Apple MacBook Air vs. Microsoft’s Surface Pro- Is Microsoft’s Surface Pro High-Priced?

  • Dec, 04, 2012, 07:32 PM
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Microsoft announced pricing for its future Surface Pro tablet last week and tech consumers faced immediate challenge. The Surface Pro - Microsoft's first own-brand Windows 8 offering - will start at $899 for a unit with 64GB of internal storage.

Controversy followed with the Apple Fan Club of analysts, bloggers, reporters and other writers fanning the flames of misinformation. These people say Surface Pro is overpriced because iPad costs so much less. However, iPad is the wrong comparison to make.  Apple does not have a true Microsoft Office replacement and the third party apps do not perform well for advanced Office work.

Taking a step back for a moment however, is the Surface Pro that expensive? We are not talking about some light-duty media tablet here, we are talking about a full-featured, cutting-edge notebook computer that just so happens to also be a tablet. It runs a full desktop operating system, a third-generation Intel Core processor powers it, and it is one of the thinnest and lightest devices in its class.

Here is a quick comparison of Microsoft Surface with Windows Pro and Apple MacBook Air:


Microsoft Surface

Apple MacBook Air


Description: Microsoft Surface Pro Pricing and Availability

Description: Macbook Air


10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53in

11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68in


Less than 2lbs

1.08 kg (2.38 pounds)



1366 x 768

Touch Screen Support

10-point multi-touch


Pen Input

Supported and Included

Not supported


3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor

3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor





64GB, 128GB

64GB, 128GB


Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 technology


42 W-h

35 W-h


Two 720p HD cameras, front-facing and rear-facing

720p Front camera


Full-size USB 3.0 microSDXC card slot  Mini DisplayPort

2 Full-size USB 3.0
Thunderbolt Port
Mini DisplayPort


Ambient light sensor Accelerometer Gyroscope Digital Compass

Ambient light sensor


Detachable Touch Cover/Type Cover

Full-size backlit keyboard

Operating System

Windows 8 Pro

Mac OS X Mountain Lion


From $1020 with Touch Cover/Type Cover

From $999

On paper, pricing for the Surface Pro is absolutely within the realm of reality - even when including a $119.99 Touch Cover, its only $20 more expensive than comparable 11-inch MacBook Air notebooks from Apple. This is a premium tablet/notebook hybrid device that is thinner and lighter than a MacBook Air despite including high-definition display with multitouch support, dual cameras, a microSDXC memory card support and more.

Apple's MacBook Air is the most popular notebook computer in the world being sold by the biggest consumer electronics vendor in the world. Therefore, Surface Pro is Microsoft's first piece of Windows 8 hardware that is launching at a time when Windows 8 needs a break.

"The Pro does something no other tablet does: Liberates tablets from only being able to run cheap crappy software purchased off app stores", According to source.

 "People don't realize the value because they're comparing it to existing products. Its value should become apparent after release when someone with a Pro is sketching on Full-blown Photoshop with a stylus and the person with an iPad is sketching on Photoshop Express with his finger. Or someone with a Pro is playing a PC quality game and someone with an iPad is cutting rope for the millionth time", the source added.


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