Top 5 new MacBook Pro 2016 Alternatives

The MacBook Pro 2016 is here, but not everyone thinks it was worth the hype. For starters, it features a measly two USB Type-C ports (or four for the Touch Bar model), has no SD card slot and runs on a relatively older 6th generation Intel processor. It also marks the end of the MagSafe charging system not to mention a starting price of $1,499. That begs the question, are there better MacBook Pro 2016 Alternatives?

Make no mistake about it; we are not saying that the MacBook Pro 2016 is an inferior machine, but if it doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are alternatives. Even though personal taste and preference may determine the choice of one brand over the other, these laptops reviewed below are equally as good.

We are giving you the top 5 options to substitute the MacBook Pro 2016 and why we think they would be worth your money.

5. Lenovo ThinkPad T460

The Lenovo T460 is one of the best “business” laptops out there. Never mind the fact that it doesn’t have the most attractive of designs but it is a real workhorse. This 14-inch laptop brings to the fore impressive battery life, an intuitive keyboard, a remarkable performance and a long-lasting keyboard.

Durability and Design

The T460 weighs a mere 3.8 pounds and powered by a 4.2 high capacity battery. While it is not the smallest of laptops, it sports a space-saving design so carrying it around isn’t much of a problem. It even comes with a girth to create room for a removable battery, a major plus in comparison to its competitors.As far as durability goes, its plastic chassis is enforced with glass fiber so that it can withstand a couple of scrapes. According to Lenovo, this laptop has passed MIL-SPEC 810G tests for durability.

Security

The T460 boasts a host of safety features that are necessary for a business setting including the Trusted Platform Module and vPro enabled CPU. It also features a fingerprint reader and a single-touch sensor.

Keyboard

This laptop comes with a spill-resistant keyboard for a superior typing experience and ergonomically shaped keys that are easy to press. In fact, it only takes 50 grams to push the keys.

Performance

The T460 runs on an Intel Core i5-6300U CPU, has a 500GB SSD and 8GB of RAM which gives it the ability to multi-task and remarkable productivity. Other notable features include an SD card reader, a Display port, and a SmartCard reader. And, with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels you get sharper, crystal clear images.

Specs

  • RAM 8 GB (Upgradeable)
  • Processor Speed 2.3 GHz
  • Hard Disk 500 GB with 7200RPM
  • Maximum Display Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Intel HD 520 graphics card

      

 

4. Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop

Simply put; the Razer Blade Pro is designed to revolutionize notebooks as we know them and could very well give the MacBook Pro a run for its money in the days to come. And don’t let its thin and compact form fool you; this is one of the very few laptops that will give you a desktop-like experience without comprising speed and performance. What follows is a closer look at the unit.

2016 Razer Blade Pro Review

Design

The Razer Blade Pro sports a large 17.3 inches IGZO screen so that you can play the latest games and watch 4K videos at a mind-boggling resolution of 8.3 million pixels. The NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology (that works by eliminating screen tearing) not only allows you to enjoy smoother but also faster gameplay.

The pioneering GeForce desktop-class graphics gives this laptop the ability to deliver up to three times better performance than other units its category. As its manufacturer says, the Blade is designed to help you “play PC games the way they were meant to be played.”

Display

The Razer Blade Pro sports a large 17.3 inches IGZO screen so that you can play the latest games and watch 4K videos at a mind-boggling resolution of 8.3 million pixels. The NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology (that works by eliminating screen tearing) not only allows you to enjoy smoother but also faster gameplay.

Keyboard

The Razer Blade Pro feature the world’s first ultra-low profile mechanical keyboard to bring forth a desktop grade experience that is accurate, responsive and tactile. The keyboard features anti-ghosting capabilities complete with reset points as well as actuation force of 65g. You also get the same clicky feel like the traditional mechanical keyboard.

Performance

The Razer Blade Pro comes with a 6th generation Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor. With such a powerful CPU, it can accomplish tasks as streaming rich content and editing videos with relative ease. This machine’s performance is further revamped by the hyper threading technology and up to 3.5 GHz of speed complete with Turbo Boost.

Specs

  • RAM 32 GB
  • Up to 2TB PCle
  • DDR4 2133 MHz Memory
  • Processor Speed 2.6 GHz
  • Maximum Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • Thunderbol 3
  • SDXC Card Reader

      

3. Microsoft Surface Book

The Microsoft Surface Book is blazing, arguably the best notebook the company has ever made. With a plethora of well-thought-out features and specifications, it has a reason to boast as the “ultimate laptop.” This MacBook rival can transform into a tablet at the push of a button and even comes with an attached pen so that you can make your drawings with ultimate precision. With a sharp display and incredibly long battery life, this model certainly deserves your attention.

Surface Book Review

Design

The Microsoft Surface Book looks more or less like the MacBook Pro only that it’s made using sturdy magnesium and has silver, squared-off chassis that mimics a svelte tank at an angle. The display and the keyboard are connected using a hinge that expands when you lower or raise the screen.

Display

The Surface Book’s display is just astounding. It is colorful, bright and sharp with 3000 x 2000 pixels, making one of the best (if not the best) in its category. The display also benefits from Microsoft’s patented PixelSence technology which offers the smoothest and the most natural performance on any Windows device.

Keyboard

This laptop’s keyboard can deliver 1.5 mm of travel distance and is quite comfortable. Perhaps, one of the things that make the Surface Book standout is the well-thought-out pen integration. The pen, whose response is instant, is an addition every budding artist will love.

Performance

The Surface Book packs Intel’s sixth generation Intel Core i5 CPU with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, which gives it a fast performance, comparable to new MacBook Pro 2016. As for the battery power, this laptop can last for up to 12 hours of continuous use which is quite impressive.

Specs

  • RAM 8 GB
  • Processor Speed 2.1 GHz
  • Maximum Display Resolution 3000 x 2000 pixels
  • SSD storage 128 GB
  • Ports: USB 3.0, microSD card reader, Mini Display, Surface Connect

       

2. Alienware AW15R3-10881SLV 6th Generation Laptop

The Alienware AW15R3-10881SLV sports a thinner, more aggressive, fresher look and an efficient cooling system making it one of the best gaming laptop on the market. Toss in a 17.3-inch screen and you have a machine that sets the bar when it comes to gaming. Here’s a closer look at the laptop.

Alienware 15 R3 Review

Design

Unlike most gaming laptops, the Alienware doesn’t have a shouty design. Its chassis is sleek, and the panel is space-inspired to make it stand out of the crowd especially when cracking down pesky rebels on a Star Destroyer. With 8.3 pounds of weight, this laptop is lighter than most gaming notebook such as the Acer Predator 17.

Display

Alienware boasts one of the best displays thanks to its optional UHD screen which is arguably better than any other machine in its class. The resolution is colorful and super bright to give attention to every detail such a gun on Fall Out 4 or the terrain in Grand Theft Auto V. This laptop’s brightness of 318.6 nits easily surpasses that of its competitors and would the MacBook Pro 2016 a run for its money.

Keyboard

The Alienware features a keyboard that offers 2.6 mm of travel as well as an actuation weight of 65 grams for a seamless gaming experience. The touchpad is solid with a smooth surface that’s easy to touch. And because the keys are evenly spaced, you can type out a reasonable 70 to 75 words per minute.

Performance

The Alienware comes with an Intel Core i7-6700 HQ processor and RAM 16GB DDR4 at 2400MHz. It also has 256 GB of SSD and up to 1TB of HDD, and the latest GPU NVIDIA GTX 1070. With such specs, playing games in FHD, rendering a 1080P video and 3D graphics is a breeze.

Specs

  • RAM 16 GB DDR4
  • Processor Speed 3.5 GHz Core i7 6700HQ
  • Hard Drive 1000 GB
  • Graphics Coprocessor GTX 1060
  • 256 GB SSD
  • Maximum Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

       

1. Dell XPS 15

Riding on the success of the XPS 13, the XPS 15 features a bright aluminum and carbon fiber design and is a serious competitor of the MacBook Pro 2016. But, how does it stack up against the Apple’s laptop? Here are some of the features that make the XPS 15 a worthy alternative to the MacBook.

Dell XPS 15 Review

Design

This laptop’s exterior design is at par with that of the MacBook Pro and competes with any other 15 inches on the market. Its panel and lid are smooth, and the interior features a lit yet durable carbon fiber deck. The edges are tapered to offer room for three USB 3.0 ports including Thunderbolt 3, Type C, SD reader and HDMI ports.

Display

The Dell XPS 15 has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 which means that you can watch 4K videos without the need for a separate screen. With super-rich colors, this machine’s display is pleasing to the eye and even smashes the color range of other laptops such as the 2015 MacBook Pro.

Keyboard

The XPS 15 has a large, back-lit keyboard with a 1.39 mm travel distance. The keys have a 60-gram actuation weight to provide adequate resistance when typing. The large touchpad (4 x3 inches) makes it easier to maneuver from one corner of the screen to the other. The mouse’s response to movements is remarkable as well.

Performance

This machine features a 6th generation Intel Core i7 process with 32 GB of RAM and a storage capacity of 1TB. Because of CPU’s ability the Dell XPS 15 is a workhorse when it comes to dealing with spreadsheets and PDF or when streaming 1080p videos. The battery life stands at 10 hours with non-stop use.

Specs

  • RAM 32 GB
  • Processor Speed 3.5 GHz
  • Maximum Display Resolution 3840 x 2160
  • SSD storage 1TB
  • NVIDIA GTX 960m graphics coprocessor

      

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