Couldn't agree more on the pricing.
When I needed to replace my old Sony Vaio Z1 last year (cost me over £1700 when I bought it. Lordy), I needed a laptop with similar screen res (the Vaio was 1400 x 1050). For some reason, Sony only seemed to do low res glossy screens unless you went for a 17" -- I needed my laptop to be vaguely portable.
Looking around, the only company that had laptops of similar spec and general quality charged the same or more. This was without factoring in all the actually useful free software you get with OS X (with Windows it's a huge amount of difficult to remove 'trial' software, and 60 days free of useless anti-virus). And this is before we get onto the fact that you'll need to spend even more money to get the same performance due to Vista being a resource hog (or go through the hassle of an XP upgrade, trying to find those esoteric drivers!).
I was pretty surprised, assuming like everyone else that Apple laptops were more expensive. So, I bought an MBP thinking that if I didn't like OS X, I could always install XP. I even bought a copy of Parallels to virtualise Windows so that I could run all those useful Windows apps. Thing is, a year on, I still haven't installed Parallels, or Windows.
I'd love to get one of these new MBPs, but I'm ont going to. My MBP is only a year old. But, if anyone else out there is considering one, but feels they're too pricey, or they'll lose their favourite Windows apps, I urge you to consider the Macbook Pro. I certainly didn't regret 'switching', and I hope you don't either.
Paris, 'cos she's cheaper than she looks too.