The bad news is that it is not worth it to you.
--> Even worse news when it comes to Blu-ray connections. I've lost count how many times the cheapest BD PLAYER works better than a BD equipped laptop. It appears many are still learning this lesson.
From your post you don't see the value in the Apple product so why not go with your choice?
Should one goes for the Apply Mac (pay more) or Windows Laptop and why? The laptop is for home use and should be able to connect to an HD TV (Is it possible to connect to a Blu-ray DVD home theater also?) and external monitor LCD display and better video call/WebCam etc. Thanks for sharing your experience.