I noticed this because with some experience using friends' Toshiba's, HPs,and Sony Vaio's, they are all hard to replace the hard drive. MacBooks make it really easy. I mean, this is one little plus for this notebook. I am trying to compare and contrast the latest benefits and pluses MacBooks have over other PC laptops to better my chances of getting one for college in June. Any ideas? These are things I have so far. 1. MacOSX (no viruses, clean, non-bloated, etc) 2. Hard drive replacement (and battery too) easy 3. Sturdier design (by personal experience using these) 4. Longest battery life I know of 5. Reliability and longetivity This is not a comparison between Mac and PC. Let's look solely on why Macs are reputable for good things that stand apart for its price.