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MacBook Pro alternatives: 5 Windows 10 laptops you should consider

Apple’s new MacBook Pro 2016 is a fancy-lookin’ machine. But it comes at a pretty penny and without some of the features that folks still ask for, like SD card slots. You may totally dig the MacBook Pro, I know I definitely love the look of it, but it’s not for everyone. Looking for a MacBook Pro alternative? Yep, we have you covered. Check out our list of 5 MacBook Pro alternatives that you should definitely consider. Have ideas for more? Let us know!

1. Dell XPS 13

Dell was cool, then it kinda sucked, now it’s pretty cool again so long as you get the right notebook. The Dell XPS 13 is one of the nicest out there. It starts at just $799.99, but you’ll want to pay a bit more for the premium features. For $1,599, you’re looking at a seventh generation Intel Core i7 processor (the new MacBooks are still sixth-gen), 8GB of RAM, a 256GB hard drive, a Quad HD InfinityEdge touchscreen display (it’s amazing) and more. Only trouble? Dell only offers integrated graphics, so keep that in mind before shelling out the bucks.

  • Processor: 7th Generation Intel Core i7
  • Hard Drive: 256GB SSD
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Display: 13.3-inch
  • Ports: SD, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 3 Type C
  • Price: $1,599

2. Lenovo Yoga 910

The Lenovo Yoga 910 is another Windows 10 laptop with a killer display. Awarded an editor’s choice from LAPTOPMag, the Lenovo Yoga 910 sports a $1,329 starting price tag that includes a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, a 13.9-inch full HD display, 8GB of RAM, 256GB hard drive, upm to 9 hours of battery life and more. Load it up, and you’re looking at spending $1,799 for a UHD touchscreen display, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 360-degree hinge. Only catch? No SD card slot here either, folks.

  • Processor: 7th Generation Intel Core i7
  • Hard Drive: 1TB SSD
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Display: 13.9-inch UHD IPS multitouch
  • Ports: USB 3.0 Type-C, USB 2.0 Type-C, USB 3.0 charging
  • Extras: Fingerprint reader
  • Price: $1,799

3. Surface Book with Performance Base

Who needs a fancy, schmancy Touch Bar when the Surface Book’s entire display is a touch screen? Microsoft’s laptop has become one of the market’s most innovative hybrids, and the latest update makes the device even more powerful. With an improved design, 13.5-inch, high-resolution PixelSense Display, and Surface Pen support, the Surface Book is a versatile device that goes above and beyond the capabilities of Apple’s new MacBook Pro.

  • Processor: 6th Gen Intel Core i7
  • Storage: 1TB
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Ports: Two full-size USB 3.0, full-size SD card reader, mini DisplayPort
  • Extras: Surface Pen support
  • Price: $3,199

4. Razer Blade Stealth

How do you make a near-perfect laptop even better? Give it Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processor. Updated at the beginning of September, the Razer Blade Stealth is the kind of computer that looks like it came from a secret Cupertino lab. The design is immaculate, the execution impressive, and it sports a beautiful 12.5-inch QHD display (you can also get it with a 4K screen). For users looking for a bit of gaming and productivity, the Blade Stealth is an excellent choice.

  • Processor: 7th Gen Intel Core i7
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), two full-size USB 3.0
  • Extras: Razer Chroma, touchscreen, Razer Core compatibility
  • Price: $1,249

5. Alienware 13 VR-ready notebook

Thinness is overrated. Do you really want a wimpy MacBook Pro instead of the Alienware 13 laptop, which comes in at 5 pounds and enough husk to deliver top-of-the-line gaming? The expected specs are present: Intel Core i7, plenty of storage and ports, and impressive performance, but the crown jewel of this computer is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics that makes this machine VR-ready. The thicker design also lends itself to easy customizability, a concept nonexistent with newer MacBooks, and the separate Alienware Amplifier can boost your laptop’s performance if you need more juice. Did we mention it has an OLED display? Drool.

  • Processor: 6th-gen Intel Core i7
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Ports: Two full-sized USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port, one USB-C port, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, mini Displayport
  • Extras: OLED display, VR-ready
  • Price: $2,099.99

Brandon Russell and Danny Zepeda contributed to this list.

Article source: http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/11/02/macbook-pro-alternatives/