I understand what you mean. I thought so too before I bought my Macbook pro.
2009 I was looking for a high end laptop that I could use everyday for everything including some games (I played WoW, World of Warcraft, a lot). At that time I had owned several computers, both laptops and towers running different versions of Windows and Linux distributions.
I went to shops checking out HP, Sony, Lenovo, Dell etc and read several reviews and comments online. Sadly I never found one that didn't have a flaw. The flaws was many, plastic bodyshells, keyboards swinging up and down if you pressed the keys in the middle, screen that had terrible viewing angles, heavy weight etc.
At the same time my brother had used up one Macbook and was now using Imac, Macbook pro and Iphone and he was always so positive towards the brand. The downsides I saw was the price and the lack of game support.
I did know that WoW had support for OSX so I ordered one Macbook Pro with 4 GB memory and I thought I had thrown a lot of money away.
Today 2011, the same Macbook pro is still my main computer at home. It's still as fast and I have never had one single problem with it. I have never had a Windows laptop that have run three years as good as this one has done. Including upgrading the OS to a newer version.
I'm sorry for this very long post +Stefan Svartling
- now to my point.
During these three year the most positive thing about Apple products haven't been the machines themselves, but the interactions between them and the simplicity of using them together
I rather pay more and sometimes even to much to get another Apple products that I will now will work perfect interacting with my other Apple products and that will share my data out of the box without me spending hours configuring it.
If you compare one Apple product with another brand I can almost guarantee that you find something more pricy. But when you combine them together with homesharing, icloud, itunes etc you will have problem finding a solution that is more pricy and simple.