Originally Posted by cmf2
I agree, I don't want macs to be for everyone, I want macs to be amazing machines for those who can afford them (as you say they aren't that expensive anyway). A third party PC running OSX does not make a mac. Where is the machined aluminum case? Light weight? Thin profile? Hard drive drop sensor? Illuminated keyboard? Multitouch trackpad? Ambient light sensor? Slot loading drive? I also agree on the long life part. I've had my macbook pro longer than any PC I've ever owned.
What if you don't want the aluminum case, the thin profile (overheating?) the illuminated keyboard, the multitouch trackpad, the light sensor, the slot drive, the isight? What if a person just wants OS X? That's the issue with some. I don't want any of those things. I want a desktop hard drive, a desktop processor that I can change out and over clock, I want standard drives and be able to install a blue-ray drive if i wish. I want to be able to upgrade to USB3 when it comes out, or install a new networking card. I want to be able to use a standard graphics card that isn't specially built for Mac, and more so I want SLI or CrossFire. I want this in a smallish desktop form factor. Apple doesn't sell this. I want all this AND OSX, but that's not a possiblitiy through Apple... so then what do I do?
Gotta do it myself.
And also, my PCs have lasted over 2 times longer than my MacBook Pro ever did (three of them). And when I sold the machine after 1.5 years, it was obsolete to the fact that it won't run some current Apple software. At least with my 300 dollar netbook, I can't complain that its slow or when it does die (which it is out lasting the MBPs and not showing any signs of dying) I can't complain that I didn't get my bang for my buck. For 2000 dollars, and the machine only lasts 8 months at the most, then yes, I can complain (three laptops, one lasted 3 weeks, the next 3 months, the final, 8 months, yay for going outside the warranty. Sad I couldn't afford the AppleCare be cause I saved up all my money for just the computer alone. It wiped me out.)
Some people want choice, and Apple doesn't give them too much choice. I'm not pro Psystar, but I'm pro happy consumers. And I know quite a few Apple consumers who are not happy. Myself included.