By Ben Bowers
on 5.25.11

The design of Dell’s new XPS 15z laptop ($999+) may seem familiar to Mac fans, but it’s still a welcome offering to P.C. users overwhelmed by cheap plastic. Touted by Dell as the “thinnest 15.6-inch laptop in existence”, the XPS 15z measures a willowy 0.97 in. thick while still packing plenty of firepower under its blinged-out aluminum and magnesium alloy hood. The base model alone includes a dual-core 2.3Ghz Intel Core i5 processor, switchable NVIDIA GeForce GT525M graphics with 1GB of memory, 6GB of RAM, a 7200 500GB hard drive, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA/ USB 2.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, and an HDMI 1.4 jack. An extra $100 will cover the upgrade to the 1080p screen, while throwing more cash at the problem will obviously take things to 11. So is this MacBook chameleon as good as Cupertino’s flagship? Not quite. But considering the XPS 15z costs hundreds less to own, making the Apple to apples comparison equates to Harold Camping math.

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