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Apple MacBook Pro Vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: Head-To-Head

The CRN Test Center compares Apple's new MacBook Pro for 2020 with Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3.

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One of the major updates on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is that the keyboard design has been changed up. The notebook's "Magic Keyboard" design uses a scissor mechanism and offers 1 mm of key travel, providing improved typing comfort and a more-stable feel (compared to the shallow "butterfly" keys on previous models). Apple has also added a much-requested physical escape key, though the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro still features the Touch Bar above the physical keyboard.

The Surface Laptop 3 has also gotten a keyboard redesign. Key travel is now 1.3 mm--which makes the keys deeper than those of the MacBook Pro, but not quite as deep as the 1.5 mm key travel on the Surface Laptop 2. The trackpad is 20-percent larger this time around, and the Surface Laptop 3 continues to feature Alcantara fabric around the keyboard and touchpad. However, this time the fabric is only included with two of the colors--blue and silver--while the black and gold models have aluminum around the keys and touchpad instead.

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