FYI: I am an architecture Student in Vienna, Austria. I mostly rely on CAD Programs f.e. Autodesk AutoCad, Revit and other Programs such as SketchUp (with Vray), Photoshop and MS Office. I already have a pretty decent PC with a i5-8600k, 32GB RAM and a GTX 1070TI. It runs everything very good --> so I have a system that is capable of rendering and handling larger Revit files. I also have an Iphone 6s and an IPad Pro 12.9" 2018 which I use to sketch and draw. Currently I use a 5 year old Asus Gaming Laptop, which is awfully heavy and the battery died recently, which means I need to upgrade. I am somewhat in the apple ecosystem with Iphone and Ipad (which I very much like) but I am having trouble to decide between a new MBP 16" (probably would wait for antoher refresh this summer) and the coming Dell XPS 15 7500.
Could use my Ipad as a secondary screen
Radeon PRO drivers, which work well for some CAD programs, for tohers they don't
would have to learn MAC OS
would have to learn programwise a new UI
would have to switch between UI of MAC programs and Windows programs when coming home, since when I am at home I want to use my Desktop
Bigger Battery than XPS 99WHrs/87WHrs
Airdrop would be nice
Would have to use parallels in order to use Revit, since there is no native version --> more expensive,100 Bucks
more expensive (about 500€(540USD)
XPS 15 thoughts:
Very nice screen
Most CAD progams are nicely optimized for NVIDIA
very good looking but MBP is nicer
would only have to install the programs and learn nothing new
I think bigger and therefore heavier charging cable (I guess)
Could easily switch between Laptop and PC --> now new Keyboard Layout and Shortcuts
Biggest positive for MBP: ecosystem
Biggest negative for MBP: learn new UI and having to switch between MAC and PC.
These are just some toughts so let me please know if you come up with other arguments.
I know I could run all other Programs too in Parallels but I just don't want to buy a Mac and then just use Windows anyway.
Following Specs for MBP: 10 series I9 (not the HK but the second best one), 32GB RAM, Radeon pro 5500 with 8GB VRAM and a 1 TB SSD
Specs for the XPS 15: same as above, 32GB RAM, 1660TI (probably a MAXQ) 6GB VRAM and a 1TB SSD.
I am only considering these two Laptops eventough a larger G14 would be nice^^
Please let me know based on what Arguments which desicion you would make. Furthermore, thanks to everyone reading this and helping me out! I am a little biased towards the Mac but I know it would be somewhat a "dumb" desicion since not even all programs have a native MAC version and who knows which CAD-programs I will have to use in the future. The Laptop should last me for about 5+ years.
Thank you in advance,