One of my fellow cubicle farm dwellers was able to choose between any Mac and any Windows PC notebook this year and he chose a new Dell XPS model which is thinner, lighter, faster, and less expensive than a comparable MacBook Pro. What’s going on?
Still Runs Windows
Through the years I’ve been tempted to get into the Hackintosh game and figure out the arcane method to put OS X onto a Windows PC notebook. It can be done, but often it’s an exercise in futility for a variety of mumbo jumbo technical reasons.
However, that said, if ever there was a Windows PC notebook– and a Dell, no less– that would tempt me to become a certified Hackintosher, it would be the Dell XPS 15. Almost everything about the specifications smacks better up against the head, but comes in at a few hundred dollars less than a not-quite-comparable 15-inch MacBook pro.
This is drool worthy hardware, folks. From Dell.
Take a look at what a what you get.
- 15.6-inch 4kHD touchscreen (3840×2160 resolution, IGZO IPS)
- Intel i7-6700HQ CPU (quad core)
- 16GB RAM
- 1TB SSD (that’s a terabyte)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU
- 4.4-pounds, .66-inch height
- Aluminum case
- Dual USB 3 ports
- HDMI out
- Thunderbolt 3 connector
- 720p Webcam and mic
- SD-Card reader
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Windows 10
Feature by feature Apple’s best is bested or barely equaled. Benchmarks show the Dell to be faster but battery life somewhat less, which brings me to what the XPS 15 truly, madly, deeply needs.
OS X El Capitan.
Windows 10 may be one of Microsoft’s best OS efforts in years, but it still isn’t home, it still isn’t comfortable, and Windows just takes too much effort to get things done. Besides, OS X comes with everything a Mac user needs, including the best version of iTunes (I never thought I would say that), iMovie and Photos, Garageband and the trio of Numbers, Keynote, and Pages, not to mention the delicious coolness that is Messages and FaceTime.
Where this Dell bristles with battle gear it falls short in overall usability, and isn’t that why we buy and use a computer in the first place.
OK, Apple. It’s 2016 already. The competition is fierce. The gauntlets are laid down. Whatever it is you have done for us lately is ready for an upgrade.