M1 MacBook Pro 14” vs. Surface Laptop Studio

Here is a side by side comparison between M1 MacBook Pro 14” and Surface Laptop Studio specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Key Differences

M1 MacBook Pro 14” image

M1 MacBook Pro 14”

Surface Laptop Studio image

Surface Laptop Studio

M1 MacBook Pro 14” Pros

Reasons that M1 MacBook Pro 14” is better than Surface Laptop Studio.

Much faster CPU performance

Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G) inside M1 MacBook Pro 14” has a 150% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-11370H inside Surface Laptop Studio.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
M1 MacBook Pro 14” - Apple M1 Max (10C, 24G)
12,185
M1 MacBook Pro 14” - Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
12,185
M1 MacBook Pro 14” - Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
11,988
M1 MacBook Pro 14” - Apple M1 Pro (8C, 14G)
9,512
Surface Laptop Studio - Intel Core i7-11370H
4,864
Surface Laptop Studio - Intel Core i5-11300H
4,441
Supports larger memory

M1 MacBook Pro 14” supports a larger memory capacity than the Surface Laptop Studio. It supports up to 64GB versus 32GB of system memory on the Surface Laptop Studio.

Max system memory size
M1 MacBook Pro 14”
64 GB
Surface Laptop Studio
32 GB
About 9% lighter

M1 MacBook Pro 14” weighed 3.5 pounds, 9% lighter than the 3.83 pounds Surface Laptop Studio.

WeightM1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Pound
3.5 lbs.
3.83 lbs.
Kilogram
1.59 kg
1.74 kg
Has three more ports and slots

M1 MacBook Pro 14” has more ports and slots count than the Surface Laptop Studio. It has seven versus four amount of ports and slots on the Surface Laptop Studio.

PortsM1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
full-size SD card slotYesNo
HDMIYesNo
headphone jackYesYes
power portYesNo
Surface Connect+NoYes
Thunderbolt 4Yes x3Yes x2
Total74
More versatile connectivity

M1 MacBook Pro 14” has better versatile I/O connectivity than the Surface Laptop Studio. It has five versus two commonly used ports and slots on the Surface Laptop Studio.

PortsM1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
headphone jackYesYes
Thunderbolt 4YesYes
full-size SD card slotYesNo
HDMIYesNo
power portYesNo

Surface Laptop Studio Pros

Reasons that Surface Laptop Studio is better than M1 MacBook Pro 14”.

Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti  4GB GDDR6 vs. integrated

Upgradable storage

Surface Laptop Studio comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future.

SlotsM1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
M.2
Onboard
Yes x1

M1 MacBook Pro 14”: Our analysis and reviews

M1 MacBook Pro 14” image

What we like

Reasons to like about M1 MacBook Pro 14”.

All-day battery life of up to 17-hours

According to Apple, the M1 MacBook Pro 14” lasts up to 17 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 11 hours wireless web
  • Up to 17 hours of Apple TV app movie playback

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about M1 MacBook Pro 14”.

Non-upgradable storage

M1 MacBook Pro 14” has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion. Learn more.

Non-upgradable memory

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

All-New MacBook Pro Design

The new design focus on functionality and performance. It has a larger chassis that provides more room for an advanced thermal system that can move 50 percent more air than the previous generation.

New M1 Pro and M1 Max Chip

The new 14” MacBook Pro features the new M1 Pro, and M1 Max applies a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. Both processors feature fast unified memory and increased memory bandwidth up to 400GB/s, 8-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, and with best-in-class performance per watt and industry-leading power efficiency.

New Liquid Retina XDR with ProMotion Display

Featuring the mini-LED technology used in iPad Pro, the Liquid Retina XDR display delivers up to 1,000 nits of sustained, full-screen brightness, an incredible 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

Better Battery Life

It delivers up to 17 hours of video playback, seven more hours than the previous-generation MacBook Pro.

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

Removed features

Here is the list of features removed from the 16-inch M1 MacBook Pro laptop:

  • Removed Touchbar
  • One less Thunderbolt port
No Bootcamp

You can no longer install and run Windows 10/11 via Bootcamp on the newer Arm-based M1 chip. The only solution you have for now is to use virtualization.

Surface Laptop Studio: Our analysis and reviews

Surface Laptop Studio image

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface Laptop Studio.

Supports Windows 11

Surface Laptop Studio exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsSurface Laptop Studio
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-11300H → Intel Core i7-11370H
4GB RAM16GB → 32GB
64GB Drive256GB → 2TB
2 Cores CPU4 cores
All-day battery life of up to 19-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface Laptop Studio lasts up to 19 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 19 hours of typical device usage
    Intel Core i5 models.
  • Up to 18 hours of typical device usage
    Intel Core i7 models.
Upgradable storage

Surface Laptop Studio comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future. Learn more.

Supports discrete graphics
Configurable up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti  4GB GDDR6

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Surface Laptop Studio.

Non-upgradable memory

Key Features

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
At Glance
Released in Late
2021
16:10 XDR
14.2”
1964p 120Hz
Weight
3.5 lb
1.59 kg
Up to
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
10C/10T, 3.20 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,747
Single Core
Geekbench 5
12,185
Multi-Core
With integrated
Apple M1 Max iGPU
32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores
Configurable up to
64GB
Unified Memory
M1 MacBook Pro 14” Ports
Released in Late
2021
3:2 2.4K
14.4”
2400p 60~120Hz
Weight
3.83 lb
1.74 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-11370H
4C/8T, 3.30 → 4.80 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,397
Single Core
Geekbench 5
4,864
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, 400 → 1350 MHz
Configurable up to
32GB
4267 MHz LPDDR4X
Surface Laptop Studio Ports
NVIDIA GeForce
RTX 3050 Ti 
4GB GDDR6

Availability

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Released20212021
Release Date
  • Announced on October 18, 2021.
  • Available on October 26, 2021.
  • Introduced: September 22, 2021
  • Pre-ordered: September 22, 2021
  • Released: October 5, 2021
Pricing
  • $1,999
    M1 Pro, 8C CPU, 14C GPU, 16GB, 512GB
  • $2,299
    M1 Pro, 10C CPU, 16C GPU, 16GB, 512GB
  • $2,499
    M1 Pro, 10C CPU, 16C GPU, 16GB, 1TB
  • $3,099
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 24C GPU, 32GB, 1TB
  • $3,299
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 32GB, 1TB
  • $3,699
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 64GB, 1TB
  • $4,099
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 64GB, 2TB
  • $4,699
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 64GB, 4TB
  • $5,899
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 64GB, 8TB
  • $1,599.99
    i5-11300H 16GB 256GB Intel Iris Xe
  • $1,799.99
    i5-11300H 16GB 512GB Intel Iris Xe
  • $2,099.99
    i7-11370H 16GB 256GB RTX 3050 Ti
  • $2,699.99
    i7-11370H 16GB 1TB RTX 3050 Ti
  • $3,099.99
    i7-11370H 32GB 2TB RTX 3050 Ti
Generations-
Stores

Exterior

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Size Comparison
M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Dimensions
  • Height: 0.61 inch (1.55 cm)
  • Width: 12.31 inches (31.26 cm)
  • Depth: 8.71 inches (22.12 cm)
12.72” x 8.98” x 0.746” (323.28 mm x 228.32 mm x 18.94 mm)
Weight3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)
  • 3.83 lb (1,742.9 grams)
    Intel Core i5 models.
  • 4.00 lb (1,820.2 grams)
    Intel Core i7 models.
Colors
Space Gray Silver
Platinum
Casing: Magnesium and Aluminum
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 full-height function keys and 4 arrow keys in an inverted-T arrangement
  • Touch ID
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures
  • Keyboard:
    • Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys
    • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12)
    • Windows key and dedicated buttons for media controls, screen brightness
    • Backlight.
  • Precision Haptic touchpad:
    • Largest surface touchpad to date.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gestures.

Display

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Size14.2 Inches14.4 Inches
Info
  • Liquid Retina XDR display
    • Size: 14.2-inch
    • Technology: Liquid Retina XDR display
    • Resolution: 3024 x 1964
    • Pixel Density: 254 PPI
  • XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range)
    • Up to 1000 nits sustained (full-screen) brightness, 1600 nits peak brightness
    • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
    • Color
      1 billion colors Wide color (P3) True Tone technology
  • Refresh rates
    • ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
    • Fixed refresh rates: 47.95Hz, 48.00Hz, 50.00Hz, 59.94Hz, 60.00Hz
  • 14.4” PixelSense™ Flow Display
  • Resolution: 2400 x 1600 (201 PPI)
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1500:1
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz
    60Hz default.
  • Inking: GPU Ink Acceleration
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Dolby Vision® support

Ports

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
M1 MacBook Pro 14” image
M1 MacBook Pro 14” Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (4)
  • 1 x power port
    MagSafe 3
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (3)
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x HDMI
Surface Laptop Studio image
Surface Laptop Studio Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
Left (2)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
Right (2)
  • 1 x Surface Connect+
    Magnet Charging, Surface Dock
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone

Internal Specs

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Processor
  1. Apple M1 Pro (8C, 14G)
    8 cores, 8 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  2. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  3. Apple M1 Max (10C, 24G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  4. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11300H
    4 cores, 8 threads, 3.10 → 4.40 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 35W
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11370H
    4 cores, 8 threads, 3.30 → 4.80 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 35W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

M1 MacBook Pro 14”1
Apple M1 Pro (8C, 14G)1,73299.14%
2
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)1,73799.43%
3
Apple M1 Max (10C, 24G)1,747100.00%
4
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)1,747100.00%
Surface Laptop Studio1
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11300H1,28673.61%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11370H1,39779.97%
01,747

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

M1 MacBook Pro 14”1
Apple M1 Pro (8C, 14G)9,51278.06%
2
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)11,98898.38%
3
Apple M1 Max (10C, 24G)12,185100.00%
4
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)12,185100.00%
Surface Laptop Studio1
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11300H4,44136.45%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11370H4,86439.92%
012,185
Integrated Graphics
  1. Apple M1 Pro (8C, 14G)
    Apple M1 Pro iGPU
    14 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  2. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    Apple M1 Pro iGPU
    16 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  3. Apple M1 Max (10C, 24G)
    Apple M1 Max iGPU
    24 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  4. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    Apple M1 Max iGPU
    32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11300H
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, 400 → 1300 MHz
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11370H
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1350 MHz
Memory
16GB 32GB 64GB
Unified Memory
16GB 32GB
4267 MHz LPDDR4X RAM
Discrete Graphics-
  • Optional NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti  with 4GB GDDR6
    For Consumer.
  • Optional NVIDIA® RTX™ A2000 with 4GB GDDR6
    For Business.
Storage
512GB 1TB 2TB 4TB 8TB
SSD
256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
Removable M.2 NVMe SSD

Connectivity

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Wi-Fi 6: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible.
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technologyBluetooth Wireless 5.1 technology

Battery

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Size70 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
  • 58.0 Wh
    Nominal battery capacity.
  • 56.3 Wh
    Minimum battery capacity.
Battery Life
  • Up to 11 hours wireless web
  • Up to 17 hours of Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 19 hours of typical device usage
    Intel Core i5 models.
  • Up to 18 hours of typical device usage
    Intel Core i7 models.
Power Supply
  • 67W USB‑C Power Adapter
    M1 Pro with 8-core CPU models
  • 96W USB‑C Power Adapter
    M1 Pro with 10-core CPU or M1 Max models. Supports Fast-Charging.
  • 60W power supply
    Intel Core i5 models.
  • 95W power supply
    Intel Core i7 models.

Software

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
OSShipped with macOS Monterey
  • For Consumer: Windows 11 Home
  • For Commercial: Windows 11 Pro
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
  • Preloaded Microsoft 365 Apps
  • Microsoft 365 Family 30-day trial
  • Preloaded Xbox app
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate one month trial

Camera & Audio

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Camera1080p FaceTime HD camera 
Advanced image signal processor with computational video.
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 1080p resolution front-facing camera
Audio
  • High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-canceling woofers
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking when using AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max
  • Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones
  • Dual far-field Studio Mics
  • Quad Omnisonic™ speakers with Dolby Atmos®

Misc

M1 MacBook Pro 14”Surface Laptop Studio
Inking-
  • Supports Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP)
    4096 levels of pressure Tilt sensing Best in class latency Paper feel 0.1mm precision
  • Supports Tactile signals with Surface Slim Pen 2
SensorsTouch ID sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • Hardware TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security and BitLocker support
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Windows enhanced hardware security
In the box
  • 14‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 67W USB‑C Power Adapter
    M1 Pro with 8-core CPU models.
  • 96W USB‑C Power Adapter
    M1 Pro with 10-core CPU or M1 Max models.
  • USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable (2 m)
  • Surface Laptop Studio
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyYour MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage every 12 months, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
  • Surface for Business customers: Includes Advanced Exchange, an expedited replacement service, at no additional cost
More
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colors and:
    • Up to two external displays with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Pro) or
    • Up to three external displays with up to 6K resolution and one external display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Max)
  • Thunderbolt 4 digital video output
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI digital video output
    • Support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz
    • DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
Supports Surface Dial
Supports off-screen interaction only.
Hinge
Dynamic Woven Hinge made of woven fabric with embedded cables that can bend 180 degrees.

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