Computers are my hobby, and my sideline biz. I have 2k laptop that is a dedicated ripper/utoornet machine running 24/7, a work laptop Dell Admao (its cute OK), a MBP that's a second work laptop for when I do stuff for lawyers who use mac, a third older laptop that's a proxy sever/firewall, an older HP 311 netbook, a Windows Home Sever machine, an HTPC, and a primary/gaming rig that cost more than some new cars. I run SSDs as my primary HDD on all my computers and then 12TB of HDDs. I tend to buy bleeding edge and upgrade every six months or so and repurpose the old ones. I'm on my computer pretty much solid 12+ hours a day doing work of some type, and most are on 24/7 doing something else when I'm asleep so I demand allot from my systems.
I'm a huge tech nerd myself (though I prefer desktops, I like my laptops light and cheap because I can't customize nearly as well).
But you need to realize most people aren't. A 800 dell will run office, starcraft2 and firefox just fine.