surface pro surface laptopMicrosoft Surface Laptop (left) and Surface Pro (right) are both killer alternatives to the MacBook and iPad Pro.Melia Robinson/Business Insider

This week, Microsoft released not one, but two new laptops. 

First, you’ve got the Surface Laptop, an all-new device that’s aimed at students. It also serves as the showcase device for Windows 10 S, a streamlined (but flawed) version of the operating system designed to eke higher performance out of even lower-end hardware. 

Second, you have the Surface Pro. This is a revamped update of 2015’s well-received Surface Pro 4, only this version doesn’t carry a number, just the name. And while Microsoft has previously marketed it as “the tablet that can replace your laptop,” the Surface Pro now carries the tagline of “the most versatile laptop in the world.” 

In this reporter’s opinion, it’s hard to go wrong: In their own ways, each of these new, premium laptops is better than the Apple equivalent, specifically with regards to the iPad Pro and MacBook.

But if you’re having trouble choosing between them, never fear. Here’s what you need to know.