Re: Beg to differ
The cost of entry into Mac OS X may be higher in the short term but it pays off in the longer term
Not for my family, it hasn't. We've spent much, much more on the various Macs and other Apple gear my wife and daughter use than we have on the Thinkpads I use - and I cart those Thinkpads all over the place, knock them over, drop them, etc. The Dell laptops my employer buys aren't my favorite machines, but they too have consistently lasted longer without problems than the Macs.
Many of my Mac-using friends have had (expensive) difficulties with their machines, too, but I can't vouch for how they take care of them.
Oh, is my anecdotal experience not convincing? Neither is yours.