Macbook Air vs. Windows

When compared head-to-head, these Windows devices offer higher-resolution displays, so everything looks infinitely brighter and crisper. These blazing fast machines offer innovative form factors and design. And with a Windows device, you also get three times the amount of free storage space in the cloud and access to 25 times as many apps.


MacBook Air 13 vs. Surface Pro 3

MacBook Air 13

Surface Pro 3

Thinness

MacBook Air 13

0.68"

 

Surface Pro 3

0.38"

0.36" without keyboard**

Battery life

MacBook Air 13

Up to 12 hrs

 

Surface Pro 3

Up to 9 hrs

for web browsing*

Weight

MacBook Air 13

2.96 lbs

 

Surface Pro 3

2.41 lbs

1.76 lbs without keyboard**

Display size

MacBook Air 13

13.3"

Surface Pro 3

12.5"

Resolution

MacBook Air 13

1440 x 900

Surface Pro 3

2160 x 1440

Active Pen****

MacBook Air 13

Surface Pro 3

Windows device: has a stylus.

Touchscreen

MacBook Air 13

Surface Pro 3

Windows device: has a touchscreen.

Both a laptop and a tablet

The Macbook Air is a basic laptop. It has no touchscreen. With both a detachable keyboard** and a touchscreen, and 500k+ apps available in the Windows Store, Surface Pro 3 functions as both a laptop and a tablet.

MacBook Air 13

Surface Pro 3

Windows device: functions as both a laptop and a tablet.

App store

There are more than twenty-five times more apps available in the Windows Store than in the Mac App Store. And that doesn't even count the hundreds of thousands of traditional desktop programs available for Windows which don’t run on Mac.

MacBook Air 13

22,000+ apps

Surface Pro 3

599,000+ apps

Hard drive size***

MacBook Air 13

128 GB

Surface Pro 3

128 GB

Price

MacBook Air 13

$999

Surface Pro 3

$999

$1,128 with keyboard**

* Testing consisted of full battery discharge while Internet browsing over WiFi. Internet browsing was tested browsing 25 popular web pages. All settings were default except: Wi Fi was associated with a network, Auto-Brightness disabled, and Bluetooth Radio was turned off. Battery life varies with settings, usage, and other factors. Games, movies, and music sold separately.

** Keyboard sold separately.

*** System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See Surface.com/Storage for more details.

**** Sold separately.

Storage capacity varies based on device configuration. Battery life may vary depending on usage. Technical specs, including variations in color, vary by retailer and by country or region. Images may not be to scale.

Pricing is based on MSRP on 4/2015. Retail prices may vary.

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