Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book: What Should I Buy

Microsoft just announced its first laptop ever, the Surface Book. The Surface Book is a nice addition to Microsoft’s hardware arsenal in addition to its popular Surface Pro tablet. The Surface Book is a direct competitor of Apple’s MacBook Pro laptop. Microsoft also announced the next generation of its Surface Pro tablet, Surface Pro 4.

Surface Book

 

Meticulously crafted and ultra-thin, Surface Book is the ultimate device for powering your ideas. Its 13.5-inch PixelSense™ rivals the printed page with a resolution of 3000 x 2000, and features an integrated backlit keyboard, optional graphics, and responsive glass trackpad. Go beyond the laptop and detach the screen to use like a clipboard, or rotate and reattach to use like a canvas. It weighs just 3.34 pounds (1516g) and has a battery life of 12 hours5 for all day use.

Surface Pro 4

 

Incredibly powerful and light, Surface Pro 4 handles the toughest tasks with ease. It weighs a mere 1.73 pounds (786g) and has a stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense™ with extremely high contrast and low glare to reduce eye strain. Its battery lasts 9 hours4 for all-day use , and it delivers the ultimate in laptop comfort and productivity with its multi-position Kickstand, improved Keyboard2, and included Surface Pen.

As a professional developer, you will have to probably choose one or other. I do own Surface Pro 3 and love it.

Here is a comparison between the two.

  Surface Pro 4 Surface Book
Message The most powerful laptop Perfect balance of size and power
Price Starting $899 $1,499
Operating System Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Pro
Screen Size 12.3 inch 13.5 inch
Resolution 2736x1824 3000x2000
Weight 1.73 lbs (.786g) 3.34 lbs (1.52 Kg)
Battery life Up to 9 hrs Up to 12 hrs
Ports Two full-size USB 3.0
Full-size SD card reader
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Surface Connect
Full-size USB 3.0
microSD card reader
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Surface Connect
Cover port
Maximum Storage 256GB (512GB later) 512GB (1TB later)
Processor Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7
RAM 8GB 16GB

The Verdict 

Both devices are very powerful, slick, and productive. I am a big fan of thin and light laptops. I am also OK with 8GB of RAM. Personally, I prefer Surface Pro 4 but if you really need a laptop to replace your PC, the Surface Book is for you.