MacBook Pro 2016 VS. Dell XPS 15 2017; Build & Design, Processor, Battery Life & More

20 March 2017, 5:51 am EDT By Keisuke Akio Mobile & Apps

The battle between Dell and Apple is getting more interesting. The Dell XPS 15 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 are two devices that are among the top pick of consumers, let us see how each system fare in terms of build and design, processor, and battery life among others.

Build and Design

Both Dell XPS 15 and Apple MacBook 2016 weighs a 4.5 pounds. They both feature a body built with a premium-looking aluminum chassis and carbon fiber that enclosed the keyboard. Furthermore, the Dell XPS 15 (2017) features USB 3.0, USB-C with thunderbolt, HDMI 2 port and charging port, while the MacBook Pro 2016 is slimmer.

Several users, however, have issues about the missing SD card reader alongside other important ports that the MacBook Pro 2016 lacks. Although Dell XPS 15 2017 is heavier compared to MacBook Pro 2016, Dell has the edge from build and design mixed with important user-friendly features than the MacBook Pro 2016.


In terms of processor, the Dell XPS 15 backed by 16GB RAM, 512 SSD and dedicated 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics card with Pascal architecture. On the other hand, the MacBook Pro comes with Intel's Sky Lake chipset, which connotes it lacks the 32GB DDR4 RAM support.

Aside from that, the MacBook Pro has 16 GB of RAM, whereas the Dell laptop offers 8 GB of RAM. However, to compensate with this, Dell offer to users an option to expand this to 32 GB of RAM.

Battery Life/Screen

Dell XPS 15 2017 comes with a massive 97WHr battery that can last for 6 hours on a single charge at maximum usage, says Forbes. Apple MacBook Pro's Touch Bar is consuming power that leads to inefficient battery performance. The top-end model of the Dell XPS 15, boasts a slightly bigger display at 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge display. In addition, it comes with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.

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