Apple MacBook Pro Alternatives

Unimpressed with the new MacBook Pro range? Here are a few alternatives if you’re looking for a new, out-of-this world laptop.
Compare Guru
2016-11-16
Apple's MacBook range has been in desperate need of a refresh. Many people have held off getting a new MacBook in hopes that the new devices would be impressive pieces of hardware that would make any laptop user weep with longing.

Apple MacBook Pro Alternatives

To say that the new MacBook Pro range is underwhelming is an understatement. Many loyal MacBook users feel that Apple hasn't done enough and are now considering the unthinkable, moving over to Windows. If you're one of those, here are a few of the best new Windows laptops to get:

1. HP Spectre 13

Boasting HP's new logo, some high-end finishes, and Bang&Olufsen sound, the Spectre 13 looks every bit the premium laptop. It features what the company calls an "edge-to-edge" display and and has all the ports you need in a ridiculously slim laptop.
Component Specs
OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Display 13.3-inch FHD IPS
RAM 8GB DDR3
GPU Intel HD Graphics 520
CPU Intel Core i5 (2.3 GHz, up to 2.8 GHz)
Storage 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Cost: R24 162 (PriceCheck.co.za)

2. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo has been a global leader in ultra portable laptops for longer than we can remember. They don't, however, always bring the most exciting design to their machines. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon looks decidedly plain when you first see it. But, then you see just how slim it is, and you wonder if it's going to be powerful enough. The below specs should help convince you:
Component Specs
OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Display 14-inch WQHD IPS or 14-inch FHD IPS
RAM 16GB DDR3
GPU Intel HD Graphics 520
CPU Up to Intel Core i7 vPro
Storage Up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD
  Cost: R26 219 (PriceCheck.co.za)

3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

When you think of laptops, Microsoft might not be the first name that comes to mind. At least not in terms of hardware. Recently though, the company has stepped up its hardware design and launched the innovative Surface Studio as well as an improved version of the Surface Book. Neither of these are available in South Africa, however, you can get your hands on the Surface Pro 4. Arguably the closest that any tablet has gotten to laptop power and portability, the Surface Pro 4 makes you believe in a tablet computing future.
Component Specs
OS Windows 10 Pro
Display 12.3-inch
RAM 8GB
GPU i7 Intel Iris Graphics
CPU 6th Gen Intel Core i7
Storage 256 GB (microSD card support up to 128GB)
  Cost: R18 999 (PriceCheck.co.za)

4. MacBook Pro

If you just can't bear the thought of moving over to a non-Apple laptop, then best you head over to the iStore website where they're currently having a sale on a 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Component Specs
OS macOS
Display 13.3-inch LED
RAM 4GB 1600MHz memory
GPU Intel HD Graphics 4000
CPU 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Storage 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  Cost: R16 999