For what it's worth, my 2007 Macbook has been left powered on for a good 99% of the last 5 years. I still get a good 2 hours of web browsing out of it. Back when it was new it was really only around 4 hours. Considering how much I'v abused it, I'm not too worried about the internal batteries.
Originally Posted by icehotshot
I don't get why people buy a mac for the OS....
You can run OSX from pretty much any computer can you not? It doesn't have to have an apple logo to run it.
I personally can't believe people pay extra money for something because it has an apple logo on the side of it. Just like those people who buy alienware....both are a complete and utter waste of money. But if you have money to throw around or think that everyone will like you better if you own a mac/alienware then hey I can't stop you from throwing cash down the drain.
Sure you can hack it into a limited set of other hardware, but it takes a bit of work to do it and you end up being forced to use whatever other laptop body that was used on a laptop that had just the right configuration to work. This poses several problems:
-First, the entire point of using OS X is because it's simple and requires little effort on my part to do stuff. I don't want the headache of trying to shoehorn it into alternative hardware.
-Secondly, I'm not buying a laptop to hook up a USB mouse and keyboard. The trackpad has to be large and centered and the keys spaced out a bit. Most laptop's on the market have terrible trackpads and keyboards. Since I actually write code on my laptop (another reason I need OS X) I'm not going to settle for less then my ideal setup. Granted, some laptops are VERY similar to the Macbook keyboard/trackpad style I like, but then there is the issue of shoehorning in OS X assuming the hardware is just right.
-Finally, in my experience, Apple's hardware has been far more reliable then Dell and HP. My family has owned 3 Dell and 1 HP laptop and all have had issues, mostly with the power supply ports or screens, and been abused less then my Macbook. Even when things do go wrong, Apple has great customer service. Your going to pay for it, but it's a premium service over the way repairs work with HP and Dell. In my case, my plastic macbook body developed a crack where the lid closes outside the warranty period. They actually replaced the topcase for free, outside of warranty when I inquired about the cost to fix it. I like fixing my desktop and messing around with it. I like doing tech support for my family. I like working on obscure OS's at work. I also need to take a break from all that and have a laptop that I know will be trouble free and it's not on me to fix it in the off chance something goes wrong. Think of it as sort of a mental vacation from Windows and tinkering.
Apple sells laptops at a poor price to performance ratio. That is the key factor to most people on OCN and I understand that. I am the same way about desktops. I don't want an iMac or Mac Pro and think they are a waste of money (for me). Apple sells more of an experience/service then a product. That's why the OS is locked down. They want total control of the hardware/software integration in order to guarantee that standards are met. I see it as the Nordstrom of the computer market. You pay more then the physical hardware is really worth, but your getting a more headache free, premium experience. Personally, I am willing to pay for that. I'm perfectly ok with dropping some cash to get exactly what I want rolled up into a headache free experience. Some people prefer the more DIY route and don't really mind what the trackpad or keyboard are like, or prefer Windows over OS X. That's perfectly fine too. Neither preference is throwing away money or being a cheapskate.
But of course, I really just buy a Mac because I want to look cool and make people envious of my sexy apple logo.