MacBook Pro or Dell XPS13

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Alright everyone, I am looking for a durable ultra portable but fully capable laptop, I am not interested in tablets. Battery life is very important to me, as is speed and efficiency of the machine in general.I will be using Windows 8.1 64bit on either machine I buy, I am currently looking at the Retina 2015 13" Macbook Pro with 2.9 I5, 16GB of ram, Intel Iris 6000 and 512gb SSD, or the Dell XPS 13 which only has a 2.7 I5, 8GB of ram MAX, Intel 5500HD and 256GB SSD. The battery life on the MBP is reportedly generally over 10 hours, while the dell is hovering somewhere between 7-8 hours. Money is not the issue here, and I am not a Mac fanboy by any stretch if I buy this MBP it'll be the only apple product I own. I am looking at this purely from a hardware standpoint, I am currently leaning toward the Mac because the specs are just so much better, and before anyone asks the ram isn't really super important I doubt I will ever use 16GB but I figure if I'm buying a laptop which has soldered ram chips I'm just going to get the max the machine can offer so that It never becomes an issue in the future. Also I may occasionally play World of Warcraft on the machine though not often, which machine would handle that better as well? Thanks everyone
 

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The macbook pros battery is utterly amazing. If you need battery life, I wouldn't go with anything but a mac.

The dell does have touch though, depending on if that's a necessity. I'm also not a fanboy, my workstation is still a windows, but for portability the macbook is great. Just make sure you can get all the software you need for it, or consider getting parallels to run windows in a VM.
 

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The macbook pros battery is utterly amazing. If you need battery life, I wouldn't go with anything but a mac.

The dell does have touch though, depending on if that's a necessity. I'm also not a fanboy, my workstation is still a windows, but for portability the macbook is great. Just make sure you can get all the software you need for it, or consider getting parallels to run windows in a VM.
 
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