I don't have a $600 PC laptop, I have an $800 HP laptop. But, it's a dual core processor, 3 gigs ram, an upgraded video, and Remote Control! (very nice for music and videos) AND guess what? Lasted more than a year, lasted more than two years, now going on 3 years. If you buy a decent brand of Laptop, there is no reason to believe it will fail in a year. In fact, I'm quite sure it will be running for years to come. My company has issued Dell lap's for years now. we all travel extensively, and they take a beating, but we don't even get a new one for 36 months!! But they are all still working.
So, get a life you goofy high spending MAC Knuckleheads!
Now lets talk about software... If you go into your basic "Big Box" store you might find a half dozen isles of PC software to choose from, but if you are lucky, you might find a single end cap of software for the MAC. About 1000 to 1 ratio. I'm not a gamer, but don't even think about Mac if you want variety.
Or you might be interested in some NEW software that you read about on the net and want to download, but, as is usually the case, it will state that the MAC version is "currently unavailable" Or it may not ever be available.
You do NOT need to spend the kind of money they want for an equivalent MAC. It's just silly to spend more for the same power.
How about if you need help or advice? Since 90% of the your friends and colleagues have PC's, you will probably find a lot more folks that can help.
Finally, I will say that mac heads are just stubborn. They don't like Gates, Microsoft, or anything else PC. There was a time when Mac dominated the graphics world. They were ahead in running programs like PhotoShop, Corel,and other graphic or video intensive programs.
But no longer is true, since PC's have come a long way since the 90's they have caught up and surpassed Mac (from a price point) for equivalent processing power.
Bottom line is: if you want to pay more, get less, have fewer options in both hardware and software, buy a Mac.
ps Mac lovers, I can appreciate why you hate Windows, and why you think Mac is best, but it's time to realize that it's just not the best anymore. So quit pushing it on us. I'm glad you like it, but we don't need any more Mac hype. Your turning into the dreaded bible thumpers out there, the kind that just won't leave folks alone. If your happy that is fine, but we don't need a lecture about your precious Mac's. If Apple ever gets more than lets say 20% market share, (more than double than it is now) Then maybe we will take a look. Do you remember VHS vs Beta?
Have a nice day!