The new HP Spectra and Dell XPS are two excellent laptops.
Yup, that's probably what I'll end up doing. Dell precision makes a good pro laptop... all the ports including usbc, gobs of ram. 2nd hard drive. keyboard has all it's keys.
They'll even ship it with ubuntu if I want. Although I'll probably get Windows10 and use the new linux services stuff for the unixy stuff I want.
Why did I buy macbook pro's the last 10 years?
- Magsafe -- now gone. After losing a couple laptops over the years, I really valued this. Now its gone.
- upgradable -- not in years now. My 2011 mbp got an SSD upgrade, and a ram upgrade a couple years later. My 2015 is stuck with what it came with.
- Unix -- windows is basically caught up for my needs (between linux subsystem and hyperV ...)
nice big multitouch touchpad - used to be pretty mac exclusive, now everyone has them
- build quality -- apple still has good build quality, but lots of PC vendors make comparably good equipment
- keyboard... for a while PC vendors were doing stupid layouts with a slash next to a shortened enter key -- while my desktop keyboard has a wide enter key with the slash above it, so whenever i switch to the laptop, I'd hit \ instead of enter every single time. Mac's always had the wide enter key... but now that trend has mostly faded on the PC, while the mac goes and removes the function keys and the esc key.
- price was never a primary motivator; and I'll pay top dollar for a good product; but this latest batch of macs ratchets up the price for no discernible relative increase in capabilities. I'm not 'price sensitive' but I'm also not going to stand around and just get ripped off.
Maybe I'll buy a dell for a work laptop and a 13" macbook air as a toy for browsing the web on the couch and replying to email; and to keep at least a toe in OSX. But no point in buying a macbook pro for that. And that's just it... there's really nothing pro about the "pro" laptop. Its just a faster more expensive macbook air now.