2013 MacBook Pro vs Surface Book 2

  • I have used a MacBook Pro as my main computing machine for the past five years, and switched to Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 for a week to see how the transition was.
  • The hardware is fantastic — but you need some time to adjust and appreciate it.
  • The complexity is tied to Windows 10, which is a more flexible and intricate operating system than macOS.
  • To fully appreciate the Surface Book and Windows 10, Microsoft indirectly asks you to switch to its suite of software and services, and my strong ties with Google’s ecosystem made that nearly impossible.

I have been using a MacBook Pro as my main computing machine for the past five years, and have grown to love it. From the fantastic hardware to the sleekness of macOS, despite a few shortcomings, Apple’s offering has mostly kept me happy.

More recently, I have also become a big fan of what Microsoft has been doing with its hardware, and when I got the chance to try out one of its new Surface Book 2 devices, I jumped on the opportunity.

I have used a family Surface Pro 4 extensively, and even got to spend some time with the most recent model, simply called Surface Pro, which I adored, so I had had my fair share of experience with Windows 10 (in addition to years of using Windows XP, 7, and 8).

With the Surface Book 2, however, I decided to take a different approach: I fully switched for a week, and used it as my primary laptop, as if I had purchased it myself to replace the MacBook.

This inevitably left me with some strong impressions, and a big, partly unexpected, realisation: I am more tied to Google’s suite of software and services than I ever thought.

Here’s what I learned:

The hardware is spectacular

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