Just throwing this out here - when you folks talk about non-Apple laptops, what is the criteria for the purchase. I see someone mention Lenevo and elsewhere someone might mention Asus or HP etc. What is the criteria you folks use?
Solidity, build quality, lack of factory-installed bloatware, reliability, keyboard and trackpad quality, and my own experience.
That last point has been very sore with HP, Dell and to a somewhat lesser extent Lenovo. I would never, ever buy another HP or Dell and would be reluctant to consider ThinkPad again, as they command a premium price without offering premium experience, reliability, service/support or longevity, anymore based on my last two examples.
I've had surprisingly good luck with an inexpensive Acer Swift 3. Nicely constructed, good keyboard, decent screen, passable trackpad (but nothing as good as a Mac's), excellent value. It came with not a lot of bloatware and what there is can be easily removed. If I had to purchase another PC laptop I'd go straight to Acer at the moment.