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Macbook Pro (M1 Series) vs New Dell XPS 13 vs Other Laptop Buying Under $1800

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17 minutes ago, SecretSanta said:

After this I have literally no clue which one should I go for, I posted the exact specs for both just to give you a Brief idea of what I wanted But you’ve confused me even more

If you know for sure that the stuff you're going to use will work on the M1 Mac, go for it.

If you're not so sure, go for an Intel Mac.

If you don't want to go for an Intel Mac, get the XPS.

Honestly My usage is python coding and Binge watching.

These were 2 laptops in my budget (1800$) that I liked config attached, please suggest which one to buy and if you have any other suggestions they are welcome too!

Macbook Final Price: 1750$ (Approx)
New Dell XPS Final Price: 1850$ (Approx)

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4 minutes ago, SecretSanta said:

python coding

What exactly do you use? Some libraries may not have wheels built for ARM.

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3 minutes ago, igormp said:

What exactly do you use? Some libraries may not have wheels built for ARM.

I am just going to begin my ms in Finance so not too complex, I guess.

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Can't you just get like a really good 1000$ laptop like the hp x360 amd one or a lenovo thinkpad with amd? Outperforms both and is much cheaper.

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1 minute ago, jaslion said:

Can't you just get like a really good 1000$ laptop like the hp x360 amd one or a lenovo thinkpad with amd? Outperforms both and is much cheaper.

The both the M1 and the 1185G7 outperforms the 4500U, which is the fastest AMD processor in a 13in laptop.

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21 minutes ago, SecretSanta said:

Honestly My usage is python coding and Binge watching.

These were 2 laptops in my budget (1800$) that I liked config attached, please suggest which one to buy and if you have any other suggestions they are welcome too!

Macbook Final Price: 1750$ (Approx)
New Dell XPS Final Price: 1850$ (Approx)

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coding wise the strongest laptop would be the intel MBP which you can still buy

Dirty Windows Peasants :P ?

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7 minutes ago, Lord Vile said:

coding wise the strongest laptop would be the intel MBP which you can still buy

Depends on what you're programming, the M1 beats the last intel MBP by 30~40% in Go benchmarks.

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3 minutes ago, igormp said:

Depends on what you're programming, the M1 beats the last intel MBP by 30~40% in Go benchmarks.

But you get no issues with compatibility and you have access to bootcamp.

Dirty Windows Peasants :P ?

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15 minutes ago, Lord Vile said:

But you get no issues with compatibility and you have access to bootcamp.

Indeed everything would just work. Bootcamp is kinda useless IMO. Not sure why one would use Windows for anything, and if you want to use Linux you're better off with a XPS either way.

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21 minutes ago, Lord Vile said:

But you get no issues with compatibility and you have access to bootcamp.

The new ARM Macs can't use bootcamp.

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1 minute ago, Coolmaster said:

The new ARM Macs can't use bootcamp.

He was talking about the last Intel MPB, not the newest ARM one.

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If you do not need Windows (compatibility), there is no reason to take the XPS over the M1 Macbook. Even the Air would be better.

If the XPS came with a 15w Ryzen chip, that would be a bit different.

 

Also, the Macbooks with M1 seem quite a lot more Ram efficient than Intel Macbooks (and probably even more, if you compare it to Windows): https://9to5mac.com/2020/11/18/opinion-is-the-base-macbook-air-m1-8gb-powerful-enough-for-you/

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37 minutes ago, igormp said:

Indeed everything would just work. Bootcamp is kinda useless IMO. Not sure why one would use Windows for anything, and if you want to use Linux you're better off with a XPS either way.

If you want to ride for linux you're better off on a Mac because go UNIX. You might want to use windows if you're wanting to write code for it so you're not jumping between machines. You could always use a VM instead though.

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34 minutes ago, Coolmaster said:

The new ARM Macs can't use bootcamp.

Talking about the Intel model.

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34 minutes ago, Lord Vile said:

If you want to ride for linux you're better off on a Mac because go UNIX. You might want to use windows if you're wanting to write code for it so you're not jumping between machines. You could always use a VM instead though.

Just because a Mac is unix, doesn't mean that you can do the same in both systems, I'd rather go for a XPS with linux anytime for what I do daily.

Agreed on the VM anyway.

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After this I have literally no clue which one should I go for, I posted the exact specs for both just to give you a Brief idea of what I wanted But you’ve confused me even more

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17 minutes ago, SecretSanta said:

After this I have literally no clue which one should I go for, I posted the exact specs for both just to give you a Brief idea of what I wanted But you’ve confused me even more

If you know for sure that the stuff you're going to use will work on the M1 Mac, go for it.

If you're not so sure, go for an Intel Mac.

If you don't want to go for an Intel Mac, get the XPS.

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ASUS X550LN | i5 4210u | 12GB
Lenovo N23 Yoga

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I am looking to purchase a laptop for light 4k video editing, and heavily video rendering + running the backend database at the same time. And light gaming.

 

Budget is $1500, currently put M1 13in Mac and Asus Zephyrus g14 in my selection list. 

 

If you don't have a 2k or 4k display requirement, I think $1449 Asus Zephyrus g14 could be one of your choices.

 

Ryzen9 4900HS (Beating 1185G7)

16gb ddr4 ram

1tb NVME SSD

RTX 2060 Maxq.

 

weight 1.59 kg, thickness 1.7 cm.

14 inches 1080p 120HZ display

 

Currently Asus Zephyrus g14 is at $1199.

 

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