The 2020 Dell XPS 15 9500 and the 16-inch MacBook Professional are arguably the 2 greatest large-screen laptops as we speak. Can the XPS 15 9500 substitute the MBP 16? Right here’s my reply.
Evaluation backgrounder: I’ve had the 16-inch MacBook Professional for a few 12 months. And the Dell XPS 15 9500 for about three months.
First a fast evaluation of the 2 laptops after spending quite a lot of time with each.
As a degree of reference, my backpack with the 13-inch Dell XPS 13 9310 or HP EliteBook x360 1030 is gentle sufficient for long-distance hauling (e.g., lengthy treks by way of airports).
Whereas the Dell XPS 15 9500 and 16-inch MacBook Professional are not at all backbreaking, they may be too heavy for some to tote round and repeatedly pull out of your bag when you’re very cell, i.e., a street warrior and infrequently at airports. That stated, when you want a large-screen laptop computer, you’ll get used to the additional pound or so. I did.
Except for large screens, that is the explanation customers and professionals purchase large-screen laptops. The XPS 15 9500, for instance, has Intel’s 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H (8-core) coupled with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti. For somebody who typically assessments and makes use of 13-inch laptops, the 9500 is extraordinarily (and refreshingly) quick, crushing any job you throw at it. That may be addictive.
Ditto on the 16-inch MacBook Professional. (Although now it should compete with the 13-inch MacBook Professional with Apple’s M1 processor.)
Geekbench 5 scores for the XPS 15 9500 and the MacBook Professional 16 I’ve been utilizing.
I’ll focus right here on display screen actual property. The straightforward reality is, large shows are a lot better than small shows. Therefore the ever-larger big-screen smartphones from Apple and Samsung and the final growth in big-screen telephones.
Backside line is, giant shows make an enormous distinction in productiveness and gaming.
If I’m cautious with show brightness and hold video-watching to a minimal (I’m not a gamer), each could make it by way of a Los Angeles to New York flight — and past. So, when you hold an in depth eye on what you’re doing, you’ll be able to in all probability squeeze out a full day on both laptop computer.
The Dell XPS 15 9500 as a every day driver
Pretty much as good because the 16-inch MacBook Professional is, I’m buying and selling it in for a late 2020 13-inch MacBook Professional 13 with the M1 processor.
Apple eats its personal generally and that’s what’s occurred right here.
The Dell XPS 15 9500 is now the primary laptop computer I exploit* on my desktop amongst a steady of recent laptops I take a look at. It’s a painless alternative for my MacBook Professional 16.
Spec comparisons apart, Dell beats Apple on bang for the buck: Dell packs a sooner Intel processor, sooner graphics, and a higher-resolution show than the MBP 16 at a decrease price.
Each laptops are a technological tour de power with good aesthetics and considerate designs and I can advocate each.
That stated, Apple will undoubtedly, sooner or later, be changing the present Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Professional with a extra highly effective model primarily based on a variant of its new M1 processor. Meaning the present MBP 16 is destined for obsolescence.
*I swap my most important laptop computer each few months — and generally extra continuously relying on what number of new laptops I’m testing.
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