Mac fanboi enters the room. Cheers @n0tch. Sorry - been at work.
I should be able to say that there is no competition. That Macbooks have advantages over any PC based competition because they have years of design experience - and their screens are second to none (tbh - a retina screen is amazing). I should be able to say Apple work with Adobe to ensure 100% colour mapping and calibration so that designers see on screen the real world colour comparsion.
I should be able to say this. I want to be able to say this. It used to be the case.
There are frankly other options - certainly cheaper. For Adobe work - I personally wouldn’t go less than 16GB RAM. I have a Macbook Pro (which I love - but it is 4 years old, and even then 8GB felt limiting) It handles everything well enough… BUT - I also have a Ryzen 2700 PC with more cores and 32GB of RAM.
Guess which I use more for work?
To get 16GB on a MBP, even now, you’re looking at the top tier units. £1500+
RAM is cheap as fuck at the moment. It’s an insult.
So what are your other options? Well - I did a quick bit of googling and this REALLY caught my eye:
Now - I’d do some more research before you go out and buy it… and I can help with that if you want me to dive into the spec in more detail - but on the face of it, it is a 13" laptop with a 4K screen that is also touchscreen (direct to screen graphic manipulation is amaziballs). It’s got 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. If you specced that in a Macbook you’d be looking at the £2K mark.
Additionally - it’s got full Thunderbolt 3 support from what I can see. If that’s the case then it’d support eGPU enclosures. - So if you really wanted to make it a high end graphically workstation at home you could look to add an external graphics card down the line.
The Dell website is a bit of a minefield to navigate - the navigation and UX is fucking appalling imho - but there are good deals to be had (Hayley got a cracking deal)
I’m sure there are comparisons already if you google them - But I’d like to do some more research into the Dell 4K screen vs the Apple Retina screen in terms of colour representation - to see which has the highest RGB and Adobe Gamut
Now - as @Zorndar said - you have to be aware of the environment you’re working in. I still use my MBP for programming for that reason. But saying that, I have a file server that talks to my PC and Mac just fine. If she is using the latest Adobe they are all supplied as a service, so platform doesn’t really matter.
Hope that helps.
Note: There maybe other Dell models that might be better than the one I looked at. Just aim for at least a 4K screen, thunderbolt 3, 16+ GB RAM and then a decent processor.