07-17-2008, 12:31 AM
I switched over to a MacBook Pro about 2 years ago. I'm on my second one. I purchased my first (a refurb'ed Core Duo model) just to test the waters, and ended up upgrading to the latest generation about 18 months later. I sold my first MacBook Pro for about $900 - which is awesome since I paid $1150 for it initially. The resale value is certainly an important aspect.
I agree with WalkerJ's assessment, but I'll add to that. With the Mac, you really get the best of all worlds. I can run Windows on it, I can run Linux on it - heck, I can have all three running simultaneously (which I love, since I'm big on dabbling in different OSes).
The bottom line for me is this - I work as a Windows network admin. When I come home from a day of babysitting crackbaby Windows servers and desktops, I just want a machine that works the way its supposed to and doesn't give me much grief. I won't go so far as to perpetuate the "it just works" baloney, but it does tend to be a fairly painless affair. There is very little maintenance to do, I don't have to worry about malware and the OS is very slick and speedy. I'm not so keen on the hardware, as I'm not really big on Apple's form > function approach, but it's very pretty to look at. I almost never have to reboot the thing - I pretty much close the lid when I'm done and throw it in my bag. When it's time to use it again, I open the lid and go right back to where I was without having to wait more than about 5 seconds. Endless reboots, security updates and staring at a blinking hard drive light, wondering if my machine is still responsive, are all but a thing of the past.
Don't let anybody tell you that Macs are perfect - they certainly have their share of flaws, but it's not Vista either. All-in-all, if you've had enough of Windows and are ready to try something different, the Mac is a great choice. Just keep in mind that it *is* different, and you will have to learn your way around and develop new habits. I think that's a very important point to make, because you do need to make a conscious effort to give up the Windows mindset and comparing the two. Just because it's different doesn't mean that the "Windows way" is superior to the "Mac way" (or vice versa).
My recommendation? Find an Apple store nearby and stop in. Play with the models that interest you and see if it feels right. If you do switch, you've found a great forum to ask questions - and of course, we've got a wealth of knowledge here, so don't hesitate to search - you'll be surprised at what you find.
Good luck and welcome to the forums.