The best alternatives to the MacBook Pro 16-inch

The best alternatives to the MacBook Pro 16-inch

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The MacBook Pro, specifically the M1 Pro oregon M1 Max 16-inch option, presents a existent situation to comparable Windows laptops. It's incredibly powerful, particularly considering however singular the artillery beingness is and however quiescent the strategy stays nether load.

While nary Windows laptops tin presently emulate that nonstop illustration of a system, that doesn't mean determination aren't coagulated alternatives to the MacBook Pro. Their artillery beingness whitethorn beryllium weaker and they whitethorn get alternatively blistery and large — but successful immoderate cases, they connection stronger wide performance. If you privation a premium, comparatively portable powerhouse, but privation to enactment connected the Windows broadside of the aisle, these are your champion options.

MacBook Pro 16 (2021)

MacBook Pro 16 (2021)

The large-form laptop to beat

Razer Blade 17

Razer Blade 17

A almighty instrumentality for gamers first, creators second

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Dell XPS 17 (9710)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4

MSI Creator Z17

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Razer Blade 17

A almighty instrumentality for gamers first, creators second

Pros

  • Great plan and physique quality
  • Powerful for gaming
  • Extensive ports
  • Excellent, colorful screen
  • Surface stays comparatively cool

Cons

  • Throttled CPU performance
  • Poor artillery life
  • Very expensive

The Razer Blade 17 is arsenic sleek a laptop arsenic you'll find extracurricular of the MacBook Pro 16. Its all-black exterior and chiseled aesthetic rival Apple's champion successful presumption of its concern design. It's conscionable arsenic solid, too, with that aforesaid feeling of being chiseled retired of a coagulated portion of metallic (which it is). If you're looking for a laptop that feels similar a MacBook Pro 16, past the Razer Blade 17 is your champion choice.

At the aforesaid time, the Razer Blade 17 tin supply show that rivals the MacBook Pro 16 with its M1 Max CPU — and successful galore cases outshines it. We reviewed the Razer with a 12th-gen Intel Core i7-12800H, a accelerated CPU with 14 cores (six Performance and 8 Efficient) and 20 threads but not Intel's fastest. When configured with the Nvidia GeForce 3080 Ti GPU, the Razer Blade 17 scored 969 connected the Pugetbench Premiere Pro benchmark that runs successful a unrecorded mentation of Adobe Premiere Pro. That's a large trial of however good a laptop volition grip demanding originative tasks. The MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Max scored 1,167, a higher people but not truthful overmuch higher that it puts the MacBook successful a antithetic people entirely. You tin besides configure the Razer Blade 17 with a Core i9-12900H, which offers the aforesaid halfway and thread number but a higher timepiece speed.

And then, that RTX 3080 Ti volition nett you amended gaming show than Apple's instrumentality could ever imagination of. You'll besides get a show that, though successful the old-school 16:9 facet ratio, has coagulated colors and opposition and a superfast 240Hz refresh complaint (with a Full HD 360Hz enactment available). All that makes the Razer Blade 17 arsenic overmuch a gamer's imagination laptop arsenic a creator's, thing the MacBook Pro 16 can't match.

Razer Blade 17

Razer Blade 17

A almighty instrumentality for gamers first, creators second

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Dell XPS 17 (9710)

A sleeker alternative

Pros

  • Bright, beauteous screen
  • Fantastic physique prime and design
  • Performance is impressive
  • Ultra-thin bezels
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad

Cons

  • Mediocre artillery life
  • Poor webcam

Dell's XPS 17 has the astir standout plan of immoderate laptop connected this list. It's constructed of CNC instrumentality aluminum successful the lid and chassis bottom, with achromatic c fibre lining the keyboard platform and affording some a striking opposition visually and a much comfy typing surface. The XPS 17 is arsenic solidly built arsenic the MacBook Pro 16 portion being a much streamlined and charismatic machine.

The XPS 17 has conscionable undergone a refresh and doesn't yet database each of the configurations we fishy volition beryllium coming astatine immoderate point. Right now, Dell's website lists the Core i7-12700H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 arsenic the astir almighty components available. We fishy that the XPS 17 volition astatine slightest person a Core i9 enactment and the aforesaid RTX 3060 that graced the erstwhile model. If so, past it volition beryllium a accelerated instrumentality but not arsenic accelerated arsenic the astir almighty MacBook Pro 16.

However, the XPS 17 is besides little expensive, and erstwhile you configure a much comparable MacBook Pro 16 successful presumption of terms past the show quality won't beryllium arsenic profound. And you'll person a Windows laptop that volition inactive beryllium faster successful its gaming show portion besides providing coagulated originative exertion support. You'll besides get a show that volition delight creators and an wide plan that's conscionable arsenic fantabulous arsenic Apple's best.

Dell XPS 17 (9710)

Dell XPS 17 (9710)

A sleeker alternative

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4

An upgradeable powerhouse

Pros

  • Excellent physique quailty
  • Superior entry-level display
  • Solid performance
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Very almighty configuration options

Cons

  • Performance was inconsistent
  • Battery beingness was middling

Consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 a placeholder successful anticipation of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 that volition marque for an adjacent much robust MacBook Pro 16 competitor. For now, Lenovo's astir almighty ThinkPad is stuck with Intel 11th-gen CPUs and is constricted to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, whereas the 5th procreation instrumentality volition upgrade to 12th-gen CPUs, including the Core i9 vPro, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

As it is, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 provides the accustomed fantabulous ThinkPad physique prime and keyboard, on with coagulated show that tin premix it up with the MacBook Pro 16 M1 Pro version. It's besides upgradeable, with the RAM easy accessible and a 2nd PCIe SSD slot that tin beryllium utilized to grow retention and show oregon make a redundant drive.

The laptop is built astir an fantabulous 16-inch show and offers superior connectivity to immoderate of the laptops connected this list. If you privation show that's competitory with the MacBook Pro 16 past you'll privation to hold for the adjacent generation. But for an all-around laptop that represents the apical of the ThinkPad line, adjacent the 4th procreation is competitive.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4

An upgradeable powerhouse

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MSI Creator Z17

Highly optimized originative performance

Pros

  • Excellent productivity and originative performance
  • Good gaming performance
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Active pen support
  • Solid physique quality
  • Attractive aesthetic

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Display is simply a measurement down the best
  • Poor artillery life
  • Heavy

MSI is champion known for its gaming laptops, and truthful it knows a happening oregon 2 astir squeezing each ounce of show retired of a laptop's components. The Creator Z17 is simply a premier example, utilizing a blase thermal plan that allowed its humble Core i7-12700H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti to rival the MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Pro successful originative performance. Upgrade to the Core i9-12900H and RTX 3080 Ti and you'll person a Windows laptop that tin vie with the MacBook's M1 Max version.

You'll besides get fantabulous gaming performance, a large keyboard and touchpad, progressive pen enactment (a archetypal for a 17-inch laptop), and coagulated physique quality. The 17.3-inch IPS show isn't rather up to snuff successful presumption of colour width and accuracy, but it runs astatine 165Hz and truthful is large for gamers.

The MSI Creator Z17 aims to lucifer the MacBook Pro 16 successful performance, and it succeeds. It's not the lightest oregon prettiest laptop connected this list, but it's a powerhouse addition.

MSI Creator Z17

MSI Creator Z17

Highly optimized originative performance

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