matt_d_19 wrote:I really don't see why anyone would prefer a Mac enough to justify the difference in price. We all know that PCs are much better value for money performers and there's no way you can argue against it.
How can you put a price on preference? I would prefer
a GTX580 to a GTX570 as would many other people but somebody could just as easily come along and say that the difference wasn't justified. A BMW does largely the same things as a Honda, is the price difference not justified? You may not be willing to pay the difference but don't claim that the extra money is is being spent on nothing. It isn't just about benchmarks, the Macs offer a different experience and for some, it is better. When I was using Windows as my primary machine I used to be running anti malware apps and reformatting and installing Windows all the time because it would just bog down and slow over time. I use Windows 7 for gaming and it is much improved but it still suffers from the same fundamental problems. You can't measure these things in dollars and cents or some kind of performance test but you cannot say that they do not matter.
It's also not just about reliability, I find OSX to be far superior to use and you cannot tell me that I am perceiving it wrong or that I don't prefer it enough. I could easily reverse things and say that I don't see why anyone could prefer the cost savings of other manufacturers to justify putting up with all the various problems.
matt_d_19 wrote:PCs that match the performace (I'm not saying 'specs' because I know you will argue and say "specs don't matter with Macs, they perform better than PCs with the same specs") of a Mac usually (almost always) cost significantly less. They often exceed the performance of Macs for lot less money.
Also, I don't understand why small screen size is such an advantage. It can be convienitent, yes, but not better.
I am not going to argue that specs don't matter. They do matter, they just aren't the be all and end all of determining factors when it comes to the computing experience. I don't see you naming any specific models like I challenged earlier. You can say that Apple's chosen areas of emphasis are not important but you cannot discount them just because they aren't important to you because they might be important to somebody else. If they weren't important, nobody would buy them, the brand factor only goes so far. Again, can you find a laptop with near identical specs, features, quality and a lower price?
Look at the recent barrage of ultrabooks. If you've been following their progress, you will know that the manufacturers are struggling to compete with the MacBook Air while offering a price advantage. As of yet, none of the reviews I've seen have found any of those that are cheaper to be superior to the MacBook Air.
I don't understand what you are saying about screen size. Smaller computers are better if nothing is sacrificed and convenient == better if all other things are equal. However, I never claimed that a smaller screen was better and I don't see anybody else claiming so either. Personally, I will take the largest screen I can afford.
I am not claiming Macs are better than their counterparts but there are genuine reasons for paying extra to own one. You might not find to be appealing to you but don't tell me they shouldn't be appealing to me either.