Apple released the new upgraded version of MacBook Pro with a new feature, the touch bar. This touch bar can prove useful in various conditions like when you are editing or surfing pictures, writing e-mails or logging into your MacBook (the touch bar comes with the touch ID on the right end.) The new MacBook looks fantastic but it might cost you a lot of money and yes it comes with MacOS. So, if you are a Windows fan and like to mess around Windows then here are some MacBook 2016 alternatives which you should consider.
5Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Book is the latest two in one notebook from Microsoft with a detachable keyboard and a Surface Pen. The display on the Surface Book is 13.5 inches with Pixel Sense technology and 3000 X 2000 resolution and 267 ppi pixel density. You can choose from 8 GB or 16 GB RAM variant.
Microsoft Surface Book is powered by a sixth generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Microsoft gives variety of storage options; 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. You have to pay more for higher storage models because these are all SSD storage options. The battery life on this laptop is 12 hours but with the performance base (the keyboard part attached), it goes up to 16 hours.
- 13.5 inches Pixel Sense display, 3000 X 2000 and 267 ppi
- 8 GB / 16 GB RAM
- 6th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7
- Windows 10 Pro
- 128 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB/ 1 TB SSD
- NVIDIA GeForce with 1 GB DDR5 memory
- Up to 12 hours of video playback, 16 hours with performance base
4Lenovo Yoga Book
Lenovo Yoga Book is not just another notebook from Lenovo it is a two in one notebook with 10.1 inches full HD display. What makes it different is the Halo keyboard which is just a touch surface which glows with keys. And the Real Pen, yes! It’s a real pen with ink; you don’t need to charge it to work on your Lenovo Yoga Book.
Lenovo Yoga Book keyboard space is just a flat looking flat surface, but as soon as you turn on the laptop, you’ll see a glowing keyboard and trackpad on that surface. On which, you can use any of your regular pens to draw doodles or take notes. Lenovo Yoga Book comes in Windows 10 or Android OS variant from which you can choose from. Battery backup with Android OS is three hours more than the Windows version.
- Windows 10/ Android OS
- Intel Atom x5-Z8550 quad-core processor
- 10.1 full HD IPS multi-touch display
- 4 GB RAM
- 64 GB storage, expandable using Micro SD card
- 8 MP rear and 5 MP front facing camera
- 8500 mAh battery
3Microsoft Surface Pro 4
A legendary Windows tablet ever built, Microsoft created a beast with so much of elegance and a stylus called Surface Pen. The tablet is just 786 g (with top specs) and it’s less than an inch (0.33 in) thick. Microsoft use Solid state drive (SSD) as a faster storage option in this tablets.
You can configure a Surface Pro 4 for you with a variety of processor and RAM configurations. The 12.3 inches PixelSense display is super bright and sharp with nearly QHD resolution. The battery is enough to give you a play time of 9 hours.
- Windows 10 Pro
- SSD options: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB
- 12.3 PixelSense display, 2736 X 1824 (267 ppi)
- 6 Gen Intel Core m3, i5 or i7
- 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB
- 9 hours of video playback
2Razer Blade Stealth
If you know about Razer then you know what I am going to talk about; power! ultimate power! This power now comes packed in a half inch thin laptop and it weighs only 1.2 kilos. The Razer Blade Stealth is an ultimate power itself, but when you attach the Razer Core (external graphics card) to this laptop, it turns into a The Optimus Prime with its mighty sword (Razer Core sells separately).
Razer Blade Stealth comes with two variants according to the display resolution; QHD and 4K. The storage options are 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB SSD goes up to 1 TGB SSD in4K model. The memory is 16 GB which is fixed so you cannot add more RAM sticks but you know, 16 GB RAM is fine.
- 12.3 QHD/4K resolution
- 128 GB/256 GB/512 GB/1 TB SSD options
- 16 GB RAM
- Windows 10 64 bit
- 7th gen Intel Core i7 dual-core processor
- 53.6 Wh li-ion polymer battery
HP recently came up with an ultrabook with so much power and elegance. The whole ultrabook is just 10.4 mm thick and weighs approx 1.1 kilos. This beauty packs Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with 8 GB memory.
The laptop comes with a full HD 13 inch IPS display and Band and Olufsen full facing stereo speakers. The battery is capable of a full 9 hours of work hours with a single charge. You might be missing some connectivity options which you need in a laptop like a USB Type A port, SD card slot and an HDMI port.
- Windows 10 OS
- SSD storage up to 512 GB
- 6th gen Intel core i series processor
- Up to 8 GB memory
- 3 X USB Type-C ports including two Thunderbolt port
Apple did a great job with adding a new feature to the new Mac Book Pro but also removed some features which a laptop should have. Well, these laptops can fulfil those needs for you and still cost you less than (most of them) the new Mac Book Pro. These Windows alternatives will make you forget about the Touch Bar feature of the new MacBook Pro 2016.