zonto wrote:This is what I don't get: Someone wants to get a new computer, so they go spend double the price of a Windows machine from a normal manufacturer on a Mac because of its "premium parts" and it's simplicity. Has this person ever heard of Falcon Northwest or any similar, boutique "PC" manufacturers that offer a vastly superior, premium, similarly-priced product with infinitely better customization? No.
Who spends more money on advertising?
It does not help that these systems are still straddled with Windows.
The prices for the boutique shops well exceed that of most Apple systems, and are not as well suited for most people use. I would much rather have a metal shell for my laptop given the inherent added strength for the case then 'custom painted' plastic shell. While the optical drive is quickly moving towards obsolescence most PC manufactures still relay on tray mounted units that scream cheap from a mile away.
Buying a laptop from a fringe vendor is simply asking for trouble. Good luck on sorting out driver issues when the manufacture goes out of business or is purchased by a larger company that simply wants a neat name/logo to add to their marketing slides.