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MacBook Pro 16 (2023)VS
Alienware X17 R2
$3,299Out of stock
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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) is an excellent premium choice with a high-resolution Mini LED display, long battery life, and stellar build quality, which makes it perfect for demanding tasks like video editing and graphic design, as well as general use. The Dell Alienware X17 R2, on the other hand, has a focus on gaming with its high refresh rate screen and dedicated Nvidia graphics card, which also makes it suitable for 3D rendering and engineering tasks. The MacBook Pro is lighter and has a higher portability score, but the Alienware offers more customization with available RAM and storage slots, plus a full array of gaming-focused features. If portability and display quality are top priorities, and budget is less of a concern, the MacBook Pro is excellent; however, for a focus on gaming or if you're after more affordability, the Alienware X17 R2 might better suit your needs. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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General Use

9.4
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Alienware X17 R2
7.8
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) is excellent for general use, while the Dell Alienware X17 R2 is good.

Engineering and Design

9.3
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Alienware X17 R2
8.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) is excellent for engineering and design, while the Dell Alienware X17 R2 is very good.

Performance

8.7
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Alienware X17 R2
8.6
General use
3D
Engineering and design
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) performs better than the Dell Alienware X17 R2 for general use, and engineering and design, while the Dell Alienware X17 R2 performs better than the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) for gaming and 3D.

Screen Quality

9.4
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Alienware X17 R2
8.3
General use
Gaming and 3D
Design and engineering
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has a better screen than the Dell Alienware X17 R2 for general use, and engineering and design, while the Dell Alienware X17 R2 has a better screen for gaming and 3D.

Battery

17.5 Hours
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Alienware X17 R2
2.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has 17.5 hours of battery life. The Dell Alienware X17 R2 has 2 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Alienware X17 R2
Fair
16.2in
SIZE
17.3in
4.7 lbs
WEIGHT
6.8 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.8in
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) has good portability, while the Dell Alienware X17 R2 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Alienware X17 R2
8.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) has the best build quality, while the Dell Alienware X17 R2 has very good build quality.

Cost

$3,299
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Alienware X17 R2
$2,250
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The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) has a price of $3,299 and the Dell Alienware X17 R2 costs $2,250.
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How the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) and the Dell Alienware X17 R2 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)Dell Alienware X17 R2
Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)Dell Alienware X17 R2

GENERAL

Price
$3,299
$2,250
Brand
AppleDell
Release Date
January 01 2023January 12 2021
Operating System
MacOSWindows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''15.7'' x 11.8'' x 0.82''
Weight
4.7 lbs6.82 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2 Max (12C)Intel i7-12700H
Overall CPU Score
8.5/109.2/10
Graphics
M2 Max (30C) RTX 3070 Ti (150 W)
Overall GPU Score
8.8/109.7/10
RAM
32 gb16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
3456 x 22341920 x 1080
General Use Screen Score
9.7/108.1/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
8.9/109/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
9.7/108/10
Diagonal Size
16.2"17.3"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
02
USB-C ports
32
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
01
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
44

BATTERY

Battery Life
17.5 hours2 hours
Battery Capacity
99.6 wh87 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
1080p720p
Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/108.5/10
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
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 16 (2023)
More portableApple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Better for Gaming Roughly equal
Better keyboardApple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Better for creative useApple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Better for general useApple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)

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Andreas Osthoff | February 2023
"The Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023: M2 Max challenges GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. The new MacBook Pro 16 2023 with the M2 Max SoC is the most powerful laptop Apple has on sale right now. While we do not get the expected performance and efficiency improvements from completely new 3 nm chips, which we expected ahead of the launch, the 2023 model is still a solid update. The CPU of the M2 Max can be up to 20 % faster than the old model and we also see an advantage of 25-30 % for the GPU with 38 cores. However, both components also consume more power, so the efficiency did not change that much under maximum load."

Dell Alienware X17 R2

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Allen Ngo | May 2022
"The Alienware x17 R2 recognizes targets a significantly higher TGP of 175 W for a roughly 30 percent performance boost over laptops running on the ~100 W GeForce RTX 3080 Ti like the Razer Blade 15 or Gigabyte Aero YE5. Similar results can be found through the CPU as well. This single aspect of the Alienware is perhaps the biggest differentiating factor between it and other ultrathin gaming laptops. Of course, the "performance at all cost" approach comes with drawbacks. Power consumption in particular is through the roof and battery life suffers because of it even when on the lowest performance settings."

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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