MacBook Pro 2016 Vs Dell XPS 13: Affordable Laptop Beats Apple Device?

By JR O. , Nov 09, 2016 04:24 AM EST
The Dell XPS 13 is arguably a better deal than the MacBook Pro 2016. (Photo : Laptop / YouTube)

When the new MacBook Pro came out this 2016, it kind of got a mixed reaction from the consumers. While most Apple users are happy to upgrade to the new laptop after years of waiting, there are some people who think that the MacBook Pro 2016 is too expensive and slightly not worth it considering the lack of good upgrades. Let's compare it with one of the most popular 2016 laptop of choice Dell XPS 13 to find out whether the MacBook Pro 2016 is a good buy or is it way too pricey based on current standards.

MacBook Pro 2016 Specs, Features And Price

The MacBook Pro 2016 is priced at $1499 for the 13 inch model that doesn't have a Touch Bar. The 13 inch variant that comes with the Touch Bar is priced at $1799 and the 15 inch variant that also has the Touch Bar is priced at $2399. The 13 inch laptop that doesn't have a Touch Bar comes with a Core i5 Intel CPU (2.0 GHz dual-core), 256 GB storage and 8 GB RAM. The next-level MacBook Pro that is 13 inch in size comes with a Touch Bar, a 2.9 GHz Core i5 CPU and 256 GB storage. The most premium variant that is 15 inch in size comes with a Core i7 2.6 GHz processor, 16 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

It's worth pointing out that the least expensive MacBook Pro 2016 has two USB C ports while the 13 inch Touch Bar variant has three USB C ports and the 15 inch model has four of these ports. Also, those prices are just starting prices as buyers can choose to have higher laptop configurations for additional costs. As per Tech Radar's report, the ultimate MacBook Pro 2016 can cost up to $4299. This price, of course, doesn't include the accessories that you may or may not find necessary.

Dell XPS 13 Specs, Features And Price

The $1649 priced Dell XPS 13 is a 13-inch laptop that boasts of its vivid touchscreen and Infinity Display, CNET reported. The said Infinity Display is basically a narrow bezel that gives the laptop screen a pure-display look. Internally, the Dell XPS 13 is stuffed with a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage and Windows 10 Home operating system. This model is the latest reiteration of the XPS 13 which is why it is running the latest and most powerful Intel processor.

Overall, the Dell XPS 13 is more expensive than the previous release but it's undeniably more powerful as well. The laptop's almost bezel-less look, touchscreen display and hefty internals makes it arguably the best laptop this season. It doesn't have the extra goodies like a Touch Bar, but it can do everything you'd expect in a pricey laptop.

MacBook Pro 2016 Vs Dell XPS 13

As a whole, price-wise, the Dell XPS 13 is a regret-free buy. It's already expensive as a laptop which means the MacBook Pro 2016 can already be considered a splurge. The Apple laptop isn't even the touchscreen laptop most people expect from such a premium brand. Nevertheless, if you're indeed a MacOS user for the longest time it's understandable if you'd rather go for the MacBook Pro 2016 instead of the less expensive Windows options. If not, you'd really need to weigh things out before making any purchase.

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