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

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Which laptop’s specs reign supreme?

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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

Category Surface Book 3 (base configuration) Surface Book 3 (top configuartion) MacBook Pro (base configuration) MacBook Pro (highest configuration) Dell XPS 13
Category Surface 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
OS Windows 10 Windows 10 macOS Catalina macOS Catalina Windows 10
Display 13.5-inch (3000 x 2000) 13.5-inch (3000 x 2000) 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) Retina display 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) Retina display 13.4-inch (1920 x 1200)
Pixels per inch 267 ppi 267 ppi 227 ppi 227 ppi N/A
Refresh rate Up to 60Hz Up to 60Hz Up to 60Hz Up to 60Hz Up to 60Hz
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 16:10 16:10 16:10
Dimensions 12.3 x 9.14 inches 12.3 x 9.14 inches 11.97 x 8.36 inches 11.97 x 8.36 inches 11.6 x 7.8 inches
Thickness 0.90 inches 0.90 inches .61 inches .61 inches .58 inches
Weight 1.534g 1.642g 1,406g 1,406g 1,202g
Battery capacity Claims up to 15.5 hours Claims up to 15.5 hours 58.2 watt hours 58 watt hours 52 watt hour
Processor 1.2 GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i5-1035G7 1.3 GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i7-1065G7 1.4GHz 8th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i5 2.0GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i5 1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-1035G1
Graphics Integrated Intel Iris Plus Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q with 4GB GDDR5 memory Integrated Iris Plus Graphics 645 Integrated Iris Plus Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
RAM 8GB 32GB 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X Starts at 8GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X
Storage 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD 256GB PCIe-based SSD 1TB PCIe-based SSD Starts at 256GB PCIe-based SSD
Ports Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, One USB-C, two Surface Connect ports, SDXC card reader Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, One USB-C, two Surface Connect ports, SDXC card reader Two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports Four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports Two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, one microSD card reader
Rear cameras Single 1080p lens Single 1080p lens N/A N/A N/A
Front cameras Single 1080p lens Single 1080p lens 720p 720p 720p
Biometrics Windows Hello Windows Hello Touch ID Touch ID Windows Hello and fingerprint reader
Power Adapter 65W 102W 61W USB-C 61W USB-C 45W USB-C
Colors Silver Silver Space gray, silver Space gray, silver Silver, forest white
Wi-Fi 6 Yes Yes No No Yes
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Surface Book 3 15-inch comparison

Category Surface 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)
Category Surface 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
OS Windows 10 Windows 10 macOS Catalina macOS Catalina Windows 10 Windows 10
Display 15-inch (3240 x 2160,) 15-inch (3240 x 2160) 16‑inch (3072 x1920) Retina display 16‑inch (3072 x1920) Retina display 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) 15.6 (3840 x 2160) OLED
Pixels per inch 260 ppi 260 ppi 226 ppi 226 ppi 141 ppi 282 ppi
Refresh rate Up to 60Hz Up to 60Hz Up to 60Hz Up to 60Hz Up to 60Hz Up to 60Hz
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 16:10 16:10 16:9 16:9
Dimensions 13.5 x 9.87 inches 13.5 x 9.87 inches 14.09 x 9.68 inches 14.09 x 9.68 inches 14.06 x 9.07 inches 14.06 x 9.07 inches
Thickness 0.90 inches 0.90 inches 0.64 inches 0.64 inches 0.66 inches 0.66 inches
Weight 1,905g 1,905g 1,406g 1,406g 1,800g 2,000g
Battery capacity Claims up to 17.5 hours Claims up to 17.5 hours 58.2 watt hours 58 watt hours 56 watt hours 97 watt hours
Processor 1.2 GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i5-1035G7 1.3 GHz 10th-Gen quad-core Intel Core i7-1065G7 2.6GHz 6‑core 9th-Gen Intel Core i7 2.3GHz 8‑core 9th-Gen Intel Core i9 2.4GHz 4-core 9th-Gen Intel Core i5-9300H 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q with 6GB DDR6 memory Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q with 6GB DDR6 memory AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory Intel UHD Graphics 630 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR5 memory
RAM 16GB 32GB 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
Storage 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD 512GB SSD 1TB SSD 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Ports Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, One USB-C, two Surface Connect ports, SDXC card reader Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, One USB-C, two Surface Connect ports, SDXC card reader Four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports Four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports One HDMI, 1 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, two USB-A 3.1, SD card reader One HDMI, 1 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, two USB-A 3.1, SD card reader
Rear cameras Single 1080p lens Single 1080p lens N/A N/A N/A N/A
Front cameras Single 1080p lens Single 1080p lens 720p 720p 720p 720p
Biometrics Windows Hello Windows Hello Touch ID Touch ID Fingerprint reader Fingerprint reader
Power Adapter 127W 127W 96W USB-C 96W USB-C 130W 130W
Colors Silver Silver Space gray, silver Space gray, silver Silver Silver
Wi-Fi 6 Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes