There are some Mac users around the faculty, but as almost all the specialist software in the industry is Windows-based, this platform dominates our labs and staff machines. I am sure that as we start to deliver some of these specialist apps directly from the server as Virtualised Applications or via Virtualised Desktops the students will like the macbook options.
We get a very good deal on HP workstations here at the uni and through that we provide zbook14 laptops as the standard machine for staff and our research students. With a nice spec this little machine does a good job of delivering some nice grunt in a thin and light package.
The latest piece of kit to enter the fray for us is MSI's Ghost Pro GS60 4K laptop. This 15" machine is overflowing with speed and yet delivers that in a thin and light formfactor that we have never had with this level of firepower. Our first suite of staff will get their machines next week and it will be great to see how they perform vs the older chunky hardware! With the GTX 970M, raid SSDs, 4K display, 16GB RAM and more packed into this machine at a good price it should be superb.
HP Omen and the Razer Blade - but the MSI looks like the sweetest package right now.