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Dell Precision 3540 (7F2KH) vs. Apple MacBook Air (2020) - 1.1GHz DC 8GB 256GB 13" + 9

Dell Precision 3540 (7F2KH)

Dell Precision 3540 (7F2KH)

£1,109.59

£1,612.93 Incl. delivery
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5 8GB 128GB

Microsoft Surface Laptop i5 8GB 128GB

£1,263.83

£1,271.02 Incl. delivery
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 i5 8GB 128GB 13.5"

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 i5 8GB 128GB 13.5"

£779.00

£849.00 Incl. delivery
HP 14-BP056na

HP 14-BP056na

Unknown delivery cost
Apple MacBook Air (2020) - 1.1GHz QC 8GB 512GB 13"

Apple MacBook Air (2020) - 1.1GHz QC 8GB 512GB 13"

£1,039.99

£1,047.99 Incl. delivery
Built-in microphone
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Built-in speakers
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
Bluetooth
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth version
5.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
4.1
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Ethernet connection (RJ45)
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Max Ethernet speed
1 Gbit/s
Mobile broadband (WWAN)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
NFC
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wireless networking standard (IEEE 802.11)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Adaptive-Sync Technology
Platform
PC
Mac
Mac
PC
Mac
PC
PC
PC
PC
PC
Mac
DisplayPort
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Type of DisplayPort connector
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Mini
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
HDMI
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Other connectors
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Thunderbolt
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Thunderbolt version
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
USB
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Type of USB connector
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type A)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (total)
4 ​
2 ​
2 ​
1 ​
4 ​
3 ​
2 ​
3 ​
3 ​
2 ​
USB version
USB 3 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 2.0, USB 3 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
Colour
Black
Silver, Grey, Gold
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey
Grey
Silver, Blue, Grey
Silver, Grey
Blue
Silver, Grey, Gold
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Depth
236.2 mm
212.4 mm
212.4 mm
223.2 mm
212.4 mm
199 mm
223 mm
214.8 mm
246 mm
212.4 mm
Height
22 mm
16.1 mm
14.9 mm
14.5 mm
14.9 mm
17.25 mm
14.51 mm
15.9 mm
24 mm
16.1 mm
Width
359.1 mm
304.1 mm
304.1 mm
308 mm
304.1 mm
268 mm
308 mm
322.5 mm
359 mm
304.1 mm
Product weight
1.83 kg
1.29 kg
1.37 kg
1.25 kg
1.37 kg
1 kg
1.25 kg
1.38 kg
2.5 kg
1.29 kg
Aspect ratio
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
3:2
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
3:2
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
Display technology
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
OLED
LCD
Backlight
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
Panel type
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
Screen resolution
1920x1080
2560x1600
2560x1600
2256x1504
2560x1600
1366x768
2256x1504
1920x1080
3840x2160
2560x1600
Screen size
15.6 inches
13.3 inches
13.3 inches
13.5 inches
13.3 inches
11.6 inches
13.5 inches
14 inches
15.6 inches
13.3 inches
Screen surface
Matte
Glossy
Glossy
Glossy
Glossy
Matte
Glossy
Glossy
Swivel screen
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Touchscreen
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Touchscreen features
Multi touch, Active Digitizer (support for stylus pen)
Multi touch, Active Digitizer (support for stylus pen)
Multi touch, Active Digitizer (support for stylus pen)
Eco labels
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
Built-in camera
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Features
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Fanless design, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard
USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard, Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Numeric keyboard
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Security
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Face scanner
Fingerprint reader
Face scanner
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Suitable for gaming
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Dedicated graphics memory
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Graphics memory
6 GB
Type of graphics memory
GDDR6
Graphics processor
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
Intel HD Graphics 620
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
Intel HD Graphics 500
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
Radeon RX Vega 8
GeForce RTX 2060
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
Switchable graphics
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Material (body/chassis)
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium, Magnesium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Free memory slots
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Maximum amount of memory
32 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
16 GB
4 GB
8 GB
8 GB
32 GB
8 GB
Memory slot
SO-DIMM
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Number of memory slots
2 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
RAM size
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
16 GB
4 GB
8 GB
8 GB
32 GB
8 GB
Type of memory
DDR4
DDR4X
DDR3
DDR3
DDR4X
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4X
Release year
2019
2020
2020
2017
2020
2018
2019
2020
2019
2020
Pointing stick
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Max battery life
12 h
10 h
14.5 h
10 h
10 h
11.5 h
10 h
12 h
Number of battery cells
4 ​
2 ​
4 ​
8 ​
Processor core type
4 (Quad) Core
2 (Dual) Core
4 (Quad) Core
2 (Dual) Core
4 (Quad) Core
2 (Dual) Core
4 (Quad) Core
4 (Quad) Core
8 (Octa) Core
4 (Quad) Core
Processor model
Intel Core i7 8565U
Intel Core i3 1000NG4
Intel Core i5 8257U
Intel Core i5 7200U
Intel Core i5 1038NG7
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel Core i5 1035G7
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
Intel Core i9 9980HK
Intel Core i5 1030NG7
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
1.1 GHz
1.4 GHz
2.5 GHz
2 GHz
1.1 GHz
1.2 GHz
2.1 GHz
2.4 GHz
1.1 GHz
32/64-bit OS
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
Operating system
Windows 10 Pro
Mac OS
Mac OS
Windows 10 S
Mac OS
Google Chrome OS
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Mac OS
Flash/SSD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Flash/SSD size
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
128 GB
512 GB
32 GB
128 GB
512 GB
1024 GB
512 GB
Type
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
eMMC
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
Number of SSDs
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
Hard drive (mechanical/hybrid)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Memory card reader
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Type of memory card
Secure Digital, SDHC, microSD, SDXC
microSDHC, microSD, microSDXC
Optical drive
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No