Apple has re-written the playbook again, and introduced an entirely new APU architecture in their M1 lineup. The Macbook Air gets a huge performance boost - I recommend the 512GB option.
If you're going the PC route, don't sell yourself short - pick up a laptop that has the power & frills you'll enjoy and you won't be looking to replace it next year.
Want something a little more versatile? Get yourself a 2-in-1. Power may not be a priority, but you'll have the flexibility of a tablet as well.
The "Macbook" of Windows laptops (tablets?) - The Surface Pro 7 packs a punch, for a price.
Need a laptop that you can game on as well? Look no further than ASUS's ROG line of gaming laptops. Sleek and minimal, but packs a graphical powerhouse.
If you're looking to stay away from both Windows and Mac machines, there is a third option: Chromebooks. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is a winner with its users.