However bad Microsoft are, I would never buy a Mac. I've used one, and not only did I not like it, but they make you pay for so much.
Yea paying for it is a ballache but you've gotta love resource management on mac compared to windows.
Ive never brought a new mac but ive have a old imac (tv series :p) and a clamshell mac laptop for ages! Both are still solid machines after all this time and most importantly free when work was upgrading their mac's.
The clamshell mac laptop is very impressive, ok its only 300mhz cpu, but its battery life is still over 2 hours after all these years. On battery power, it even gives my eeepc a run for its money.
Anyway i digress. I agree with you that macs arent worth their blingy fashion price tag, however they are vastly superior in hardware quality, before anyone even argues about OS's.