"This is the best all-around laptop out there right now."4.5 starson by Omnicrono
Pros: -High quality construction
-Incredibly sleek design (Apple doesn't own the rights on "sleek")
-Great Dell support
-Very reasonable price (especially compared to the similar-sized Macbook Pro, which offers less overall functionality)
Cons: The keys could have been made bigger, and I don't have fat fingers by any means. Along with that, there's that dead space on the sides... which one would think could have been utilized to make a bigger keyboard.
Summary: I've seen the researched Macbooks, Lenovos, HPs, Alienwares, and right on down the line. Dell's new XPS 15 delivers quality in spades on all fronts, whereas most other offerings are far more hit-and-miss. Top notch materials were used in construction, and you get bevvy of features... and more versatility... than you would with any Macbook (e.g. blu ray playback if you want it, it's good for art intensive programs such as Maya, light enough for students on the go, can upgrade to ssd drive and 16gb ram, solid graphics card for next-gen gaming, etc.)