Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 vs Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)

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CPU Intel Core i7 1065G7
RAM
Storage

Review

Evaluation of Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Book 3 15
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Easier to carry: weighs 200 grams less (around 0.44 lbs)
  • Display has support for touch input
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 120 versus 60 Hz
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 3 versus 1
  • Around 2.5x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Thinner bezels and 11% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Can run popular games at about 15-20% higher FPS
  • Features a bigger (~22%) battery – 100 against 82 watt-hours
  • Better webcam recording quality
  • Provides 25% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 400 nits
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 1.9 kg (4.19 lbs) 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs)
Dimensions 343 x 251 x 15-23 mm
13.5 x 9.88 x 0.59-0.91 inches
355.7 x 248.1 x 16.8 mm
14 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches
Area 861 cm2 (133.4 inches2) 882 cm2 (136.8 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~77.8% ~86.2%
Side bezels 13 mm 3.4 mm
Colors Silver Silver, Gray
Transformer Yes No
Opening angle 360° 135°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 2 2
Noise level 34 dB 37.4 dB

Display

Size 15 inches 16.2 inches
Type IPS LCD Mini LED
Refresh rate 60 Hz 120 Hz
PPI 260 ppi 254 ppi
Aspect ratio 3:2 16:10
Resolution 3240 x 2160 pixels 3456 x 2234 pixels
HDR support No Yes, Dolby Vision
Touchscreen Yes No
Coating Glossy Glossy (Antireflective)
Display tests
Contrast 1600:1 25700:1
sRGB color space 93% 100%
Adobe RGB profile 58% 88%
DCI-P3 color gamut - 99.1%
Response time 35 ms 67 ms
Max. brightness
500 nits

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time - 1:25 hr
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left Left, Right
Charge power 127 W 140 W
Cable length - 2 meters
Weigh of AC adapter 452 gramm 353 gramm

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 1.3 GHz 2.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.9 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores 4 10
Threads 8 10
L3 Cache 8 MB -
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core)
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP - 30 W
Type Dedicated Integrated
Fabrication process 12 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 1140 MHz 450 MHz
GPU boost clock 1335 MHz 1296 MHz
FLOPS 4.101 TFLOPS 5.2 TFLOPS
Memory size 6 GB System Shared
Memory type GDDR6 LPDDR5
Memory bus 192 bit 256 bit
Memory speed ~12 Gbps 6.4 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 1536 2048
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 96 128
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 48 64
GPU performance
4.101 TFLOPS
5.2 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x4 GB 4x4 GB
Clock 3733 MHz 6400 MHz
Type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Upgradable No No
Total slots 2 -

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x) Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable No No
Total slots 1 -
NVMe Yes -

Sound

Audio chip Intel Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS -
Speakers 2.0 4.2
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness 65.7 dB 84.7 dB
Microphones 2 3

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
Ports
USB-A 2x USB 3.1 No
USB Type-C 1x USB 3.1 3x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt No Thunderbolt 4
HDMI No 1x HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader Yes Yes
Proprietary charging port No Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.55 mm 1 mm
Touchpad
Size - 15.5 x 9.9 cm
Surface - Glass
Windows Precision Yes No
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can be different depending on the laptop’s particular configuration or region.

Cast your vote

So, which laptop would you choose?
5 (23.8%)
16 (76.2%)
Total votes: 21

Comments

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Ken Lee 13 January 2022 13:42
It isn't fair to compare both products whose product launches are varied for more than 2 years. Looking at the big discount you now can get the Surface Book 3 from Microsoft Store, it looks like the Surface Book 3 15", I7, 32GB Ram + 512GB storage is a very good deal. Surface Book 3 has a more adjustable form that can be converted as a tablet while MacBook Pro M1 Max has a more powerful graphic performance especially used for video editing and image rendering.
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