The all new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is really promising one ever build by the Microsoft. The spectacular design, uber-portability, and its capability to transform into a fully functional laptop, places it as a direct competitor to the Macbook Air.  I think the comparison between the both Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Apple MacBook Air are better for the situation.

Design: 

The Surface Pro 3 is extremely light at 800 grams. Now, this may be a large figure for tablets, but one shouldn’t forget that the Pro 3 is a completely ‘portable desktop’ with Intel chipsets inside. Moreover, at that weight it is quite lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air, which weighs 1.3Kg.

The Pro 3 also brings in ease of use with the two-position kickstand that has been improved to bend event at an angle of 150 degrees. It also adds a detachable keyboard, transforming the tablet into a laptop. On the other hand, the Macbook Air offers a solid typing experience, some say the best, with its built-in keyboard.

The Surface Pro 3 also comes with a smart pen which gives you more options than just mouse and keyboard.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – Tablet, 800g (1.1kg with keyboard)
MacBook Air – Laptop, 1.34kg

Screen:

The biggest change in the Surface Pro 3 is the massive jump in the screen size from 10.6-inch to 12-inch. The Pro 3 sports a 12-inch display with 2160 x 1440 resolution, with a pixel density that goes all the way up to 216ppi. It beats the Macbook Air yet again, which sports a 13.3-inch 1440 x 900 display. Microsoft has also opted for 3:2 aspect ratio over 16:9 found in Macbook Air.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – 12.1-inch, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2160 x 1440 (216ppi), touchscreen
MacBook Air – 13.3-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio, 1440 x 900 (128ppi)

Processor:

Microsoft has added Intel Core processors in a sleek and light body, which definitely puts it at par with the latest Ultrabooks available in the market. While i5 models will start shipping soon, i7 models will be available from August. The 13-inch Macbook Air also comes powered by Intel i5 processors. The Surface Pro 3′s 1.6-GHz Core i5 processor is likely to be slightly faster than the MacBook Air’s 1.4-GHz Core i5 CPU.

Specs:

The Pro 3 comes armed with Intel HD Graphics 4400, but Macbook is a tad better with HD Graphics 5000. Both systems pack in 4GB of RAM and 128GB of on board storage. The Surface Pro 3 also gets a rear camera, which can be handy while using the device in tablet mode, provided you would like going around clicking photos with a 12-inch device.

The Pro 3 comes fitted with Dolby Audio for sound, along with a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader and Mini DisplayPort for quick file transfers and easy connections to a range of peripherals. It also promises up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life and runs on Windows 8.1.

The Macbook Air runs OS X 10.9 Mavericks and promises up to 12 hours of browsing the web. It includes a 720p FaceTime HD camera, which is a sensible addition. Some other features include USB 3.0, card slots, and Thunderbolt (Mini DisplayPort).

Besides the kickstand, the stylus appears to yet another standout feature for the Pro 3. The tablet is now capable of instantly converting pen-written text to digital content. Users will find a click a button on the back of a pen to immediately open a new note on the Surface Pro 3. Once you write, the note is saved to OneNote and syncs it to all of your other devices, with just another click. Microsoft has announced some optional accessories, including a new Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 and a Surface Ethernet Adapter. Both devices support Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – Intel Core i3/i5/i7, 4GB or 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4400, 64GB/128GB/256GB/512GB storage
MacBook Air – Intel Core i5/i7, 4GB or 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5000, 128GB/256GB/512GB storage

OS:

The two platforms have arguably never been more distinct. Mac OS X continues to be a rock solid traditional OS built on little icons, overlapping windows, and folders. Windows 8.1, on the other hand, is a divisively bold attempt to reinvent the OS for the modern age. As such, it’s built around touchscreen inputs, and is designed primarily with tablet-sized screens in mind. Don’t expect Apple to join Microsoft in this convergent way of thinking. It believes that laptop operating systems should remain separate from mobile ones. So your choice here is almost a philosophical one.

We’d say that for sheer productivity and efficiency, Mac OS X remains the better option. If you often find yourself with a heavy workload whilst out and about, working with documents and spreadsheets and creative projects, Mac OS X is tough to beat. For a slightly more casual approach, or if you’re heavily tied into the Microsoft ecosystem, Windows 8.1 might be more suitable for you. It is a also better for games.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – Windows 8.1
MacBook Air – Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Battery:

The MacBook Air has legendary battery life, which works out to around 12 hours of web browsing. Microsoft shouldn’t feel too bad for falling short with the Surface Pro 3’s nine hours, as none of its direct Windows Ultrabook rivals have managed to match it. And besides, nine hours of web browsing is still pretty decent.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – 9 hours web browsing
MacBook Air – 12 hours web browsing

Now its your turn, decide which is better for you. 🙂