Form over function? Is perception a B-word?!
Had some time:
So, I was going to post a long rant about Apple's marketing versus what I considered a true work computer, especially at the price. However, I decided to just post the specs a beast of a machine that uses the "form follows function" philosophy, and is similar to what people in my field use on a day to day. Feel free to debate or discuss. I just find all of the Apple fanaticism interesting.
It's the Lenovo W520 and it beats the Macbook, and even the iMac, in every category from screen to scalability. It's also competitively priced. It only lacks in overall aesthetic.
-Intel Core i7-2860QM
Processor (2.50GHz, 8M Cache with Turbo Boost up to 3.60GHz)
-Genuine Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)
-Windows 7 XP Mode - English
-15.6" FHD (1920x1080) LED Backlit AntiGlare display
-NVIDIA Quadro 2000M Optimus Graphics technology (2GB)
-8 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
-Keyboard - US English
-UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad) Fingerprint Reader, Smart Card Reader
-720p HD Camera with Microphone
-Internal RAID - Not Enabled
-Intel 160GB Solid State Drive, -Serial ATA
-Lithium Ion 9-cell Battery
-170W Slim AC Adapter - -North America, Latin America (2pin)
-Bluetooth 3.0 wireless
-Intel Centrino Advanced–N + WiMAX 6250
Services and software
-3YR Onsite NBD + 3YR Priority Support + 3YR TPP
Price: $2880 (w/ $200 warranty/support, so $2680)- However, we tend to get a 20% discount when ordering from Windows OEMs. This is just what they'd sell it to you for online. I'm pretty sure if you call, you can also haggle with them. I've heard of non-business oriented people doing this. I built/priced it this way purposefully, so it'd be in between the $2200 Macbook & the $2800 Macbook.
As you can see the W520 absolutely destroys all Apple products in every category besides the Mac Pro, which is easily beaten by a customized Windows desktop. This computer is also Semi-Rugged and ISV certified (graphics card is either a FirePro or Quadro). Also, keep in mind that this laptop is made by an OEM that cares out enterprise/power user support. Compare the Lenovo warranty to the more expensive AppleCare and you'll see what I mean.
Screen: Resolution is is only a small worry for us. We, like many other industries, rely on color reproduction. The screen sports a 95% gamut score and has built in Pantone color calibration. Here are a few links on color reproduction - Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4.
I'd also like to briefly point out that Windows PCs are fully supported by high end/standard software companies - Autodesk, ESRI, Dassault Systems (Solidworks &CATIA), ANSYS, and many more. And, Boot Camp & Parallels just aren't an option because you won't get the same performance, especially when not using an ISV certified workstation. The PCMarks in the reviews easily show this. And, since it's not supported you have to deal with hiccups and problems in the Boot Camp and Parallels.
I'd also like to point out that the Mac version of AutoCad 2013 is severely gimped. Here's the link comparing it to the the Windows version - Comparison Chart.