Best MacBook Pro Alternatives

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The new MacBook Pro has some actual pros up in arms. With only two USB Type-C ports on the base model (four on the Touch Bar model), no SD card slot, the end of MagSafe charging, an older 6th Generation Intel CPU and a $1,499 starting price, some Apple lovers are considering alternatives.

In our 13-inch MacBook Pro review, we said that we really like its beautiful display, improved butterfly keyboard, louder speakers and long battery life. That’s why we awarded it 4 out of 5 stars. But if you’re looking to dip your toes into the Windows 10 waters for a truly Pro machine, here are the best options:

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  • David Says:

    This is helpful but I still can't seem to find an alternative. I'm not concerned about cost but really unhappy with the MBP15 losing USB-A and SD card. I would love Kaby Lake, 32gb ram (16gb min), as light as MBP15, USB A & C (or just A if I have to choose), SD card slot.
    I think an updated XPS15 might fit the bill. But currently nothing on the market seems comparable.

  • Fernando Says:

    I have purchased the Dell XPS 15 9550 super powerful USD 2K+ version and it was the worst experience I could ever have with a laptop. Screen flickering, Audio noises, video drivers problems and performance. Never again a Dell product until another company buys them and fixes how they work. I am thinking on going to the Thinkpad line with 3 years on-site warranty for peace of mind.

  • Ruturaj Says:

    Xps 15 has upto 32gb of RAM not 16gb.

  • SouthFloridaWireless Says:

    Awesome selection of laptops.

    I am now trying to decide between the HP Spectre x360 and the Dell XPS 13

    I would definitely consider the others but I want Kaby Lake

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