Your not pioneering any new ground here. We are always aware there are different options around. Myself, I buy mac for the quality, durability, customer service and mainly the OS. I don't enjoy windows as much as I do OSX.
To be honest, I'm willing to spend a premium to get a premium prouct that will last 5+ years. Oh and I forgot to mention the warranty and care is superior.
This coming from someone who has owned many pc's, my last being an expensive DELL XPS 15" and moved to apple. Both personally and professionally, apple just works for me. If not for you, great, go for whatever you choose. There are always reasons for and against.
What is to say that the HP won't last 5 years? I'm a Mac fan myself, I'm just playing devils advocate here. It really seems all you're paying for is the OS.
Have you ever used an external HDD? I'd rather shoot myself than be forced to use one for storage, only to have 160 GB local storage, lol
The only reason I buy mac is because of OS X. I wish someone would get their act together and compete with Apple on this (and no, Windows doesn't count)
yeah it all depends on which OS you want to use. Only reason I'm buying a MBP is because I need more experience with OSX and I need a new laptop.
You could get way more computer for your money elsewhere, but you can't use OSX.
I know it'll never happen, but I wish Apple would license out OSX to other companies so I could have more options to choose from
It's all about the OSX really.
Oh I already have, they look like a pain to set up. I didn't find too much information for a notebook though. and that's what I need