MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

Apple continues to roll out new products. The company, which introduced the 2020 iPad Pro and the new MacBook Air in March also announced the iPhone SE in April. Announced the 13-inch MacBook Pro on the first business day of May.

The new MacBook Pro has been updated with the new Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience on a Mac laptop, Apple says. In addition, storage capacity doubled in all standard configurations.

According to the company, the new product line offers 10th generation Intel Core processors for up to 80 percent faster graphics performance and 16GB of faster 3733 MHz memory on certain configurations. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with features such as powerful quad-core processors, 13-inch Retina display, Touch Bar and Touch ID, stereo speakers, all-day battery life and macOS, have been offered starting from 1,299.00USD. In this article, we will give you a quick review regarding MacBook Pro 2020.

 On the other side, The Dell XPS laptop line has a rich history. Powerful functional laptops surprised with their capabilities even at the dawn of the formation of mobile systems. After the well-known division of Alienware came under the wing of the manufacturer, the emphasis on the development of XPS was shifted. According to the manufacturer's plan, the devices of this series should still not leave users indifferent, however, it is not the maximum performance that is highlighted, but the technological elegance, which, alas, not all players pay due attention to in the mobile segment. After changing the concept of the line, the manufacturer has already offered several generations of XPS laptops, each time using non-standard solutions. In this article, we will make a comparison between the Dell XPS 15 and Macbook Pro to see which one the king is.


MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

Design & Display.

Macbook Pro 13 2020 is all made from aluminum. The Macbook 13 comes with dimensions as clarified:30.41cm x 21.24cm x 1.5cm ( 11.96 in x 8.36 in x 0.61 in ). The device comes with a 720p webcam. The Macbook Pro 13 has the Apple touch bar where you have extra shortcuts that automatically change depending on the application you open. The thickness of the device is 1.5cm and it weighs 1.4Kg  ( 3.1 pounds ).

There is not much to say about the appearance of the new MacBook: it has not changed at all. The same aluminum wedge-shaped case, glossy logo.

Many people love the design of the latest MacBook for its minimalism, and it's hard to argue with that. There are no unnecessary inscriptions and stickers, slots for cooling, and an abundance of connectors. The build quality and materials are the highest. The laptop will look good in five years, if you do not take into account the thick bezels around the screen: they already seem archaic.

The 720p webcam is also obsolete. In the era of telecommuting and video calls, this quality is simply indecent.

In the lower part, the space is used more efficiently. On the sides of the keyboard are stereo speakers, and in front of it is a huge touchpad. The front indent is wide enough for the palms. The keyboard is turned to the user at a slight angle, which also works for the convenience of typing.

There is an audio jack on the right, and two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort support are placed on the left side. Both support charging, but it would be better if they were spread on different sides, then it would be more convenient to connect the power cable.

Having said that, The exterior of the Dell XPS 15 is very similar to the 13-inch model from 2015 .

Obviously, the 15.6-inch device is slightly larger, but the design of the laptops is very similar. Dimensions Dell XPS 15 - 357 × 235 × 11-17 mm. The manufacturer, without undue modesty, declares that this is the most compact laptop in its form factor and this is not so far from the truth.

The top cover is covered by a matte-finished aluminum sheet with a corporate logo in the central part.

The bottom panel is also aluminum. The air intake grill is clearly visible here. A pair of large rubber feet significantly improve the stability of the laptop on smooth surfaces.

In the central part, there is a hinged cover, behind which a nameplate with various service information is hidden. This is called attention to detail. It would seem that the manufacturer could well have left the sticker uncovered, but such a simple technique adds elegance to the device.

Closer to the leading edge there are slots with a decorative mesh, behind which are the speakers of the speaker system.

On the right side, there is a slot for SD memory cards, one USB 3.0 connector and a niche for attaching a Kensington lock. In addition, there is an LED indicator of the battery charge level on the panel.

By pressing the button, you can navigate the remaining battery capacity. Previously, such a mechanism could often be found on top-class devices, but recently it is not so common. Such an indication can hardly be called an essential thing; in field conditions, it is sometimes convenient to determine the battery reserve without turning on the laptop.

The unusually thin body of the device attracts attention. The thickness of the laptop varies between 11-17 mm. As a reminder, this is a 15-inch model. The Dell XPS 15 is not only thin but also lightweight. The stated weight is 1.78 kg. This is true for the version with a solid-state drive, while the test copy with an HDD is 150 grams heavier - 1.93 kg.

The system unit does not have a recess in order to conveniently pick up the top cover when opening the laptop with one hand. It is not possible to flip the display unit in this way. When closed, the lid is firmly pressed against the system module. In general, the hinge perfectly holds the block, in any position the lid is perfectly fixed.

Note the wide opening angle. The lid can be folded back about 135 degrees, so it is easy to find the most comfortable position for different situations.

As far as display is concerned, The Macbook Pro 13 comes with a 13.3-inch screen with a slimmer design but it could have been better. The screen now occupies more space of the front, but there is no accurate number as to how much it occupies of the front. The screen is IPS Retina Display with a 2560x1600 resolution, but 1680 × 1050, 1440 × 900 and 1024 × 600 pixels are also supported, with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It has 227ppi and the display has a wide P3 color gamut, which makes greens and reds look more realistic than the standard sRGB color space. It also supports True Tone technology for more brightness. The Macbook Pro 13 supports DCL P3 colors for more color accuracy. As of that, the Macbook Pro shows about 25% more colors which will be useful if you are doing video editing. This laptop also has 500 nits, which will help you work easily in a bright room or in a place with lots of reflections.

In the contrast, The laptop uses a 15.6-inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1920 × 1080.

The screen has a practical matte finish. The display bezel is only 5.7mm thick and it really looks very cool. The vanishingly small bezels were surprising on the 13-inch XPS, but the bezel-less option is even more impressive on the larger-screen notebook.

The bottom of the bezel is, of course, wider than the sides and top. The mounting of the display unit with the hinge must be secure. In addition, this panel has a webcam (720p, 30 frames / s) and an LED indicator of its operation. By the way, the location of the "eye" should be taken into account when organizing the broadcast, adjusting the angle of the screen. Despite the fact that the camera is wide-angle, this does not fully compensate for the offset of the lens from the center axis.

Returning to the screen, we note that its brightness is adjustable within the range from 15 to 339 kD / m². At the same time, the intensity control is very uniform, each subsequent stage increases or decreases the brightness by 30-40 kD / m². At the minimum backlight level, subtle ripples could be observed against a white background. The impression was that the automatic brightness control system was activated, which does not work quite correctly. However, the laptop does not have an ambient light sensor, so such a mechanism cannot fail by definition. With an increase in brightness even by one step, the observed effect disappeared. In this case, it is difficult to say whether this is a feature of the model or a special case.

Pleasantly pleased with the color gamut and good saturation of the picture, which is largely due to the excellent actual contrast - 921: 1. According to color temperature measurements, the image on the screen has a slight tilt towards cold tones. In most of the range, the temperature approaches 7000K.

The gamma curve is almost perfect - 2.2, therefore, in highlights and shadows, you can see all the relying elements without additional image correction.

The viewing angles are good, although you can see the glow effect horizontally. When viewed from the side, the black background takes on a yellowish tint. Such nuances are rather relevant for a group film show, while such questions do not arise during personal work.

The new Dell XPS 15 can also be equipped with a 4K (3840x2160) capacitive touchscreen. In this case, the matrix is ​​covered with a protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass NBT.

Regarding the keyboard, as expected, Apple stopped experimenting with improvements to the butterfly keyboard that was introduced back in 2015 and returned to the proven Magic Keyboard scissor mechanism. But last year's MacBook Pro models received the fourth generation of the "butterfly", but this, apparently, did not particularly help the design - complaints forced to return to the proven solution.

The key travel on the MacBook Pro 13 2020 is only 1mm. There is a TouchBar, which allows you to quickly launch your favorite functions and applications and the Touch ID sensor provides quick authentication.

This bundle of solutions is aimed at the most productive work.

There are other changes to the MacBook Pro 2020 keyboard. It now has a separate Esc key, which in last year's model was present only on the Touch Bar.

Apple has heard the wishes of users to return a convenient button. The block of arrow keys also began to look different - now it is not rectangular but in the form of an inverted "T" key. Engineers find this arrangement makes it easier to work with tables and games.

The MacBook Pro trackpad has long been a hallmark and a recognized standard. It is large enough to support Force Touch technology for touch recognition and precise cursor control. The trackpad reacts to the force of pressing, supports multitouch gestures.

 On the other side of the coin, The keyboard unit of the Dell with island-type keys is located in a small niche. The travel of the buttons is average, the keyboard is convenient for typing texts.

Visually, there is a feeling that the available area is used irrationally. The total width of the keypad is about 275 mm, which is a standard size for 13-inch laptops. There is still a lot of free space on the sides.

On the other hand, the character keys are 13.5 mm wide and the distance between the buttons is 4–5 mm. These are the dimensions of the already familiar island keyboards. It doesn't make much sense to additionally stretch the block by increasing the keys themselves or the center-to-center distance, as well as adding a digital block, which is not needed by all users.

The keyboard has backlit keys, with two modes of glow intensity.

The touchpad is a platform with dimensions of 105 × 80 mm, which has a soft-touch coating that is pleasant to the touch. And it looks impressive and very convenient to use. Fingers glide easily over the surface, with excellent positioning accuracy. After a cursory acquaintance, it's hard to say whether such a decision will be so practical. It is quite possible that after prolonged use, areas of active contact will appear polished to a shine.

MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

Operating System and Process.

the laptop offers a fabulous processor for daily use. Apple MacBook Pro comes with the Ice Lake CPU. It comes with two choices: the first one is a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i5 with a Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. It has a 128MB of eDRAM. This CPU can be configurable to 1.7GHz quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i7 with a Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and it has also a 128MB of eDRAM. The second one is a 2.0GHz quad-core 10th generation Intel Core i5 with a Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz. It has a 6MB shared L3 cache. This CPU can also be configurable to 2.3GHz quad-core 10th generation Intel Core i7 with a Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz. It has an 8MB shared L3 cache.

Regarding the GPU, the Macbook Pro with the 8th-generation CPU has Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645GPU. While the same laptop with the 10th-generation CPU has Intel Iris Plus Graphics. The new 10th generation processor will provide up to 80% faster graphics processing over its predecessor.

 In Geekbench 5, the 8th-generation CPU scored 925 for single-core and 3928 for multicores. Whereas, the 10th-generation CPU scored 1214 for single-core and 4385 for multicores. We notice that the 10 gen processor is about 30% faster than the 8 gen processor.

According to the operating system, The Macbook runs on macOS Catalina. This OS provides you with all apps you want to have a nice time during your use of the laptop.

 Contrastingly, The reviewed version of the Dell XPS 15 is equipped with a quad-core Core i5-6300HQ (2.3 / 3.2 GHz) Skylake family with a TDP of 45 W, as well as a discrete GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.

The processor also features integrated Intel HD Graphics 530, which the system automatically switches to conserve power. The Intel HM170 chipset is responsible for the basic peripheral strapping.

The laptop has two So-DIMM slots that allow you to expand the amount of RAM up to 32 GB. In the initial version, the bays are occupied by DDR4-2133 brackets from Micron. A pair of 4GB modules provide dual-channel access, increasing bandwidth.

 The performance of the reviewed Dell XPS 15 is quite good. A bundle of Core i5-6300HQ and GeForce GTX 960M has proven itself excellent. This is a balanced configuration often found in gaming laptops.

This combination, with 8 GB of RAM, provides good overall system performance, even though the hard drive is used as the primary storage.

The quad-core Core i5 offers good computing performance that feels good on demanding tasks. The difference with the economical U-series chips are visible to the naked eye.

The GeForce GTX 960M adds graphics power that can be channeled into different channels. These are not necessarily games. For example, CUDA computing can be used during graphics or video processing.

Dell XPS 15 is generally not positioned by the manufacturer as a gaming system. But, having such a bundle of CPU + GPU at our disposal, it would be a sin not to use it periodically in any AAA project. In many cases, the system performance will be sufficient for playing at medium settings.

In a gaming context, the Full HD version of the laptop looks more attractive. With a 4K screen, it will be heavier in this regard. In this mode, you will have to make compromises not only with graphic settings but also often lower the resolution for a decent fps.

MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

Storage, Price, and available colors.

Apple MacBook Pro 2020 and Apple Macbook Air price depends on the selected variant. The basic variant of the MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB variant and 8th generation processor, it will cost you about 1,299.00USD on Apple. The same variant but with 512GB SSD, it will cost you 1,499.00USD on Apple. While the variant with 16GB RAM and 512GB variant and 10th generation processor, it will cost you around 1,799.00USD on Apple. The same variant but with 1TB SSD will cost you about 1,999.00USD on Apple. Keep in mind that you can configure any variant with more SSD, RAM, and even processor but it will cost you much more money each. It is available in Silver and Gray colors.

 Meanwhile, The basic variant of the Dell XPS 15 with 16GB RAM and 256GB variant and Intel Core i7 10th Gen, it will cost you about 1,729.00USD on Amazon. The same variant but with 512GB SSD, it will cost you 1,899.00USD on Amazon. While the variant with 16GB RAM and 512GB variant and Intel Core i7-10750H 10th Gen, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6, will cost you around 1,999.00USD on Amazon. The same variant but with 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD will cost you about 2,499.00USD on Amazon. Keep in mind that you can configure any variant with more SSD, RAM, and even processor but it will cost you much more money each. It is available in Silver and Gray colors.


MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

Security and Ports.

For security, The Macbook Pro 13 2020 not only the Touch ID sensor is responsible, touching which instantly unlocks the laptop and makes it possible to make payments, view protected documents.

The MacBook Pro features a second-generation Apple T2 Security chip, which allows you to safely and quickly boot the system and store encrypted data.

Speaking differently, the XPS 15 offers a Windows Hello biometrics solution, manufacturers can integrate a fingerprint reader or a camera capable of performing face recognition. Dell chose both solutions.

Facial recognition remains the best solution to date on a laptop PC since upon opening the machine recognizes you and connects you to your session. The fingerprint reader is a good backup solution, especially when you are wearing a mask.

As for ports, in addition to the 3.5 headphone jack, the base model of the MacBook Pro supports Bluetooth 5 and NFC. It also supports 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 3. The higher model comes with 4 USB-C Thunderbolt 3. So the more money you pay, the more USB-C Thunderbolt 3 you get. Through them, you can charge the laptop itself, connect external monitors and transfer data at speeds up to 40 GB / s. At the same time, the ports are symmetrical reversible, so that the cable can be connected from either side. You can connect a wide variety of devices to your MacBook Pro 13 using adapters or cables.

So you don't need a special charger to increase the battery of the MacBook Air, which is nice, but when you need to charge it means you have lost one of these Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Or rather, On the left side there is a socket for connecting a power supply, another USB 3.0, and an HDMI video output. In addition, the panel has a USB Type-C port, which in this case is used to implement Thunderbolt 3 (40 GB / s) and USB 3.1. With the optional adapter, you can also get another HDMI, VGA video output, Ethernet jack, and a standard USB Type-A port. The left edge also houses a 3.5mm headset jack.


MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

Sound System.

The 8th-generation CPU of the MacBook Pro has a single-fan cooling system, while the 10th-generation CPU has a double-fan system with extra heat pipes to provide you with excellent performance while using this laptop. That means your laptop isn't going to heat up easily, all thanks to this double-fan system. Well, now that doesn't mean the 8th- generation processor is not bad. But still the 10th-generation the processor is better.

According to sound quality, both choices of the MacBook Pro come with Stereo Speaker with perfect sound quality. The audio system built into a compact body sounds incredible! Music can literally fill an entire room. Accurate voice transmission for calls or Siri is provided by three microphones at once.

 On the other hand, On the XPS 15, there are a total of four speakers, two of which are main speakers and two tweeter speakers, developed by Waves NX 3D. The sound performance of the speakers has also been upgraded thanks to Waves Maxx Audio Pro technology and Waves professional settings. These speakers are one of the best sounding speaker solutions we've experienced on a laptop.

The laptop is equipped with fairly efficient components with considerable power consumption. Considering the size of the case, it was interesting to assess how the cooling system will cope with heat dissipation. At minimum load, the cooling system operates in passive mode. The temperatures of the processor and GPU are very similar - about 40C, the use of connecting heat pipes in the design affects. Obviously, in this case, the CO is silent, but the sounds of the chirping of the hard disk heads can be discerned in a quiet room.

MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?

Battery and charging.

The MacBook Pro comprises a powerful Li-Po battery with a capacity of 58W for better performance. The USB-C power adapter is capable of delivering 61W of power.

The Pro 13 gives you up to 10 hours on normal use. The battery also can last for 8 and a half hours watching a 1080p video.

With our battery life test, where we played 1080p video until the battery runs out, MacBook Pro (2020) managed to be shy for only 8 hours. Also, while using MacBook Pro, we found that this year's model lasts about 7 hours, using Apple's own apps and other apps that consume more batteries. This definitely means that a whole work/school day will last, and you can be happy to play videos during long flights, but unless you really reduce the type and number of apps you use and reduce the screen brightness, it won't hit the promised 11 hours.

 Conversely, The Dell XPS 15 version in question is equipped with a 56 Wh (4666 mAh, 13.5 V) battery. This battery proved to be enough for almost 10 hours of laptop reading. In the classic model of the Battery Eater Classic application, the laptop ran for 2.5 hours before discharge. In this case, you can count on about 5-6 hours of active office work. During a gaming load, the battery is depleted in a little over an hour.

The Dell XPS 15 modification, equipped with a Core i7 processor, as well as a 4K resolution screen and a capacious SSD, is offered with an 84 Wh battery.

The laptop is supplied with a 130 W power supply (19.5 V; 6.67 A). Considering the TDP of the processor and discrete graphics card, such a block does not seem redundant. In addition, for its power, it is very compact.

The PSU connector has a white LED indicating the unit is connected to the network.

The start of charging is indicated by an indicator on the front edge of the laptop. It takes just over 2 hours to fully charge the laptop. In this case, you can even charge the battery via USB-Type C, but obviously, this will take more time.

MacBook Pro 2020 and Dell XPS 15 Which one is the king in 2020?


Apple squeezed all the juice out of the MacBook Pro in five years. The result is a very powerful compact laptop with a great screen, a new keyboard, and the best touchpad on the market. Corresponding price - 1,99.99 USD for the 1 TB version. However, this is a model for those who are willing to invest such amounts in a working tool.

 Should we wait for the next version on ARM? Most likely not, because when you change the architecture, you will need to completely rewrite all the software. As a result, the transition will stretch over several years and the current MacBook Pro will be relevant throughout that time.

That being said, Dell XPS 15 is a compact 15.6-inch model with a great screen and powerful components. The laptop is elegantly designed and well built. Despite its size, the equipment is not inferior to the gaming models of the middle class. An additional wow effect is provided by the very thin display bezels. A good start, which we hope other manufacturers will pick up too. Dell XPS 15 is suitable for those who are looking for a stylish tag in a metal case, which in addition to a spectacular design can offer the owner a decent level of performance. Such a device will not fail in work, and will not fail in games. We recommend that you initially look towards models with SSD. The hard drive will surely spoil the overall impression of getting to know the device, which does not have any direct competitors in its class. What do you think? Do you recommend those laptops? Share your knowledge with us.

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