Originally Posted by Kitler
I am sad to admit after interning at a company that builds software for Apple products, and gave me a MacBook Pro, I have to admit that I really like them.
Starting with the operating system; compared to Windows 8 everything is really easy to use. With Parallels Desktop I can run Windows 7 in a VM (Which functions way better than Hyper-v/ VMWare BTW). Also you get the same command line functionality that you do with linux, which I use almost daily. Sure I could use Linux, but then you get to spend all your time dealing with driver issues.
Don't get me wrong I used to strongly defend Windows, but after using OSx for a couple months I like it a lot. Also the build quality of a MacBook is far superior to any Laptop I have ever used.
Essentially you are paying a premium for something that looks and functions great. It is like buying a BMW. Sure you could buy a Ford ST, but it will never be the same as BMW in terms of quality.
I do not intend to troll with this comment. I really suggest people take a look at them and try to use them with an open mind. For workplace productivity they do wonders.
BMW vs. Ford Focus is a false dichotomy.
Compare "apples to apples". There are quite a few options out there that out-do BMW in quality and performance all together, in a similar price bracket.
And if you were to compare a BMW to a Focus ST, you could use a 116-118i vs. it (same price @ markets where the latter is available)...you will be surpized.
Exactly like Apple, BMW is pretty bad value, especially when people buy the low-end models and act as if they have bought the limited edition niche model.
And even if you did buy a limited edition niche model (i.e., a Mac Pro), that doesn't give it any value - it is just a niche product, and I mean niche within its niche class.
Originally Posted by junkerde
I too can admit I prefer and will reccomend a macbook pro over any other laptop. Yes they are expensive, but man they are built with qulaity, not to mention the good battery life. OsX isnt bad either. I like both OS, but I see alot of bashing on MACS, they arent bad, they are actually pretty damn good, of course they come with the premium.
MacOS is great. I don't prefer it over windows, but that's a matter of preference/friction with one interface over the other.
But I have to dis-trust people that say that they jump into OSX and everything is so easy, while everything was so hard with Windows. I simply don't "buy" it.
Ofc the build quality of the MBPs is higher than that of the "focus equiv" laptops...The cheapest current 15” MBP with IGP is $2,000 for crying out loud.
The version with a GT750, will set you back $2,500. Yes, it is “shiny” and has an SSD and it is thin etc, but you can get much better speced PCs for that money.
Better screens are available, better keyboards are available, better speed is available. The only think MBPs are unmatched for, is battery life under conservative use, but it is equally bad under full load, and the thin aluminum bodies get much hotter and much noisier than even $500 cheap "plastic" models. At least that niche - battery life - is more than gimmick...cause the MacPro's size is nothing but that.
You want a automotive example? I'll give one that looks like a can too: the impressive wankel / rotary engine in the RX-8. It is a niche product. It is going through hoops and loops, it is a technological marvel in its kind, it produces lost of power and lots of rpm and it is "only" 1,3lt...but it is also weak @ low/mid range, burns far more gas per cycle / HP generated than mid-size 4-cylinder 4 strokes and gets demolished by turbo-charged 4-strokes, which are uniformly easier and cheaper to maintain...sure, there are people that swear by rotary engines and love them...SO?
At least the RX-8 is FR and has an LSD.
How many ever spent $2-3,000 on a Win Laptop, and regreted it so dearly cause it was of such bad quality etc?
Big and heavy - sure, performace comes @ a price ontop of $...
Again, I think people compare apples to oranges - whenever it suits their arguement ofc.