+$The best MacBook Pro alternatives have the great features of Apple's design, but at a lower cost. MacBook Pro may be most designers' laptop of choice, but it’s no longer alone in its prowess for design and performance – there are plenty of Windows machines that have superb specs and, increasingly, look great.

+$It’s also true that cross-platform software compatibility is now rarely an issue. With so many productivity apps being based on the web now, plus Adobe’s CC (在这里获取Adobe Creative Cloud+$) having full support for the superb Windows 10, you won’t find yourself suddenly up the creek without a paddle.

+$Many Windows 10 PCs also have touch screens, which can be rather handy if you do wish to use a stylus – it’s certainly a better touch solution than Apple’s Touch Bar.

+$Of course, it remains the case that Macs are an expensive investment for a freelancer or studio and some of the Windows alternatives offer the same power for less (although check out+$Apple Laptop Deals+$post to see what bargains are available). Apple has recently slashed its factory-fitted SSD upgrade prices, but if you configure a MacBook Pro with all the bells and whistles things start rising steeply upwards. We must also say though, that although the MacBook Pro has risen in price in the relatively recent past, so have many PC equivalents.

+$MacBooks on Black Friday: What you need to know

+$Before we start, a quick note on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 (29 November and 1 December respectively). If you really want a MacBook Pro, but price is the big factor deterring you from buying one, this seasonal shopping event might bring one back into your price range. Make sure you bookmark our roundup of the+$best black Friday MacBook deals+$and our guide to the苹果黑色星期五促销+$for all the best bargains as soon as they go live.

+$So let’s explore some of the best MacBook Pro alternatives you’ll find. We’ve listed the core specs of the base model in each case, but naturally more expensive (and better performing) options are available in each case.

Surface Book 2: best macbook pro alternatives


01. Microsoft Surface Book 2

+$Microsoft’s MacBook Pro killer has a detachable tablet screen

中央处理器:英特尔酷睿i5或酷睿i7 |显卡:+$Graphics: Intel HD 620, optional Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 |内存:+$8 Or 16GB |屏幕:+$13.5 Or 15-inch 3,000×2,000 PixelSense |存储:+$256 GB, 512GB, 1TB

+$Detachable Tablet Screen
+$Option to have dedicated Nvidia graphics
+$Can Be Expensive

+$If you’re looking at a MacBook Pro equivalent that’s a PC you’ve just found it. Available in two sizes, the表面书2+$is a powerful, do-anything machine. Its party piece is a detachable touch display that pops on and off of the keyboard base and works as a separate tablet, although the Surface Pen is an optional extra. And with Windows being very touch-friendly, the tablet isn’t just for show – you can really put it to work. The display is excellent, too – pin-sharp – while there’s support for USB-C and USB-A, although you do have to put up with a proprietary power connector that we hope Microsoft will dump when it revises this machine next. While the base machine is competitively priced, things start to jump up when you talk about opting for the Nvidia dedicated graphics that reside in the base (so can’t be used with the tablet unless it’s attached to the keyboard). Another disadvantage is that it’s heavier than a MacBook Pro. But there are few other computers that have the same quality about them – it’s a robust, well-put together machine, too.

Dell XPS 15: best macbook pro alternatives

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02.戴尔XPS 15

+$Dell’s premium laptops are world-class

中央处理器:英特尔酷睿i7 |显卡:+$Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 |内存:8-32GB |屏幕:+$5.6-inch FHD or 4K OLED InfinityEdge |存储:+$256GB, 512GB or 1TB

+$Well-specified across the board
+$Some have 4K OLED displays
+$Some have 4K OLED displays
+$Expensive With Options

+$This could have gone one of two ways – should we recommend theXPS 13+$or its bigger brother, the XPS 15? Well we recommend both, depending on what size you want (and what you need to do). If you’ve got an idea that Dell isn’t a good brand to buy from, it’s time you binned that notion – these are some of the best laptops available anywhere and are very well designed indeed. The XPS 13 comes in various models and could be seen as a MacBook Air equivalent in many ways, but it can be given plenty of power (though not more advanced graphics than Intel’s integrated options, unfortunately). The XPS 15, on the other hand, has Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics across the board as standard in addition to top-line, latest 9th generation Intel Core i7 processors, while several models have 4K OLED displays, too. Both the XPS 13 and 15 are also available in (more expensive) 2-in-1 versions where you can flip the screen 360-degrees.

best macbook alternatives: surface laptop 2


+$03. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

+$Distinctive, portable and powerful

中央处理器:英特尔酷睿i5或酷睿i7 |显卡:英特尔UHD图形620 |内存:+$8 Or 16GB |屏幕:+$13.5-inch 2,256x1,504 PixelSense |存储:+$128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB

+$Beautiful to use and carry around
+$Powerful Options
+$Can be a little expensive

什么时候Surface Laptop+$was first announced, it seemed odd – why would Microsoft go backwards from the superb Surface Book? But it makes a lot of sense. By producing a premium device without the tablet part, Microsoft could cut down on the weight and produce a go-anywhere Surface device for those who wanted, well, a laptop rather than a tablet (you can still use the Surface Pen with this super PixelSense display should you wish to). It’s available with some high-end options including bags of storage and memory, while it’s very well designed like its more expensive brother and there’s something distinctive too; hardy Alcantara fabric surrounds the keyboard. Some won’t like it, but it’s definitely a talking point and, before you ask, it doesn’t stain. There is one moot point, however – there’s no USB-C port at all. Goodness only knows why Microsoft has been so resistant to adopt the ever-more-prevalent standard, but we reckon the company will fix that if it does a new model later in 2019.

HP Zbook Studio 15: best macbook pro alternatives

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+$04. HP Zbook Studio 15

+$A workstation-level equivalent of the 15-inch MacBook Pro

中央处理器:+$Intel Core I9 |显卡:+$Nvidia Quadro P1000 |内存:32GB |屏幕:+$4K DreamColor 3,840 x 2,160 pixels |存储:512GB SSD

+$High-end Processing Power
+$Quite light at 2kg
+$So-so Design
+$Plenty of other options at this price

+$HP’s ZBook Line comes in a variety of configurations and styles – you even can get a 360-degree convertible version (Studio x360), too. The+$HP ZBook Studio 15+$is our pick of the bunch though since it has workstation-level specs. Indeed, you’d be hard pushed to find as much power for the price anywhere. Not only is there Nvidia Quadro P1000 graphics under the hood, but you also get Intel’s top-line Core i9 processor, 32GB of memory and a 512GB SSD. The DreamColor 4K display also has 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage, too. You’re spoilt for choice for ports, with two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, an SD card slot and dual USB-A, too. You’re able to ask HP for a custom configuration should you so wish.

Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon XI: best macbook pro alternatives

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+$05. Lenovo ThinkPad X1Carbon

+$Light to carry, but highly capable

中央处理器:英特尔酷睿i7 |显卡:英特尔UHD图形620 |内存:8-16GB |屏幕:+$14-inch FHD or WQHD or 4K UHD |存储:+$256GB, 512GB or 1TB

+$Light to carry around
+$4K display only on the most expensive model
+$No discrete graphics options

+$Think business laptops and you’ll probably come up with the ThinkPad. However, since the ThinkPad line was taken over by Lenovo, no longer are all ThinkPads black and rather dull. Indeed, while the 14-inch+$Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon+$has an understated look, it’s a genuine MacBook Pro competitor that’s lightweight – starting at around 1.1kg – but can be specified with various options up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors, a super-bright 4K Dolby Vision-certified display and up to 16GB of memory and 2TB of SSD storage. However, like the Surface Laptop, there aren’t any discrete graphics options which could be a deal-breaker. But there is a lot to like with the X1 Carbon – the array of ports is impressive for something 15mm thick, with HDMI, 2x USB-A and dual USB-C Thunderbolt 3, one of which is located alongside a proprietary network port – those two can be plugged directly into a desk dock. There’s even a model with integrated mobile broadband – simply slot in a SIM and you’re always on.

Refurbished MacBook Pro: best macbook pro alternatives

+$06. Refurbished MacBook Pro

+$Get the same Mac you want – but for less


+$Get the Mac you want
+$Cheaper than the main store
+$Sometimes need to wait
+$Can be odd configurations

+$What better MacBook Pro alternative could there be than an alternative MacBook Pro? Let us explain. Like many other computer manufactures (+$Dell Outlet+$being another good example). Apple sells off machines that get returned to it for less than they were originally on sale for. These machines aren’t faulty – or have had a faulty part replaced. Often they’ve just been returned for refunds because the customer changed their mind. So they’re repackaged, reformatted and sold to you with savings that can run into the hundreds. Sounds good, doesn’t it? The only downside is that sometimes the machines can have odd configurations – or you have to wait around for the model you want to pop-up. Still, it’s always worth seeing what’s available. Everything comes with a one-year warranty and there are plenty of other Apple products available, too.