2020 MacBook Air vs Dell XPS 13 9300 Comparison Smackdown

by birtanpublished on November 22, 2020

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and by popular request since you asked this is the 2020 MacBook Air and this is the Dell XPS 13 9300 the 2020 Edition both Intel ice-like tenth generation CPUs thirteen point three to thirteen point four inch displays with 16 by 10 aspect ratio we're gonna smack them down now so flat out this is not a completely fair comparison why is that because the MacBook Air as ever runs on Intel's lower power 8 to 9 watts CPUs what was called the core M and then the Y series and now Intel doesn't quite even give it a name anymore and the XPS 13 is your

Typical ultrabook with a 15 watt CPU only a little better because they basically over wanted to that 25 watt point so yeah keep this in mind so in terms of pure CPU benchmarks and tests like that the Dells go to run circles around the air the 13-inch MacBook Pro in this respect is the more direct competitor to the Dell which Apple hasn't refreshed yet with Intel 10th gen isolate when they do we can revisit that comparison again to also pricing is different the XPS 13 on launches and gotten more expensive than it used to be so it

Starts at twelve hundred and fifty dollars it gets you a core i5 eight gigs of ram and a 256 gig nvme SSD and Intel UHD g1 graphics the MacBook Air starts at $9.99 but that's what the core i3 making surround a 256 gig nvme SSD but Intel iris plus graphics with better graphics so we're using a little bit more apples to apples no pun intended sort of a comparison there and we're using the $12.99 model of the MacBook Air which has a core i5 eight gigs of RAM and a 512 guess sd bigger SSD across the board you're gonna get intel iris + graph is gonna get faster graphics with

The MacBook Air whereas with the Dell you have to look at they're more expensive models they bundled the Intel iris + graphics with the core i7 config typically with a 4k display you're looking at around $1,800 pretty pricey for an ultrabook in terms of size of footprint the Dell XPS 13 is always one of the most compact things so that almost no bezel designs even though it's 13.4 inches versus the MacBook Airs 13.3 it's actually got the smaller footprint in terms of thickness they're almost exactly the same MacBook Air is gonna be a little thinner at the

Front but overall they're within one millimeter of each other at the back which is a thickest point despite the fact the MacBook Air is named air it's actually a little heavier 1.2 9 kilograms versus 1.2 kilograms for the dell for display options there's only one display option it's the retina 2 K equivalent display for the MacBook Air and it's a very pleasing display with full srgb coverage so it sits in between the two dell options with dell you have full HD or you have the 4k a little bit more in one dimension than 4k because in sixteen by ten aspect ratio but

Basically so with the Dell the full HD display is available in a matte non-touch so if you like matte displays right away there's a winner for you it's also available on the glossy touch screen which is the one that we happen to have and then there's that 4k option those are all 500 nits displays according to Dell now with the MacBook Air it's around 315 s which is pretty bright for your average indoor use but for those who who are working outdoors a lot keep in mind 500 nits is certainly more useful or again there's the 13-inch MacBook Pro which has a brighter still

Display and a wider color gamut which you'll see on the 4k display for the Dell the 4k display is a somewhat wider color gamut Ben the full HD display now Apple does have a low reflectance display so as glossy displays go it's not that bad oh and there's touch obviously Mac OS doesn't support touch Sony no touch screen there you gotta go look at an iPad if you want to touch me in the max favorite it's a very nice looking display and one thing I can say that really is excellent about Mac OS its system-wide color management so your colors don't go from garish to more

Appropriate and all that sort of thing randomly in depending on what program you're using and also their system-wide handling of displays scaling so if you get the 4k display on the Dell you might find some apps that still have dialog boxes with really tiny text and Photoshop since I'm still troubled struggles to get all the tools in the UI to be a viewable size you get the idea and with a Mac usually not a problem connectivity is quite similar both of them have two USB C slash Thunderbolt 3 ports full four-lane 40 gigabit per second at that both have headphone jacks

As in a microSD card slot which is nice to have Dell puts one port on each side which might be a little bit more convenient Apple puts them both on the same side and one is used for charging when it comes up two keyboards whose Apple has switched over to the magic keyboard for the 2020 refresh thank God traditional scissor key one millimeter of key travel the Dell is also pretty low-key travel and they feel very similar on saying this one is a toss-up and they're both backlit and white for the track pads you have the usual large and wonderful trackpad with Mac OS and

All that sort of thing the gestures yeah Dell is a precision trackpad which is a good thing but I don't still don't find it quite as good as the max that's not a surprise is it though Dell has Wi-Fi 6 the Mac still has Wi-Fi 5 that's not an issue today for most people but if you're gonna keep this machine in three years three years two million might wish you had this slightly faster Wi-Fi standard going on when it comes to upgrade ability neither of these is really great at least with the Dell you can replace the SSD it's a standard m2 SSD they both use nvme fast SSDs but the

Max is soldered on ram is soldered on both and the Wi-Fi card is soldered on so you're not looking at while the upgradable machines here but at least you can swatch and swap the drawing on the dome you can get either of these with up to 2 terabytes of storage and for ram they both max out at 16 gigs and again that's soldered on and they both use 37 33 megahertz fast low-power ddr4 Ram when it comes to cooling you know this isn't gonna be a surprise because the Dell has the higher wattage which means higher heat CPU it's the one that's gonna run hotter and you'll hear

The fan more often on it when it comes to benchmarks like I said it's just not a fair comparison because you have two different classes of CPUs here they know Mac Mac does fight back though with having better graphics performance and fur if you're comparing it to the base model Dells of Intel u HD graphics instead of Intel iris plus graphics for speakers here's a little surprised who's that max typically a really good speakers so the errors are pretty good and I would give it the edge for bass but I like the clarity and the spatial separation better on the XPS 13 they're

Both really pretty good though for very small laptops battery capacity is really close on these forty nine point nine watt hours with a max only 50 watt hours versus 52 watt hours with the Dell is independent which display you opted for with the Dell though the Full HD is obviously gonna use a lot less power 4k displays really suck up the powers we've seen from many windows laptop reviews so the Mac is really strong on battery life not a surprise they're very efficient power the CPU they're in the operating system does a good job too so the Mac it's pretty easy to get nine hours of

Actually used time on a charge with the Dell it's gonna vary you could do nine 10 maybe even 11 hours on that base model we could also stretch more with out of the Mac depending on your power settings and all that but the 4k display is gonna drop that by a couple of hours at least they both come with compact chargers but the max is a lot more compact again because it uses a lower wattage CPU it doesn't need such a big charger but I wouldn't call the Dell as a real burden to carry lastly there's the operating system difference so that's always the thing where Windows

Laptop might beat a Mac laptop on some of the specifications and all that sort of thing it also depends which operating system you prefer I you know I like them both an awful lot I do like some things about the Mac particularly the color management the displays scaling and the stability you don't run into driver issues so much and some people already complaining about their dell having real Tech Audio Driver problems uninstall and reinstall not that it's a problem machine by any means but that still happens with Windows and les with the Mac so if your tolerance for those

Things is not real high that might push you towards thematic so there you have it the Dell XPS 13 90 300 versus the 20/20 MacBook Air and like I said it's not really exactly a fair comparison by price and buying the kind of CPU inside but hopefully have an idea now which one might be better for you or and then there's a 13-inch MacBook Pro i'm lisa promote aggravator be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos in thumbs up if you liked the vid

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