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.
Apple just updated the MacBook Pro for 2019 with a third generation keyboard, but it’s not a redesign of the computer or the keyboard. You can now get more power from a MacBook Pro, but it’s not a major overall experience change from the previous model.
If you want to stick with a 2015 MacBook Pro that may still be the best option for many users. It will get the free macOS Catalina update this fall and you should get another few years of updates. Apple finally delivers a Mac Pro that answers the needs of Pro users, so there is some hope that the next generation of MacBook Pro will deliver similar concessions to users, but it’s still a ways off.
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 users looking at the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
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 $779, 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 $1,299 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.
2. ThinkPad X1 Carbon
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.
3. Razer Blade Stealth
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. Already updated for 2019, you can get a 4K Touch screen, discrete graphics and it comes with support for Windows Hello. The Razer Blade Stealth starts at $1,399.
The display is beautiful to look at and packs in loads of screen real estate with a matte FHD option as well as a 4K touch screen. Razer promises up to 13 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.
4. Surface Laptop 2
The Surface Laptop 2 is Microsoft’s vision of the perfect laptop, and that’s one of the reasons it is a great MacBook Pro alternative. This is the second generation, which builds on what people loved about the first.
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 $999, 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 8th gen Intel Core 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.
5. HP Spectre X360
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.
6. Hackintosh 13-inch MacBook Pro Alternative
One of the best options if you need to stay in macOS is to buy a laptop that you can hackintosh. This refers to the process of installing macOS Mojave on a computer that isn’t from Apple.
You can’t use just any Windows Laptop and enjoy this option, but there are a surprising number of Hackintosh laptop options. You can install macOS on a range of options including some of the laptops we already listed above.
Many users install macOS on the Dell XPS 13 and other users are installing it on HP and Lenovo laptops. Here’s one guide on how to hackintosh the Dell XPS 13 with macOS Mojave. Many times you will need to buy an external WiFi adapter and SD card reader. This is also not as bulletproof as buying a Mac, but for some users this is a great option.
Best MacBook Pro 15-inch Alternatives
1. 15-inch MacBook Pro 2015
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 starts around $1,800, but you can find some amazing deals on eBay.
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.
2. Razer Blade
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.
3. Dell XPS 15
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.
4. HP Spectre X360 15
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.
5. 15-inch Hackintosh MacBook Pro Alternative
Similar to the 13-inch MacBook Pro option, you can make a 15-inch Hackintosh MacBook Pro alternative. Many users have success with the Dell XPS 15, but you can also do it with some HP and Lenovo models. You can see additional models here.
Depending on the model you buy, you can get a lot of things working without buying additional adapters. As with the 13-inch version, make sure you do your research before you buy and understand what you are getting into.
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