MacBook Pro 15 (speced vs. Dell XPS 15

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shockedimpy, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. shockedimpy macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2015
    Im on the fence between a MacBook Pro 15 nearly speced out vs. a Dell XPS 15. The Dell seesm to be significantly cheaper and far more powerful? Has anyone owned/owns both?
  2. Audit13 macrumors 68040


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I recommend getting the machine that meets your requirements. Although specifications are important, they mean nothing if the machine can't or won't do what you need it to do.
  3. ZapNZs, Aug 9, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2017

    ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    I work at a place that sells both. Buyers of both are generally very happy with their purchases provided they purchased the product that is best matched to their needs.
    • What do you plan on using the machine for? (number crunching/CAD/VR/gaming/video editing/machine learning/etc.)
    • What characteristics are most important to you? (battery vs processing vs form factor vs display vs memory vs graphics vs display vs IO/expansion capability)
    • Do you have a preference for Windows 10 or macOS?
    • Do you prefer a touch bar or touch screen?
    • Which keyboard/touchpad do you like more? (they are very different)
    • Do you plan to use extremely high-def monitor(s), PCIe/NVME SSDs, and/or external graphics cards? (the Dell IIRC is only one port of 20 Gbps which one extremely high speed external SSD can completely saturate)
  4. shockedimpy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2015
    Well, I currently have a 2015 MacBook Pro 13inch w/ 8gb ram 256gb SSD. I've used it for college (BS in BA) and it served me well. Its currently my everyday laptop/computer used for web browsing & light school work (Word, Excel).

    I am reenrolling to college for a COMPUTER SCIENCE certificate, then plan on getting a masters in CS. I do NOT know anything about this field, so im hoping to spec out a laptop and use it for the next 3years.

    It looks like the Dell is significantly more powerful for FAR Less. But the MacBook gives you a free $300 pair of Beats as well...What do you think?
  5. lobo1978, Aug 10, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017

    lobo1978 macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2011
    Unless you are not spec collector. One word - MacOS. When you choose this ecosystem you will never look back. Forget about specs, unless you work for NASA Macbook Pro will be more than plenty for your needs. Even base config is smooth in all tasks you can throw at it and it is not matter of specs! Specs comparisons are Windows game, not Mac.

    If you choose Windows machine I will go with max config though. You will need it in two-three months when Windows will accumulate some "updates"...

    DO NOT compare specs of Windows machine with Mac. It is just worthless. Compare overall smoothness of system, reliability, included software, customer support, residual/resale value etc.

    From my experience this specific kind of comparison (specs only) usually happens when:
    0. You do not know where to start.
    1. You do not use laptop or intend to buy anything - just some pub-bragging about specs.
    2. Your intention is to flame/troll and create useless "trending" thread -- benefiting only owners and GoogleAd
    3. You work for Dell. Apple is getting too much attention due to upcoming iPhone 8 and you want to show how cheap Dell is (forgetting how Windows is a crap).
  6. KGB7 Suspended


    Jun 15, 2017
    Rockville, MD
    Your current Mac will get the job done the first year unless there is a software/s that are required by a professor/s that only works in Windows or OSX environment.

    So don't buy anything yet until you know 100% sure which machine you will need.

    Having that said. Your current Mac, will run Windows and OSX.
  7. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    We have both. And either will get the job done. Depending up where you go in CS you may need to know Windows pretty well and/or Linux.

    Large companies tend to have a lot of Windows clients. And IT operations is done on Linux these days.

    If you are planning on building apps, a Mac is the way to go.

    If you planning on doing something like Machine Learning/AI then Linux on the Dell are probably a better choice.
  8. shockedimpy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2015
    The first semester looks like CS110 - Introduction to Computing then CS210 Computing w/ Data Structures. Im not sure how powerful of a machine I require for that. But I want something thatll last me several years so I do not have to worry about potential power issues
  9. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    I did those classes with my Titanium PBG4. You aren't going to be building anything in your first CS courses that strain your computer. The programs you write probably wouldn't strain a pocket calculator.

    Data structures will be building linked lists, different trees, learning about bubble sort, heap sort, that kind of stuff. Still nowhere near taxing for a computer.

    The only way you'd tax your computer is if you wrote a recursion routine and forgot to set your base case, meaning it would run until it ran out of stack space. Or if you were to accidentally program an infinite loop.
  10. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Any old computer should handle those types of classes. Basic stuff with queues, lists, etc.
  11. alpi123 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2014
    I'm using Dell my whole life and please don't make that mistake. Also, their tech support is awful.
  12. Patcell macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2016
    Bergen County, NJ
    It waa
    It was actually my terrible experince with Dell technical support in college that pushed me to get my first Mac. It was a 2008 Black plastic MacBook. Loved that thing... I gave it to my brother-in-law in 2011 and he still uses it to this day.
  13. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    In a nutshell:

    Dell XPS 15 compared to the MBP: pros - significantly cheaper, around 20-30% faster GPU, good build quality (although arguably still under Apple's), very bad battery life if specced, legacy ports (is it a pro or a con though)?; cons - only base quad core CPU config, vastly inferior battery life if specced with the higher-end screen, heavier, slower WiFi, fairly cut-down thunderbolt if you need that fast external connectivity, and of course Dell's legendary support.
  14. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    No point in replacing your 2015 MBP at this time.

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