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
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.
Laptop, tablet and graphics tablet in one; stunning screen with a high resolution
Average processor; tiny SSD won’t cut it for photographers
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