Surface Laptop vs MacBook Air: It’s Not Even Close

If you’re looking for a good ultraportable laptop, Apple and Microsoft both have appealing options in the Surface Laptop and MacBook Air. Both laptops weigh well under 3 pounds and start at around $999.

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So, should you choose the tried-and-true MacBook Air, which recently got a minor spec bump, or Microsoft’s brand-new sexy Surface Laptop? We’ve compared them to help you decide.


With its colorful designs and soft-touch Alcantara deck, the Surface Laptop is a strong contender for the best-designed ultraportable notebook. We all felt the same way about the MacBook Air when the company introduced it in 2008, but the model today looks practically the same as the ones that came before.

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