From generation to generation, Dell and Apple continue to update their best-selling notebooks – XPS 13 and MacBook Pro – to somehow awaken consumers. The XPS 13 now features 8 Inteland processors and a touchpad on the MacBook Pro. It’s time to compare these two high-end laptops to see which one is the best.
CompareXPS 13 with MacBook Pro
XPS 13 vs MacBook Pro Design and Build
Dell deserves respect for not being afraid to experiment with different materials. Apple was married to his aluminium monocoque case, which the company may have perfected over the years, while Dell tried almost every conceivable material. The new XPS 13 has a metal housing with a carbon fibre wrist support. The combination of these two materials gives the notebook more power and cooling power and minimizes physical contact with cold metal.
The MacBook Pro’s most remarkable design feature is available only to those who pay a little less for one of the two best 15-inch models than for the most expensive 13-inch model. We’re talking about the Touch Bar, of course.
The touchpad is a narrow and wide OLED display that is located directly above the keyboard and displays application-specific commands. It works in all applications created by Apple and a growing number of third-party applications. All well-known applications such as Photoshop or Illustrator are supported, and even most small developers have upgraded their applications to support the touch screen.
One can argue about the usefulness of a touch tablet, but some people love it and have created fascinating widgets for it. For example, there is a well-designed Touch Bar crypto-money sticker that allows you to see the price of your investment rise just above the keyboard.
Both XPS 13 and MacBook Pro have excellent input devices, but each laptop performs differently. The MacBook Pro touchpad is significantly larger than the XPS 13 touchpad, making it easier to browse the web and perform other tasks without retyping. On the other hand, the XPS 13 has a more responsive keyboard, which is no problem compared to Apple’s Butterfly keyboard.
When it comes to connectivity, it’s no wonder the XPS 13 offers more features: two standard USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C 3.1 port with PowerShare, DC-In and DisplayPort, a card reader, a headset lock and a lock with Noble-Lock. The 13-inch MacBook Pro has up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports (just like the 15-inch MacBook Pro), but only if you pay for the most expensive model. Both models have only two Thunderbolt 3 connectors.
XPS 13 compared to MacBook Properformance
The most affordable MacBook Pro is the 7th generation with an Intel Core i5 processor. The second generation is equipped with 2.3 GHz and a 3.6 GHz turbocharger. The cheapest XPS 13 is equipped with an i5-8250U processor, an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor. The new generation is based on a base frequency of 1.6 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 3.4 GHz. The cheapest Dell also has 4GB less RAM than the cheapest MacBook Pro, but the price difference between the two models makes the comparison unfair.
Dell offers the same amount of RAM, the same memory capacity and higher turbocharging. And with a battery life of 52 watts per hour, it works a few hours longer on a single charge than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
If you need the most computing power, buy one of two 15-inch MacBook Pro models. Both are equipped with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD and are equipped with a 7th generation Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor and a special Radeon Pro graphics card with up to 4 GB video memory. The most expensive XPS 13 only has a built-in graphics card from Intel, which doesn’t make it ideal if you often use software that relies on GPU acceleration.
DisplayXPS 13 vs. MacBook Pro
Dell offers the XPS 13 with two screens. Two lower priced models are equipped with an InfinityEdge Full HD display and two higher priced models are equipped with an InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) touch screen.
All MacBooks Pro feature retina displays with 2560 × 1600 resolution, wide viewing angles, and accurate color reproduction. For professionals who demand superior color fastness at work, MacBook Pro is the best choice.
The most important selling point of the XPS 13 is the fact that the 4K screen is equipped with a touch screen. The ability to communicate with a touch screen laptop allows you to surf and draw the web in a natural way, which is a welcome alternative to traditional input methods.
Comparison caseXPS 13 vs MacBook Pro
The important thing is to know where the Dell XPS 13 shines. You’ve got a premium laptop that’s durable and easy to use, even with MacBook Pro. But for professionals who want exceptional performance at all costs, the MacBook Pro is still a laptop.
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