Dell XPS 14z Trumps MacBook Pro in Size, Price, and Features

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neal123

Excellent insight into a fascinating topic, thanks for sharing this with us all. Please continue to contribute further information, I look forward to the prospect.

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Datrappert

I can't imagine a circumstance when I would buy anything made by Dell or HP. For a PC laptop, I'll stick with Toshiba.

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Engelsstaub

It also comes with Dell's legendary customer service

But seriously: the only significant spec difference here is the GPU, IMO.

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thetechchild

And the $200 price difference, even after considering the Dell comes with 2GB more RAM and a better GPU at base configuration...! I don't see how saving ~20% can be ignored! :P We'll see how this pans out though... The MacBook is probably due for some updating anyways...

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Engelsstaub

The Sandy Bridge MBPs are also expandable to 16 Gb of RAM whereas this is maxed at eight. Not even sure why.

The MBPs just got a (very minor) refresh. It sort of went unannounced. I wasn't really ignoring the price difference...I was only speaking to the difference in technical specifications.

The article doesn't tell us what the clockspeed is on those CPUs which appear identical to those in the latest 13" MBPs. Or am I missing something?

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Nexing

Its always the gamers and the video people who got their saying out in these tech news sites...

When most of the pro Audio users -that work on macbooks- are AGAIN left out by this XPS 14z model...
Where are we going to connect our HiFi, audiophile or Pro sound cards to?
No expresscard, no Thunderbolt; means no low latency (critical) or even format compatible available connector... to many of existing pro soundcards that use firewire, MADI, Adat, etc.
And hear this; NOT a single ONE uses USB3 yet.

Hence or we go directly to buy a Macbook or some distant bulky alternative from DELL's latitude or Vostro or Lenovo business laptops that actually have the versatil expresscard 5 GB/s... So far there's no thin, light, 13" alternative.

Nowadays I see a lot of events that are equalized and sound controlled from able, portable laptops and no need to mention the pletora of sound studios that need such portable machine, but still manufacturers fail to provide alternatives to macbooks.

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Engelsstaub

Yeah, you're definitely talking to the wrong people here. This is the 7.1 "gamer-sound" audience. Nothing wrong with that, but you're just going to butt up against a lot of kids (and immature adults) who beat their rattles on their high-chair trays whenever someone suggests that a Macintosh might be the right choice for something else.

You can't even really prefer a laptop running any OS. Some here just don't get it. They'll tell you that you should build a system and carry that around with you.

The truth is this: when you factor in OS-preference, a trackpad that doesn't blow cock'n'ballz (essential to a good laptop,) features that you have to pay for a Win 7 Ultimate upgrade to maybe get, and 100%+ more battery life than any Win-based notebook (also essential to a good laptop) that 400 dollar price difference just completely went away and then some. AND YES it's usually about 300-400 bucks of a price difference between a MBP and a comparable "premium-branded" laptop. Not the thousand dollars some of these mutts keep repeating over and over like a lot of braying jackasses. ...but you're always going to be a "sheep" who drinks some tired-ass cliched Kool-aid (that analogy makes no sense but they keep repeating it as well.)

 

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Slurpy

I don't know jack about audio cards, but Newegg has several that are USB 2.0 and 7.1 channels.  Of course, since the prices seem reasonable, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they aren't for audiophiles.

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biggiebob12345

Pass.  You can get a Lenovo Ideapad for $900 that has the same cpu and a GT 555M which is ranked #60.  The 520M is #120.

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gruvsf

I also want to point out that Thunderbolt really does not have anywhere as close to the device support of USB 3.0 (or 2.0, which is backward compatible). I suspect that Thunderbollt will go the way of Firewire in about 3 years, but I can only hope.

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kleefaj

Yeah, but you still have to run Microsoft Windows. And Windows software. And all the other nonsense that goes with the platform.

I use both. Use what you need to do the job. But given a choice I go with the Mac OS. It's better for the way I work.

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win7fanboi

I wouldn't use mac os if it was free. I am curious about how is it better for the way your work. I don't see Mac OS and work in the same sentence unless you are a graphic designer. Adobe/Macromedia apps are about the only useful things that Macs can run.

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gruvsf

the OS is technically free (at least when it ships, not the subsequent upgrades), but what you pay for is a big premium on the hardware, which is admittely great, but does everyone need that (and will it also fit their budget)? Probably not.

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j_j_montez

Don't forget building apps for iOS devices. When I worked in a computer store, we had many people coming and begrudgingly buy an apple for just that purpose. I don't know all the uses or reasons, but there are companies that prefer apple computers over windows.

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AETAaAS

In this class, I think I'd rather the Asus U46SV. Cheaper than the Dell but it has a GT540M graphic part, which isn't much but still a step ahead and I have experienced Asus' rock solid reliability.

I do hope that Dell pushes at least some of these design features onto its mainstream Inspirons with the lower price tag to boot.

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j_j_montez

The macbook pros do have optical drives, the macbook air is the only laptop model that doesn't have one. Not a bad comparison. One spec I'd like to know is the battery life. Setting that aside, this is an awesome laptop. Loving the backlit keyboard spill resistant feature, and the price.

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MrBlueCheese

Paul was comparing the Macbook Air to the Dell XPS 14 because they are "ultrabooks" which is the only comparision you can make.

Otherwise, you'll be comparing Apples to Oranges.

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Engelsstaub

He very specifically made the comparison to a MacBook Pro. Check it again. Nothing in this article refers to a MBA.

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