The new MacBook Pros make the Dell XPS 15 look totally outclassed

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The Dell XPS 15 spent several years as the best laptop for creators who appetite to assignment on the go. But the Apple MacBook Pro 14 afflicted all that. Apple’s Silicon chips accord it a absolute edge, alike admitting it is expensive.

Does the XPS 15 accept a adventitious adjoin the about newcomer?

Specs and configurations

  Apple MacBook Pro 14 Dell XPS 15 9530
Dimensions 12.31 inches x 8.71 inches x 0.60 inches 13.57 inches x 9.06 inches x 0.71 inches
Weight 3.5 pounds 4.23 pounds
Processor Apple M3 (8-core)
Apple M3 Pro (11-core, 12-core)
Apple M2 Max (14-core, 16-core)
Intel Core i5-13500H
Intel Core i7-13700H
Intel Core i9-13900H
Graphics M3: 10-core
M3 Pro: 14-core, 18-core
M3 Max: 30-core, 40-core
Intel Iris Xe
Intel Arc A370M
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 (40W)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 (40W)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 (40W)
RAM M3: 8GB to 24GB
M3 Pro: 18GB to 128GB
M3 Max: 36GB to 128GB
8GB DDR5-4800MHz
16GB DDR5-4800MHz
32GB DDR5-4800MHz
64GB DDR5-4800MHz
Display 14.2-inch 16:10 Liquid Retina XDR 3024 x 1964 15.6-inch 16:10 Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) IPS
15.6-inch 16:10 3.5K (3,456 x 2,160) OLED
Storage 512GB SSD
8TB PCIe SSD (2 x 4TB SSDs)
Touch No Optional
Ports 3 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
SD agenda reader
2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x SD Card reader
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2
Webcam 1080p 720p with bittersweet camera for Windows 11 Hello
Operating system MacOS Monterey Windows 11
Battery 70 watt-hour 86 watt-hours
Price $1,599+ $1,499+
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 out of 5 stars

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The MacBook Pro 14 with the M3 processor starts at $1,599 with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You’ll absorb $2,599 if you max out the MacBook Pro 14 M3 with 24GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. The abject M3 Pro archetypal costs $1,999, with an access in RAM from the antecedent bearing to 18GB from 16GB. The accumulator charcoal at 512GB.

The added able versions are, naturally, added expensive. The Macbook Pro 14 configured with the M3 Pro starts at $1,999 with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The best able agreement with the M3 Max is a whopping $6,899 with 128GB of RAM and an 8TB SSD.

Dell consistently shuffles configurations and pricing, so you’ll appetite to analysis what’s accepted afore authoritative your decision. Right now, the abject XPS 15 is $1,199 for a Core i7-13700H, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, Intel Arc A370M graphics, and a 15.6-inch Full HD+ IPS display. The high-end agreement is $3,749 for a Core i9-13900H, 64GB of RAM, 8TB of accumulator (two 4TB SSDs), an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, and a 15.6-inch 3.5K OLED display.

Both laptops are actual exceptional at the aerial end, although the MacBook Pro is about alert as expensive. The Dell additionally has a lower entry-level configuration.


An Apple MacBook Pro 14 sits accessible on a table.Apple MacBook Pro 14 Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

Neither laptop has accustomed any architecture changes in several generations. That’s a acceptable thing, because both are amid the best advised and complete laptops accessible today.

The MacBook Pro 14 retains the line’s new adept that’s acutely minimalist and yet abundantly elegant. It’s a boxlike appearance with aught tapers anywhere, and actuality complete from CNC-milled aluminum gives it an abundantly solid feel. It’s accessible in Silver, Space Gray, and a new Space Black. The XPS 15 has a little added flair, with a argent aluminum alien carapace and a atramentous carbon cilia approach rest, with a across-the-board angle from advanced to back. It’s additionally abundantly solid and exudes quality. Which is the bigger laptop in agreement of looks and feel comes bottomward to claimed preference.

On the added hand, the MacBook Pro 14 has the best laptop keyboard — and it’s not actual close. The Magic Keyboard has altogether sized keycaps and aloof the appropriate key spacing, with switches that are shallow, but still brittle and precise. The XPS 15’s keyboard is additionally actual good, with a awful anatomic blueprint and switches that are a bit added while additionally alms a absolute feel. Even so, the MacBook Pro 14 wins out. The aberration is alike added arresting with the touchpads. The MacBook Pro 14 has Apple’s accomplished Force Touch haptic touchpad, which is ample and enables beat and borer on its absolute surface. The XPS 15’s automated touchpad is as good, with a acknowledging apparent and quiet, assured clicks. Again, the XPS 15 is actual acceptable here, but the MacBook Pro 14 is artlessly better. The Dell’s affectation is touch-enabled while the Apple’s is not, which is a additional for some users.

The MacBook Pro 14 additionally has bigger connectivity, with both added Thunderbolt 4 ports and an HDMI connection. Both laptops accept full-size SD agenda readers, which is welcome. The XPS 15’s wireless connectivity is a bearing behind, giving the MacBook Pro 14 addition win.

Finally, the XPS 15’s webcam is aloof a 720p version, which can’t accommodate about the aforementioned angel affection as the MacBook Pro 14’s 1080p version. Both laptops action fingerprint readers anchored in the ability button, while the XPS 15 additionally has an bittersweet camera for Windows 11 Hello facial recognition.


Dell XPS 15 9530 advanced angled appearance assuming affectation and keyboard deck.Dell XPS 15 Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

We activated the MacBook Pro 14 with the fastest CPU available, the M3 Max with 16 CPU cores and 40 GPU cores. That’s a monster cavity that has accomplished some of the fastest archetype after-effects we’ve seen. As you’ll see here, the XPS 15 configured with the Core i7-13700H can’t accumulate up in CPU-intensive benchmarks. It was alone aggressive in the Cinebench R23 archetype in single-core mode. When all cores are engaged, the MacBook Pro 14 is abundant faster.

We didn’t analysis the MacBook Pro 14 in the aforementioned adaptation of the PugetBench Premiere Pro benchmark, and so we can’t anon analyze numbers. However, in this archetype that runs in a alive adaptation of Adobe’s Premiere Pro and uses the GPU to acceleration up assertive tasks, the MacBook Pro 14 with the M3 Max accomplished the second-highest account we’ve apparent in a laptop. Only the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 with an AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D and an RTX 4090 was faster. The XPS 15, alike in its best able configuration, won’t appear abutting to analogous the MacBook Pro 14.

The XPS 15 is absolutely outclassed by the MacBook Pro 14 with the M3 Max. While the Dell is fast abundant for ambitious abundance tasks and can handle abstinent artistic workflows, the MacBook Pro 14 will be appreciably faster in every assignment you bandy at it. We haven’t yet benchmarked the MacBook Pro 14 in games, but for those that are cross-platform, Apple’s apparatus will acceptable alike be a bigger gaming laptop.

Cinebench R23
MacBook Pro 14 M3
(M3 Max 16/40)
Bal: 3174/ 21137
Perf: N/A
Bal: 53
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1881/ 22,028
Perf: N/A
Dell XPS 15
(Core i7-13700H / RTX 4070)
Bal: 1787 / 11,978
Perf: 1830 / 11769
Bal: 79
Perf: 76
Bal: 1865 / 13386
Perf: 1868 / 13927


Dell XPS 15 advanced appearance assuming display.Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

The MacBook Pro 14 has a 14.2-inch 16:10 Mini-LED affectation active at 3024 x 1964 and up to 120Hz. That’s up adjoin the XPS 15’s 15.6-inch 16:10 OLED console with a 3,456 x 2,160 resolution and 60Hz best brace rate. Both displays attending abundant subjectively, with activating blush and aphotic blacks.

The MacBook Pro 14’s Mini-LED affectation is abundant brighter, both in its absence accepted activating ambit (SDR) ambience and back active aerial activating ambit (HDR) content. Add in its abundantly abysmal adverse and a best accuracy of 1,600 nits and the MacBook Pro is the best laptop for HDR streaming. Where the XPS 15’s OLED affectation is bigger is in its advantage of the AdobeRGB gamut. But Apple’s affectation is hardly added accurate.

Overall, while cipher will accuse about the XPS 15’s display, the MacBook Pro 14’s is bigger yet. All kinds of users, including abundance workers, creators, and media consumers, will adulation it.

Dell XPS 15
Apple MacBook Pro 14
358 511
AdobeRGB gamut 96% 89%
 sRGB gamut 100% 100%
(DeltaE, lower is better)
1.31 1.13
Contrast ratio 24,850:1 35,450:1

The XPS 15 has the best audio affection in a Windows laptop, with cloister speakers pumping out affluence of aggregate with bright mids and highs. But the MacBook Pro 14 has six speakers, including force-canceling woofers, and it puts out abundantly abounding complete with bags of bass. Again, the MacBook Pro 14 is bigger than the XPS 15.


The anchorage alternative of the MacBook Pro 14-inch.Digital Trends

Due to its 15.6-inch display, alike with its abundantly attenuate bezels (thinner than the MacBook Pro 14’s), the XPS 15 is added and deeper. It’s additionally thicker at 0.70 inches against 0.61 inches and added at 4.23 pounds against 3.5 pounds. The MacBook Pro 14 is the added carriageable laptop.

But area the MacBook Pro 14 absolutely shines is in array life. While the XPS 15 will attempt to hit eight hours of on-screen time, the MacBook Pro 14 can accomplish it to 18 hours depending on the task. If you charge a laptop that will accomplish it through not aloof one alive day, but able-bodied into the second, again the MacBook Pro 14 wins out.

The MacBook Pro 14 is in addition class

Yes, the MacBook Pro 14 is added big-ticket than the XPS 15, abnormally back absolutely configured. But the laptop has angry into the best carriageable creator’s workstation you can buy today.

Against best added laptops, the XPS 15 ability appear out on top. But it’s artlessly outclassed by the MacBook Pro 14 in performance, array life, keyboard and touchpad, and all-embracing affectation quality.

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