ummm... PCWORLD is reviewing it... PC-WORLD.. PC... smh
When the Macbook loses even in the trackpad category you know something is wrong .. But obviously, there is no denying that the new XPS 15 is an excellent buy and arguably a much better one for someone who is not interested in MacOS ..
... the MBP is weaker in nearly every measurable performance metric. Sure it has faster Thunderbolt 3, but since that's all it has you have to carry around dongles to do anything with it. The CPU is slower and older, it can't handle as much memory, it has a terrible graphics card, an old processor and it has less storage. It's smaller and lighter at the expense of repairability and upgradability.
Funny how you can make these claims so authoritatively, lets look at it in more detail shall we?
The fact is that out of all the objective performance tests he ran, the XPS was faster in the vast majority.
You need to run professional 3D apps? You don't buy the XPS 15. You buy the otherwise identical Precision 5520 which can be had with up to a Xeon E3 processor and a Nvidia Quadro M1200.
You are not forced to into any direction. OPTIONS.
The Dell XPS 15 is far more generous with traditional ports and gives you two USB 3.0 Type A ports, a full-size HDMI 1.4, analog headset jack, a Kensington lock port, and one USB 3.1 Type C/Thunderbolt 3. In addition to supporting 10Gbps USB-C transfer speeds and the Thunderbolt protocol, this port also supports 4K resolution DisplayPort 1.2.
With the Butterfly design for its MacBook keyboards, Apple has gone from "making the best laptop keyboards in the world!" to "It's not really that bad." Or: "You get used to it, eventually." Some will even say: "I actually like it. No, really. I'm serious."
It's cheaper and it's good for the money. But I would never choose it over the MBP - even if both ran the same OS.
I love the design of my 13 tbMBP and most probably I would never choose an XPS over it too .. However, I find it really difficult justifying its price to people who are interested in buying it .. Macs were always second on a spec list but this is the first time in my opinion that the difference is so big (previous generation CPUs, worse GPUs, less RAM) and still at a much higher price !
The other day, DELL uk had a promotion of 10% off from all computers . With the same amount of money that I paid to get my 13 tbMBP 16GB RAM/256 SSD I could have gotten a top of the line 3.5ghz i7 Kaby Lake, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD Dell XPS 13'' AND a 28'' Ultrasharp Dell monitor (!!!!)
I keep coming back to that Steve Jobs quote lately :
"What ruined Apple wasn’t growth … They got very greedy. Instead of following the original trajectory of the original vision, which was to make the thing an appliance and get this out there to as many people as possible, they went for profits. They made outlandish profits for about four years… What that cost them was their future. What they should have been doing is making rational profits and going for market share."
The market of course is not quite the same and Apple has always been about the high-end market but their laptops have never been so expensive and with the competition getting better by the day, Apple needs to step up their game AND lower their prices !
See this is not what Apple wants to read/hear of losing customers to other PC makers. However, like I mentioned before Apple is one of the few companies that can afford to lose customers because they are not hurting financially. Spaceship earth campus?I jumped ship and ordered an XPS 15 yesterday for this reason. For a while, I thought I would just have to pay up the extra money for a Mac, because I didn't think there would be anyway I could be happy using a Windows laptop on a regular basis. But I sat at a local electronics store and tried out the XPS 15 for a solid half hour. I realized Windows is much better than it used to be, although I still prefer macOS, and the XPS 15 is a pretty high quality laptop. I tested out all my daily uses and figured out that I would be happy using an XPS 15 on a daily basis.
I love the new MacBook Pros, and if price wasn't a factor, I'd choose it first any day. It has a better screen, better keyboard, better speakers, better build quality, better support, it's lighter, and I prefer macOS. However, the XPS seemed snappier/has better performance, and it already exceeded my expectations and needs for a new laptop. I wanted top specs, a larger screen, a better screen than my current laptop, long battery life, and it to be relatively light/not bulky. Well, the XPS is all of those things, and it's $1000+ cheaper than a MacBook Pro with comparable specs. While all the things that are better about the MacBook Pro are very nice, they're not worth $1000+ more to me, especially as a student. I also don't care for the touchbar and would prefer the normal physical keys, cheaper price, and longer battery life (and yes, I actually tried out the touchbar for a week).
I'll probably switch back to MacBook Pros in a few years when my XPS has run it's course, when I'm making more money, and hopefully when they're more reasonably priced. But for now, I couldn't justify spending $1000+ more for a MacBook Pro mainly just for a better screen, better speakers, and better build quality, when the XPS, while not as great in those aspects, is still good enough in those aspects. Not to mention, I'd be spending $1000+ more for slower performance (CPU and graphics) and processors that are a generation behind if I had gone for the Mac. I never thought I'd be going back to Windows, but I'm now very excited to be getting a new laptop that fulfills all my needs, and for $1000 cheaper than the Mac equivalent.
However, like I mentioned before Apple is one of the few companies that can afford to lose customers because they are not hurting financially. Spaceship earth campus?