And I have a 5 year old hp laptop, a 8 year old hp desktop( granted, added memory and a blu-ray writer) and one community association has been lending out an hp laptop with projector etc for 5 years now under my care, so your advice is much better than mine. If you have money do whatever turns you on.
gzink, I'm glad you're adding substance to your previous post. I'm not telling anyone to stay away from any particular brand or OS. So I have a problem when others do it. Your experience with HP has been positive and that's a good thing. I shared my mother's story (which is true btw) to provide balance.
Just because HP works well for some people doesn't mean everybody else should stay away from other brands / platforms.
The Mac does cost more: no ifs ands or buts about it. But the average life expectancy of Macs (without having to do expensive upgrades or maintenance), combined with the amount of software they come pre-loaded with and the cost of the OS being so low (last major release was a $29 upgrade) make the gap a lot closer over the life of the machine.
Sure, if you look at sticker price, you're in for a shock if you're not used to Apple pricing.
But as jshel101 pointed out, the satisfaction is way up there, and that says something.
Jshel101, if you're looking at a computer to last you 5 years, I would get the MBP. Look for major Apple announcement next week at WWDC (World Wide developer Conference). Then, you'll have the option of buying an existing model at a discounted price or getting the latest and greatest.
I have owned (or still own) a total to 6 Apple laptops over the past 12 years. Every single one of them has had a useful life of 5+ years. And by useful, I mean a computer where everything works and the computer is still snappy enough to make it an enjoyable experience to use it.