Thursday, April 02, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Apple MacBook 2015

When I first created the Chic Alert, aimed at women, I said that it would be about all things chic: Apparel, Clothing, Shoes, Handbags, Lingerie, Jewelry, Fragrances, Makeup, Cosmetics and even chic gadgets and other must-have products from all over the world! To date, the focus has been on chic fashion and yes it's been a while chiccas but here's something different, brought about by the fact that I'm currently in the market for a new, lighter laptop. Yes compared to the many slick tablets about, my Dell laptop has become nothing more than a luggable computer so it's time that I upgrade. However, I thought that perhaps instead of another laptop, it might just be time to look at one of the ultraportables and 2-in-1's now on the market. Basically, these are mobile-broadband capable devices but unlike the more familiar tablets, they are capable of also running desktop Operating Systems like Windows 8.1 and the same desktop browsers and programs, apps, including Firefox and Chrome, Office, Word Processing and Spreadsheets, iTunes and Netflix, that you run on a desktop PC. So they are both devices in one, hence sometimes referred to as 2-in-1's, a tablet that can also be used as a laptop/notebook. They are the "hot" new devices from companies like Apple and Microsoft.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or Apple MacBook 2015?

There are a number of ultra-portables on the market but noteworthy of these, and possibly the best two options available, are the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which was released on 20 June 2014 and the recently announced Apple MacBook 2015. 

At 13.1mm in thickness and weighing 2.03 pounds the Apple MacBook 2015 is the thinnest MacBook ever. It has a 12-inch Retina display and 2304 x 1440 pixels screen and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of in-built storage. Under the hood the MackBook 2015 has the Intel Broadwell Core M processor.

In comparison, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB to 512GB of internal storage, and 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 pixels screen. Under the hood the Surface Pro 3 has either the Intel Core i3 (Max 1.5GHz), Core i5 (Max 2.9GHz) or Core i7 (Max 3.3GHz) CPU,

At only 9.1mm and lighter at 1.75 pounds or 800 grams it's also thinner and lighter than the MacBook.

Microsoft | Surface Pro 3 | Tablet | Ultra-portable
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Compared to my 35mm nearly 1.5-inch luggable Dell laptop computer, both the power packed Apple MacBook 2015 at 13mm thick and which will be released on April 10 at a price of $1,299 and the currently available Microsoft SP3 at 9mm thick and priced from $799 for the Intel Core i3 1.5GHz Processor model with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage to $1,949 for the Intel Core i7 1.7GHz Processor model with 8GB RAM + 512GB storage are certainly very impressive and worth considering!!! Some consider the Apple MaBook 2015 as being the best and most powerful ultraportable device available. However, I very much like the thinner (incredibly thin at only 9mm) and lighter Surface Pro 3 and as I'm a long-time Windows and not a Mac user, my preference is to go for a Microsoft ultraportable.

Apple | MacBook Air | Microsoft | Surface | Surface Pro 3 | Windows | Tablet | Laptop | Ultrabook | Ultraportable
Apple MaBook Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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