This week, Microsoft released not one, but two new laptops.
First, you’ve got the Surface Laptop, an all-new device that’s aimed at students. It also serves as the showcase device for Windows 10 S, a streamlined (but flawed) version of the operating system designed to eke higher performance out of even lower-end hardware.
Second, you have the Surface Pro. This is a revamped update of 2015’s well-received Surface Pro 4, only this version doesn’t carry a number, just the name. And while Microsoft has previously marketed it as “the tablet that can replace your laptop,” the Surface Pro now carries the tagline of “the most versatile laptop in the world.”
In this reporter’s opinion, it’s hard to go wrong: In their own ways, each of these new, premium laptops is better than the Apple equivalent, specifically with regards to the iPad Pro and MacBook.
But if you’re having trouble choosing between them, never fear. Here’s what you need to know.
That’s the Surface Laptop on the left, and the Surface Pro on the right. They look pretty similar from this angle, apart from the fact that the Laptop sports a 13.5-inch screen to the Pro’s 12.3-inch display.
Both of them run Windows 10. If you’re coming from a Mac, try it. You might be pleasantly surprised. Speaking personally, I like Windows 10 better than Apple MacOS.
Read more about why that is here.
But let’s look a little more closely at the Surface Pro. While it’s marketed as a laptop, the Surface Pro is actually a $799 tablet, with its trademark Type Cover sold separately for $129 (or $159 for the luxe fabric-covered model I’m using here).
The Surface Pen stylus is another $99. The good news is that if you already have a Type Cover or Surface Pen from a previous model, it’ll still work, as will your wall charger.
Read more about the new Surface Pro here.