I will preface my question with this: I am very much a PC guy. I have my own little (slightly outdated) PC I built for gaming. I have always used Windows and have consistently hated Apple for lack of originality, proprietary nonsense, and lack of value.
But this is the problem; it seems this is not the case anymore (at least for the situation I am in). I am looking for a slim laptop for around $1500 with more than 4 gigs of RAM (for photo editing and general smoothness), an SDD of at least 128 gigs (preferably more!), a nice screen (IPS is a must) and preferably a high resolution. I would like discrete graphics but it isn't a must because in reality I know it won't run any games short of solitaire. I will be using this laptop for editing photos (Lightroom) and I will be dual booting Windows 7 if I do get a Mac because it is what I am used to.
It seems that the MacBook Pro with the Retina display lacks any real competition. It fulfills my wants and needs and it is very aesthetically pleasing. It even falls within my budget. This is more than I can say of any Windows "ultrabook". So, do you guys know of anything that can compare to the MacBook Pro spec wise? I would appreciate any help or suggestions. Thank you!