In our latest video, we decided to play the MacBook Air against Microsoft's Surface Laptop 2 to find out which machine is the better value and the best buy.
Both the MacBook Air and the Surface Laptop 2 are thin, light weight machines, each weighing around 2.75 pounds. The Surface Laptop 2 has a 1
The Surface Laptop 2 is in matte black color (it's also in burgundy and blue) which we were a fan of because it represents a nice departure from the standard gold, silver and space gray nuances that Apple made for used his notebooks. Inside, the MacBook Air is made of aluminum, but the Surface Laptop 2 uses an Alcantara fabric design that has become a key element of the Surface collection.
When it comes to feeling the key, the MacBook Air wins even though those who are not fans of butterfly key design may disagree. The MacBook Air also has a better trackpad, which is hardly surprising since most PCs with their haptic feedback can not match the Force Touch trackpad.
Both laptops have a questionable port situation. The 19459002 MacBook Air is limited to two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. The Surface Laptop 2 features a USB A port, a proprietary charging port and, inexplicably, a Mini DisplayPort, an unusual choice for a modern laptop. It has no USB-C ports, which is disappointing because USB-C is the standard device and accessory manufacturers are switching to the market.
The MacBook Air uses the Touch ID instead of the password to speed up logging in, while the Surface Laptop 2 uses Windows Hello for facial recognition. Future Macs might adopt the Face ID, but today's Touch ID is just as useful. Each of these notebooks has a 720p webcam, both of which are terrible, and although both have decent sound, the MacBook Air speakers are sharper and clearer at maximum volume.
Each of these machines has similar internal specifications, and both are designed for simple tasks rather than video editing or 3D work. You can make light edits or use Photoshop on these machines, but that's not the main purpose.
With these thin, lightweight laptops with low power processors, battery life is impressive. Both the MacBook Air and the Surface Laptop 2 offer about 10 to 12 hours of battery life for everyday tasks such as using e-mail and surfing the web.
The price is the most important distinguishing feature between the Surface Laptop 2 and the MacBook Air and could offset some of the Surface Laptop 2 instead of the MacBook Air .
The base model Surface Laptop 2 features a 1.6 GHz Core i5 8th generation processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage, all for $ 999, while the base MacBook Air (19459002) offers similar offerings with less storage space – an 8GHz Core i5 processor with 8th generation 8Gs, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD – are offered starting at $ 1,199.
The Surface Laptop 2 and the [MacBookAir are so similar that the choice of one system over the other is ultimately due to ecosystem and operating system preferences. On the Microsoft computers, of course, Windows is running, which an Apple product user may not prefer, while Windows users do not want a MacOS computer.
What do you think of Microsoft's Surface Laptop 2? Let us know in the comments.