New laptop - Dell, Apple, Lenovo - which to choose?

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Hi everyone!

I'm in the market for a new laptop and was hoping I could get some thoughts from this great community. Any suggestions would be welcome!

Here's what I'm looking for:
needs:
Fast cpu (for running simulations)
16GB RAM (simulations...)
Good screen at least 1080p
Great keyboard

want:
From a Canadian source
Solid build quality to last 3+ years
SSD of 256GB+
Screen at "retina" level
Not huge
Wouldn't mind ability for casual gaming (Mass Effect level) but this isn't big as I have a desktop for that.
15" ideal, but 17" possible

My budget is $1500-$2200. I'm thinking it's between a Macbook Pro 15 Retina, a Dell XPS 15, or a Lenovo Y50 Ultra HD, but I'm leaning towards the Lenovo as it hits all the marks for cheaper but with worse battery, which I care less about. I'm more familiar with Windows, but am willing to switch if it's good.

Does anyone have any thoughts? Thanks!
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buggaby

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The simulations we run are not GPU intensive at all. It uses the CPU far more. But still, the Lenovo seems to provide a comparable CPU for hundreds cheaper.

And the y70 doesn't seem to come with a UHD screen. I have read about that matte 1080p screen on the y50 and it's rated quite poorly. Screen quality is pretty important, though resolution isn't. I would suspect the y70 has the same poor quality screen since it's a matte 1080p.
 

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I guess I was hoping for more than just opinions. Maybe some direct experience, or some alternatives? All 3 of these computers have "retina" displays. The dell and the mac compare quite well (speed, screen, so on...), though maybe the Mac is a tad better with heat management. The Lenovo does most of what I want but much cheaper. Its keyboard didn't get amazing reviews, though.

Anyway, I'll likely be buying next week. I'll just stop into a store and check out what they have. I'm leaning to the Lenovo right now, though. Thanks everyone for your thoughts.
 
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