According to Mac Rumors, The 2016 MacBook Pro will likely get a late October release. There is a lot of excitement. The popular MacBook Pro series hasn’t had a huge upgrade since October of 2012, and the 2016 upgrade is pretty significant. Not only will the new Pro 16 be thinner and lighter, but it will also have an OLED touchbar under a screen that is said to have a higher resolution and better color representation.
In 2012, it’s safe to say that Apple didn’t have much competition. Most Windows 8 notebooks were considered a joke at the time. However, the release of Windows 10 last year gave birth to several notebooks that can rival the MacBook Pro.
The PCs listed have been considered more as MacBook Air replacements. However, higher-end versions of these with the Intel i7 processor and Iris graphics chip easily match most MacBook Pro specs.
Dell XPS 13
When many think of the Windows equivalent version of the MacBook Pro, they often think of the Dell XPS 13, which is probably the best notebook on the market. The Quad HD+ screen may be the best one on the market just as long as you don’t look at it in direct sunlight.
The Dell XPS 13 does just what people love about the MacBook Pro – it makes your work speedy and comfortable. Dell has finally been able to produce a trackpad that is on the same level of that on the MacBook Pro. Unlike any MacBook screen, Dell’s is a touchscreen.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Sorry, Surface Book fans. Perhaps the Surface Book 2 will feel less like a beta device, but the Surface Pro 4 is almost perfected. Imagine taking a highly capable PC and putting it in the format of a tablet. It took Microsoft a few generations to get it right, but the Surface Pro 4 can do everything most MacBook Pros can do. In many ways, the Surface Book can be considered an iPad replacement that actually runs a full desktop operating system.
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW
If you are looking for a 15-inch MacBook Pro alternative, look no further. The Asus Zenbook even resembles the MacBook Pro, but has a 4K screen. It’s also a lot cheaper than the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Some say that $1499 isn’t quite “cheap,” but you are getting Nvidia graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, and an Intel i7 processor. Eat that, Apple!