Best MacBook Pro alternatives for 2020

Think different about your laptop options with our well sorted list!

As much as some of us may deride the MacBook Pro for its awful keyboard, annoying Touch Bar, and overreliance on USB-C connections, its balance of screen quality, weight, battery life, and the performance had no Windows-based peer for a long time. 

But now that OLED displays are beginning to hit the market, that balance is tipping. OLED delivers true blacks, which means high contrast, as well as a wide gamut of colors and high dynamic range that can rival or outperform the MacBook's Retina Display. 

The 16-inch update to the MacBook Pro changes things up a bit. It's still the size of the 15-inch but slightly heavier and ditches the butterfly-switch keyboard in favor of a slightly better scissor-switch-based one (I still don't like it). 

It's basically the same, however, still with no 4K options. On the other hand, like its predecessors, its performance beats similarly configured Windows systems on a lot of tasks.

But even an entry-level MacBook can stretch the limits of your budget, and those who've set aside a nice chunk of cash might want something a little more customizable. 

No one can deny that one appealing thing about Windows laptops is the variety. Even when trying to imitate the offerings of a MacBook (heck, or even an iPad or iPad Pro) there are all sizes of far less expensive Chromebooks.
As well as 14- and 15-inch laptops that are slightly smaller and lighter than the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but not quite as small as the 13-inch MacBook Air, across the price spectrum. Plus, we're seeing lots of experimentation with multiscreen designs.

Best 13-inch 2-in-1 alternative 

HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360

With longer battery life than the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the more flexible feature set of a two-in-one, the Spectre is a great choice for work and play. The backlit island keyboard is a pleasure to type on, making it great for typing on. Software-wise, the HP Spectre comes with Windows 10 Home 64, a 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, and 256 GB SSD storage. Users are also a fan of its trackpad.

Best 14-inch 2-in-1 alternative 

Lenovo Yoga C940

Lenovo Yoga C940

Just a little bigger than a 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Yoga C940 is fast, attractive, and feature-packed. Plus it gives you something you can't get in a MacBook: the 360-degree screen that lets you use it as a tablet or prop it up in a tent or kiosk configuration.

Best MacBook Pro 16 alternative 

Dell XPS 17 9700

Dell XPS 17 9700

If, like us, you're not a fan of OLED screens for photo editing -- they're not optimized for Adobe RGB and aren't great at the tonal range in the shadows -- then what you need is a laptop with a good IPS display.

The Dell XPS 17 9700 with the 4K screen option delivers that, and it's not as reflective as the OLED screens I've seen. Dell's PremierColor software isn't perfect, but it gives you more control over screen settings than most I've seen, and it's got two Thunderbolt 3 controllers to make your external drives happy.

It's heavier than the MacBook, but not much bigger, especially given its larger 17-inch screen. And while its battery life isn't terrific, it's performance can certainly keep up.

Best MacBook Pro Lookalike

Razer Blade Stealth

Razer Blade Stealth

If you're drawn to a MacBook Pro for its featureless-slab aesthetic, Razer's your Windows go-to. If you want one that matches the 13-inch Pro for design, size, and weight, the Stealth is your option. Razer seems to have discontinued its Mercury White version, though, so for your light-color fix you'll have to go with the bigger 15-inch Razer Blade Advanced.

Best budget option 

Asus Chromebook Flip C436

Asus Chromebook Flip C436

Cheaper than even the MacBook Air with roughly the same footprint but lighter. The 14-inch C436 has the flexibility of a two-in-one if everything you do is cloud-based. Its sleek look and feel at a Chrome OS price make it a cost-effective alternative.

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