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MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
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Updated January 10, 2024·

Selecting between the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) and the Dell Alienware x14 R1 depends on your primary use. If long battery life and a quiet, fanless operation matter, along with a higher quality build and keyboard, the MacBook Pro is well-suited for general use and might benefit those in the creative industry due to its screen color accuracy. Alternatively, the Alienware x14 gives you a more powerful processor and graphics card, larger storage, and more RAM, designed for heavier tasks like engineering software, 3D rendering, and gaming, but with a reduced battery life and added weight. Both laptops have backlit keyboards, but the Alienware features customizable RGB lighting. The MacBook Pro is slimmer and lighter, making it more portable, whereas the Alienware's additional ports and higher refresh rate display are better for gaming and connectivity. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Best in class battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the Dell Alienware x14 R1
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Good for gaming and AI

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

6.4
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
7.5
2.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
7.4/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The Dell Alienware x14 R1 is good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.3
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
8.1
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
2.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
7.4/10
8.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Dell Alienware x14 R1 is very good for engineering and design, while the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is good.

Screen Quality

7.6
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
7.9
13.3in
SIZE
14.0in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
497.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
411.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 has a better screen than the Dell Alienware x14 R1 for general use, and engineering and design, while the Dell Alienware x14 R1 has a better screen for gaming and AI.

Battery

20.0 Hours
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
9.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 has 20 hours of battery life. The Dell Alienware x14 R1 has 9 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
Very Good
13.3in
SIZE
14.0in
3.0 lbs
WEIGHT
4.0 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.5in
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) and Dell Alienware x14 R1 both have very good portability, though the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) has somewhat better portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
8.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) has best in class build quality, while the Dell Alienware x14 R1 has very good build quality.

Cost

$1,299
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
$1,201
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The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) has a price of $1,299 and the Dell Alienware x14 R1 costs $1,201.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.7
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
7.8
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
497.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
411.0 nits
20.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
9.0 Hours
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
8.9/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.0/10
The Dell Alienware x14 R1 and Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) are both good for general use.

Content Creation

7.8
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
7.9
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
8.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell Alienware x14 R1 and Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) are both good for content creation.

Software Development

7.7
MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Alienware x14 R1
7.7
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
8.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
The Dell Alienware x14 R1 and Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) are both good for software development.

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How the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) and the Dell Alienware x14 R1 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022)Dell Alienware x14 R1
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022)Dell Alienware x14 R1

GENERAL

Price
$1,299
$1,201
Release Date
June 1, 2022August 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12'' x 8.4'' x 0.61''12.7'' x 10.3'' x 0.57''
Weight
3 lbs4.06 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2Intel i7-12700H
Graphics
M2 (10C) RTX 3060 (75 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
8 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
20 Hours9 Hours
Battery Capacity
58.2 Wh80 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.3"14"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16001920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
497 nits411 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/108.5/10
Portability Score
8.9/108.1/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
10/107/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/108/10
Speaker Quality Score
9.5/107.5/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
01
USB-C ports
23
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
14
Thunderbolt Version
34

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Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022)

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Andreas Osthoff | June 2022
"The MacBook Pro 13 is still a very good subnotebook. The 2022 MacBook Pro 13 might look like recycling at first, because the device is completely identical to the old model expect for the new M2 SoC. We have to admit that we were surprised to see another iteration of the MBP 13 as well. The laptop is obviously familiar, but this does not change the fact that it is still a very good subnotebook. You get an excellent chassis with good stability, a very good display, good input devices and the new M2 chip is very powerful and efficient."

Dell Alienware x14 R1

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Andreas Osthoff | March 2022
"The Alienware X14 series is thinner, but also slower than the competition. With the X series, you get plenty of modern technology: Intel Alder Lake CPUs, GeForce RTX 3000 GPUs, Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 4.0, Wi-Fi 6E, G-Sync, and Advanced Optimus. However, the slim design has some drawbacks, just like its larger siblings. The shifted hinge position results in a very deep device with a large footprint compared to the competition."

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About Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is one of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalization. Their MacBook laptops feature a slim, minimalistic design, class-leading battery life, and premium display and speaker quality. In 2020 Apple switched from using Intel processors to their own silicon chips which have excellent performance and efficiency. The macOS operating system is the second most widely used OS, after Windows.

About Dell

Dell is a highly recognizable American technology company, and is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. Their laptops are very popular for both personal and professional use, and they also own the Alienware brand which makes mid to high end gaming laptops. Their premium XPS range of laptops offer great build quality and portability, while Latitude and Precision laptops are known for reliability, repairability and performance for business users.

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