Alternatives To The New Macbook Pros

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Like a lot of you I was somewhat unenamoured with the new 2016 Macbook Pro lineup. A stupid touch bar does not an innovation make. Quite frankly I was a bit pissed off having waited 2 years for them to refresh the Macbook Pro only to be rewarded with lacklustre hardware and a price markup. So yeah screw you Apple, it’s time to checkout some alternatives.

I have a few prequisites of course:

At least 16 GB RAM

As I do most of my development using Docker containers more memory is always good. Ideally I would love 32 GB but I can live with 16.

13-15” screen

13” is acceptable, 15” is nicer

Nice resolution

1920x1080 just doesn’t cut it any more.

After doing some research and watching/reading quite a few reviews & Hackernews/Reddit comments I’ve come up with the following alternatives:

So to compare prices (I’m in Holland, so prices will be in euros) I’ve decided to compare the 13” & 15” Mac Pros configurated to my specifications to the competition.

13”
2.4GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro 3.3GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro Dell XPS 13
CPU 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-6660U 3.3GHz dual‑core Intel Core i7-6567U 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-7500U
RAM 16GB 1866‑MHz memory 16 GB 2133‑MHz memory 16GB LPDDR3 1866‑MHz memory
HD 512 GB PCIe‑SSD 512 GB PCIe‑SSD 512 GB PCIe‑SSD
Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 540 Intel Iris Graphics 550 Intel HD 620
Resultion 2560x1600 2560x1600 3200x1800
Price € 2.539,00 € 2.799,00 € 2.007,39
15”
2.6GHz 15-inch Macbook Pro 2.7GHz 15-inch Macbook Pro Dell XPS 15
CPU 2,6‑GHz quad‑core Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2,7‑GHz quad‑core Intel Core i7-6820HQ 2,6‑GHz quad‑core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
RAM 16 GB 2133‑MHz memory 16 GB 2133‑MHz memory 16 GB DDR4 2133‑MHz memory
HD 512 GB PCIe‑SSD 512 GB PCIe‑SSD 512 GB PCIe‑SSD
Graphics Radeon Pro 450 with 2 GB memory Radeon Pro 455 with 2 GB memory Nvidia GTX 960M with 2 GB GDDR5
Resultion 2880x1800 2880x1800 3840x2160
Price € 2.939,00 € 3.199,00 € 2479,29

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