Shockingly, the Surface Laptop 4 bests Apple's MacBook Air in Microsoft's latest ad

Surface Laptop 4 Amd 2021 Display
Surface Laptop 4 Amd 2021 Display (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft just released a new ad for the Surface Laptop 4.
  • The ad calls out the MacBook Air for not having a touchscreen.
  • It also highlights the Surface Laptop 4 having a USB-C port and a USB-A port.

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 is the latest member of the Surface family. It has plenty of options when it comes to size and processors and continues the tradition of thin-and-light laptops from Microsoft. In the latest ad for the Surface Laptop 4, Microsoft puts it head-to-head with the MacBook Air.

The ad features the same actor as Microsoft's other recent Surface ads, but also ads his sister. In the ad, the pair discusses how the Surface Laptop 4 has a touchscreen and a USB-A port. Of course, they make sure to point out that the MacBook Air lacks a touchscreen and doesn't have a USB-A port.

The Surface Laptop 4 has a USB-A and USB-C port, while the MacBook Air only has USB-C ports. Depending on your accessories, either setup could arguably be better if we're honest.

Needless to say, everyone doesn't share the opinion of the siblings in the latest ad for the Surface Laptop 4. In his MacBook Air review for our sister site iMore, Daniel Bader calls the MacBook Air a "giant leap" forward. Bader also calls the MacBook Air a "potent combination of class design and a new, ultra-fast M1 SoC."

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  • As an OG Surfacebook (2015) owner, that laptop doesn't look any different. There are many hardware features i would have updated from Gen1 models. I use to make fun of Apple for product refreshes.
    - speakers, bezels, weight, charger (expensive/awful quality)
    - glossy display / not bright enough (can't even sit beside a window during the day)
    The only thing not outdated is the keyboard. Excellent keyboards.
    MS is in no position to be chirping other companies while the only thing we can get excited about is floating menus, and curved corners.
    If MS doesn't watch out; the next iPad Pro, which does have a touch screen, will be more powerful than MS top tier laptops via ARM chips. At least that iPad OS gets updated annually.
  • While I kind of understand people's issues with products only doing incremental updates (I've complained about this in the past also), what do people really expect? 2 in 1 devices, and convertibles are the only real shift in laptop design we've seen in a really long time and I can't really think what else companies can do other than the usual, bumping up the specs like they usually do. That being said laptops aren't the sort of thing that people need to be upgrading every year, so while yearly updates don't mean much, usually when you need to move on the quality of devices has significantly jumped.
  • How about thinner bezels, thunderbolt, dedicated GPU option (at least on the 15").
  • They are incremental advances, not game changing design upgrades.
  • Surface gaming laptop would be awesome.