As much as some of us may deride the‘s , and over-reliance on USB-C connections, its balance of screen quality, weight, battery life and performance had no Windows-based peer devices for a long time. But now that OLED displays are beginning to hit the market that balance is tipping a little. OLED delivers true blacks, which means high contrast, as well as a wide gamut and HDR that can rival or outperform the MacBook’s Retina Display.
Thechanges things up a bit; it’s still the size of the 15-inch, but slightly heavier, and ditches the butterfly-switch keyboard in favor of a slightly better scissor-switch-based one. However, it’s basically the same, still with no 4K options. On the other hand, like its predecessors, its performance still beats similarly configured Windows systems on a lot of tasks.
And one nice thing aboutis the variety. In this case, there are all sizes of far less expensive Chromebooks as well as 14- and 15-inch laptops that are slightly smaller and lighter than the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but not quite as small as the model, across the price spectrum. Plus, we’re seeing lots of .
If you’re drawn to a MacBook Pro for its featureless-slab aesthetic, Razer’s your Windows go-to, especially now that the company’s offering a model in Mercury White. It’s priced similarly to the entry-level MacBook Pro model and should provide a similar level of performance. But the white version of the Razer only comes with a 1,980×1,080-pixel screen and is limited to an i7-8750H processor, relatively small 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM. It also weighs a half pound more.
If you’re willing to go with black, you can get a 4K, 100% Adobe RGB screen and a GeForce RTX 2070 for $2,900. That’s more expensive than the comparable MacBook configuration (around $2,700), but it’s far more gameworthy. Battery longevity is pretty meh, however, and with the 4K screen it’s even worse.
Dell’s is a 13.3-inch laptop that’s so trimmed up that the body is basically the size of an older 11.6-inch laptop. Being part of the company’s XPS line means both its chassis and components are top notch for its class, so you’re getting great battery life and performance, too.
Cheaper than even the MacBook Air with the 15-inch footprint of the Pro, but with a higher-resolution display and two-in-one flexibility, Chromebooks are one class of options with no Apple analog. But if everything you do is cloud-based, the C630’s sleek look and feel at a Chrome OS price makes a much more cost-effective alternative.
This lacks the elegant design of the MacBook, but if you need raw power in a desktop replacement, this 17-inch behemoth can be configured to outperform the top-end MacBook Pro. Marketed as a gaming laptop, theArea-51m can be outfitted with a desktop-class i9-9900K processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, 64GB RAM and 3TB storage (2TB SSD). That will run you $5,150, though.
Starting at a more modest $3,330, you can still buy a desktop-class octa-core i7, RTX 2070, 16GB and 1TB SSD. That should still deliver comparable performance to a $4,500 MacBook, and you can add a boatload of connectors. It performs well as a gaming laptop too. The Alienware only has an 1,920×1,080 display, which is kind of sad. It’s intended to be run while plugged in — with two AC adapters — so it doesn’t matter that a 4K display would sap the already sad battery life.
Originally published last year.
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