well my take on the debate is this I am a user of all three platforms . Have a mac laptop a windows desktop and occasionally use a linux desktop .so I am not just a mac fanboy ranting off about mac .
The reasons I bought a mac book pro where nothing to do with video editing or music production , and i don't use my mac for any heavy video editing or music production due to the size of the screen . I chose a mac because I wanted something with excellent build quality that looked good and both the os and the machine itself look amazingly beautiful and feel built to last .
I mainly use mine for university work which isn't demanding at all , writing papers and reading articles could be done on a 12 year old machine to be honest but would it look as good or last as long as my mac lugging it to the library and back daily .Ill also be honest with you before I bought the mac I had no real extensive use of mac os but i have picked it up pretty quickly its really not that hard if you use it enough you will learn simple as .
yes thats right i was being superficial in my choice of laptop so what ? im sure some people might say omg thats soo fake and materialistic what a douche , I say this , I have to look at it every day when I use it so I wanted something that is pleasant to look at fault me on that if you will but I will visually enjoy reading your reply on my beautiful macbook pro
In terms of cost I got a decent student discount on my purchase . I could have bough a laptop of similar specification for less yes but it wouldn't have been made of aluminum , and it would have had lots of plastic flaps that in a few years would have started falling off the laptop .
To start with apple can justify the cost to me personally just on the basis that they have stores . and the stores have the best customer service I have experienced from any computer place more on this later
In terms of stores as well that clearly adds overheads to the operation that companies like dell and hp dont have to worry about as they deal by website or get other people to sell their stuff for them . It however enhances the sales experience as you can not only try before you buy but you can address all of your questions to someone who actually knows their stuff when it comes to the product .
myt experience with the stores has been fantastic
as i said I Have a mac book pro -bought it in march and it stopped charging , took it straight into my local apple store , not even the one I bought it in and they tested everything it was as i suspected the charger and they swapped it there and then no problems .
Just go back about 2 years I had a similar issue with a dell laptop had to ship the charger off taking a risk that my diagnosis was correct and also costing me shipping money which whilst I could eventually claim back I never bothered , I then had to wait for them to test it decide it was the charger and send me a replacement . the whole process took 18 days , during which time I was without a laptop . Im not saying that I wouldnt have been left without a laptop if my charging board had gone on the mac but I bet the instore repair would take a lot quicker than 18 days
The other issue is the operating system debate , it seems pretty obvious to me that if you make the hardware and the software you can create a much more streamlined system as well as a more reliable system . Not saying windows is unreliable but when you are trying to write an operating system that can potentially be used on a vast number of different hardware combinations you will face some problems somewhere along the line .
The operating system debate as well isn't anything to do with the pricing of other machines as IMO these manufacturers have no choice but to put windows on their machines . they could try a linux distro but they wouldn't sell that many machines .
Just to conclude , its a personal preference if you weigh up the pros and cons of it and dont like mac dont buy one simple as but please dont hate on other people that have bought one ,its like religion some people believe some people dont but once you start telling me I should or shouldn't believe we really wont get on its a personal preference