Has the Macbook met its match?
By Silvia Chon, Contributing Writer
Many dedicated Apple users would agree that the Macbook’s cutting edge technology and user-friendly interface would allow for a high ranking when in competition with Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and other Microsoft-based computers. However, there will soon be a new laptop on the market that has the potential to win over Mac users.
On Oct. 26, Microsoft will release its first laptop: the Surface Book. Microsoft has thus far released a few generations of Surface Pro tablets, and sales have accounted for $888 million in revenue for Microsoft’s last quarter. Though this pales in comparison to Apple’s iPad sales, many are under the impression that the new Surface Book has the power to out-compete the Apple’s MacBook sales.
Weighing in at 3.34 pounds, the Surface Book sports a 13.5-inch display, a glass trackpad with five-point multi-touch, and looks a bit like a MacBook Pro.
Though the design is somewhat similar, a closer look suggests much more about its capabilities. This high-end laptop-tablet hybrid has a detachable backlit keyboard, a dynamic fulcrum hinge for monitor angle manipulation, and a 12-hour battery life.
The laptop is powered by Intel’s 6th generation Core i7 processor and is said to be two times faster than the MacBook Pro. In addition, it comes with up to 16GB of RAM and 1 terabyte of storage space.
The Surface Book is being advertised by Microsoft as a very strong competitor in the laptop market. And, based on some first-look reviews, it sounds like Apple should not take this competition lightly. The only issue is that it will be difficult to convince loyal Apple consumers that Microsoft has more to offer.
Not only will Apple users probably be reluctant to make the switch, but the Surface Book also comes with quite the price tag, which may keep many PC users on the fence with regard to making an investment. The base model price of $1,499 will certainly burn a hole in the buyer’s pocket. Nevertheless, time will tell if Microsoft really has the better fruit.