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tht said:This is not a review, but rather a paid advertisement. There is no assessment whatsoever. How do the keyboards feel when typing? The trackpads? How do the speakers compare listening wise? How do the displays look? The “AppleInsider” brand is being milked.
Whether something is "review" these days is a very good question, even for the formally named "review" articles. There aren't any in-depth evaluations, from a customer perspective, from reviews these days.Comparison articles, just comparisons of the paper specs, like these are one of those cheap-to-do articles that people want to see. So, they do them. They have been doing these comparison articles for years and years now.
If you want to read an in-depth comparison of hardware, you are not going to find it on sites that are trying to be a business. You may find it as blog entry somewhere as someone’s passion project, but it’s not going to happen with more formal tech websites.
x86 laptops use performance modes. The ultra/high performance mode will trade increased noise and heat and less runtime (only having 3, 4, 5 hours runtime) for more performance. There is still some throttling with the XPS 13 Plus in this mode, and it throttles about 10%, and throttles just as fast as the passive MBA. Gets hot. Surface temperatures will get to 120 °F in this mode. Would like someone to double check notebookcheck.com's idle temp measurements though. Seems hotter on the XPS 13 Plus than it should be.As an extra wrinkle, there is a difference in thermal management. The MacBook Air doesn't have any incorporated fans, so it relies on heat dissipating through its aluminum body, which means it could hit thermal throttling faster than an actively-cooled notebook.
Dell has been working on the fans in the model, increasing the airflow of its dual-fan system without impacting noise levels. In theory, the Dell should be less affected by longer, more involved workloads, but that shouldn't really be a factor for the real world's lower intensity and shorter single-core workloads.
There is an optimized mode or a balanced mode. This will throttle performance like 30 to 50%. You get less performance a cooler running laptop with it. Then, there will be a quiet mode where the fans are mostly off or idle, but performance is throttled a lot, more than 50%. Not sure about temps.
Performance between Apple Silicon and x86 is essentially at parity in ultrabooks, and Apple's Macbook Pro 14 & 16 are ultrabooks, or are perhaps a tier above it. The big difference is Apple will have longer runtimes, quieter machines, and cooler to the touch machines. There isn't a way out of the box for the XPS 13 Plus and other ultrabooks. An Alder Lake can turbo up to 60 to 70 Watts in an ultrabook form factor, and that achieves performance parity with the M2 CPU running at 20 Watts. That means either less runtime for the same performance at higher noise and heat levels, or less performance for near the same runtime.
Hopefully it is true. If they are starting mass production of the 3nm wafers, it's not going to be in a product for another 3 to 4 months at the earliest.
So, Apple would be lucky to have M2 Pro and M2 Max packages available in Macbook Pro updates by late December. Like Dec 20 availability, just a trickle of laptops before the holidays.
Still a mystery why they didn't put an M1 Pro in the Mac mini and iMac 24 last March or so. Would have given those products a solid year of sales before being updated to a M2 Pro.
This is not a review, but rather a paid advertisement. There is no assessment whatsoever. How do the keyboards feel when typing? The trackpads? How do the speakers compare listening wise? How do the displays look? The “AppleInsider” brand is being milked.
Whether something is "review" these days is a very good question, even for the formally named "review" articles. There aren't any in-depth evaluations, from a customer perspective, from reviews these days.