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MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 15 (9570) Best Video Editing Laptop 2018

MacBooks have been the laptops of choice for digital artists since forever, but a new generation of Windows laptops is trying to convince talented professionals and amateurs alike to change their allegiances. The Dell XPS 15 9570 is one such laptop, and, in this article, we compare it with the most recent MacBook Pro to see which machine is better suited for video editing.

MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 15

Design

Apple knows how to design a great-looking laptop—no question about it. Apple’s formula is relatively simple: an aluminum unibody chassis, a high-resolution display with minimal bezels, a large trackpad, and as few distractions as possible. What separates Apple from other companies that follow a similar approach is its astonishing attention to detail. Just like all other MacBooks, the MacBook Pro is beautiful in every way, just like a laptop for digital artists should be.

Perhaps because the Dell XPS 15 9570 combines aluminum chassis with a carbon fiber shell, it doesn’t look as sleek as the MacBook Pro does. Regardless, Dell has designed a lovely laptop, and did so without sacrificing any important ports. The only design quirk that you might hate about the XPS 15 is the placement of the webcam, which is located below the display, providing everyone you communicate with a clear picture of your nasal passages.

Ports and Inputs

As is characteristic for Apple, the MacBook Pro is very light on ports. Apple believes that the USB Type-C port is all you need, which is why you get four of them, plus a headphone jack, and nothing else. Granted, the USB Type-C ports on the MacBook Pro support Thunderbolt 3, delivering up to 40Gb/s of throughput for twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2 and allowing you to charge the laptop and output video through the same port, but we still think that the MacBook Pro would benefit greatly from having at least an SD card reader.

The Dell XPS 15 9570 doesn’t hold back when it comes to ports, offering USB 3 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt 3, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the left and a full-sized SD card reader, one more USB 3 Type A port, a battery level indicator, and a Noble lock slot on the right. If you’re ready to live the dongle life, you might not mind the poor selection of ports on the MacBook Pro, but everyone else should lean towards the Dell XPS 15 9570 instead.

Display

The 15-inch MacBook Pro, which is the only model worth comparing with the Dell XPS 15, has an IPS display with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels and 220 pixels per inch. At 500 nits, the display is extremely bright, and it supports the P3 color gamut, which is a wide-gamut alternative to sRGB for digital movie projection from the American film industry.

The Dell XPS 15 9570 has an equally gorgeous 4K display with a maximum brightness of 400 nits and 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut. Dell calls its display technology InfinityEdge, and we have to say that the nearly borderless experience it offers deserves to have a name.

Performance

You can get the MacBook Pro with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU with Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz, 512 GB PCIe‑based onboard SSD, Radeon Pro 560 with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, and 16GB of 2133 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory.

The Dell XPS 15 9570 comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz, 32 GB Dual Channel DDR4-2666MHz, 1 TB M.2 2280 PCIe Solid State Drive, and the Nvidia GTX 1050Ti with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.

While the performance of the Intel CPU inside the MacBook Pro is comparable to the performance of the 8th gen Intel CPU inside the XPS 15, the Nvidia GTX 1050Ti is substantially better than the Radeon Pro 560. On average, it achieves nearly 80 percent better benchmark scores, which translates into faster video rendering times and less time spent waiting for video preview to load.

Verdict

For most people, the choice between the MacBook Pro and the Dell XPS 15 9570 will boil down to the operating system. But if you’re happy with both macOS and Windows, you should decide carefully whether you’re willing to pay extra for Apple’s design and build quality, especially considering that the XPS 15, which is substantially more powerful than the MacBook Pro, also looks pretty good.

MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 15

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