As I am in the computer field, I thought that maybe I would try and help this fellow out.
And get a little rant in at the same time!
very well designed (basically what all Windows PC clones want to be when they grow up) , much more stable, easy to use, good tech support.
Cons: expensive computer (I know about the mini Mac being $599, but it really isn't as fast as most PC's at a similar price), expensive accessories, less software available (Microsoft tried to blackball Apple a few years ago, and now even though Microsoft is designing software just for Apple now, there are still company's that can't because their contract still says that they can not
PC Clones (Dell, IBM, HP, Compaq, etc.):
Pros: Cheep (some starting at less than $199), inexpensive accessories, more software available
Cons: Having system crashes (both XP & Vista do, just Vista does it a little more), costly upgrades, malware (viruses, trojans, spyware, etc.), various system conflicts (to numerous to name them all.
When buying any type of computer you must weigh in all the things that YOU
need in a computer. You may not need the fastest most powerful computer on the market. I have seen people shell out $4000 on a computer that they plan on using to surf the web and play music from Windows Media Player. If that is all your going to do, just get a cheap Dell and be done with it.
If your going to use your computer for office work like; typing a document or creating a spreadsheet, most low-mid range computers can do this without too many problems.
If your going to watch movies (DVD, Blu-Ray, Internet, etc.), play intense graphic video games, you should most likely get something a little more pricey. (Note: be careful of Vista for gaming computers. Vista is a memory hog and even if you have more than the average amount of RAM, you will increase your lag time with it. You will need 2-3x's the normal amount of RAM to run programs that you could run with XP, if you are running Vista.)
Also in regards to Vista: Vista is a good operation system. And for people with kids & teenagers it is one of the best. The parental controls on Vista put XP to shame.
OK I'm done