In a previous comparison of the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar and a comparable XPS 13-inch, the Apple notebook cut Dell off in a few key categories. The base MacBook Pro with 1
The 13-inch touch-bar MacBook Pro for $ 1,799 has received some massive updates. This time, it will be compared to the 1,799 version of Dell's XPS 13.
Since Dell constantly has sales on its laptops, you can probably find the 9370 on sale at a much lower price.
The main difference between the two computers is that the Dell comes with dual SSD memory and a 4K resolution display instead of a 2.5K display on the MacBook Pro. The XPS is also smaller and lighter than the MacBook, though it has the same 13-inch screen thanks to the Infinity Edge design
Most would agree that the design of the XPS is not as good as the beautiful aluminum casing of the MacBook but it still looks great.
The MacBook has a larger battery with 58 watt-hours compared to 52 on the Dell. It also includes a higher wattage USB-C charger. Either way, the battery life on both laptops is great.
The XPS has three USB-C ports, two of which support Thunderbolt 3 and a microSD card slot and a supplied USB-A adapter. The MacBook Pro has four Thunderbolt 3 ports so you can connect more sophisticated devices such as eGPUs or 5K displays.
Both devices have 8 gigabytes of RAM, but the MacBook's memory is clocked a little faster.
The new 13-inch touch-bar MacBook Pro is now powered by Intel's eighth-generation i5 quad-core processor, similar to the quad-core i7 on the XPS. The base clock frequency is slightly higher on the Mac, but the XPS goes up to slightly higher 4.0 GHz.
In the first benchmark, the Geekbench 4 CPU test, both laptops shot almost exactly the same single-core score. However, the MacBook Pro completely destroyed the XPS in multicore tests.
The MacBook Pro scored 621 points on the Cinebench R15, compared to 598 on the XPS. It's close, but there's no doubt that the MacBook Pro has a faster CPU.
When testing graphics performance, the MacBook Pro again beat the XPS with a score of 32,831 against 22,008.
The MacBook Pro is the obvious choice for performance. In all areas, from light games to video editing, it comes to the top. It will then be a case of looking at the rest of the features of the MacBook Pro to see if it's worth the extra money.
Keyboards and Trackpad
Apple has updated the keyboard to include silicone barriers under each key that may protect the keyswitches from dust. While Apple did not officially endorse the purpose of the barriers, they were able to handle keyboard issues that surfaced in older MacBooks with butterfly buttons.
The XPS buttons are relatively quiet and provide a good feel, resulting in a keyboard that we believe is best compared to Apple's Mini Travel Butterfly buttons.
The XPS trackpad is probably one of the best for Windows laptops, but it's a big step beyond Apple's Force Touch trackpad, which is twice the size and no matter where you press, providing a perfectly even input Has. Feedback can also be adapted to the preferences of a user, and frankly, nothing like it.
Audio, Touch Bar, and T2
In our previous comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Pro speakers chased the XPS out of the water. For 2018, the speakers of the MacBook Pro have been updated with major improvements in bass and midrange. The volume on the XPS is good enough for most situations, but the sound quality is below average and the speakers burn on the sides. The MacBook speakers face the user and are louder, with much more bass, clear mids and sharper heights.
The Touch Bar MacBook Pro comes naturally with the Touch Bar, but without extensive third-party support, the utility is very limited. The MacBook also has a fingerprint scanner in Touch ID, a feature mirrored by a generic scanner on the XPS.
The Touch Bar model, however, comes with the T2 chip from Apple, which takes care of a number of system controllers. I have to master these tasks. The list includes automatic SSD encryption, which does not slow down the SSD, one of the biggest drawbacks of encrypting Mac memories.
The T2 chip also allows "Hey Siri" on the MacBook, and when MacOS Mojave arrives this fall, it can be used to control your HomeKit devices.
The almost frameless design of the Dell stands out, but it also forces the webcam next to the hinge. This makes a very unfavorable perspective that could be a dealbreaker for those who often use the webcam. Not only does Apple's version offer a better and higher viewing angle, it also outperforms Dell video and sound quality.
One of our favorite features on XPS is Windows Hello. Although not as advanced as Face ID, software-based biorecognition works very well. Unfortunately, Apple's new MacBook Pro Face ID did not get what we had hoped for, so the XPS wins there.
Both machines fall into the 13-inch category, but the MacBook is slightly larger and uses a 16:10 format, resulting in an extra vertical space. That's why the MacBook Pro has just over 22 percent more surface area than the XPS 13-inch, which is closer to the 12-inch Retina MacBook in terms of usability.
The XPS has a nice 4K display, which obviously surpasses the 2.5K display of the MacBook Pro. On top of that, it is color true, with 100 percent sRGB color.
The XPS is announced with 400 nits of brightness, but many critics rated it at around 350 nits. The MacBook Pro comes with an accuracy of 500 nits brightness, making it much better for outdoor use.
The MacBook Pro 2018 is now equipped with True Tone, a feature that automatically adjusts the color temperature of the screen to the ambient light in your room, making it look more natural. For any professional cut that requires accurate color reproduction, switching from True Tone is a bad idea.
Although the 4K display on the XPS is nice, it will ultimately affect battery life, and for such a small 4K screen is not as noticeable as on a larger display.
Dell has successfully developed and updated the 13-inch XPS software. Not only is it thinner, lighter, and smaller than Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, it also has a better keyboard, display, and login technology.
However, the MacBook Pro 2018 is much more powerful, with a better trackpad, much better speakers, a better camera, the dedicated T2 chip, TrueTone display and probably better design.
The decision you make will ultimately fall to whatever features you care most about. Although the operating system is based on personal preference, almost everyone can admit that Windows 10 has much more problems and disruptions than macOS, and that's the most important factor for me.
Where To Buy
The Dell XPS 13 9370 can be configured to your liking at Dell Home. At the time of printing, the system qualifies with a coupon code 50OFF699 for an additional $ 50. B & H Photo also offers multiple configurations with immediate discounts of up to $ 700 for MSRP.
Apple's 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also available with $ 50 coupon code APINSIDER at Adorama. Step-by-step instructions for redeeming the voucher can be found in our guide.