Apple has always been a pioneer in the field of wacky technology, be it phones, mp3 players tablets or even laptops. Sometimes it seems that Apple is the force that drives other companies to come up with their own mesmerizing products in order to stand up in the market. Just as in other products, the MacBook Pro version of the Macintosh series turned quite a few heads with its release in October 2016. Having added the fancy new touch bar to its laptop did give the apple users one up in terms of touchscreen laptops even if it wasn’t just it.

But as we said that’s where the competition starts. Microsoft wasn’t that keen on being left behind hence the release of its laptop, Microsoft surface book 2 in November 2017 did create a upheave in the laptop industry as “Microsoft’s MacBook Pro killer” this laptop did come with an IPS LED PixelSense Touchscreen Display but created more buzz in the air about its performance with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics performance.

But these two aren’t the only main players in this competition. Dell also introduced its own standing with the Dell XPS 13 released in January 2018 while Google made its place a little before Microsoft in early October 2017 with the Google PixelBook. In this article, we will discuss these four devices specifically in terms of their performance.

Microsoft Surface Book 2

For the Surface Book 2, Microsoft is stepping up to the eighth-generation Intel processors, which essentially means there are quad-core options available.

The 13-inch version comes with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB of graphics memory. The 15-inch Surface Book 2 has the GTX 1060 with 6GB of graphics memory. There are, of course, a multitude of different configuration options, but prices for the 13-inch model start at $1,499, and at $2,499 for the 15-inch version.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 does have quite a set of advantages such as 662.8% faster (about 7.5 times) in synthetic tests, Wider memory bus (128 vs 64 bit), More pipelines (768 vs 24), Multi-Projection, Being VR Ready, G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image.

Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays, Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle), Multi-Monitor, CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture – an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance), 3D Vision, PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX), Ansel, G-SYNC support And much more. So this is definitely something the unsatisfied mac users might benefit from.

Dell XPS 13

With the latest Intel processors Intel HD Graphics 5500, it should go without saying that the Dell XPS 13 for 2018 is the most powerful one yet. Naturally, what we see here are mightily impressive numbers from the latest XPS 13, beating its young predecessor’s numbers in every test.

In releasing this XPS 13, Dell is touting its use of Gore thermal insulation for stronger heat dissipation. That, combined with the more up-to-date quad-core processing that the 8th-generation Intel chips bring, results is the far better performance in tests like Geekbench over that of the 2017 MacBook Pro.

However, not even the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 seems able to compete with the XPS 13 on core computing benchmarks, likely thanks to these thermal advantages. Of course, the Surface Book 2 wins on visual tests with its Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics. Dell’s new power management software also helps the XPS 13, with a ‘dynamic power mode’ that automatically delivers maximum power when needed, while carefully monitoring system heat.

As proof, the system never grows too hot to handle (literally) under load. Of course, you’re not going to be able to play games on the XPS 13 beyond the odd casual or indie hit, but this laptop will be more than ready for photo editing, especially with its microSD card slot. Expect to be able to churn through spreadsheets with this laptop as well, thanks to that 16GB of speedy memory.  

The processor also has the advantage of Quick Sync i.e. hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. It speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality. Well Maybe not for gaming but this laptop does put up a great fight with the Microsoft and Apple laptops.

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro recorded 5378 for the single-core test and 18,885 for multi-core, which is well above the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1XPS 13 and Microsoft Surface Book 2 in terms of Geekbench 4 single-core results. Disk speeds are among the best seen on any laptop.

Also, MacBook Pro 2018 clocked average write and read speeds of 2631.2MB/sec and 2281.1MB/sec on Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. Write speeds is a little lower than what similar Windows laptops gave us, but the read speeds are significantly higher. Cinebench, a video and graphics benchmark, provides an indication of how the MacBook Pro 2018’s processor will cope under intense strain.

It scored 594cb, which is a little below the 705cb achieved by the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 with a quad-core Core i7 CPU (i7-8705G). The 38.51fps OpenGL result was also lower than the Dell laptop’s 86.99fps score. This is surprising since the Intel Iris 655 GPU in the MacBook has 128MB of memory to play with, whereas the cache of the AMD RadeonTM RX Vega M GL in the Dell is just 8MB large. The XPS 15 exceeds initial expectations in the graphics department, too, so these results aren’t completely shocking.

 

Google PixelBook

Finally, a Chromebook with power. The Pixelbook in question features a Core i5-7Y57 CPU and 8GB of RAM, enables smooth performance and works well with Android apps. No stutter or lag was seen while splitting the screen between a 1080p YouTube video and a dozen tabs (including Google Docs), all while using the apps for Slack, Twitter, and Outlook.

The Pixelbook scored a solid 7,927 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, beating the 6,823 ultraportable-notebook average. Higher scores of 9,414 were seen from the iPad Pro (A10X Fusion processor, 4GB of RAM) and 13,306 from the Lenovo Yoga 920 (8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB of RAM). The Pixelbook earned a score of 145 on the JetStream JavaScript benchmark, which measures the performance of web apps.

That’s above the 126.6 from the Samsung Chromebook Pro (Core m3-6Y30, 4GB of RAM) and the 127.32 from the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA (Core m3 6Y30, 4GB of RAM). The integrated Intel HD 615 graphics chip in the Pixelbook powered its smooth visuals on the WebGL Aquarium test, where it rendered 2,000 fish at a rate of 60 frames per second.

That’s better than the 48 fps from the Samsung Chromebook Pro (Intel HD Graphics 615) and the 50 fps from the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA (Intel HD Graphics 515). The ultraportable-notebook average is a higher 269 fps. Seems like Google also is pretty firm in the race.

Having seen the evaluated performances of all these laptops we hope you found your best match. But if performance isn’t your only criteria we have a consolidated table for you with a few other important specifications.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 vs. Dell XPS 13 Vs 4. Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch Vs Google pixel book

GENERAL INFORMATION
Name Microsoft Surface Book 2 Dell XPS 13 Apple MacBook Pro Google PixelBook
Dimensions WxHxD 312 x 231 x 23  mm 304 x 200 x 15.0  mm 314 x 219 x 18.0 mm 289.56x 220.98x 10.16
Operating System Type 64-bit 64-bit
Weight 1.53 Kg 1.18 Kg 1.5 Kg 1.09 Kg
Operating System Windows 10 Professional Windows 10 Chrome OS
Model Surface Book 2 (HNN-00001) 13 (XPS1358256iS1) ME866HN/A GA00122-US
Brand Microsoft Dell Apple Google
Colors Silver Silver Silver Silver