Microsoft Surface Laptop Go vs Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021)

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CPU Intel Core i5 1035G1
RAM
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Review

Evaluation of Microsoft Surface Laptop Go and Apple MacBook Pro 14 (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 Laptop Go
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 490 grams less (around 1.08 lbs)
  • Display has support for touch input
  • Much smaller footprint: 17% more compact case (88.7 vs 107.1 square inches)
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021)
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 120 versus 60 Hz
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 3 versus 1
  • Around 2.8x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Features a much bigger (~79%) battery – 70 against 39 watt-hours
  • Thinner bezels and 6% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Better webcam recording quality
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 70% sharper screen – 254 versus 149 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Provides 67% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 300 nits
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 1.11 kg (2.45 lbs) 1.6 kg (3.53 lbs)
Dimensions 278.1 x 205.7 x 15.6 mm
10.95 x 8.1 x 0.61 inches
312.6 x 221.2 x 15.5 mm
12.31 x 8.71 x 0.61 inches
Area 572 cm2 (88.7 inches2) 691 cm2 (107.2 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~80% ~84.6%
Side bezels 8 mm 3.4 mm
Colors Silver, Gold, Blue Silver, Gray
Transformer No No
Opening angle 140° 135°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 1 2
Max. fan speed (RPM) - 6241 RPM
Noise level 44.2 dB 49.5 dB

Display

Size 12.4 inches 14.2 inches
Type IPS LCD Mini LED
Refresh rate 60 Hz 120 Hz
PPI 149 ppi 254 ppi
Aspect ratio 3:2 16:10
Resolution 1536 x 1024 pixels 3024 x 1964 pixels
HDR support No Yes, Dolby Vision
Touchscreen Yes No
Coating Glossy Glossy (Antireflective)
Display tests
Contrast 1222:1 48900:1
sRGB color space 94.4% 99.3%
Adobe RGB profile 60.2% -
Response time 35 ms 49 ms
Max. brightness
500 nits

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time 1:10 hr 2:30 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 39 W 67 / 96 W
Weigh of AC adapter 218 gramm 274 gramm

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 1.0 GHz 2.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.6 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores 4 10
Threads 8 10
L3 Cache 6 MB -
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics G1 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 15 W 30 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 300 MHz 450 MHz
GPU boost clock 1100 MHz 1296 MHz
FLOPS - 5.2 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Memory bus - 256 bit
Memory speed 1.87 Gbps 6.4 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 256 2048
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 32 128
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 4 64
GPU performance

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x2 GB 4x4 GB
Clock 1866 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)
Channels 1x64 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 1 -
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Speakers 2.0 4.2
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness 81.5 dB 84.9 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 1x USB 3.2 No
USB Type-C 1x USB 3.2 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 No Yes
Proprietary charging port No Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight No Yes
Key travel - 1 mm
Touchpad
Size 10.0 x 6.6 cm 13.2 x 8.1 cm
Surface Plastic Glass
Windows Precision Yes No
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