So, heading off to college this fall I feel the need to purchase a laptop. I've been a long time Apple user, and am looking for a mid-high end laptop, mostly because I want it to last 4 years without being too outdated. However, I've been shopping around and there are plenty of Windows based laptops similarly spec'd to the MPB 15" high end, for example, that cost at least $800 dollars less. The HP dv6t Quad is really appealing to me in that respect. I'll post the specs and price of these two options. HP: 2.0 GHz Sandy Bridge i7 8 GB RAM 1GB 6770M graphics (& HD 3000) Blu-Ray Writer MS Office & Photoshop & Premiere Elements $1542.99 (edit: found coupon code. Now, $1269.74) MBP: 2.2 GHz Sandy Bridge i7 8 GB RAM 1GB 6750M graphics (& HD 3000) MS Office & iPhoto & iMovie $2388.95 The HP costs about $800 less and the feature set is about equal. The thing it has going for it is the price. The Macbook Pro has a sweet trackpad, Mac OS, and superior build quality and battery life going for it. I'm having a hard time justifying shelling out $800 dollars for these (awesome) features. That said, I can handily afford both machines. There are probably 1 479 205 455 threads on this already, but my situation is unique... blah... blah... blah. (not) So, forum-goers: justify the Macbook Pro before you lose an avid Mac fan.