If you want a pro laptop and you don't want Apple, then how about a Microsoft Surface Book? It's pretty much all the 'pro' you could need.

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Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book

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Microsoft's Surface Book is about the best Windows laptop on the market today. Its removable keyboard base, Surface Pen, and 13.5-inch touchscreen together create the perfect machine for creatives and professionals alike. Battery life is solid, the keyboard is pleasure to type on, and the touchpad is precise. What more could you ask for?

Bottom line: This is a true Windows laptop for professionals and creators. It's hard to do any better.

One more thing: The display has a unique 3:2 ratio, making it taller than other ultrabooks.

Why the Surface Book is the best alternative to the MacBook Pro

If you're the type of laptop buyer that's considering a 'pro' level machine, then you want it for more than just a name. Whether you're a creator or some other kind of professional user, you're looking for a laptop that offers more than above average. You want the best.

You want the best, so you want a Surface Book.

If you're looking for the best, the Surface Book is where to go. It's a unique product, not just among Windows laptops, with a number of key differentiators. The screen comes away from the base, leaving you with a slim, powerful, high-resolution Windows 10 tablet that you can draw and write on with the Surface Pen. Unless you have the dedicated GPU in the keyboard base, you lose nothing else besides battery life by using it as a tablet.

But docked as a laptop you have everything you might need. A great keyboard, a sublime trackpad and ports to actually connect things to. If you're a photographer that needs a microSD card slot, you're well looked after.

A larger screen

Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

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The 15.6-inch touch display on the Dell XPS 15 has a 4K resolution that is perfect for creators. Get up to a Skylake Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 960M GPU, and a 512GB SSD — plenty of power for multimedia editing. Those needing to connect things will appreciate the array of ports, including HDMI, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt 3. Configurations start at about $1000.

Bottom line: If you want a larger display and 4K resolution then check out the Dell XPS 15.

One more thing: The RAM in the XPS 15 can be upgraded, so save some money now and wait for prices to come down before upgrading it yourself.

Those who like to game

Razer Blade

Razer Blade

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Razer's new Blade is a beast. It has a full NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, a Skylake Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with a clock speed up to 3.5GHz, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. The 14-inch IPS display has a 1920x1080 or a QHD+ resolution, with anti-glare on the full HD option. Get up to a 1TB PCIe SSD to boot Windows crazy fast and hold all your games, and enjoy a Razer Chroma keyboard with 16.8 million color combinations for your keys. It's slim, it's light and it's every bit a 'pro' PC, with the added bonus of crushing your games when you're done being busy for the day.

Bottom line: A slim, light, ultra-stylish gaming laptop that's good for any occasion.

One more thing: With its GTX 1060 GPU, the Razer Blade can also get you into VR as well as anything else you might want to throw at it.

Conclusion

There are so many great Windows laptops out there nowadays it can be hard to pin it down to the right one for you. In this case, if the MacBook Pro is attractive to you but you'd prefer Windows, these three are your better options. The Razer Blade is great if you'd also like to game, the XPS 15 is perfect if you want that larger display and the Surface Book is the best all-rounder you can get right now.

Best overall

Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book

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Microsoft's Surface Book is about the best Windows laptop on the market today. Its removable keyboard base, Surface Pen, and 13.5-inch touchscreen together create the perfect tool no matter what you use it for. Battery life is solid, the keyboard is pleasure to type on, and the touchpad is precise. What more could you ask for?

Bottom line: This is a true Windows laptop for professionals and creators. It's hard to do any better.

One more thing: The display has a unique 3:2 ratio, making it taller than other ultrabooks.