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MacBook Pro 14 (2023)VS
XPS 15
$1,799
$1,500
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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) typically costs more and offers a Mini LED display, longer battery life, and better build quality, making it suitable for professional work like video editing or design that requires high color accuracy. Conversely, the Dell XPS 15 is less expensive and has an Intel Arc GPU that can handle some gaming and 3D tasks but may not match the MacBook's professional performance level. If portability is a priority, the MacBook is lighter, but if you prefer Windows and need more display outputs, the XPS 15 may suit you better. Neither is ideal for intensive gaming. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Performance

7.6
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
XPS 15
7.8
General use
3D
Engineering and design
The Dell XPS 15 performs better than the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) for general use.

Screen Quality

9.2
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
XPS 15
7.4
General use
Gaming and 3D
Design and engineering
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 has a better screen than the Dell XPS 15 for general use, 3D, and engineering and design.

Battery

13.5 Hours
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
XPS 15
10.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 has 13.5 hours of battery life. The Dell XPS 15 has 10 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
XPS 15
Good
14.2in
SIZE
15.6in
3.5 lbs
WEIGHT
4.2 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) has very good portability, while the Dell XPS 15 has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
XPS 15
8.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) has the best build quality, while the Dell XPS 15 has very good build quality.

Cost

$1,799
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
XPS 15
$1,500
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) has a price of $1,799 and the Dell XPS 15 costs $1,500.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.4
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
XPS 15
8.3
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) and Dell XPS 15 are both very good for general use.

Gaming and 3D

7.2
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
XPS 15
7.0
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) and Dell XPS 15 are both good for gaming and 3D.

Engineering and Design

8.3
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
XPS 15
7.8
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) to be very good for engineering and design, while the Dell XPS 15 is good.

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How the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) and the Dell XPS 15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)Dell XPS 15
Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)Dell XPS 15

GENERAL

Price
$1,799
$1,500
Brand
AppleDell
Release Date
January 01 2023January 05 2023
Operating System
MacOSWindows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
12.3'' x 8.7'' x 0.61''13.6'' x 9.1'' x 0.71''
Weight
3.5 lbs4.21 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2 Pro (10C)Intel i7-13700H
Overall CPU Score
7.9/109.1/10
Graphics
M2 Pro (16C) Arc A370M (50 W)
Overall GPU Score
3.7/102.8/10
RAM
16 gb16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
3024 x 19641920 x 1200
General Use Screen Score
9.5/107.8/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
8.8/106.9/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
9.5/107.7/10
Diagonal Size
14.2"15.6"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
00
USB-C ports
33
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
01
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
23

BATTERY

Battery Life
13.5 hours10 hours
Battery Capacity
69.6 wh86 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
1080p720p
Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/109/10
Fingerprint Reader
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
10/108.5/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better BatteryApple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
More portableApple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
Better for Gaming Roughly equal

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)

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NotebookCheck

Andreas Osthoff | January 2023
"In the Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023, the M2 Pro is slowed down. From the improved 5nm process, the new M2 Pro is a very solid upgrade. Graphics performance has increased by about 25% in tandem with a clear improvement in efficiency. The processor has also seen a performance leap of up to 20%, but this is accompanied by an increase in consumption of up to 25%. Fundamentally, Apple its maintaining its advantage over AMD and Intel, particularly in optimized applications where the results are very good in view of the comparatively low power consumption."

Dell XPS 15

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PCMag

Matthew Buzzi | May 2023
"The 2023 Dell XPS 15 is more or less exactly what you'd expect from the company flagship. Its fresh components deliver measurably superior power and longevity, while the machine's premium build and design remain intact. It may not be overly exciting, but XPS loyalists and upgraders should be more than happy."

About Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is 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 the third-largest personal computer vendor by market share in 2022. 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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