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Dell XPS 13 vs Surface Book 2 vs MacBook Pro

If you’re investing a serious amount of cash in a laptop that’s going to last you several years, you want to make the right choice. The good news is you’ve got some excellent computers to choose from – the bad news is it’s not always easy to pick out the right one.


A lot of the differing features here are determined by the on-board operating system and the form factor of the devices. Thanks to the 2-in-1 design of the Surface Book 2, it’s the most flexible here, letting you set it up in a tent shape or detach the screen entirely, as we’ve already mentioned.

The Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Pro are more conventional laptops – you can’t suddenly turn them into digital drawing pads or anything like that, but on the plus side they are lighter to carry around, and still do everything you need from a laptop.

Your preference for Windows 10 or macOS High Sierra may well inform your choice here as well. While we don’t have room for a full comparison here, we have written about the differences between them before – a lot of it comes down to your personal tastes and the other devices you want to use your laptop with (macOS is the obvious choice for people who already have a lot of other Apple kit).

Think about ports and expandability, too: the Surface Book 2 and Dell XPS 13 pack in three USB-A/Thunderbolt ports, one USB-C port, a memory card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. In comparison, the MacBook Pro offers four USB‑C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack, but no memory card slot.


Dell XPS 13 Surface Book 2 MacBook Pro

Dell XPS 13 vs Surface Book 2 vs MacBook Pro

As we said at the start, these are all great laptops – you won’t be disappointed whichever one you end up buying. We’re not talking about major differences here, and if you check out the deal links on this page, you can use the latest prices for all these devices to help you make a decision.

We like the Dell XPS 13 a lot for its lightness and its portability – especially with the 4K screen and minimal bezels, which look gorgeous in combination. It’s deceptively powerful, too, though it’s not cheap, especially at the top configurations.

The Surface Book 2 is going to appeal for those who want to jump between tablet and laptop modes, thanks to the flexibility of Windows 10. On paper it’s also the most powerful of these machines, and so is a suitable choice for some mobile gaming. Just make sure you’re not buying power you don’t need.

Then there’s the MacBook Pro, perhaps lacking some of the features and grunt of its rivals but perfect for Apple fans. If you’ve got some serious computing to do and prefer Apple software above anything else, then it’s a superb choice. Set your budget, weigh up your options, and you’ve got years of enjoyable laptop use ahead of you.