60HzUp to 60HzUp to 60HzUp to 60HzUp to 60Hz
Aspect ratio3:23:216:1016:1016:10
Dimensions12.3 x 9.14 inches12.3 x 9.14 inches11.97 x 8.36 inches11.97 x 8.36 inches11.6 x 7.8 inches
Thickness0.90 inches0.90 inches.61 inches.61 inches.58 inches
Weight1.534g1.642g1,406g1,406g1,202g
Battery capacityClaims up to 15.5 hoursClaims up to 15.5 hours58.2 watt hours58 watt hours52 watt hour
Processor1.2 GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i5-1035G71.3 GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i7-1065G71.4GHz 8th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i52.0GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i51GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsIntegrated Intel Iris PlusNvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q with 4GB GDDR5 memoryIntegrated Iris Plus Graphics 645Integrated Iris Plus GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics
RAM8GB32GB8GB 2133MHz LPDDR316GB 3733MHz LPDDR4XStarts at 8GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X
Storage256GB M.2 NVMe SSD1TB M.2 NVMe SSD256GB PCIe-based SSD1TB PCIe-based SSDStarts at 256GB PCIe-based SSD
PortsTwo USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, One USB-C, two Surface Connect ports, SDXC card readerTwo USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, One USB-C, two Surface Connect ports, SDXC card readerTwo Thunderbolt 3 USB-C portsFour Thunderbolt 3 USB-C portsTwo Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, one microSD card reader
Rear camerasSingle 1080p lensSingle 1080p lensN/AN/AN/A
Front camerasSingle 1080p lensSingle 1080p lens720p720p720p
BiometricsWindows HelloWindows HelloTouch IDTouch IDWindows Hello and fingerprint reader
Power Adapter65W102W61W USB-C61W USB-C45W USB-C
ColorsSilverSilverSpace gray, silverSpace gray, silverSilver, forest white
Wi-Fi 6YesYesNoNoYes
3.5mm headphone jackYesYesYesYesYes

Surface Book 3 15-inch comparison

CategorySurface Book 3 (base configuration)Surface Book 3 (top configuartion)MacBook Pro (base configuration)MacBook Pro (top configuration)Dell XPS 15 (base configuration)Dell XPS 15 (top configuration)
Starting price$2,299$3,399$2,399$2,799$1,100$1,899.99
OSWindows 10Windows 10macOS CatalinamacOS Catalina Windows 10Windows 10
Display15-inch (3240 x 2160,)15-inch (3240 x 2160)16‑inch (3072 x1920) Retina display16‑inch (3072 x1920) Retina display15.6-inch (1920 x 1080)15.6 (3840 x 2160) OLED
Pixels per inch260 ppi260 ppi226 ppi226 ppi141 ppi282 ppi
Refresh rateUp to 60HzUp to 60HzUp to 60HzUp to 60HzUp to 60HzUp to 60Hz
Aspect ratio3:23:216:1016:1016:916:9
Dimensions13.5 x 9.87 inches13.5 x 9.87 inches14.09 x 9.68 inches14.09 x 9.68 inches14.06 x 9.07 inches14.06 x 9.07 inches
Thickness0.90 inches0.90 inches0.64 inches0.64 inches0.66 inches0.66 inches
Weight1,905g1,905g1,406g1,406g1,800g2,000g
Battery capacityClaims up to 17.5 hoursClaims up to 17.5 hours58.2 watt hours58 watt hours56 watt hours97 watt hours
Processor1.2 GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i5-1035G71.3 GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i7-1065G72.6GHz 6‑core 9th-Gen Intel Core i72.3GHz 8‑core 9th-Gen Intel Core i92.4GHz 4-core 9th-Gen Intel Core i5-9300H9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q with 6GB DDR6 memoryNvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q with 6GB DDR6 memoryAMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memoryAMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory Intel UHD Graphics 630Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR5 memory
RAM16GB32GB16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
Storage256GB M.2 NVMe SSD2TB M.2 NVMe SSD512GB SSD1TB SSD256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
PortsTwo USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, One USB-C, two Surface Connect ports, SDXC card readerTwo USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, One USB-C, two Surface Connect ports, SDXC card readerFour Thunderbolt 3 USB-C portsFour Thunderbolt 3 USB-C portsOne HDMI, 1 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, two USB-A 3.1, SD card readerOne HDMI, 1 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, two USB-A 3.1, SD card reader
Rear camerasSingle 1080p lensSingle 1080p lensN/AN/AN/AN/A
Front camerasSingle 1080p lensSingle 1080p lens720p720p720p720p
BiometricsWindows HelloWindows HelloTouch IDTouch IDFingerprint readerFingerprint reader
Power Adapter127W127W96W USB-C96W USB-C130W130W
ColorsSilverSilverSpace gray, silverSpace gray, silverSilverSilver
Wi-Fi 6YesYesNoNoYesYes
3.5mm headphone jackYesYesYesYesYesYes

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