Geoff has a pretty cool post about his purchase of an old Thinkpad X210. Something very similar to this was my first computer for college as a hand me down from my dad.
The MacBook Pro’s are entirely uninspiring. In fact I think they’re a bad investment currently since it seems that you’re fairly likely going to have a keyboard problem, and let’s not even talk about the crappy feel of the new keyboards.
The only thing going for Apple’s hardware right now is that it runs macOS and so many apps tightly integrate with iOS (my preference in operating system). I’d be seriously looking at Linux otherwise, and maybe with some more software research I could have a home Linux server and iOS as my main work operating system.