Well, it's been three years since I purchased my Macbook Pro. This has been my "cheapest" notebook that I have ever owned. Even after with the extended warranty that I have never used. The initial cost was expensive - yes. Once you take in to consideration that it has fallen on cement 10 times and not been broken, that I haven't had to reinstall the OS, that I didn't have to service it even once - my cost of ownership over 3 years has been the lowest ever. In fact my Macbook Pro is running as fast as on day one. Plus for the past 3 years I have been using a notebook with top tier components with nothing gimped. Honestly I am more impressed with Apple's computers than their phones. I am now an official cult member.