I can rarely go a day without talking to someone about Mac vs. PC. I think we are, unfortunately, in a very weird time in this competition especially for laptops. I'll be honest: I don't ever intend on buying a PC laptop again.
But I also don't recommend you buy a new Macbook or Macbook Pro either.
Here's the deal: as many of you may know, Apple majorly biffed the newest release (2017) of the Macbook Pro. It is a device that has been panned by critics, users, developers, video editors, pretty much everyone. I have used them numerous times and I have to say, compared to my 2014 Macbook Pro, the trackpad is about 10 - 20% better. Unfortunately, the lack of an escape key or tactile buttons, replaced by the touch bar, severely bothers me. If that's not the case for you, and you are fine with the touch bar, then I still have some issues with the new MBPs.
Apple has not upgraded their hardware in some time. Spec for spec, the 2017 Macbook Pro is only marginally better than a 2014. When my little brother entered college in 2016, I advised him to purchase the older model. It's cheaper and more usable. It really is that simple.
So why not buy a PC laptop?
Well if you love Windows, then this can be an acceptable choice. I have realized that I would prefer to spend a lot upfront and have a durable laptop I can depend on for years. I still use my MBP on a daily basis with no problems. In my past, I have not found the same of PC laptops, which tend to really degrade after 2 years or so of use. It's everything from the inferior trackpad, keyboard, case, and even the hinge (how many taped up PC laptops have you seen?). A PC laptop is a worse investment in terms of time, but they can also be dramatically cheaper. If you need a lot of performance and don't mind lugging around a heavy, ugly machine, a PC laptop can offer a lot of bang for your buck.
In short, this is simply a bad time for buying laptops that last. No one wants to buy an old Macbook Pro or a Macbook Pro with severe usability problems (and virtually no improvements). PC laptops have their place, but most of us wants machines that last a long time and have really nice displays (another huge Apple perk). If you're in the laptop market, I would go with a cheap laptop PC, whatever fits your needs, and purchase a warranty on it.
If you can wait, PLEASE wait. I can't wait to see what Apple does with the next Macbook Pro.
Oh, and if you're considering a Macbook - personally, I feel that these are a huge rip-off. Get an older Macbook Pro instead. The new Macbooks are extremely weak in the specs department. Don't bother. Let me know if you have any questions.