Mi­crosoft Sur­face Book

Pro­ces­sor: Dual-core 2.4GHz In­tel Core i5 RAM: 8GB Stor­age: 128GB SSD Screen: 13.5-inch IPS LCD, 3000 x 2000 touch­screen £1299, $1499 www.mi­crosoft­store.com

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The en­try-level Sur­face Book has a dual-core pro­ces­sor, but per­for­mance is com­pa­ra­ble to the MacBook’s. Bat­tery life also comes close, at 11 hours ten min­utes, and screen qual­ity is stun­ning. Only slightly bet­ter colour cal­i­bra­tion gives the MacBook’s im­age qual­ity the edge, but Mi­crosoft fights back with its 3000 x 2000 res­o­lu­tion and ideal as­pect ra­tio for view­ing APS-C and full-frame im­ages.

The screen’s touch-sen­si­tive, too, but its real party trick is its abil­ity to de­tach from the rest of the lap­top to be­come a tablet. You even get a Blue­tooth sty­lus pen with 1024 pres­sure lev­els, so the tablet can dou­ble up as a graph­ics tablet. We’d make it the win­ner, but this con­fig­u­ra­tion’s 128GB SSD is restric­tive, and more stor­age costs big bucks.

Pros

Lap­top, tablet and graph­ics tablet in one; stun­ning screen with a high res­o­lu­tion

Cons

Av­er­age pro­ces­sor; tiny SSD won’t cut it for pho­tog­ra­phers

We say

Beats the MacBook on ver­sa­til­ity, but Ap­ple’s spec is bet­ter bal­anced for the price Over­all score

Un­like a typ­i­cal tablet, the Sur­face Book is still a full-on Win­dows 10 PC in tablet form, mak­ing it hugely ver­sa­tile

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