MacBooks are some of the best computers on the market. They have great battery life, high-quality displays, and powerful CPUs. However, they also come with a price tag that is not for everyone.
Thankfully, there are plenty of macbook pro alternative laptops on the market that offer many of the same features for less. These laptops are great for creative professionals or students.
LG Gram 16
The Gram 16 is a game-changer in the 17-inch laptop space, offering a sleek, lightweight design and excellent performance. The keyboard offers a surprising amount of travel, and the buttons feel crisp and responsive. However, the hollow and flexible chassis flexes and moves quite a bit compared to the solid Apple or Dell frames.
The Core i7-1260P in this model delivers outstanding single-threaded performance. Its multi-threaded performance is also great for productivity apps, but it won’t be able to handle demanding graphics tasks.
The IPS screen uses a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is a nice change from the standard 16:9 panels on most competing laptops. LG also offers a +view display for Gram customers, which works well with the laptop and improves its brightness, Delta E, contrast ratio, and resolution.
HP Envy 17
HP’s take on the Macbook Pro has a 17-inch screen and upgraded hardware performance. The Envy 17 has a premium design and is a great option for people who need to do serious work with a large display.
This laptop is a good choice for graphic artists who need to run demanding apps and play games with high settings. It scored a perfect score on our graphics benchmark test, Sky Diver, and easily outperformed the LG Gram 17.
The Envy 17’s display also delivers good color accuracy. It covered 172% of the sRGB color gamut, far more than the premium laptop average of 119%. In our tests, the Envy 17 stayed cool under pressure. After streaming a 15-minute video, the underside of the laptop reached only 87 degrees Fahrenheit, well below our 95-degree comfort threshold.
Lenovo Yoga 9i
The Lenovo Yoga 9i is the best laptop you can buy right now. Its hypnotizing OLED display, satisfying keyboard and amazing sound system are all packed into a lightweight yet firm all-aluminum chassis. Its productivity performance and blistering SSD are also top-notch.
Like its predecessor, the Yoga 9i is a 2-in-1 with a 360-degree hinge that lets you use it in clamshell, tent, stand and tablet modes. Its eye-catching design gets a more refined look this year with chrome rounded edges along the bottom chassis and smoother angles on the display.
The rounded edges help make it easier to maneuver the laptop in different modes. One thing I didn’t like as much, however, is the location of the power button, which is on the side where you’re holding the laptop in tent mode.
Dell XPS 17
If you’re shopping for a premium big-screen laptop but don’t want to spend all your money on the latest MacBook Pro, the Dell XPS 17 offers a great alternative. This desktop replacement laptop offers good CPU and GPU performance, a gorgeous display, and forward-looking connectivity options.
The Dell XPS 17’s high-resolution screen can be configured with up to a 4K panel. The display has excellent color performance, covering 100 percent of the sRGB and Adobe RGB color gamuts. Its maximum brightness is also impressive, reaching over 500 nits.
Audio quality is a bit disappointing. Although speakers can reach very high volumes, they have a harsh sound and don’t project much clarity. This can be problematic if you’re working from home and using a video conference call client.
Dell Precision 5570
The Dell Precision 5570 is a high-end macbook pro alternative that is built for creative professionals. It comes with a powerful 12 Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA RTX A2000 GPU. It is one of the fastest workstations on the market for web design, music and video production, CAD software, and more. It also offers a lot of storage space for all your files.
The laptop is encased in a high-quality aluminum and magnesium case and features a high-performance cooling system with GORE Thermal insulation, dual opposing output fans, and a long-lasting battery. It also has a fingerprint reader to help you secure your data and privacy. It’s also EPEAT gold-certified and contains fewer single-use plastics. The Dell Precision 5570 is a great choice for creative professionals who need a laptop that can handle demanding editing workflows.