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MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
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Alienware m18 R1
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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
  • Excellent for general use
  • Excellent for software development
  • Excellent for content creation
  • Excellent overall display quality
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Good portability
  • Best in class battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the Dell Alienware m18 R1
  • Excellent for gaming and AI

Key differences

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General Use

9.1
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
8.2
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
487.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
281.0 nits
17.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.0 Hours
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
7.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
5.1/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) is excellent for general use, while the Dell Alienware m18 R1 is very good.

Gaming and AI

7.5
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
9.2
5.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.9/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
8.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The Dell Alienware m18 R1 is excellent for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) is good.

Content Creation

9.1
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
8.4
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
36.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) is excellent for content creation, while the Dell Alienware m18 R1 is very good.

Software Development

9.3
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
8.1
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
36.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) is excellent for software development, while the Dell Alienware m18 R1 is very good.

Screen Quality

9.4
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
7.8
16.2in
SIZE
17.3in
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
487.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
281.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has a better screen than the Dell Alienware m18 R1 for general use, AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

17.5 Hours
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
4.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has 17.5 hours of battery life. The Dell Alienware m18 R1 has 4 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
Poor
16.2in
SIZE
17.3in
4.7 lbs
WEIGHT
8.9 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
1.0in
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) has good portability, while the Dell Alienware m18 R1 has poor portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
8.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) has best in class build quality, while the Dell Alienware m18 R1 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Engineering and Design

9.0
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
9.0
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
5.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.9/10
36.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
The Dell Alienware m18 R1 and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) are both excellent for engineering and design.

Cost

$2,694
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Alienware m18 R1
$2,600
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$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) has a price of $2,694 and the Dell Alienware m18 R1 costs $2,600.

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How the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) and the Dell Alienware m18 R1 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)Dell Alienware m18 R1
Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)Dell Alienware m18 R1

GENERAL

Price
$2,694
$2,600
Release Date
November 1, 2023October 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''16.2'' x 12.6'' x 1.05''
Weight
4.7 lbs8.9 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M3 Pro (12C)Intel i9-13900HX
Graphics
M3 Pro (18C) RTX 4080 (175 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
36 GB32 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
17.5 Hours4 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.6 Wh97 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16.2"17.3"
Display Technology
Mini LEDIPS
Resolution
3456 x 22342560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
120Hz165Hz
Display Brightness
487 nits281 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/108.5/10
Portability Score
7.6/105.1/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
8.8/107/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/108.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/108/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
04
USB-C ports
32
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
24
Thunderbolt Version
44

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 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 m18 R1

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PCMag

Matthew Buzzi | July 2023
"Dell's Alienware m18 delivers on its promises: This is a large, powerful gaming laptop with the premium flair and feel you expect from an expensive purchase. The drawbacks are really the price and battery life, which in context are reasonable. (We'd also like to see more ports on the laptop's sides.) This price tier exists for deep-pocketed enthusiasts, and if you’re considering anything in this range, the m18 isn’t an outlier. For the majority of shoppers, of course, all of these mighty 18-inch systems are likely too expensive."

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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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