What's a good computer? I'm still in love with the ThinkPad x201 I bought early this year. It's the small one because I wanted it small and light, but it's hardly underpowered. An Intel Core i5-560M , 8GB RAM, 500GB disk, 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate, and their special power brick that has a USB hub in it. I also bought the more expensive WiFi option with more antennas, and the "3Yr Priority Onsite + 3Yr ThinkPad Protection" warranty. That means if I drop it, my kid throws it down the stairs, or I pour coffee into it, they fix it. I've had this warranty before. It's worth it. It all cost a hair under $1800 including tax and shipping.
The MacBook I have starts at $1799, but I'll compare it to the 13 inch MacBook Pro. (My ThinkPad has a 12.1" display. It's the best comparison I can find.) With comparable processors, 8GB RAM and Apple's 3 year AppleCare Protection Plan, we're talking $2,084 including tax (shipping is included). That's almost
$400. [Correction: stupid math error. It's actually almost $300. ] Now the Mac has a slightly larger screen, a larger hard disk and some other differences, but these aren't the big picture and I don't know what Apple was offering in early January when I bought my notebook. My ThinkPad also has an Ethernet port and more USB ports than Apple offers now. I just think I got a better computer for a lot less money.
Have I mentioned that I hate the Mac keyboard? Now these people make great keyboards:
Some friends continue to insist to me that it may take some time, but I'll just "get it" at some point. Who can say? I like to think I'm willing to change my mind and even admit when I'm wrong, but I don't see it happening. I think I know Windows pretty well and I haven't seen anything important about OS X that it does better. But I'm not going to quit for the reasons I asked for a Mac: I ought to have one and be familiar with them for this job. And I can do lots of my work on PCs when I want.
Go tell me I'm wrong. Tell me exactly why the Mac is better. Personally, I think the emperor has no clothes.