If we’re being honest, Macbook Pros are expensive, and far from perfect. Until the Macbook Pro 16, Apple had been producing laptops with limited connectivity, a machine with a keyboard that most people strongly disliked (hate is a strong but accurate word), and without a touch display — all for a hefty price tag. There are plenty of other options out there with more connectivity, that are lighter and just as powerful as Macbook Pros.
1. HP Spectre x360
With impressive 2-1 capabilities and top-notch security features, HP’s Spectre x360 is a great alternative to the Macbook. The impressive 4K multi-touch display provides as much utility as it does vibrant and brilliant imagery. And with an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, the engine inside cranks up the performance to match its 2-1 utility. The x360 also turns up its security measures with a camera kill switch and a fingerprint scanner, providing you with full control. The HP Spectre x360 hits all the right notes of a worthy Macbook Pro alternative.
2. AlienWare Area-51M
BEST FOR GAMING
Perhaps one of the most powerful Macbook Pro alternatives you can find, the AlienWare Area-51m packs more processing power than most people will know what to do with. You can max out the Area-51M with three storage units to go beyond 1TB of storage. If you couple that with 32GB of memory, you have yourself a powerful gaming laptop, or the meanest business laptop in the office. For this kind of power, you compromise on portability and price. All that processing muscle weighs in at a heavy nine pounds (you’ll gain some muscle yourself carrying it around). And with maxed out components, you’re looking at a Macbook Pro alternative that costs upwards of $4,000.
3. Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 is as powerful and gorgeous as it is portable. The XPS 13 comes in a variety of configurations ranging from a 10th Generation Intel Core i3-i7 processor, a 256GB SSD and anywhere from 4GB to 16GB of RAM. With an ultra-thin bezel, the display looks as though it is larger than 13-inches, and provides an elegant look to the laptop. All of this power and grace is contained in a tiny body that only weighs 2.7 pounds, which is slightly lighter than the Macbook Air. Dell knocked it out of the park with the XPS 13 and it makes for a solid Macbook Pro alternative.
4. Asus ZenBook 13
The Asus ZenBook 13 is an affordable alternative to Macbook Pro. This machine is more compact and weighs less than the XPS 13, but doesn’t skimp on performance. The manufacturer claims 14 hours of battery life, but you can expect around 10 of constant use. That’s not bad for an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There’s also plenty of connectivity including an HDMI port and three USB ports along with a micro SD card reader. And you can find this compact, power packed machine for under a grand. It’s not a bad choice for an alternative to a Macbook Pro that’s this light, compact and powerful.
5. Macbook Air
BEST FOR DIE-HARD APPLE FANS
We get it — a Macbook Pro can be too expensive. That’s where The Macbook Air can fill the void. Going with an Air instead of a Pro, not only do you save money, but you still get a fantastic True Tone display that is vibrant and looks incredible. The Air weighs 2.75 pounds and is only 6.1 inches thick, making it a more portable laptop than the Pro. But that doesn’t mean you lose out on processing power. Sporting 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD storage, it’s still a solid machine for business professionals and students. The Macbook Air is a smart option if you can’t afford a new Macbook Pro, but you don’t want to give up on Apple either.
6. Acer Chromebook 514
If you don’t need a ton of laptop power, and you want an affordable laptop, the Acer Chromebook 514 is an inexpensive Macbook Pro alternative. It isn’t going to have the multimedia prowess of a Macbook Pro, but the Chrome OS is easy to use, especially if you generally work with Google applications throughout the day. And with 100GB of Google Drive space, you can setup the Chromebook to automatically back up all of your files to the cloud to ensure your work is always recoverable, even when the unexpected happens. When you package all of that utility for under $400, it’s hard not to consider the Acer Chromebook 514 as a Macbook Pro alternative.
7. Razer Blade Stealth 13
The Razer Blade Stealth 13 can be your secret weapon at the office or your after work-hours gaming machine. Inside you’ll find 512GB of storage and a NVIDIA GeGorce MX150 graphics card, along with 16GB of RAM. Whether you’re working or gaming, the content is going to look great on the 4K, thin-bezel touch display. And somehow, all that power is packed into a lightweight and slender figure. At 2.82 pounds, it’s only a hair heavier than the Macbook Air. It’s a pricey alternative to a Macbook Pro, but this combination of power and portability is hard to come by.