For a while now, I have used my Windows based PC at work and my iPad at home. At home, all I really needed was to be able to access my email and the occasional website, so the iPad made sense. After a while, I started to get more and more used to the Apple concepts and started looking at the Apple computers available.
Making the move to a Mac, from a Windows computer, while could be seen as Treason by some 'softies' on the net, made sense to me. I have long been a big believer that the hardware and software you use are really irrelevant, if, it does what you need it to do.
Long, long ago, I am ashamed to admit, I looked with distain upon those using a Mac. Over time I have read many comments in forums, from both sides of the camp and it struck me that those with comments like 'dont want a virus - then use a Mac' and 'Mac users are Apple Fanboys and waste their money on pretty hardware', really dont know what they are talking about.
What I mean, is that if you are going to post a negative or derogatory comment about something, at least back it up with recent data that proves your point. Saying that you wouldn't recommend a product because twelve years ago you had a bad experience just makes you look petty and bitter.
Back to my recent purchase.
I had been looking for something that I can use for editing video, along with a few other tasks at home. Sure, there are Windows based PCs on sale for under $600 but by the time you spec it to be capable of running a decent video editing package, it soon rockets to over $1000. Which, by chance is the entry point for the Macs.
I also wanted something that I can just boot-up and use. Not, boot up, wait for it to load all of the bits it needs and then be somewhat ready for me. I have to say that so far I am impressed with the performance of the machine. The longest wait I have had was the service-pack download for the OS when I first turned it on.
The keyboard will take some getting used to, with the Command, Control and Option buttons that allow keyboard shortcuts to other commands... but it will no doubt be interesting.