Whether you’re unimpressed with the newest MacBook Pro or you just feel like it’s already time to switch, there are a handful of alternative laptops which might be suitable to your taste. Most of them are equally powerful – if not more so – and just as aesthetically refined as Apple’s product. What’s more is that they’re significantly cheaper than the MacBook Pro.
To help you find the right one, here’s a chief overview of worthy, less expensive Windows 10-powered MacBook Pro alternatives. Keep reading!
Dell XPS 13
The Verge considers Dell XPS 13 as the “most obvious and direct alternative” to the MBP. Sporting a 13-inch with minimal bezel display, the laptop has a great keyboard, good trackpad, solid construction, and attractive design. It boasts a 10-hour battery life and Intel’s 7th generation (Kaby Lake) processors —a generation ahead of Apple’s newest MacBook Pros.
You can opt for an 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a lovely gold variant for $1,199. That’s $400 less than the 12-inch MacBook newest (2016) model that costs $1,599.
HP Spectre X360
HP’s newly updated 13-inch Spectre x360 features an edge-to-edge display similar to Dell’s XPS 13. However, this one has a fully rotating hinge like Lenovo’s Yoga lineup. It houses a quad-speaker, a spacious and responsive trackpad as well as both traditional USB Type-A and forward-looking USB Type-C ports.
The device claims its battery life can stretch up to 15 hours on a single charge. It even has an IR camera which supports Windows Hello, so you can just look at the computer to unlock it.
The one thing that didn’t make the cut is an SD card slot. If you want it, you’ll have to go with the 4lbs (1.81kg). Price starts at $1,159, but the highest-specced model with dual-core Core i7 chip with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD costs $1,299. In comparison, the MBP starts at $1,499, which is considerably more bank-breaking than the Spectre X360.
ASUS ZenBook 3
If you’re looking for a much more cheaper MacBook alternative, you might want to consider the $999 ZenBook 3. Sporting a sleek stylish chassis, 12.5-inch display, and a single USB-C port, ZenBook 3 angles itself as a competitor of the Apple offering. Power-wise, it packs a lot of punch with its Core i5 processor, as well as the built-in Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU.
The cheapest model comes with 512 GB of flash storage, 8 GB of RAM, and impressive-sounding speakers. Compared to MBP’s 2,304 x 1,440 pixels and 226 ppi, this one only offers 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and 176 ppi. Its battery life is an hour less than Apple’s 10-hour capacity as well.
Samsung Notebook 9
The 13-inch Samsung Notebook 9 offers similar specs as Apple’s product, but it comes in an even thinner and lighter package than the new base MacBook Pro for more than $500 less. Notebook 9 houses a sixth-generation Core i5 2.5 GHz, an 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, and 1080p screen. Priced at $940, it truly makes the base MBP look like a bad deal.
It doesn’t have USB-C ports, though, which are commonly used for charging devices and transferring data simultaneously. However, it does have two USB 3.0 ports.
Acer Swift 7
Swift 7 which late last year is one of the first Kaby Lake-powered laptops, and one of the thinnest ever made at just 9.98mm. Despite its thinness, Acer has managed to pack a lot into its 1.1kg shell. It has a 7th-generation Core i5-7300U processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, a 13.3in IPS Full HD panel. Its battery boasts a decent 9-hour life, too.
The laptop comes with two USB-C ports and 1280 x 720 webcam. Per Inquirer, the Acer Swift 7 is available with a gold and black colour scheme for only $1,099.