A MacBook Pro is a larger out of pocket expense than say, an average Dell laptop but I say you get more bang for your buck in a MacBook Pro than you would in your average $1,300 Dell laptop.
1. Let’s start with long battery life. A MacBook Pro comes out of the box with something in the area of 5 and a half hours of battery life if you’re just browsing the web and using office applications. That’s no small feat considering it’s current 2.4GHz processor, dedicated nVidia graphics and 200GB+ hard drives. A MacBook has slightly less battery life with in the area of three and a half to four but it’s still superior to what your average PC at the same price will deliver.
2. It has an environment-friendly LED display, kudos Apple. Not only is the LED display better for the environment but it also delivers better brightness levels and battery life, as noted above. Few others in the PC world offer this; Sony and Dell on some of its XPS laptop models.
3. Higher resolution displays. Apple also had the good sense to deliver higher resolution displays, 1440 x 900 for the 15.4-inch; 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1200 for the 17-inch model.
4. The display has an ambient light sensor to adjust to varying lighting conditions. Some users have found this annoying due to hand positions on the keyboard and position of the light sensor. It depends on user preference and can be turned off which I think is what most prefer. Leaving it on may lead to an annoying “flicker” effect as it tries to adjust when your hands wave over the sensor.
5. Mac OSX; this applies to all Macs. I won’t tout the security as much as Apple does. But despite the recent hacking contest, OSX isn’t prone to Windows viruses or spyware but it can transmit them to your PC-owning friends so anti-virus is necessary, if only to protect your friends from yourself, ClamXav is a nice (and free) choice. Make sure to also enable the firewall’s “stealth mode” and application blocking.
6. Design. The MacBook Pro is all aluminum and weighs 5.4lbs for the 15.4-inch models. It’s pretty and thought goes into the packaging, there’s little set up or preparation required after you open the box; how many PCs can you say that of?
7. Set Up. Power on, enter your account information, email but if you already have a registered account with Apple (iTunes or other) your information will be filled in automatically, there are no annoying trial software pop-ups, except for the .MAC account and as soon as your done with that, Mac OSX is ready to get things done! Setting up many PCs over the years, it’s the same laborious 10 to 15 minute process over and over, Mac OSX was up and running in under three.
8. Magnetic latch/power connectors. This should be self explanatory, the lid of the laptop and power connector and secured by magnets, though the lid still has a release catch on it (unlike the MacBook which does not). Trip over the power cord and the theory is that it will pop out of the laptop without pulling it off the table; I’m not prepared to test this theory.
9. iLife. How many PCs include the full versions of useful software out of the box (unless you expressly paid for it), none. But, Apple includes iLife with every single Mac purchased. ILife includes iPhoto, iMovie, the .MAC gallery, GarageBand, iWeb and iDVD. Now, Microsoft has tried to include similar applications with Vista but I’m afraid it’s version of DVD maker and Photo Gallery don’t hold a candle to what Apple has accomplished, nice try though but fail.
10. Backlit keyboard. The keyboard is backlit with white LEDs; when ambient lighting falls below a certain level, the keyboard backlights come on so it works without any user interaction, like a lot of things Apple and Mac, “it just works.”
Some things, such as longer-life batteries can be purchased extra with a PC laptop but it’s “extra.” Since you pay a “premium” for a MacBook Pro, it’s already included and you don’t need to buy anything extra, pretty much everything you need and nothing you don’t is in the box.
I’m sure these reasons have been stated before, on other sites, at other times but it never hurts to remind the PC users of their inferior purchase.