Apple MacBook Air (2020) - 1.1GHz DC 8GB 256GB 13" vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop i5 8GB 128GB + 8

Built-in microphone
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Built-in speakers
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
Multi channel
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
Bluetooth version
5.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
Ethernet connection (RJ45)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Mobile broadband (WWAN)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
NFC
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)
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)
802.11a, 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)
802.11a, 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)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Adaptiv synk-teknik
NVIDIA G-Sync
Platform
Mac
PC
Mac
PC
PC
PC
Mac
Mac
PC
Mac
DisplayPort
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Type of DisplayPort connector
Via USB-C
Mini
Via USB-C
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
Yes
No
No
No
No
Other connectors
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Thunderbolt
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Thunderbolt version
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
USB
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Type of USB connector
USB (Type C)
USB (Type A)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (total)
2 ​
1 ​
4 ​
2 ​
4 ​
3 ​
2 ​
4 ​
4 ​
4 ​
USB version
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 1 (5Gbps), USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
Colour
Silver, Grey, Gold
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey
Silver, Blue, Grey
Black, Grey
Blue
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Depth
212.4 mm
223.2 mm
245.9 mm
223 mm
222 mm
246 mm
212.4 mm
212.4 mm
228 mm
245.9 mm
Height
16.1 mm
14.5 mm
16.2 mm
14.51 mm
17.9 mm
24 mm
14.9 mm
14.9 mm
16.1 mm
16.2 mm
Width
304.1 mm
308 mm
357.9 mm
308 mm
324 mm
359 mm
304.1 mm
304.1 mm
322.6 mm
357.9 mm
Product weight
1.29 kg
1.25 kg
2 kg
1.25 kg
1.6 kg
2.5 kg
1.37 kg
1.37 kg
1.34 kg
2 kg
Aspect ratio
16:10 (Widescreen)
3:2
16:10 (Widescreen)
3:2
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
Display technology
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
OLED
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
Backlight
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
Panel type
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
120Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
Screen resolution
2560x1600
2256x1504
3072x1920
2256x1504
1920x1080
3840x2160
2560x1600
2560x1600
1366x768
3072x1920
Screen size
13.3 inches
13.5 inches
16 inches
13.5 inches
14 inches
15.6 inches
13.3 inches
13.3 inches
14 inches
16 inches
Screen surface
Glossy
Glossy
Glossy
Glossy
Matte
Glossy
Glossy
Matte
Glossy
Swivel screen
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Touchscreen
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Touchscreen features
Multi touch, Active Digitizer (support for stylus pen)
Multi touch, Active Digitizer (support for stylus pen)
Multi touch, Active Digitizer (support for stylus pen)
Eco labels
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar, EPEAT
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar, EPEAT
Built-in camera
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Features
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard, Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Numeric keyboard
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Security
Fingerprint reader
Face scanner
Fingerprint reader
Face scanner
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Suitable for gaming
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Dedicated graphics memory
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Graphics memory
4 GB
6 GB
6 GB
4 GB
Type of graphics memory
GDDR6
GDDR6
GDDR6
GDDR6
Graphics processor
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4
Intel HD Graphics 620
Radeon Pro 5300M
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce RTX 2060
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
Intel HD Graphics 500
Radeon Pro 5500M
Switchable graphics
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Material (body/chassis)
Aluminium
Aluminium, Magnesium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium, Plastic, Magnesium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Free memory slots
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Maximum amount of memory
8 GB
8 GB
16 GB
8 GB
24 GB
32 GB
8 GB
16 GB
4 GB
16 GB
Memory slot
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard & SO-DIMM
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Number of memory slots
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
RAM size
8 GB
8 GB
16 GB
8 GB
16 GB
32 GB
8 GB
16 GB
4 GB
16 GB
Type of memory
DDR4X
DDR3
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4
DDR3
DDR4X
DDR4
DDR4
Release year
2020
2017
2019
2019
2020
2019
2020
2020
2018
2019
Pointing stick
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Max battery life
12 h
14.5 h
11 h
11.5 h
10.7 h
10 h
10 h
10 h
11 h
Number of battery cells
4 ​
4 ​
8 ​
2 ​
Processor core type
2 (Dual) Core
2 (Dual) Core
6 (Hexa) Core
4 (Quad) Core
8 (Octa) Core
8 (Octa) Core
4 (Quad) Core
4 (Quad) Core
2 (Dual) Core
8 (Octa) Core
Processor model
Intel Core i3 1000NG4
Intel Core i5 7200U
Intel Core i7 9750H
Intel Core i5 1035G7
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
Intel Core i9 9980HK
Intel Core i5 8257U
Intel Core i5 1038NG7
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel Core i9 9880H
Processor speed
1.1 GHz
2.5 GHz
2.6 GHz
1.2 GHz
2.9 GHz
2.4 GHz
1.4 GHz
2 GHz
1.1 GHz
2.3 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
Mac OS
Windows 10 S
Mac OS
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Mac OS
Mac OS
Google Chrome OS
Mac OS
Flash/SSD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Flash/SSD size
256 GB
128 GB
512 GB
128 GB
512 GB
1024 GB
256 GB
512 GB
32 GB
1024 GB
Type
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
eMMC
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
Memory card reader
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Type of memory card
microSDHC, microSD, microSDXC
Optical drive
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No