Apple = Hidden Fees and Vendor Lock-in
GEORGETOWN, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- I have never felt so trapped by proprietary parts and hidden fees. Everything comes half-complete with Apple.. You have to buy your own adapters, buy your own chargers, buy your own everything that doesn't come in the box, and they don't include necessary items in the box.
Cables, drives, basic "standard" parts are all altered or soldered to the board to prevent replacements and/or upgrades. Repairs require you to ship the computer in the mail. The "Geniuses" at the stores are arrogant jerks. In fact at this point I'm realizing EVERYTHING about owning this Macbook is about arrogance. It's not ahead of its time anymore, this is just another Intel PC in a huge market backed up by a LOT of hype.
My Macbook is too hot to put in my lap, it's a chronic underperformer compared to the official Apple benchmarks, it makes horrible noise when the fans come on, and the battery life is *not* stellar. The "amazing" screen looks exactly like a Vaio, Toshiba, or DELL XPS system screen.
Why is everyone on the Mac forums raving? Stark raving maybe? I now believe you must be a hardcore fan to love this company the way people do, and the fans are loyal to the death--whether they mean what they say or not. Why must people insist everything Apple is superior to everything else. I am $3000 sorrier for believing the hype. The Macbook is not horrible, it's just not a $3000 or even $2500 computer. It's comparable costwise to much better systems, but not performance-wise. I can make direct comparisons now because Macs have the same processors and motherboards as everybody else Intel..
The computer wasn't a lemon, it's just not amazing, awesome, or incredible. Apple makes average quality systems and all sales are based on blind advertising and stylishness. With low quality service and long drawn out unpleasant repair processes, I can't recommend anyone trust Apple. I wish I could go back.
An Apple in a Nutshell: Be trendy or be damned. You may find both apply here.