Dell Alienware m18 vs Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)

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Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
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Key Differences

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Advantages of the Dell Alienware m18
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 480 versus 120 Hz
  • Around 58% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • User-upgradable RAM (up to 64GB) and an SSD
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 2080 grams less (around 4.59 lbs)
  • Thinner bezels and 20% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • 102% sharper screen – 254 versus 126 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Provides 67% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 300 nits
  • Much smaller footprint: 33% more compact case (136.7 vs 203.5 square inches)

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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs


Weight 4.23 kg (9.33 lbs) 2.15 kg (4.74 lbs)
Dimensions 410.3 x 319.9 x 24.1-26.7 mm
16.15 x 12.59 x 0.95-1.05 inches
355.7 x 248.1 x 16.8 mm
14 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches
Area 1313 cm2 (203.3 inches2) 882 cm2 (136.8 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~71.6% ~86.2%
Side bezels 11.3 mm 3.4 mm
Colors Black, Gray Silver, Gray
Material Aluminum Aluminum
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° 135°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber Yes No
Liquid metal Yes No
Number of fans 4 2
Max. fan speed (RPM) - 6000 RPM
Noise level (max. load) 56.7 dB 43.2 dB


Size 18 inches 16.2 inches
Refresh rate 480 Hz 120 Hz
PPI 126 ppi 254 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels 3456 x 2234 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, Dolby Vision
Sync technology G-Sync No
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Glossy (Antireflective)
Ambient light sensor No Yes
Screen space comparison
Alienware m18
18″ (16:10 ratio) = 145.6 in2
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
16.2″ (16:10 ratio) = 118 in2
~23% more screen space
Display tests
Contrast 1000:1 504000:1
sRGB color space 100% 100%
Adobe RGB profile - 88.5%
DCI-P3 color gamut 100% 99%
Response time 3 ms 63 ms
Max. brightness
300 nits
500 nits


Full charging time 2:00 hr 1:25 hr
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Bottom Left, Right
Charge power 300 / 330 W 140 W
Cable length 1 meters 2 meters
Weight of AC adapter 1478 / 1512 grams 353 grams


CPU name
Base frequency 2.6 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.9 GHz -
Cores 14 (6P + 8E) 12 (8P + 4E)
Threads 20 12
L3 Cache 24 MB -
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics (16EU) Apple M2 Pro GPU (19-core)
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm


Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 115 W 35 W
Nvidia Optimus MUX -
Type Dedicated Integrated
Fabrication process 4 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock - 450 MHz
GPU boost clock - 1398 MHz
Memory size 6 GB System Shared
Memory type GDDR6 LPDDR5
Memory bus 96 bit 256 bit
Memory speed ~16 Gbps 6.4 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2560 2432
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 80 152
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 32 76
GPU performance


RAM size
Channels 2x8 GB 4x4 GB
Clock 4800 MHz 6400 MHz
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 2 -
Max. ram size 64 GB -


Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x) Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 2x256 GB
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 4 -
NVMe Yes -


Audio chip Realtek ALC3254 -
Speakers 2.0 4.2 (4 tweeters and 2 woofers)
Power 2x2W -
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness ~83.8 dB ~86.1 dB
Microphones 2 3


Wi-Fi standard v6E v6E
Bluetooth v5.3 v5.3
Fingerprint No Yes
Infrared sensor Yes No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
USB-A 3x USB 3.2 No
USB Type-C 3x USB 4.0 3x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.1 1x HDMI 2.1
DisplayPort 1x v1.4 No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) Yes No
SD card reader Yes Yes
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes


Keyboard type Mechanical Island
Numpad Yes No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.8 mm 1 mm
Size 13.1 x 8.0 cm 15.5 x 9.9 cm
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision Yes No
Further details
Notes on Alienware m18:
    - Optional CherryMX low-profile mechanical switches.
    - Supports a maximum of 9 TB of storage (2x4 TB + 2x512 TB).
    - The RAM can operate at up to 5800 MHz, thanks to the XMP profiles.
Notes on MacBook Pro 16 (2023):
    - Entry-level configuration includes a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, contrasting the 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU we tested, resulting in roughly a 15% multi-core performance reduction.
    - Entry-level configuration featuring 512 GB storage uses slower single-channel SSD, whereas 1 TB or larger versions incorporate dual-channel SSDs.
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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