Macs don't cost more than a decent laptop. If you are comparing them to the econo-tops like the $400 dells and emachines that are running the absolute lowest end hardware that fail within a few years, then yes I can say they are higher priced. But compared to a mid range notebook macs are no higher than sony or toshibas really. This macbook pro is $1100, plus it was a up charge of $80 exchange at best buy for a windows laptop that failed within the warranty period and couldn't be repaired.
Not trying to sound condescending or elitist, but after going through 3 windows laptops I just wanted one to work for awhile.
Truthfully, I buy economy. Haven't had a hardware failure yet. Vista stinks to high heaven. But then again, as I've said before, the hardware on a Mac is roughly equivalent to a mid-range Windows intel-based machine, as now Mac's are Intel based.
I've usually gone AMD because it is cheaper, and has a more efficient processor.
I have been planning to convert my old XP desktop to run MythBuntu, but haven't had the time.