With the release of Dell XPS 15, the company is trying to take on Apple’s MacBook Pro. Dell is evidently eyeing a position in the market for a large slice of the lucrative high-end laptop business.
We pitted these two devices against each other to know what Dell’s new notebook has in store, which could take on MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro retains the traditional design, having been made from a single block of machined aluminium. Users can see no visible joints. Speakers are placed on either side of the keyboard, and the build is of sharp edges and rounded corners.
With the vintage look and topnotch build quality, the screen and keyboard are connected by the strong hinge.
Although Dell XPS 15 took design cues from the Apple MacBook Pro, the former device has enough to distinguish itself from the latter.
The XPS 15 has an aluminum chassis, similar to Dell’s Precision M3800 workstation, which can be seen on the lid and on the edges of the base. The wrist rest and the area around the keyboard are made with a soft touch finish.
The XPS has 3 x USB ports (one of them is USB-C, which is connected with a USB-C cable to charge the device). It also has 1 x USB 2 connection, an SD card reader and HDMI, along with mini-DisplayPort outputs. Meanwhile, the MacBook has 2 x USB 3 connectors, and features an HDMI port and an SD card reader.
The MacBook sports a 15.4-in Retina display, offering a 2,880 x 1,800 resolution and a pixel density of 220 ppi. Dell has a 15.6-in screen carrying a resolution of 3,200 x 1,880 to generate 238 ppi, notes IT Pro.
The XPS is powered by Intel’s Core-i7 processors clocked with 2.2GHz chip and rated to deliver 200MHz faster than the MacBook’s silicon. Both CPUs touch a maximum speed of 3.2GHz with Turbo Boost. Up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD are included.
However, MacBook also has the same Core i7 processor and the ability to render 3D or video.
The latest MacBook Pro runs on OS X Mavericks and inculcates iBooks and Maps apps that can be connected to iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads. Other apps like Apple’s Calendar and Safari apps are included, and the iCloud keychain is fully active.
The XPS comes with Windows 8.1, which can be booted straight to desktop mode. This new feature was not available in the original Windows 8 OS.