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Surface Pro vs. Surface Laptop: What Should You Buy?

19 June 2017 8:41 PM
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Surface Pro vs. Surface Laptop: What Should You Buy?

Talk about a family resemblance. It's not surprising that the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro look familiar, because they come from the same line of products. Both of them have slightly curved edges with the same 3:2 screen ratio. Both also use Alcantara fabric, which is soft to the touch, on their keyboards. The Laptop has it on the built-in keyboard, while the Surface Laptop's optional-but-not-really-optional Type Cover also uses the high-end fabric.

). The Surface Pro comes only in gray, but you can get the the new Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pen in your choice of platinum, cobalt blue, burgundy and black.

The big difference is one of preference. The Surface Laptop is, well, a laptop. You're familiar with it, and it's great on both your lap and a desk. If you try to draw on it, though, the experience won't be as comfortable as on the Surface Pro, as the screen doesn't go flat. The Surface Pro isn't as sturdy on your lap, thanks to its kickstand, but is easier to draw or write on and can be used as a tablet.

Both are beautiful devices, but color options mean you have to pay for beefier specs (Surface Laptop) or a keyboard that isn't in the box (Surface Pro).

The Surface Laptop has a single full-sized USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort for external monitors, a headphone jack and the proprietary Surface Connector for charging and connecting to the $199 Surface Dock.

The Surface Pro has the exact same set of ports, with one addition: a microSD card reader placed behind the kickstand.


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