I think you are looking at the Apple because of the 1000 cycle battery. Most laptops you find in stores are only 300 cycles so LIFE is rather short on those. Many disbelieve that when you use the battery you see it degrade in just a year. In 2 years you are looking at a new battery. So using the battery runs about 100 bucks a year to use that.

The Apple may cost more but that 1000 cycle battery should last the life of the machine for most of us.