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October 28, 2016

The 15-inch MacBook Pro vs. the competition: More than touch

by John_A

The larger MacBook Pros have always been about getting serious work done, and now you might be able to do even more thanks to the new Touch Bar. But there are plenty of other 15-inch machines to choose from — they may not have an OLED touch strip, but keeping features like USB 3.0 ports and an SD card reader can make a big difference in your routine. We’ve put some current mid-size laptops toe-to-toe with the new 15-inch MacBook Pro to see which one is best equipped to tackle your day.

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch
Dell XPS 15
HP Envy 15
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
Price
$2,399 / $2,799
$1,000 / $1,200 / $1,400 / $1,650 / $1,850 / $2,550
$920 / $1,050
$1,400
Dimensions
13.75 x 9.48 x 0.61 inches (349.3 x 240.7 x 15.5 mm)
14.06 x 9.27 x 0.66 inches (357 x 235 x 17 mm)
14.96 x 10.04 x 0.71 inches (379.98 x 255 x 18 mm)
14.72 x 9.83 x 0.70 inches (373.89 x 249.68 x 17.78 mm)
Weight
4.02 pounds (1.83 kg)
3.9 (non-touch) or 4.4 (touch) pounds (1.78 or 2 kg)
4.3 pounds (1.95 kg)
4.45 pounds (2.02 kg)
OS
macOS Sierra
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Display
15.4-inch IPS LED
15.6-inch InfinityEdge touch or non-touch
15.6-inch IPS touch / IPS LED non-touch
15.6-inch LED touch
Resolution
2,880 x 1,800 (220 ppi)
1,980 x 1,080 (141 ppi) / 3,840 x 2,160 (282 ppi)
3,840 x 2,160 (282 ppi)
3,840 x 2,160 (282 ppi)
Processor
Intel Core i7 (2.6 GHz) / Core i7 (2.7 GHz)
Intel Core i3 (2.7 GHz) / Core i5 (3.2 GHz) / Core i7 (3.5 GHz)
Intel Core i7 (2.7 GHz) / Core i7 (2.2 GHz) / Core i7 (2.5 GHz)
Intel Core i7 (2.6 GHz)
Memory
16 GB
16 / 32 GB
12 / 16 GB
8 GB
Graphics
Radeon Pro 450, Intel HD Graphics 530 / Radeon Pro 455, Intel HD Graphics 530
Intel HD Graphics 530 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Intel HD Graphics 620 / Iris Graphics 540 / HD Graphics 520
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Storage
256 / 512 GB SSD
HDD (+32 GB SSD): 500 GB / 1 TB
SSD: 256 / 512 GB / 1 TB
1 TB (5,400 rpm) + 128 GB SSD / 512 GB SSD
256 GB SSD
Ports
Thunderbolt 3 (x4)
USB 3.0 (x2), Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, SD card reader
USB 3.1 (x3), USB Type-C, HDMI, SD card reader
USB 3.0 (x3), USB Type-C, SD card reader
Wireless
802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
Battery
76 WHr, 10 hours
56 / 84 WHr
52 WHr, 7 hours
57 WHr, 6.5 hours

* Specs listed are for default configurations and do not include upgrade options available at checkout.

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