You may be wondering which laptop you should buy this year, the Dell XPS 15 or the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Dell XPS 15 and the MacBook Pro have a history of being the same in specs. But what will the newest versions bring under the hood? Which is better right now?
The following is a comparison between the Dell XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 16-inch laptop models. On one hand, these laptops offer an impressive amount of power under their hoods that can accomplish just about any task.
Whether you’re editing photos, videos or juggling dozens of tabs, these machines will rarely flinch at the challenges you throw at them. And they shouldn’t give their premium prices.
The Dell XPS 15 ($1,349 starting, $2,349 as tested) and MacBook Pro 16-inch ($2,399 starting, $2,799 as tested) are both incredible pieces of hardware. The Dell XPS 15 is sleek and portable; it’s quite an all-around performer.
It not only offers the same stellar screen specs but also comes in touchscreen option. However, you get more ports if you go for this machine. Its battery life is comparable at up to 9 hours of web browsing.
Now on the other hand, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is pure performance with its gorgeous Retina display that’s backed up by amazing sound and long battery life (up to 7 hours of web browsing).
Dell XPS 15 Specifications:
- CPU- 10th gen quad-core Core i5 to 10th gen 8-core Core i7
- RAM- 8GB to 64GB
- Graphics- Intel UHD graphics to NVidia GeForce GTX 1650Ti (4GB)
- Price- $1,349 ($2,349 as tested)
- Storage- 256GB to 2TB
- Display- 15.6 inch (1920 x 1080) or (3840 x 2400) touch
- Ports- 2 Thunderbolt 3, 1 USB-C 3.1, SD Card, headphone
- Battery Life- 8:01 (4K display)
- Dimensions- 13.6 x 9.1 x 0.71 inches
- Weight- 4.5 pounds
MacBook Pro 16-inch Specifications::
- CPU- 9th gen 6-core Core i7, 8th gen 8-core Core i9
- RAM- 16GB to 64GB
- Graphics- AMD Radeon Pro 5300M (4GB) to AMD Radeon Pro 5500M (8GB)
- Price- $2,399 ($2,799 as tested)
- Storage- 512GB to 8TB
- Display- 16 inch (3072 x 1920)
- Ports- 4 Thunderbolt 3, headphone
- Battery Life-10:55
- Dimensions- 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.64 inches
- Weight- 4.3 pounds
Dell XPS 15 vs MacBook Pro 16-inch Price and Value:
In terms of price the Dell XPS 15 is a more affordable option with a wallet-friendly starting price of $1449. The configurations range from 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD to 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD for the 4K touch display model.
This laptop is one of the best gaming laptops for under $1500 to $2000 you can buy. The graphical power, generous amount of RAM and good display are all good reasons to go for the Dell XPS 15 2020.
Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro, priced from $2,799, features 16GB of RAM and a Core i7 processor as standard. It also arrives with a True Tone display that adapts to ambient light conditions as well as Apple’s T2 security chip.
The 8th generation Core i7 CPU on this MacBook Pro is 100 x faster than the original Core i7 introduced almost 10 years ago. The 32GB configuration costs $400 more on top of the base model price of $2,399. Apple only offers a single 16GB memory option for its mid-range non- Touch bar.
Dell XPS 15 vs MacBook Pro 16-inch Design:
Aesthetics, aesthetics and more aesthetics. This is one of the most important differences regarding design between these two models.
Dell opted for a black carbon fiber palm rest and chamfered sides, giving it an industrialist look, while Apple kept its unibody aluminum unblemished – including its glossy glass touchpad which feels better than the metal version of the XPS 15’s touchpad.
In terms of portability, However, Apple still nails it by keeping to a 16:10 ratio on both its 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models: both weigh just 4 pounds for their screen sizes (vs. 5 pounds for the XPS 15 with 1080p display).
The XPS 15’s dominant feature is that pretty ginormous screen though, being 92.9% display to body ratio in comparison with just 67.7% in case of the MacBook Pro 16-inch (4 pounds vs. 4.3 pounds), something that can be determined even at arm’s length just by looking at them side by side.
Dell XPS 15 vs. MacBook Pro 16-inch Display:
If you’re looking to purchase a notebook with a display that is ideal for multimedia use, the Dell XPS 15 2021 and its 4K screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2400 pixels can’t be beat.
But if color accuracy and sharpness is what matters most to you, then Apple’s MacBook Pro 16-inch Retina Display will deliver more bang for your buck.
Both of these screens provide exceptional color reproduction but the Dell delivers better color accuracy thanks to its more extensive sRGB coverage which measures 132%, compared to 114% for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Despite having half the number of pixels, the Dell also managed a slightly lower Delta-E score which shows how tightly calibrated its colors are.
Dell XPS 15 offers quite a bit more value than the other options from the company, including very good color reproduction and brightness, which can really come in handy while traveling.
The differentiating factor here is Dell’s 16-inch Retina Display that provides very good color reproduction and brightness for an excellent experience that you won’t get from other laptops.