Apple unveiled the MacBook Pro 13 during the main WWDC22 keynote. Unlike the MacBook Pro (2021) models – which you can buy as refurbished units – this addition to the Mac lineup retains the classic chassis of the previous generation models. So you don’t get the notched display, the outdated chassis, or the wide variety of ports. Instead, you get the Touch Bar, which Apple removed on the refreshed models. So now you must be wondering – which notebook should I buy, a MacBook or a Windows laptop? This is the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) vs Dell XPS 13 Plus (2022) – the battle between two very different portable computers.
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Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) vs Dell XPS 13 Plus (2022) Specs
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Design: The XPS 13 Plus looks more Dell-ightful
Let’s start by breaking down the designs of these two laptops. Objectively, I think we can all agree that the Dell XPS 13 Plus looks more futuristic than the MacBook Pro 13. That’s not outstanding at all – since Apple decided to recycle the same chassis design that it’s used for years for these Mac row used . The Dell laptop gets thinner bezels, an invisible trackpad, a more modern-looking keyboard, and more.
While the XPS 13 Plus won in the overall design round, we should still acknowledge a few of them advantages that the MacBook Pro packs. While the Dell laptop has a “Touch Bar” instead of a function key bar, this is limited to only two layouts. The MacBook’s Touch Bar, on the other hand, can adapt to the app you’re using and display any custom content you might want or need. This makes the Touch Bar on the Mac more useful than the one on the Windows PC. In addition, the MacBook Pro has a headphone jack – which is absent from the XPS 13 Plus.
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Speaking of thin bezels that the Dell XPS 13 Plus offers, let’s move on to the displays. We don’t have to look at the spec sheet to determine which has the thinner, more minimalist bezels between the two machines. With the naked eye we can see that the MacBook Pro’s are much thicker. It’s almost as if this laptop belongs to a bygone era. Bezels aside, Dell still wins the display round.
The XPS 13 Plus wins because its screen can reach up to 3.5K OLED on the high-end model. Yes, the MacBook Pro’s screen beats the entry-level Dell display. However, you don’t get any display options when you buy the Mac. You get stuck at the default setting of 2560 x 1600p. Not to mention that Dell’s is slightly larger than that of the MacBook Pro.
Performance: The M2 packs more intellect
While the Apple M2 chip is the company’s latest chip, it’s not the most powerful that the Cupertino company has released. The M1 Pro, Max and Ultra easily defeat it. Nonetheless, the M2 is a powerful chipset that we shouldn’t undermine. The Dell XPS 13 Plus is available in multiple configurations. The base model packs the Intel Core i5-1240P, while the high-end model is for the Intel Core i7-1280P. In both cases, the Intel chips offer more CPU cores than the Apple M2 chip.
If we compare the Geekbench results, the M2 chipset wins against both Intel chips in single-core tests. However, the Core i7-1280P wins in multi-core tests conducted. Not to mention that the M2 is more energy efficient than its Intel counterparts. Nonetheless, the Dell XPS 13 Plus supports up to 32 GB of RAM, while the MacBook Pro 13 is content with 24 GB. Ultimately, both laptops are powerful, and it really depends on the configurations you decide to go with.
Bottom line: you Probably know best
So which laptop should you buy? We cannot decide for you. If your current computer runs Windows and you’re not looking for a change, it makes sense to reach for the Dell XPS 13 Plus. If you’re stuck in the Apple ecosystem, buying the MacBook Pro 13 also makes more sense. However, if you don’t care about the operating system, both offer more than decent performance.
Both offer two similar color options and start in the same price range. So unless you’re looking for something very specific, you can buy both. For example, if you really want your laptop to have an OLED display, then Dell is your only option here. If you’re an audiophile who relies on the headphone jack and doesn’t want to use dongles, the MacBook Pro is the right choice here. Not to mention the customizable Touch Bar on the Mac—which many people incorporate into their workflows as a tiny touch display. Ultimately, we’ve broken down the main specs of each machine and only you can tell which one is right for you.
The 2022 MacBook Pro 13-inch offers a classic design, reintroduces the Touch Bar and includes the M2 chip.
The Dell XPS 13 Plus offers a modern design and many internal configuration options.
Which 2022 laptop will you buy and why? Let us know in the comments section below.