Originally Posted by deathinc
Cheap? considering a 1200 macbook has an i5 w 4gb ram 500hdd I would expect it to be good quality. You can get a Win Laptop with that performance at around 449.99-549.99....... Plus most of the mention brands target customers who look for most bang for the buck rather than looks...
Unfortunately, those customers are getting mostly bang. They lag behind Apple in customer satisfaction, customer service, overall security (often called "security through obscurity" or "the walled garden effect" by those who need cute phrases when logic won't do), and return on investment. There are not only numerous surveys, studies, and analyses that reinforce these facts, but my own unfortunate experience as well.
My original Dell tower crapped out in four months, was "fixed" by a Dell Authorized Service Center three times, and never recovered.
My Sony Vaio laptop's screen stopped working seven months into its life, got repaired over four agonizing weeks of waiting, then the video board died three weeks after the warranty.
Our Compaq by HP laptop lasted a whole nine months before the hard drive died, then the repaired unit came back with bad memory, then the "JBL Pro" speakers stopped working, then I just gave up when the bottom half of the screen went fuzzy.
Honestly, we've tried to keep a Windows machine around, but it's not easy or cheap... until Apple went Intel, so now my trusty, reliable Windows machine is a Mac. In fact my current iMac is three machines in one: OSX, XP, and Linux. Now that's a return on investment.
And how's that for Apple innovation:
1. Let's make customers happy.
2. Let's give customers good service.
3. Let's keep bad things out as much as we can.
4. Let's give real value, not cheap value.