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Microsoft Surface Laptop i5 8GB 128GB vs. Apple MacBook Air (2020) - M1 OC 7C GPU 8GB 256GB 13" + 9

Built-in microphone
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Built-in speakers
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
Bluetooth
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth version
4.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
4.1
5.0
5.2
5.0
4.2
Ethernet connection (RJ45)
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Max Ethernet speed
Mobile broadband (WWAN)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
NFC
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wireless networking standard (IEEE 802.11)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Adaptive-Sync Technology
Platform
PC
Mac
PC
Mac
Mac
PC
PC
Mac
PC
PC
PC
DisplayPort
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Type of DisplayPort connector
Mini
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
HDMI
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
HDMI version
2.0b
Other connectors
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Thunderbolt
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Thunderbolt version
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 4
USB
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Type of USB connector
USB (Type A)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (total)
1 ​
2 ​
1 ​
2 ​
2 ​
5 ​
3 ​
2 ​
3 ​
3 ​
2 ​
USB version
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), USB 4.0
Colour
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey, Gold
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey, Gold
Black
Grey
Silver, Grey
Black, Grey
Silver, Grey
Silver
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Depth
223.2 mm
212.4 mm
206 mm
212.4 mm
212.4 mm
259.61 mm
199 mm
212.4 mm
256 mm
210 mm
206 mm
Height
14.5 mm
16.1 mm
16 mm
15.6 mm
16.1 mm
23.57 mm
17.25 mm
15.6 mm
24.9 mm
13.9 mm
18.8 mm
Width
308 mm
304.1 mm
278 mm
304.1 mm
304.1 mm
363.06 mm
268 mm
304.1 mm
359 mm
305 mm
290 mm
Product weight
1.25 kg
1.29 kg
1.1 kg
1.4 kg
1.29 kg
2.3 kg
1 kg
1.4 kg
2.3 kg
1.3 kg
1.19 kg
Aspect ratio
3:2
16:10 (Widescreen)
3:2
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
Display technology
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
OLED
LCD
Backlight
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
Panel type
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
144Hz
60Hz
60Hz
144Hz
Screen resolution
2256x1504
2560x1600
1536x1024
2560x1600
2560x1600
1920x1080
1366x768
2560x1600
1920x1080
1920x1080
1366x768
Screen size
13.5 inches
13.3 inches
12.45 inches
13.3 inches
13.3 inches
15.6 inches
11.6 inches
13.3 inches
15.6 inches
13.3 inches
11.6 inches
Screen surface
Glossy
Glossy
Matte
Matte
Glossy
Matte
Glossy
Swivel screen
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Touchscreen features
Multi touch, Active Digitizer (support for stylus pen)
Multi touch
Multi touch
Eco labels
EnergyStar
EnergyStar, EPEAT
EnergyStar
EnergyStar, EPEAT
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
Built-in camera
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Features
Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard
Fanless design, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Numeric keyboard
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
Security
Face scanner
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Face scanner
Dedicated graphics memory
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
Graphics memory
4 GB
4 GB
Type of graphics memory
GDDR6
GDDR6
Graphics processor
Intel HD Graphics 620
Apple M1
Intel UHD Graphics G1
Apple M1
Apple M1
GeForce GTX 1650
Intel HD Graphics 500
Apple M1
GeForce RTX 3050
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Mali-G72 MP3
Brightness
400 cd/m²
500 cd/m²
400 cd/m²
300 cd/m²
500 cd/m²
300 cd/m²
Material (body/chassis)
Aluminium, Magnesium
Steel, Aluminium
Steel, Aluminium
Steel, Aluminium
Plastic
Steel, Aluminium
Steel, Aluminium
Free memory slots
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Maximum amount of memory
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
16 GB
4 GB
8 GB
32 GB
16 GB
Memory slot
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Number of memory slots
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
2 ​
0 ​
0 ​
2 ​
0 ​
RAM size
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
4 GB
8 GB
8 GB
16 GB
4 GB
Type of memory
DDR3
DDR4X
DDR4X
DDR4X
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4X
Release year
2017
2020
2020
2020
2020
2020
2018
2020
2021
2020
2020
Pointing stick
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Max battery life
14.5 h
15 h
13 h
17 h
15 h
10 h
17 h
14 h
10 h
Number of battery cells
2 ​
3 ​
4 ​
Processor core type
2 (Dual) Core
8 (Octa) Core
4 (Quad) Core
8 (Octa) Core
8 (Octa) Core
4 (Quad) Core
2 (Dual) Core
8 (Octa) Core
6 (Hexa) Core
4 (Quad) Core
Processor model
Intel Core i5 7200U
Apple M1
Intel Core i5 1035G1
Apple M1
Apple M1
Intel Core i5 10300H
Intel Celeron N3350
Apple M1
Intel Core i5 11400H
Intel Core i7 1165G7
MediaTek MT8183
Processor speed
2.5 GHz
1 GHz
3.2 GHz
2.5 GHz
1.1 GHz
3.2 GHz
2.2 GHz
2.8 GHz
2 GHz
32/64-bit OS
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
Operating system
Windows 10 S
Mac OS
Windows 10 Home
Mac OS
Mac OS
Google Chrome OS
Mac OS
Windows 10 Home
Google Chrome OS
Flash/SSD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Flash/SSD size
128 GB
256 GB
128 GB
256 GB
512 GB
256 GB
32 GB
512 GB
512 GB
512 GB
32 GB
Protocol
NVMe
NVMe
NVMe
Type
SSD
SSD
eMMC
SSD
SSD
SSD
eMMC
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
Number of SSDs
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
Hard drive (mechanical/hybrid)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Memory card reader
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Type of memory card
microSDHC, microSD, microSDXC
microSD
Optical drive
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No