How does the the Dell XPS 13 9310 and the 13-inch M1 MacBook Professional stack up as of summer time 2021? Learn on.
I exploit each a Dell XPS 13 9310 and a 13-inch M1 MacBook Professional interchangeably, right here’s my take.
Battery life: M1 MBP goes and goes
—M1 MacBook Professional: full day: With on and off use all through the day, I can get a full day of battery life on the M1 MacBook Professional. That’s 9-10 hours. If I don’t do any heavy lifting, greater than a day. The one different laptop computer I’ve that comes near the endurance of the M1 MBP 13 is my Google Pixelbook Go Chromebook.
—Dell XPS 13 9310 (4K+ show): half-day+ or 6+ hours. I’m utilizing the 4K+ (aka UHD+) mannequin for this overview. I can stretch it a bit extra if I keep away from issues like lengthy video conferencing (Zoom) periods, extreme energetic Chrome tabs, and maintain display screen brightness down.
Notice that the Dell XPS 13 9310 with a lower-resolution FHD+ show has longer battery life than the 4K XPS 13. Extra on that at backside.
Notebookcheck reveals the Cinebench R23 multicore CPU benchmark favoring the M1 over Dell’s i7-1185G7 with a median rating of seven,762 vs 5,661, respectively.
Cinebench R23 single-core CPU scores are loads nearer for the M1 and i7: 1,514 vs 1,457, respectively.
Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core additionally present a big upside for the M1 MacBook. (See these Geekbench scores for M1 MacBook Professional
Artificial benchmarks are helpful to some extent. For me, efficiency on widely-used functions (just like the Chrome browser the place I spend lots of time) is what counts probably the most.
On testing of real-world* workloads, Dell’s XPS 13 9310 with Intel’s 11th Gen Core i7 isn’t any slouch. I’ve observed no important efficiency hole utilizing the 2 methods day in and time out. Each laptops are quick and neither had any thermal points — although the M1 MacBook Professional does keep cooler than the XPS 13.
*For me, “actual world” is predicated on my utilization situation which incorporates operating Google Chrome with 20+ tabs (the one greatest energy drain), Firefox browser, Microsoft Workplace, Google Docs, social media, YouTube movies (in background enjoying music), CMS, video conferencing (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Groups), Apple Music, benchmarking functions, and picture modifying. Show brightness is often set at over 70 p.c. Laptop computer is run till it loses energy.
After utilizing the M1 MacBook Professional for six months, it’s apparent that Apple made the correct resolution to maneuver macOS to its personal silicon. The M1 MacBook is a far cry from the Intel-based MacBooks I used for years.
Just about all the Intel-based 13-inch MacBook Professional and MacBook Air fashions I’ve used/owned over time suffered (primarily based on my utilization patterns) from warmth issues. Battery life was underwhelming too, i.e., I by no means noticed the battery life that many critiques claimed of their testing.
That each one modified with the M1 MacBook.
Intel must work more durable than standard to keep up parity as we get nearer to MacBooks utilizing the second era of Apple’s M sequence processors later this 12 months.
Why the distinction in battery life between the Dell XPS 13 9310 FHD+ and UHD+? The XPS 13’s 4K show has 4x the variety of pixels to push than the FHD+ (1,920-by-1,200) so it can at all times draw extra energy, based on Dell.
For the document, right here’s what Dell’s product web page says about battery life:
“As much as 14 hours, 11 minutes on a Full HD+ mannequin when streaming …or as much as eight hours and 12 minutes of streaming on a 4K+ mannequin.”