Dell XPS 13 vs Apple MacBook Pro a Must-Read Review


Among the most popular high end and popular laptops these days are Apples MacBook and Dell’s XPS.  Dell’s model was research early this year 2017 while Apple’s MacBook was launched mid-year. Hopefully this Dell XPS 13 vs Apple MacBook laptop comparison could help you decide which one to buy.

Fast Comparison

Dell XPS 13

Apple MacBook Pro

Weight 1.2 kg.  1.37 kg
Slightly Lighter
Processor 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7(up to 3.8 GHz)


7th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7

(up to 4 GHz)

Slightly Faster
Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 640 Intel Iris Graphics 640
It’s a Tie.
RAM 8-16GB 1866MHz DDR3 8-16GB 2133MHz
Slightly Faster
Storage 128GB-1TB 128GB-1TB
It’s a Tie.
Price £1149-£1799 £1249-£2499
Less Expensive



When it comes to design, both are most likely identical. As shown above, Dell XPS 13 is lighter. When you compare the two when it comes to size, Dell is smaller as well. Talking about thickness, the two are just the same.

Talking about materials, Apples still uses Aluminum while Dell continues to shine with its carbon fiber body. In this competition, Aluminum material is more popular. Many would say that nothing beats Apple when it comes to elegance but Dell XPS also offers a stunning laptop in terms of design.

People who bring their laptop wherever they go often use the touchpad and this part is won by MacBook since it’s bigger and they have the very popular Force Touch Tech.

In terms of ports, Dell wins. Even though Apple enjoys the advantage of having four Thunderbolt 3 ports, compared to only two for Dell, it lacks other standard ports which are easily available for Dell XPS.


As you can see in the summary above, Apple is slightly faster but do keep in mind that both use Intel’s latest Kaby Lake 7th Gen processors. In speaking of the Base Models, the two are just closely identical when it comes to performance. However, when looking at the top end MacBook Pro models, it tops for speed with up to 4 GHz of maximum clock speed and graphics performance going up to Iris 650.

The Random Access Memory (RAM) plays a major role when it comes to speed and it’s also won by Apple’s Macbook 2017 with its 2133MHz memory.

In talking about performance, we should not forget that the MacBook Pro 2017 runs the latest OS of Apple which is MacOS Sierra which XPS 13 is run by Windows 10. Here, its comes down to a matter of preference. If you are curios with what the experts could say about these two, check this out.

Battery Life

In this terms, Apples continues to be competitive and on top of the line boasting of 10 hours battery life. Dell XPS though comes close with 8 hours battery life with usual computer tasks like creating documents and using the internet.

However, it must be pointed out that the non-touch versions of XPS 13 promises up to 13 hours of battery life.


Most reviews agree that when it comes to display, Apple beats Dell big time. Though it is good to note that high-end model of Dell XPS 13 can have a display of up to 3200 x 1800 pixels, but for low models, it’s 1920 x 1080. MacBook Pro features 2880 x 1800 resolution for all of its models.


For people who think about purchasing expensive laptops such as these two, it might be safe to say that budget is not that much of a factor anymore. Though Dell wins the contest when it comes to price, people in this purchase category doesn’t weigh price that much.

But, if you are among those who wanted great performance which can be compared to Apple’s products but wants a cheaper alternative, then Dell XPS 13 would be the best option.

What Others Have to Say

We’ve done several research on forums like Quora and Reddit. A lot of people affirm the reliability of Apple product including the MacBook Pro 2017. They are pretty sure that when you place your money on such product, you can be sure that your laptop will be working for a long time with lesser chances of experiencing troubles.

The Dell XPS 13 might look great on papers, but there are people who claim that it come be unreliable at times and the battery easily drains.

The only complaint mostly mentioned about the Apple laptop is its Operating System. If you are a Windows user for many years already, then you might feel dumb in using Apple as the experience is like day and night. It’s very different. But the same as with other things, once you get used to it (which you most likely will), you’ll definitely enjoy your MAC.

I have been a computer and technology enthusiasts since college days where I took up Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Writing started as a hobby till I started earning through it which started last 2014. Since then I have writing and blogging. And also trying to expand my knowledge in the field of online marketing.

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