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Best MacBook Pro Alternatives in 2018

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If you can’t afford a MacBook Pro, or you simply don’t like the direction Apple is going with the 2018 MacBook Pro models, here are the best MacBook Pro alternatives for 2018.

These are the best alternatives to the MacBook Pro that you can buy in 2018. Most of these are Windows 10 laptops, but you may want to stick with a top of the line Apple notebook from the past to hold you over until Apple changes the MacBook Pro design.

We’ll break this up into the best 13-inch MacBook alternatives and the best 15-inch MacBook Pro alternatives, so that you can find the best one to meet your needs.

Best MacBook Pro 13 inch Alternatives

1. Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 is the best MacBook Pro alternative for most people.

The Dell XPS 13 is the best MacBook Pro alternative for most people

The Dell XPS 13 is the best MacBook Pro alternative for most users looking at the 13-inch MacBook Pro model.

This notebook looks amazing, is very compact and lightweight, and it includes a long-lasting battery that will get you through most busy days.

There’s an affordable entry-level XPS 13 that is just $799, which is great if you need something to get yourself started at a price Apple won’t even touch.

For users that need a lot of power, the 2018 XPS 13 starts at $1,399 and is often on sale with discount codes. You’ll get the latest Intel 8th Gen Core i processors and a display that looks amazing. The bezels are crazy thin and with an option 4K display, you can get a notebook screen that puts the 13-inch MacBook Pro to shame.

Buy the Dell XPS 13 at Dell, Best Buy, Amazon and B&H Photo

2. ThinkPad X1 Carbon

If you type a lot, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the best MacBook Pro alternative you can buy.

If you type a lot, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the best MacBook Pro alternative you can buy.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the best MacBook Pro 13 alternative for anyone who needs to type a lot. The X1 Carbon starts at $1,139 and you can often find it on sale. Here’s our full review of the newest X1 Carbon.

Lenovo delivers a superb typing experience that Apple forgot is even possible. Even with an epic keyboard, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is thin, light and looks great in a stealth black.

You get the full package including a great screen, plenty of power for the tasks most users need to complete on a 13-inch laptop. If you can afford it, splurge on the screen with HDR support, as it looks amazing. You also get a full complement of ports without spending on adapters and dongles. It also comes with Alexa voice controls built-in.

Buy the ThinkPad X1 Carbon at Lenovo or B&H Photo

3. Razer Blade Stealth

The Razer Blade Stealth is the best MacBook Pro alternative if you want to game.

The Razer Blade Stealth is the best MacBook Pro alternative if you want to game.

The Razer Blade Stealth is an epic 13-inch laptop that is super thin, packs a punch of power and can pull double duty as a very mobile laptop and as a powerful gaming or editing rig at your desk. The Razer Blade Stealth starts at $1,499.

The QHD+ display is beautiful to look at and packs in loads of screen real estate. Razer promises 10 hours of battery life to get you through the day. Razer Chroma for the keyboard delivers 16.8 million colors that you can customize down to the individual key.

Up to a Quad Core 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor gives you the power you need for work and play. When you need more power, plug into the Razer Core v2 to supercharge this laptop into a desktop gaming PC.

Buy the Razer Blade Stealth at Razer, Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft or Newegg.

4. Surface Laptop

The Surface Laptop is an affordable MacBook Pro alternative.

The Surface Laptop is an affordable MacBook Pro alternative.

The Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s vision of the perfect laptop, and that’s one of the reasons it is a great MacBook Pro alternative. It’s a well designed, sharp-looking laptop that’s available in a lot of colors and it’s incredibly affordable compared to a MacBook Pro.

This is one of the best MacBook Pro alternatives for students since it starts at $799, and even lower with student discounts.

While you can configure a MacBook Pro with more power, the Surface Laptop is more affordable and it still comes ready to work with 7th gen Intel Core m processors, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

The 13.50-inch PixelSense display looks great and supports touch and the Surface Pen. Microsoft promises up to 14.5 hours of battery life.

Buy the Surface Laptop at Microsoft, Best Buy, Amazon and Newegg

5. HP Spectre X360

The HP Spectre is a great all around MacBook Pro alternative.

The HP Spectre is a great all around MacBook Pro alternative.

The HP Spectre X360 is a great MacBook Pro alternative if you want a laptop with a screen that can swivel 360 degrees, supports a stylus and is available with a 4K display.

HP promises 13.5 hours of battery life and you can configure the X360 with up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or core i7 processor. Pricing is impressive with a very well equipped entry-level model starting at $1,049 and a lot of customization options if you need more.

Unlike the Surface Laptop, the X360 includes a stylus with the laptop and you get more power than the Surface Laptop.

This is a great alternative for someone who needs the power of a MacBook Pro at a better price without giving up a great looking laptop.

Buy the HP Spectre X360 at HP, Best Buy, Amazon and Newegg

Best MacBook Pro 15-inch Alternatives

1. 15-inch MacBook Pro 2015

The 2015 MacBook Pro is the best 2018 MacBook Pro alternative if you still want a Mac.

The 2015 MacBook Pro is the best 2018 MacBook Pro alternative if you still want a Mac.

Most of the alternatives on this list are Windows 10 laptops, but there is one great MacBook Pro alternative that you should consider. This Macbook Pro start around $1,800.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2015 is still a viable option for many users. It doesn’t have the same performance as newer models, so if you crunch video or use other processor intensive programs this might not be the best option.

For everyone else, this MacBook Pro includes a great keyboard, loads of ports and you can upgrade many of the parts yourself if you need more RAM or storage.

We know several buyers personally, who bought a top of the line 2015 MacBook Pro instead of a 2017 or 2018 MacBook Pro.

Buy the 2015 MacBook Pro at B&H Photo, eBay and Gazelle

2. Razer Blade

The Razer Blade is the best 15-inch MacBook Pro alternative if you need a lot of power and want to game.

The Razer Blade is the best 15-inch MacBook Pro alternative if you need a lot of power and want to game.

The Razer Blade 15 is an excellent alternative to the MacBook Pro. This is a powerful mobile notebook that may be known for gaming, but it can also deliver the power you need to get work done. The Razer Blade 15 starts at $1,899.

This is a VR ready notebook with 8th Gen Intel Core i processors, 16GB RAM, up to 512GB of SSD storage and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q Design with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus Technology. The standard model comes with a 1080P 144Hz display, and you can opt for a 4K touch display as well.

You can connect up to 3 external displays directly to the Razer Blade. If you need more power, plug into the Razer Core X, and add a second GPU to speed up rendering or give your gaming a powerful boost.

You get a Razer Chroma RGB keyboard that allows you to control the color of every key. The notebook also features a great looking design.

Buy the Razer Blade at Razer, Best Buy and Amazon

3. Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS 15 is a great all around 15-inch MacBook Pro alternative.

The Dell XPS 15 is a great all around 15-inch MacBook Pro alternative.

Like the smaller XPS 13, the Dell XPS 15 is a portable powerhouse that packs a punch with a beautiful InfinityEdge display and up to 6 core Intel 8th Gen processors. The XPS 15 starts at $2,899.99.

If you’re looking for a top of the line, all around MacBook Pro alternative that has everything you need to get work done, this is the laptop you need to look at.

The premium design won’t leave you missing Apple’s aluminum construction and you can even connect your iPhone to your XPS 15 to make calls, send and receive texts and see your contacts on your computer.

Buy the Dell XPS 15 at Dell, Best Buy, Amazon and B&H Photo

4. HP Spectre X360 15

The HP Spectre X360 is an excellent MacBook Pro 15-inch alternative that includes a stylus.

The HP Spectre X360 is an excellent MacBook Pro 15-inch alternative that includes a stylus.

The HP Spectre X360 15 is the perfect MacBook Pro alternative if you need a cheaper option that doesn’t cut any important corners. The 15-inch Spectre X360 starts at $1,319 and that’s with a Stylus and the latest processors.

In addition to packing in a load of tech, a touch screen and a stylus there is a hinge so that you can fold the screen all the way around and use it as a tablet.

Hp promises up to 13.5 hours of battery life and it supports fast charge to go from 0 to 90% in 90 minutes on some models and 0 to 50% in 30 minutes on other models.  You can connect up to two 4K displays, the notebook packs in a 4K Micro-Edge display and up to 16GB of RAM.

Buy the HP Spectre X360 at HP, Best Buy, Amazon and Newegg

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  1. RGK

    07/25/2018 at 10:15 pm

    The one thing that PC manufactures haven’t taken on yet is multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports. I would love to switch but I need to be able to run an eGPU as well as external storage.

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