Product Comparison: Dell XPS 15 vs Apple MacBook Pro


General Specifications
Brand
Dell
Apple
Model
XPS 15 (9560)
MacBook Pro (MPTT2LL/A)
Origin
China
China
About the Product
The world’s smallest 15.6-inch performance laptop packs powerhouse performance and a stunning InfinityEdge display — all in our most powerful XPS laptop. Featuring the latest Intel® processors.
MacBook Pro elevates the notebook to a whole new level of performance and portability. Wherever your ideas take you, you’ll get there faster than ever with cutting-edge graphics, high-performance processors, whip-smart storage, and more. With seventh-generation Intel Core processors, MacBook Pro delivers amazing performance so you can move fast — even when powering through pro-level processing jobs like rendering 3D models and encoding video. At the same time, it can conserve energy when taking on lighter tasks, like browsing the web and checking email. And 10-bit HEVC hardware acceleration comes standard on MacBook Pro, which will let you take even more advantage of the boosts in 4K video compression and streaming performance coming in macOS High Sierra.
Key Specs
Screen Size
15.6 in.
15.4 in.
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64
macOS High Sierra
Processor Speed
2.8 GHz
2.9 GHz
System Memory (RAM)
8 GB
16 GB
Storage Capacity
256 GB
512 GB
Battery Life
19.5 hours
10 hours

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

Size & Weight
Height
0.45 in.
0.61 in.
Width
14.06 in.
13.75 in.
Depth
9.27 in.
9.48 in.
Weight
4 lbs.
4.02 lbs.

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

Processor
Processor Model
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
Number of Cores
4
4
Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics 630
Intel® HD Graphics 630

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

What customers say about "Processor"
Dell XPS 15 (9560) FHD Non Touch Disply, Fingerprint Reader, Plus Best Notebook Stylus Pen
  • The performance of this device is extraordinary.
  • Fast and powerful. I chose this over the XPS 13 because of the powerful processor. The processor in here is quad core while the XPS 13 is single core. This is a big deal because I do a lot of big data processing in Excel and Access.
  • A powerful performance , but you have to install Windows 10 Pro instead of useless Home edition
  • If you're into gaming, this is about the best performance you're going to get out of an ultrabook. I'm not super into games, but I did fire up Mortal Kombat Komplete on max settings and it ran smooth as silk.
  • All productivity apps, and development apps worked smoothly and quickly.
Apple MacBook Pro (MPTT2LL/A) Retina, Touch Bar, 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 Quad Core, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray
  • I have nothing but regret. While the processor is fast and the screen is beautiful, two things make this the worst Apple laptop I've owned in many years, going back to a dog G3 Blackbird that caught fire.
  • Relatively lightweight for the size and quality and robust enough in the processor to be a suitable desktop replacement.
  • Arrived in the typical 'white' Apple Box. Works beautifully. This is my second MacBook Pro. My former MacBook Pro is a 2009 13", and still works But it was time for a major upgrade. The i7 Quad Core processor is fast.
  • All these are packed with the latest 7th generation intel core i7 processor to make this laptop function like a well-oiled machine.
  • It comes with a i7 processor. Only downside, this is a 2016 not 2017 model. Otherwise solid computer my last one lasted 7 years. Looking forward to another great 7 year run.
Memory
Type of Memory (RAM)
DDR4
LPDDR3
Type of Storage
SSD
SSD
Card Reader
Yes
No
What customers say about "Memory"
Dell XPS 15 (9560) FHD Non Touch Disply, Fingerprint Reader, Plus Best Notebook Stylus Pen
  • Lots of RAM. Great for running multiple Virtual Machines and heavy Macro enabled Excel workbooks.
  • So far the laptop is running well. And I got a bonus! the drive is 1GB SDD instead of 512MB only. Will update if I find any problem
  • Go for the SSD model to keep the speed up, and you won't be disappointed.
Apple MacBook Pro (MPTT2LL/A) Retina, Touch Bar, 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 Quad Core, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray
  • With four cores I can crunch through a lot of data at a quick pace, lots of memory for quick data access. And if I run out of memory (a frequent occurrence), the new version of OS X will create virtual memory out of the super fast SSD.
  • This laptop has a SSD (solid state drive). If you think you're not a techie, that's fine...but this one thing is important. These hard-drives are lightning fast, and they have no moving parts.
  • This computer is FAST. Lightning fast. I can't believe how fast. It can't be explained away by the system specs as I have used i7 chips with 16GB of RAM before. I have used SSD drives before, and computers running Windoze are just never this fast, OS X is a FANTASTIC operating system.
  • The laptop is fast with the SSD booting macOS. All of my applications load just as fast as they do on my iMac.
  • The SSD is non-user replaceable. Absurd. If there's one part that's going to go at four or five years, that's it. It shouldn't be on the main motherboard.
Features
Display Type
InfinityEdge, Non-touch
Retina IPS display with LED backlighting
Screen Resolution
1920x1080
2880 x 1800
Discrete Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
Radeon Pro 560
Discrete Graphics Memory
4 GB
4 GB
Extras
CinemaColor, CinemaStream, CinemaSound, Fingerprint reader, Backlit Keyboard, Leading-edge connectivity, Advanced docking
Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor, Ambient light sensor, 720p FaceTime HD Camera, Impressive all-day battery life

Dell XPS 15

Apple MacBook Pro

What customers say about "Features"
Dell XPS 15 (9560) FHD Non Touch Disply, Fingerprint Reader, Plus Best Notebook Stylus Pen
  • Huge screen fits into a small footprint bag. Screen is awesome. Boots up quickly with solid state drive.
  • The screen on this thing is gorgeous. It actually has made my 27" 1440p monitor look bad.
  • The battery life, keyboard responsiveness and feel, and the visual performance are very good. Better than my desktop even with its comparable video card.
  • The drivers and software bundled with this laptop had lots of problems. The Windows 10 for example was so problematic that when I upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary edition, it had so many problems.
  • Great for Video Editing, watching movies, and binge watching in Netflix, though you may want to get an external speaker or a good quality headphone because the speakers of the XPS 15 suck.
Apple MacBook Pro (MPTT2LL/A) Retina, Touch Bar, 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 Quad Core, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray
  • The screen is gorgeous and an aspect ratio of 16:10 that I wish was more common.
  • Love the clarity and sharpness of the retina screen. I thought I wouldn't like the touch bar, but it is very useful and easy to adapt to.
  • Other than that this MacBook Pro is amazing the sound and Retina display wow I watch movies and do my homework great product.
  • The Retina display is amazing! Every single one of my electronics are Apple brand and I would never go back to a PC or anything else!
  • The sound is amazing and no problems yet (3 months after purchase) with the plasma screen (other comments mentioned problems with the Retina screen).
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Yes
Yes
Network
Up to 40 Gbps (thunderbolt), Wi-Fi 802.11ac
WI-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Up to 20 Gbps (thunderbolt)
Number of USB Ports
2
USB Type C
No
Yes
Other Ports
HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, Headphone/Microphone 3.5mm jack
4x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), Headphone/Microphone 3.5mm jack
What customers say about "Connectivity"
Dell XPS 15 (9560) FHD Non Touch Disply, Fingerprint Reader, Plus Best Notebook Stylus Pen
  • This has a USB-C port. This makes it compatible with many of the latest appliances that make use of a USB-C port such as an External Graphics Card Enclosure like the Razer Core.
  • Getting the system to work with two monitors was a pain but this went away after I quit trying to use the Dell Thunderbolt adapter and used a third party USB-C adapter.
  • We had two of these model laptops. They have hardware/compatibility issues, Specifically with the USB ports. Things connected to the USB ports have major issues including docking stations.
  • One USB port does not detect the device well after two month of use.
  • The only complaint I can come up with is that there are only three USB ports on the chassis, though this can be expanded with a thunderbolt adapter that also includes another HDMI port (for up to THREE displays. Definitely getting that.) These ports fill up fast.
Apple MacBook Pro (MPTT2LL/A) Retina, Touch Bar, 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 Quad Core, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray
  • Make sure you know and are okay with the fact that this computer has no USB ports - at least not the kind you are probably used to using. This model has the new USB-C ports.
  • It's definitely annoying to have to switch out all my old USB devices or use a slew of adapters but Apple is really on to something with using only a universal port that exchanges data and power at the same time.
  • It also had needed ports for us pro users. I now have a Dongle Book. You need an adapter for almost everything.
  • Requires Type C adapters for non usb C accessories. I do not use many accessories, so it's not a huge deal for me.
  • The ports are a pain as it took me 3 tries and a call to Apple to figure out the adaptor I needed in order to use USB. FYI, you need a Type C to USB adaptor.
  • Things that I don't like: USB-C ports are annoying... I bought a convertor that works (USB, HDMI and SD card convertor), but is not the same as just having the ports in there. But Overall I'm pretty happy with my new Mac.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
ENERGY STAR, CE
CE
Other Information
MSRP
1549.99 $
2799.00 $

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