Originally Posted by Shrak
$3,500* And that's with an almost useless 100Mhz bump in CPU speed for $250 that near no one would bother getting. But HP still charges more for crap CPU upgrades in similar 'high-end' laptops, so I fail to see the bother. And the $400 512-768 flash storage upgrade, which again many other manufacturers out there will charge similar or more for the same basic upgrade. I'm really failing to see any point here in your post. Use common sense when shopping.
People really like to use price as a key point in their arguments against Apple, but really compared to other manufacturers the products are normally priced fairly well within reason with similar products in the same respective categories ( IE: not comparing a workstation to a desktop ).
Laptops are not desktops, they don't need to have the latest and greatest. But if that is your only concern, then obviously you aren't going to be looking at Macbooks unless you're an imbecile. You'd be looking at something more customizable. But you won't get the same quality materials, nor will you likely get a similar panel, or thin laptop. If those of are no concern to you and you're still looking at Macbooks then yeah, there is something wrong in your head. If you need or want something better specced to play games, why are you looking at Macbooks?
Then you have people that care about brand loyalty. I'll gladly pay $20 more for a Corsair PSU over the similar OEM model it's based on, simply because any time I've had to RMA something, Corsair has always been very respectful, very helpful and very speedy with the RMA process. That to me means a lot more than just getting a better product over anything else. Have to have a good balance for quality product and quality service. Apple's service is absolutely top notch and after dealing with just about every company out there that makes laptops in my short lifetime, I would be sick if I had to buy a non Apple product ( at least outside of the business class support, those are usually always good ).
And then you have looks, may not be important to all but well, it is important to a lot. Almost if not more important than pure performance. How many people here have sacrificed a little performance just to get a part that matched their build better in some way be it colour, shape, etc? Lots. Cases are a prime example too, you can get the same job done in a $40 case as you can in a $400 case but people still love choosing the expensive cases. Why? Looks matter.
Simply put, don't put down Macbooks due to ignorance, nor the fact that they don't fit your needs. They may not be for you, but Macbooks are top quality.
Why even have laptop talk on this forum then? By your expectations they all fail to meet this sites preference.
Unless... you know, you don't speak for the entire forum....