The Surface Pro may have the body of a tablet, but make no mistake, this is an ultrabook in disguise. As such it is in direct competition with dozens of high-end devices, including Apple’s popular Macbook Air. Does the Surface Pro 2 have what it takes to be a full-on ultrabook? Microsoft wants us to think it can, but what do the specs say? Let’s take a look.
Even Playing Field
The remarkable thing about comparing these two device is just how similar they really are. The Surface Pro 2 wins on-screen resolution, battery life, price, and cameras. The Macbook Air wins on storage, and if you prefer a slightly larger screen. They have the same processors and memory options which should mean they will run relatively similar.
Specs Don’t Say it All
It’s easy to look at the specs and just say “I’ll buy the cheaper one,” but especially in this case specs aren’t the only thing that matters. The Surface Pro 2 does have the specs to compete with an ultrabook, but the design may make that difficult to do in real life. Microsoft has made the kickstand adjustable so it hopefully works on the lap better, but we imagine an Air is still better in that situation.
Having a tablet as a computer has its pros and cons. Whether it’s right for you will depend on your circumstances. What device would you prefer? Are you buying a Surface Pro 2?