Today is not the day I rag on Dell for introducing yet another XPS 13 MacBook Killer. Dell seems to do that two or three times each year, and yet the Mac continues to sell at near record levels every quarter.
As hardware goes, Dell’s XPS line gets kudos and props from members of the technorati elite politburo with every new offering and the latest gets a few thousand words of positive reviews from a major tech publication.
Thin Is In
If you’re interested in the nitty gritty of itty bitty details on Windows hardware, Valentina Palladino has you covered with the latest Dell XPS 13, 2019 edition; a slender piece of hardware that further segregates Apple’s MacBook Air from PC riffraff for $400 less. Starting price.
What does it look like?
Looks familiar, right?
Regardless, it is a read-worthy review of, well, hardware. $899 gets you a 2.7-pound PC notebook with 128GB SSD storage, 4GB RAM, and a 1080P display. Pay more money and the XPS becomes less of a MacBook Air killer for a similar price tag, but with more RAM, faster CPU, more storage, and a 4K touchscreen display.
Oh, and ports. We got ports.
2 Thunderbolt 3 ports (PowerShare DC-In, DisplayPort, 4 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3), 1 USB Type C 3.1 port (PowerShare DC-In, DisplayPort), headset jack, Noble lock slot, microSD card slot
And add-ons items:
Fingerprint sensor on power button, four mics (Cortana use), Dell Cinema (Color, Sound, Stream), Dolby Vision support
How does all that Dell compare with a MacBook or MacBook Air or MacBook Pro (entry-level)? Duh. More hardware, less money, but that’s not my beef. That’s how Apple has run the Mac for, well, forever.
What bothers me is that Dell manages to upgrade their notebooks multiple times every year and yet Apple struggles to get a new Mac out the door on an annual basis. What’s with that, Apple?
Why is it that PC makers who do not sell as many notebooks as Apple sells Mac notebooks, also manage to upgrade those notebooks more frequently than Apple? And sell them for far less money?
The example above is only a start because the best new Dell XPS 13 can weigh in at $2,309 which compares favorably to a comparably equipped MacBook Air at $2,599, yet a quad-core MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and a mere 512GB SSD storage comes in at $2,499.
Clearly, Dell and HP are not killing the Mac, but it seems odd that Apple sells very old hardware as if it were new hardware when it clearly is not. Why does Apple have such difficulty upgrading the Mac when pedestrian PC makers do it with regular abandon?