@Rik - Ding ding, round two!
>>* A light, solid case that doesn't bend and cause damage to your components, nor crack after being 'lived with' for some time.
>>* Well designed and implemented cooling, so your fan doesn't come on so often, at such a high speed, or sound so annoying.
>>* A keyboard that's a joy to use. Unless you're on a MacBook, 'business' HP or ThinkPad, you're probably getting a pretty nasty keyboard, with spongy keys, lots of flex, and poor reliability.
>>* An incredible touchpad. Touchpads are rubbish in general. I have to use an external mouse to be at all productive - except on ThinkPads (trackpoint) or MacBooks.
Incredible? As a torture device, perhaps. I have RSI and I don't know what it is about the new MacBook touchpads that makes them cripple my hand, but they do.
>>* A very nice LED backlit display. Beats most laptop displays I've seen.
Granted, they have very nice screens. But you really do pay for it.
>>* Very good battery life.
>>* Magsafe power connector. Yes there are stories of people breaking these, but they seem to be idiots who yank the thing around by its cord. IME it's brilliant.
Phht, 20p worth of components that no-one replicates because it's patented. And the people that break the Magsafe ones are the same morons who break normal ones.
>>* Last but definitely not least: A copy of, and a guarantee of compatibility with, OS X. If you don't like it or need it, fair enough, but lots of people swear by it.
Ubuntu, Ubuntu, Ubuntu. Don't have to re-mortgage my house for it, does all the same stuff and probably a wee bit more. Observe...
>>>* When you resume Windows by opening the laptop lid, it takes ages for it to be usable again. This is getting better, but it's still not like in OS X where the thing is ready instantly.
>>>* When you resume WIndows, it takes ages for the thing to be connected to a wireless network again. In OS X, it's ready to use by the time you try to use it.
>>>* You don't need 'malware' protection. This may change in the future, but for now, it's nice to not have to bother with such crap.
Ubuntu baby, yeah.
* Built in search works, is incredibly fast, and you don't notice it slowing your machine down, unlike Windows Search.
Bwhahaha. Macs are pretty well built, but Apple's attitude stinks. Especially sealing batteries into the laptops, or selling drives without an ODD and with only one USB port for £1700. Thanks, but no thanks. For work, I have my £400 Lenovo (with a hideously expensive £30 RAM upgrade). Bit less than a Mac, eh? You might think it's totally crap at that price, and you would be entirely wrong. I'm a programmer, not a sales jockey, and this little thing is great. Also works really well under a certain OS. I'll let you guess which one.
As for play, well....gaming on a Mac? Yeah right. That's what I keep Win7 around for.