Microsoft Promotes Surface Pro 4 While Bashing MacBook Air

Microsoft knows it has a hit with the Surface Pro 4 and isn’t afraid to have a little lighthearted fun by bashing Apple’s MacBook Air. Mac Rumors has the news.

“The ad, titled ‘Surface Pro 4 is the one for me’, was posted on YouTube and features a woman trying out some of the features of the Surface Pro 4 and then attempting to replicate the functionality on a MacBook Air, to no avail.”

Apple MacBook Air Microsoft thinks the MacBook Air is a joke compared to the Surface Pro 4. [Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

The article adds that all of this is going on while a melody man plays a musical keyboard and sings the praises of the Surface Pro 4. He compares the MacBook Air to a “hat for your cat.”

Even though this article appears on a MacBook site, a lot of commenters agree with the sentiment of the commercial.

“Competition is good for Apple. Heck, maybe they’ll even innovate,” claims Buzinezguy.

“Cementing their underdog status in the most effective way,” says Djcerla.

However, there are a couple people who think that comparing the Surface Pro 4 to the MacBook Air is useless since they are two different devices. They also think that the MacBook Air runs a far more robust operating system — OS X.

The Surface Pro 4 has become the go-to device for those who want a high-powered laptop that can also be used as a tablet. When the Pro 4 was first released last October, Engadget gave the device an almost perfect review.

“The Surface Pro 3 was a sign that Microsoft’s crazy hybrid tablet experiment might actually have legs. The Surface Pro 4, on the other hand, is the company’s Surface dream made real. Everything Microsoft promised at that surprise Surface unveiling in 2012 is here today with the Pro 4,” claimed critic Devindra Hardawar, while also noting that the battery life can certainly be improved.

The Surface Pro has earned outstadning reviews for Microsoft. [Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images]

Digital Trends also gave the Surface Pro 4 an excellent review.


“The Surface Pro 4 is a microcosm of the change Microsoft is trying to spur inside its own walls. Time and time again, it missed the opportunity to leap on a new trend in consumer technology. But not with Surface. This time, Microsoft is a leader. It’s setting the trend. And unlike its new competitors, it’s had a few years to work out the kinks.”

Still the Surface Pro 4 hasn’t been without problems as the release had been plagued by bugs. As a matter of fact, Microsoft acknowledged the bugs with the Pro 4 (and Surface Book) in a message from the Windows Blog in late 2015.

“Building devices people love is what drives our team. It’s why we come in to work every morning and it’s what keeps us up at night. And feedback from our customers is really important to the team and to me personally. I read the blogs, I read the comments, I read social media, I read the forums…and so does the team,” wrote Panos Panay, the corporate vice president of Microsoft devices.

Many of the Surface Pro 4 bugs have been worked out and it is widely seen as one of the best computing devices on the market. Consumers are now looking forward to the Surface Pro 5, which will most likely not be released until 2017.

Many sources point to Microsoft releasing one version of the Pro 4 that has a 4K screen. Microsoft will also add a faster processor and more RAM. One hopes the Pro 5 will deal with the Pro 4’s only real downside — battery life. It sounds like the Surface Pro 5 will definitely be worth the wait.

[Photo via Daryl Deino]