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Apple MacBook Pro (M1) Vs. Dell XPS 13

The CRN Test Center compares the M1-powered MacBook Pro with the new XPS 13, offering 11th-gen Intel processors and an OLED display option.

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Portability and Design

The small all-around size of the latest XPS 13 is something Dell has been touting for the notebook, with company promoting the notebook as being “stunningly small.” But there’s truth to the claims: The XPS 13 has a volume of just 52.8 cubic inches--making it 13-percent smaller all-around than the MacBook Pro with M1, which has a volume of 61 cubic inches. The XPS 13 is also 12-percent lighter (for the non-touch model) at 2.64 pounds, versus 3 pounds on the MacBook Pro--and a bit thinner, too, at 0.58 of an inch thick (compared to 0.61 of an inch on Apple’s notebook).

A key part of the compact form factor for the XPS 13 comes from its use of slim bezels around the display. The notebook offers a 91.5-percent screen-to-body ratio, according to Dell. The screen-to-body ratio for the 13-inch MacBook Pro has been reported at 79.6 percent.

Other design considerations for the potential buyer include the fact that both notebooks are available in two colors. The MacBook Pro is offered in Silver or Space Gray, while the XPS 13 is offered with either a Platinum Silver exterior and black interior, or a Frost exterior and “arctic white” interior.

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