Best MacBook Pro 15 alternatives for 2019

CNET | 3/26/2019 | Lori Grunin
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As much as some of us may deride the MacBook Pro's awful keyboard, annoying Touch Bar and over-reliance on USB-C connections, its balance of screen quality, weight, battery life and performance has no Windows-based peer. But once you plop price on the other side of that scale, things look somewhat different.

And that's OK. Because most people don't need that balance. For instance, the MacBook's screen is great for creatives because of its wide gamut with accurate Adobe RGB colors. But color accuracy is a niche the bulk of MacBook buyers don't need to squeeze themselves into. You may only care about sRGB or plan to plug into an external display. Maybe you plug in wherever you go and don't care as much about battery life. Or maybe you just want the most powerful portable available to use as a desktop replacement.

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Windows laptop screens also have a bright spot on the horizon: Samsung's started production on 15-inch OLED displays. OLED delivers true blacks, which results in a high contrast, and it has the wide color gamut and accuracy that will allow for more competitive laptops on that front.

And one nice thing about Windows laptops is the variety. In this case there are 14-inch laptops that are slightly smaller and lighter than the 15-inch MacBook Pro, but not quite as small as the 13-inch model, for less money.

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