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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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Collaboration and Battery Life

In terms of collaboration features, Dell is offering a Widescreen HD (720p) webcam that only takes up 2.25mm of space, enabling the inclusion of the webcam at the top of the display even with the slim-bezel design. The laptop also includes a “studio” microphone array, featuring dual mics, along with a speaker system offering stereo 2.5W speakers that are “professionally tuned” with Waves MaxxAudio Pro technology, according to Dell.

There are also some collaboration-friendly updates on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1. Those include the addition of a “studio-quality” array of three mics, along with Apple’s newest camera image signal processor--which enables “sharper images and more detail in shadows and highlights on video calls,” Apple said in a news release. The MacBook Pro offers stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos playback.

In terms of battery life, while the XPS 13 has typically beat out past MacBook Pro models on battery life, the addition of the M1 chip may be providing an advantage there, as well. The M1 includes high-efficiency cores for conserving battery life during less-intensive tasks. The result is the longest battery life of any Mac to date, according to Apple—with up to 20 hours of video playback available (doubling the previous promise of 10 hours for the MacBook Pro).

By comparison, the XPS 13 FHD+ model offers a respectable—but not as lengthy—battery life promise, with the notebook capable of providing up to 14 hours and 11 minutes of streaming video on a charge. If you opt for the UHD+ model of the XPS 13, battery life drops to a maximum of 8 hours and 12 minutes, according to Dell.

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