Pros: Great screen, nice keyboard, fast processor, not plastic, great battery life, can run Windows if you need to do so, GREAT customer service. No Blu-Ray. Lets face it, you do not need it and it is buggy and a dying technology.
Cons: Pricey, but its not a piece of crap plastic windows box. Its a BMW not a Ford. Would have been nice to have USB 3 but not standard in PCs yet either and new Intel technology will make USB 3 die soon too.
Summary: If you are a Mac fan, like a well designed computer, don't want PC plastic box and your current computer is over 2 years old, check it out
FYI the alienware running nearly identical specs cost as much if not more than this computer... your paying a premium for the hardware... I won't comment on the macbooks or 13" computer... but the new macs running the core i5/i7 don't cost anymore to the competition... and don't use the 4 core mobile core i5/i7 as a comparison, these are horrible chips and older than the chip on this machine... as they use far more power than a mobile chip should, so you basically are tethered to the wall. Great battery life + significant power is better than near desktop power + no battery life... if you want the power of a 4 core i7 build/buy a desktop....
I thought a mac was expensive too, but once i bought it I have no regrets. It has great design features such as a multi touch pad, a great backlited keyboard etc. When web surfing you can hi-light a word for a definition or speech... Because I cant afford an exotic car I dont put it down. Dont understand people comparing cars or laptops when they have not driven one. Sounds like sour grapes to me. Have not heard many mac users switching to a wintel solution either. Anyone remember the Mr Gates invested a bunch of money in Apple Why? Maybe Microsoft needed design innovation for their next generation product. Unfortunately I still have to used the wintel platform for work.
"not a piece of crap plastic windows box" Says the gent who overpays for a flashy toy when he could get another brand that's 2x as powerful for half the price. Sounds like you just like to use your shiny, crap-plastic Mac as a sociological status symbol. Bravo.