In 2015 Apple came with a thinner and lighter MacBook, which received a Retina display, a Force Touch trackpad and a redesigned keyboard. The collection contains three laptops with different screen sizes: 12inches, 13inches and 15inches, and the price for the smaller variant is $1,289. Are these new features enough to convince to buy a MacBook, or you will be tempted to spend less money ($800) on the Dell XPS 13, which is equipped with an Edge display?
Design and displays
We’ll pick the 12inches MacBook to compare with the 13inches Dell XPS and we’ll start with their designs. The MacBook is a simply gorgeous, being built from aluminum, and has a keyboard that stretches across width of the display, and every key is backlit for a better precision. The trackpad was improved and benefits from Force Touch technology that uses a taptic engine and a “Force Click” feature which will sense the level of force exerted on the touchpad and responds by providing a specific action. The laptop measures 11.04×7.74×0.14-0.52inches and weights 2.03 pounds. The screen is LED-backlit display with IPS technology and supports 2,304×1,440pixels resolution.
The Dell XPS 13 may be small in dimensions, but it managed to fit a 13inches display into a laptop that normally supports an 11inches display. It measures 11.98×7.88×0.33-0.60inches and it weights 2.60 pounds, while the UltraSharp QHD+ infinity touch display has a higher resolution of 3,200×1,800pixels. It has very thin bezels (the frame measures only 5.2mm), which are less than 2 percent of the total display. Dell used aluminum to build the exterior of this laptop, and you won’t have problems with fingerprints or scratches.
The MacBook laptop is powered by a dual core Intel Core M processor clocked at 1.1GHz (4MB Cache, up to 2.4GHz), which is backed by Intel HD Graphics 530 and it houses 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 and 256GB of internal storage. This processor is the second best version created by Intel, as it requires only 4.5 watts of juice to operate.
The Dell XPS 13 is powered by an Intel i5-5200 processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz), but has faster Intel HD Graphics 5500 for better gaming capabilities. The RAM capacity is identical, but the internal storage is cut in half.
– Both laptops are equipped with front cameras: 480p FaceTime camera on the MacBook and 720p HD webcam on the Dell XPS 13
– Both laptops support 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, but while the MacBook has only a USB-C and minijack, the Dell laptop features a headset jack, mini DisplayPort, SDXC card reader and USB 3.0.
– The MackBook runs on Mac OS X Yosemite, while the Dell XPS 13 comes loaded with Windows 8.1.
– The MackBook has a 39.7-watt-hour battery, much smaller than Dell XPS 13’s 52-watt-hour battery.