Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

 Two designs have defined the last decade in laptops. The first decade was about the MacBook Air that dominated the first half of the 2010s and inspired a sea of ​​similarity. However, the second half was about Dell's XPS 13. The original slim bezel, small footprint laptop started a trend that is now common everywhere.

 However, after four years of iteration, Dell baked something new. Something fresh. Something that takes everything we have loved for a long time about design and brings it to a new era.

All good changes, with a 16:10 aspect ratio, edge-to-edge keyboard, and more compact and power-efficient 10nm processors that keep Intel even thinner than before.

Unfortunately, many of the classic XPS 13 disadvantages are still here, with limited ports and true hot-running tendency. This remains one of the best laptops in the world, but next time Dell will have to do more to stay ahead of the competition.

  On the other hand, the Macbook Air 2020 is undoubtedly a much higher specification than Macbook Air 2019 and a few steps ahead. Apple has put new components in the new Macbook Air 2020, achieved a good increase in performance and increased the minimum storage capacity, so you get twice the storage space of 128 GB.

 This is not all. Our biggest problem with previous models was how low power they felt, especially compared to many Windows-based laptops with the same price tag. There was a lot of compromise, especially when it comes to computing power and storage space, and each annual update sounded like a small step rather than a revolutionary leap. In this article, we will make a compersion between the Dell XPS 13 2020 and MacBook Air 2020 to see which one the king is.

Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

 Design & Display.

It's not for nothing that I would say the 2019 XPS 13, which is bigger inside and smaller outside, is as good as a 13-inch laptop has.

Of course, a 13-inch ultrabook isn't the best laptop for everyone - others will want the power of gaming or creative laptops, the size of a larger screen, or the flexibility of the more ports you get with the XPS 15 or 17 - but those who are satisfied with the ultrabook's inevitable compromise. Seldom did Dell take the format better.

This year's XPS 13 follows the rhythm of small changes each year, with two major changes both taken from the 2019 XPS 13 2-in-1 product: a bigger, longer screen; and a larger, larger keyboard. All in a smaller body, of course.

 The Dell XPS 13 2020 makes small but welcome improvements to the most attractive laptop design. Dell's flagship laptop remains pleasing to look at and to use, with a mother-of-pearl 1.27kg aluminum chassis and thin 0.58-inch bezels.

Dell has finally managed to pinch the XPS 13's webcam to the top edge since last year's model (bye-bye, nose shot), and it looks just as elegant here. On top of that, the company managed to make the bezels even thinner.

In contrast, MacBook Air doesn't have a radical redesign with the 2020 model (at least from the outside, at least), but many will argue that Apple doesn't need to have such a successful design. That's why the MacBook Air, as the name implies, remains impressively thin and light in dimensions of 11.47 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.61 cm). It's a little thicker than this 2019 model, and this year's MacBook Air 2020 weighs 2.8 pounds (1.29kg) slightly (compared to the 2019 model's 2.75 pounds (1.25kg).

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.

 As far as display is concerned, the Dell XPS 13 2020 cuts off the thick bottom bezel from previous models, creating a truly 4-sided 13.4-inch Infinity Edge display that delivers a 91.5% screen-to-body ratio. The result is an even more immersive version of one of the most gorgeous laptop screens ever.

With a captivating 91.5% screen-to-body ratio, our XPS 13 1920 x 1200 display has done everything from movies and TV shows to work papers to pop with color and detail. We especially love the deep black screen, which gave text in apps like Slack and Google Docs distinctly, an inky boldness that made things very easy to read. The XPS 13's touchscreen was handy for quickly navigating between chat conversations and Chrome tabs, and zooming in on web pages was instant.

Switching to the 16:10 aspect ratio really helps. The extra vertical screen space leaves a little extra room to breathe, especially on the otherwise 12-inch or 13-inch models, and is particularly helpful if you use Netflix to work instead of watching. Losing the bottom bezel doesn't hurt either, adding to the clean and modern impression of Dell's design.

The XPS 13 is also a great movie machine, as we learned while watching the epic endgame battle for Avengers: Endgame (and try not to cry on that Captain America scene). Special effects such as Iron Man's orange, repulsive explosions or the bright blue thunder of Thor's hammer, laced with color, and we could make out every little crease, scar, and bristle on Thanos' giant purple face. However, we also noticed that the XPS 13's screen was a bit glossy - we saw our own reflection as well as a few fingerprints near the top of the display when watching a movie in a sunny room.

The impressive color and brightness that we saw while working and watching movies were largely backed up by our laboratory tests. Dell labs reproduced 107.5% of the sRGB color gamut, placing it on par with the new MacBook Air 2020 (113%) and the HP Elite Dragonfly (117%).

The XPS 13's 1080p configuration yielded an impressive 417 nits average brightness in our labs, beating both the MacBook Air (386 nits) and Dragonfly (373 nits). However, the 4K model has noticeably tarnished compared to both the 1080p version and the competition, coming in at just 301 nits.

Moving from the screen to the keyboard deck, the design continues to follow the "more important" philosophy. There is no one-millimeter clearance left in the keyboard deck.

The keyboard is inspired by the XPS 13 2-in-1 look, although not in sight. The keycaps are larger and there is less space between each. They now extend to the edges of the keyboard support.

The power button (and the built-in fingerprint reader), once located to the right of the layout, is now integrated into the top right, just like MacBooks. Another small change to the layout that we appreciate is the full-size left and right arrow keys. Previous XPS keyboards had half-size keys when Page Up and Page Down were filling in spaces. This often causes accidental skips on the page.

It has quickly become one of my favorite notebook keyboards for typing.

Part of the keyboard we are glad Dell didn't redesign is the real feeling of pressing the key. Instead of going the way of butterfly mechanisms (XPS 13 2-in-1), they still have 1mm of travel and a fast mechanism. Dell made the right choice here, as we've seen even Apple moving away from their butterfly keyboards. It has quickly become one of our favorite notebook keyboards for typing.

The same goes for the touchpad, which has grown in total size from last year's model. Dell also tried to narrow the click mechanism to make it quieter. We prefer it to be softer though, but the tracking and gesture support is excellent as always.

This is complemented by a textured, padded laptop wrist rest that makes it easy to bounce documents for hours at a time. We passed the 10-finger typing test at 94 words per minute (roughly my norm) with 95% accuracy, and we never gave a convulsive crunch on the keys.

The XPS 13 ′ touchpad is 17% larger than last year's model, and the extra real estate made it easy to scroll up and down Google Docs or shrink to zoom in on web pages without any friction. Common Windows 10 gestures, like swiping up with three fingers to multitask or swiping left to switch apps, worked like a breeze.

 Conversely, The Macbook Air 2020 comes with a 13.3-inch screen. The screen is surrounded by a black bezel, and the MacBook Air lettering on the lower edge of this frame looks very nice. The screen is IPS Retina Display with a 2560x1600 resolution, which is equivalent to QHD with a 16:10 aspect ratio. By the way, such a screen is more convenient for surfing the web, working with text and code than widescreen displays.  The display is perfectly calibrated, the colors are natural, and the viewing angles are maximum. It has 227ppi, with this PPI achieved - higher than most competitors on Windows if you do not take into account the 4K model. However, at this diagonal, UHD resolution would be overkill, so Apple found the perfect balance of performance. The display supports True Tone technology, which adjusts the picture to the lighting.

The new MacBook Air features a scissor keyboard that replaces the butterfly. The button travel is now deeper, which greatly improves the typing experience. It's too early to talk about the reliability of the new keyboard, but the MacBook Pro 16  presented last year with the same mechanism does not have any problems, and this is a good sign.

We actually liked Apple's keyboard with a butterfly mechanism button. Typing on this keyboard was really enjoyable. However, Magic Keyboard, which has a scissor-switch, does not cause any difficulties while typing. The keys are higher than the old-style keyboard, and the hardness is well adjusted. The keys seem to be slightly wider between them. It is also possible to write quickly on this keyboard. Of course, it was not difficult to get used to it, as we have previously experienced a similar keyboard with my iMac on the Magic Keyboard. However, we don't think those who will be using a MacBook Air for the first time will have much trouble either.

Trackpad, on the other hand, is in Apple's familiar standards. The surface friction of the glass surface trackpad is low, your finger will move easily on the surface. The responsiveness is also good, the reflection of your finger movements on the pointer happens quickly. Force Touch feature is also available, so you can take different actions when you press lightly. However, it should be noted that sometimes when we want to drag and drop, the dictionary is unintentionally opened and the meaning of the word we scanned is shown.

Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

Operating System and Process.

The Dell XPS 13 2020 lineup features the latest 10th Gen Intel processors, including the fast Core i7-1065G7 U series chip packed in our review unit. The Dell laptop handled my daily multitasking workload without stuttering, whether I was jumping between more than a dozen Chrome tabs on a Hangout call or jumping between Slack and Discord chats while writing articles on GDocs.

On the other hand, Apple MacBook Air comes with the Ice Lake CPU. It comes with two choices: the first one is 1.1GHz duad-core 10th generation Intel Core i3 with a Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz. It has a 128MB of LPDDR4X. The second one is a 1.1GHz quad-core 10th generation Intel Core i5 with a Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz. It has an 8MB LPDDR4X.

In the general Geekbench 5 benchmark test, our XPS 13 scored a strong 4847 score, nearly double the weaker Y Series Core i5-1030NG7 processor used in the MacBook Air. We tested the dragonfly on the old Geekbench 4.3 benchmark, where our Dell scored an impressive 19,053 points compared to HP's 14,701 points.

The 512GB solid-state drive packed in the XPS 13 copied about 5GB of files in 7.92 seconds at a transfer rate of 627MB per second. This beats the Dragonfly 512GB SSD, which lags slightly behind at 424MB per second.

You won't play the best PC games at high settings on the Dell XPS 13, but the Intel Iris Plus graphics used in mainstream laptops can still handle more basic games that play well with integrated graphics. On a Dell laptop, the racing game Dirt 3 was played at 58 frames per second. The XPS 13 Dirt 3 1080p performance is double that of the HP Dragonfly at 31 fps, and the laptop passed the MacBook Air benchmark in our Civilization VI test with a score of 18.7 versus 7 for the MacBook.

Where the MacBook Air 2020 comes with macOS Catalina 10.15 installed. This version, released by Apple in autumn 2019, is the most current desktop operating system version currently available. With Catalina, a feature like Sidecar is offered. If you have an iPad with iPadOS 13, you can use it as a second screen with MacBook Air. Apart from that, we see three different applications such as Music, TV, and Podcasts instead of iTunes.

Catalina also has positive contributions to performance. We've seen this when we switched to Catalina on iMac and MacBook Pro we've used for work and are quite old. The same is true with the MacBook Air. On top of that, if you install an app that controls the apps and services running in the background, like App Tamer, you can get better performance results as well.

You can download applications offered from the Mac App Store, as well as download applications from different sources. However, Apple is very sensitive about running such applications. You may be asked for your permission to open applications offered from unknown sources, maybe they may not be allowed to open at all. As a result, in terms of security, what MacBook Air has to offer will benefit the targeted mainstream user base.

Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

Storage, Price, and available colors.

 Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 price depends on the selected variant. The basic variant of the XPS 13 with 8GB RAM and 512GB variant and 10th generation processor i7-1065G7, it will cost you about 1559.00USD on Amazon. While the variant with 16GB RAM and 1TB variant and 10th generation processor i7-1065G7, it will cost you around 1,539.00USD on Amazon. It is available in White, Silver, and Space Gray colors.

Meanwhile, the basic variant of the MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and 256GB variant and 10th generation processor core i3, it will cost you about 999.00USD on Apple. While the variant with 8GB RAM and 512GB variant and 10th generation processor core i5, it will cost you around 1,299.00USD on Apple. It is available in Silver, Gold, and Gray colors.


Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

Security and Ports.

For security, In the upper right corner of the XPS 13 (2020) there is a fingerprint scanner through which you can log in to Windows; the button also has a power-on function. The scanner works quickly, although sometimes (rarely) it does not respond to touch the first time. This is a known issue and can be resolved by updating Windows to the latest version and installing Dell drivers.

That being said, the MacBook Air supports the same unlocking methods that Macbook Pro 13 supports. The device supports unlocking using the Touch ID button which doubles as the power button. you can add a fingerprint during the initial setup, or you can do it later. You just need to add the index finger of the right hand and this is the best for practical use. The fingerprint reader also works very quickly. You can log in using the passcode as well. It also comes with the T2 chip, which immediately encrypts data. It also encrypts the SSD and Touch ID.

In terms of port options, Dell has spared on connectors. There are just two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports - one on each side, both of the laptop can be charged. There is also a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. You will most likely have to lug around additional cables - which Dell does not deny, because a USB-C to USB-A adapter is included.

The device comes with Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi 6, the latest standard for each. No 5G support - although Dell included this in its updated Latitude 9510, call this to turn it into next year's XPS iteration.

Or rather, The MacBook Air supports Bluetooth 5 and NFC.  As with modern MacBooks, MacBook Air (2020) doesn't come with a lot of ports, so you're stuck with just two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and an audio jack. Thunderbolt 3 ports are the least versatile and offer transfer rates up to 40Gb / s and allow you to transfer up to 6K video to a compatible monitor and can be used for charging.


Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

Sound System.

The XPS 13 stereo speakers are loud but have mixed results when it comes to sound quality. Four Year Strong's crunchy "Crazy Pills" guitar riffs sounded muddy and bloated at maximum volume, although we were impressed with the amount of bass that filtered through the laptop's small speakers.

The more subdued indie pop from Beach Bunny's Dream Boy did a little better, with breeze guitars and flamboyant vocals in the mix. But after we turned up the volume, it still sounded too muted for us to like. The XPS 13 speakers are perfect for conference calls and movies, but serious music junkies will want to have a pair of the best headphones handy when it's time to rock.

Whereas, the MacBook Air offers stereo sound. It has a sound output above the standards of a laptop. The intensity is loud, the bass is strong, and the treble at high volume is not uncomfortable. It also offers a full sound output. You don't need to connect with another speaker while watching a movie.

The MacBook Air also has a microphone system beyond what we expect in a laptop. In this way, you can get your notes in clear and high quality with Voice Memos. If you want, you can even record podcasts with your MacBook Air's microphone. Similarly, you can use the built-in microphone for teleconferencing calls.

Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?

 Battery and charging.

  If you want long-term endurance, get the 1080p Dell XPS 13. This version of the Dell laptop lasted 12 hours and 39 minutes in our surf battery test. This makes the XPS 13 one of the most durable laptops in the world. The 1080p Dell XPS 13 outperforms the 2020 MacBook Air (9:31) and nearly outperforms the HP Elite Dragonfly (12:25).

Like many laptops with 4K sectors, the UHD version of the Dell XPS 13 is a solid choice when it comes to battery life. The 4K version of the Dell laptop only lasted 8 hours and 14 minutes. So you'll definitely want to keep your charger close at hand if you opt for the 4K version of this laptop.

 Having said that, Apple claims that MacBook Air (2020) has 11 hours of battery life, but in our daily usage and comparison tests, we found that it was managed a little under that. A 30W USB-C charging adapter and USB-C cable are included in the box. In about 50 minutes, 40 percent of the battery is charged. If you want to use the computer and charge it on the one hand, it will be possible to fully charge the battery in two and a half to three hours.

In our battery test for MacBook Air, we can say, the laptop has a 49.9 watt-hour battery. According to Apple, this battery offers a standby time of up to 30 days. Up to 11 hours of internet surfing with a wireless connection and up to 12 hours of watching movies from the Apple TV app are also among the values given for the battery. When we look at the practical situation, when the screen brightness is at maximum and a considerable number of applications and the Chrome tab are open together, this computer can provide up to 4 hours of use. If you are a workload-intensive user and spend most of your time outdoors, if you dimming the screen brightness and behave a little more controlled in open applications, this laptop will be enough to take a day off from morning to night. We think that normal users will also have the opportunity to take a day off with a single charge.

Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air 2020 which one is the king?


 If you're looking for a premium Windows Ultrabook and you have an unlimited budget, then the Dell XPS 13 (2020) is definitely worth considering. No competitor can match this 13-inch beast, which is built to the highest standard.

The XPS 13 doesn't differ much from other laptops with Intel Core i7 in terms of cost. This makes it far superior to the best models from HP, Microsoft, or Lenovo in terms of value for money.

The redesigned XPS 13 (2020) is still the best Ultrabook yet. Yes, other models can surpass it in some way, but in general, the XPS 13 is unmatched. With a stunning small form factor display, a gorgeous keyboard, and a powerful 10th Gen Intel Core processor, Dell is once again setting the industry standard. What do you think? Do you recommend this laptop? Share your knowledge with us.

Switch to the opposite side, the MacBook Air 2020 can be praised for its build quality, good screen, new keyboard, great touchpad, and best-in-class speakers. But it can also be criticized for its mediocre webcam, limited multitasking performance, and inefficient cooling system.  What do you think? Do you recommend these laptops? Feel free to tell us your thoughts.

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