35points

Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB

73points

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
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Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB vs Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Why is Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB better than Microsoft Surface Pro 6?

  • Has a backlit keyboard
    ?
  • Uses flash storage
    ?
  • 8.13% bigger screen size
    ?

    13.3"vs12.3"
  • Has an LED-backlit display
    ?
  • Has a MagSafe power adapter
    ?

Why is Microsoft Surface Pro 6 better than Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB?

  • 8GB more RAM memory
    ?

    16GBvs8GB
  • 3.85x higher resolution
    ?

    2736 x 1824pxvs1440 x 900px
  • 566g lighter
    ?

    784gvs1.35kg
  • 1.5h longer battery life
    ?

    13.5hvs12h
  • 800MHz higher ram speed
    ?

    2400MHzvs1600MHz
  • 2.1x higher pixel density
    ?

    267ppivs127ppi
  • Has a touch screen
    ?
  • Has anti-reflection coating
    ?

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Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB

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$327
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$295
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$339
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB amazon2017 Apple MacBook Air with 1.8GHz Core ...2017 Apple MacBook Air with 1.8GHz Core i5 (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13in, MQD42LL/A)- Silver (Renewed)
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$395
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$978

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

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$549

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$558
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$700
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$899
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$637
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Design

1.weight

1.35kg

784g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
2.thickness

17mm

8.5mm

We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
3.Uses a fanless design
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
By using power-efficient components that don't produce large amounts of heat, it's possible to create a device with no cooling fans. This results in a much quieter (or even silent) operation.
4.Has a backlit keyboard
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The keyboard is backlit, making it easier to type in the dark or dim lighting.
5.Has a flip and fold design
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
A flip and fold design allows you to fold the screen over the keyboard and transform the device into a tablet, without splitting the device into two pieces.
6.Has a detachable keyboard
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
You can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.
7.warranty period

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.
8.maximum operating temperature

35°C

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
9.lowest potential operating temperature

10°C

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

The minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.

Display

1.resolution

1440 x 900px

2736 x 1824px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
2.pixel density

127ppi

267ppi

Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
3.has a touch screen
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
4.has anti-reflection coating
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
This helps to reduce the reflection from your device.
5.brightness

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Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

A nit is a measurement of the light that a display emits, equal to one candela per square meter. Brighter displays ensure a screen's contents are easy to read, even in sunny conditions.
6.screen size

13.3"

12.3"

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
7.refresh rate

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

The frequency at which the screen is refreshed. Higher frequency results in less flickering (less noise) and more natural movement representation in action-intense scenes.
8.has an LED-backlit display
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Uses LED backlighting, resulting in better image quality, more vibrant colors and richer blacks.
9.has an IPS screen
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.

Performance

1.RAM

8GB

16GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
3.Uses flash storage
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Flash-based storage devices such as SSDs have no mechanical components. Due to this, they are typically faster, run silently, and are more shock resistant than traditional HDDs.
The internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
5.CPU speed

2 x 1.8GHz

4 x 1.9GHz (Intel Core i7-8650U)

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.
7.VRAM

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

VRAM (video RAM) is the dedicated memory of a graphics card. More VRAM generally allows you to run games at higher settings, especially for things like texture resolution.
8.GPU clock speed

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB)

The graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.
9.uses multithreading
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i7-8650U)
Multithreading technology (such as Intel's Hyperthreading or AMD's Simultaneous Multithreading) provides increased performance by splitting each of the processor's physical cores into virtual cores, also known as threads. This way, each core can run two instruction streams at once.

Benchmarks

1.Geekbench 5 result (multi)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB)

Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's multi-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2022)
2.Geekbench 5 result (single)

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Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's single-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2022)
3.PassMark result

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This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using multiple threads.
4.PassMark result (single)

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This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using a single thread.
5.Cinebench R20 (multi) result

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Cinebench R20 is a benchmark tool that measures a CPU's multi-core performance by rendering a 3D scene.
6.Cinebench R20 (single) result

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Cinebench R20 is a benchmark tool that measures a CPU's single-core performance by rendering a 3D scene.

Connectivity

1.has an HDMI output
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
2.Has USB Type-C
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
3.supports Wi-Fi
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
4.has an external memory slot
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
6.USB 3.0 ports

2

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.
7.supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Wi-Fi 6, released in 2019, is based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless LAN standard. Designed to operate in all frequency bands between 1 and 6 GHz, it offers higher data rates and lower latency compared to previous Wi-Fi technologies.
8.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
9.USB ports

2

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.

Battery

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
2.charge time

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
3.battery power

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Microsoft Surface Pro 6)

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
4.Has sleep-and-charge USB ports
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Sleep-and-charge USB ports can charge electronic devices when the laptop is in sleep mode, hibernate mode, or even switched off.
5.Has a MagSafe power adapter
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The MagSafe power adapter uses a power connector that is attached magnetically. When pulled or tugged, the connector will come out of the socket safely.

Features

1.has stereo speakers
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.megapixels (front camera)

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5MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
4.Stylus included
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
A stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
5.Has a fingerprint scanner
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The device has a fingerprint scanner which identifies the user.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
7.Uses 3D facial recognition
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
3D facial recognition systems, like Apple's Face ID, provide secure biometric authentication for unlocking devices and authorizing mobile payments.
8.video recording (main camera)

720 x 30fps

1080 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
9.has voice commands
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Windows 10 Pro)
You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

Miscellaneous

1.has a battery level indicator
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
2.has a rechargeable battery
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
3.has branded damage-resistant glass
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
4.clock multiplier

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB)

The clock multiplier controls the speed of the CPU.
5.has a cellular module
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Devices that use cellular technology can connect to mobile networks. Cellular networks have much wider signal coverage than Wi-Fi.
6.Has sharing intents
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Windows 10 Pro)
If an app has sharing capabilities and the developers have indicated it, the app will automatically appear in your list of sharing options. Some OS’s limit direct sharing options to a select few apps, which means you have to open apps separately in order to upload the files you want to share.
7. more languages supported

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB)

The number of languages in which the operating system is available. Operating systems with a broader range of supported languages provide an intuitive interface for users around the world.
8.has a child lock
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Windows 10 Pro)
A child lock enables adults to prevent or restrict children’s use of the device.
9.Has customizable notifications
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Windows 10 Pro)
You can easily manage notifications by adjusting your preferences, and you can also turn them off completely for specific apps.

Price comparison

Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB

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Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB amazon2017 Apple MacBook Air with 1.8GHz Intel...2017 Apple MacBook Air with 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD Storage) (Renewed)
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$327
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB amazonApple MQD32 MacBook Air 13.3 Intel Core ...Apple MQD32 MacBook Air 13.3 Intel Core i5, 8GB, 128GB, macOS Sierra Laptop MQD32LL/A (Renewed)
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$295
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB amazonApple 13 inches MacBook Air, 1.8GHz Inte...Apple 13 inches MacBook Air, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core Processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Mac OS, Silver, MQD32LL/A (Renewed)
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$339
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB amazon2017 Apple MacBook Air with 1.8GHz Core ...2017 Apple MacBook Air with 1.8GHz Core i5 (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13in, MQD42LL/A)- Silver (Renewed)
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$395
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB amazon2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 ...2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Space Gray
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$978

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Buy used:

$549

ProductStorePrice
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 amazonMicrosoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, ...Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - Newest Version (Renewed)
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$558
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 amazonMicrosoft  Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5,...Microsoft  Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB)
amazon logo
$700
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 amazonMicrosoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, ...Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256 GB)  - Black
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$899
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 amazonMicrosoft Surface Pro 6 256GB Core i5-73...Microsoft Surface Pro 6 256GB Core i5-7300U X2 2.6GHz 12.3" Touch, Silver (Renewed)
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$637

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