Dell XPS 15 2017: Is It Competitive Enough To Match Macbook Pro?

Dell has finally found a competitive edge in their Dell XPS series since the launch of XPS 13 and 15. With the updated 2017 versions, Dell aims to be better than the Macbook Pro. But the question still lies, “Is this the best Windows alternative to the Apple powerhouse?”

There have been thousands of reviews on the XPS 15 and most of them are positive. The 2017 15″ version was praised for the 4K capacity and its speed. It also comes close to being one of the thinnest laptops in the world.

Though it may look nimble, the Dell XPS 15 is powered by 8GB RAM that can be upgraded up to 32 GB. It also has a 32GB Flash with Intel Smart Response Technology and an expandable hard drive.

The battery life of the 2017 XPS 15 version has also been improved. There were complaints about the lifespan of the XPS 13 before, but this has been one of the main factors Dell focused on in the new series.

Integrated with Windows 10, the laptop works well with millions of Windows apps and updates. A higher version of the XPS 15 is also touch-enabled to it empowers a more creative workflow for its users.

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Dell Press Conference To Introduce The Venue Tablet Line And New XPS Laptops [Image by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DELL]

The new XPS 15 has been rated as the best Windows laptop of 2017 and has been made a direct competitor to Apple’s Macbook Pro.

Apple’s Macbook series has always been a powerhouse when it comes to computing power. Most companies also use Mac to power their production. Apple has found a way to integrate performance with design, just like what Steve Jobs has always aimed for.

However, when you go over to the comparison, there are some red flags with the new Macbook Pro 2017, even though it also has a touch-enabled hotbar option.

The Macbook Pro doesn’t have an option for the RAM to be expanded up to 32GB. It is also pricier than the highest version of the Dell XPS 15 (even after expanding it to 32GB RAM).

Emoticons are displayed on the Touch Bar on a new Apple MacBook Pro laptop during a product launch event on October 27, 2016 in Cupertino, California. Apple Inc. unveiled the latest iterations of its MacBook Pro line of laptops and TV app.
Emoticons are displayed on the Touch Bar on a new Apple MacBook Pro laptop [Image by Stephen Lam/Getty Images]

Apple’s Macbook Pro is still slimmer than the Dell XPS 15, but it also removed all the USB-A ports, opting for USB-C. If you are not yet used to Apple’s new simplified model, you are going to have to purchase $500 or more worth of portable connectors to have legacy USB locked in at one time.

If we’re talking about the software and the hardware, XPS 15 is looking a lot more favorable than its Apple counterpart. However, there have been multiple identical complaints about the laptop, citing that it lags or that the screen flickers when you use it.

The XPS 15 might be a better and more affordable option, but it still has “annoying” bugs that Macbook series does not have. If we’re talking about the workflow and use of these two laptops on gaming and high performance processes, the Macbook Pro may not be as competitive as the XPS 15, but it has a more stable system and longer battery life.

The comparison of these two may still depend on the user and how they are going to use the laptop.

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