The other day a coworker forwarded this screenshot around the office (click for larger size):
It made me rage a little bit, especially considering how loyal of a Mac user I am. Here's a summary of the key points made above, and their rebuttals:
Of course most Mac users don't buy Mac Pros for simple web surfing and email, that's what iMacs are for and they do a damn good job at it. These computers are for professionals. Music producers, video editors, graphic designers, and serious scientific researchers use Macs. Why? They need their computers to work. If you're given a large budget and are expected to give professional results, you aren't going to skimp on your computer to save a few hundred bucks. Plus they retain their value, I can look on Craigslist right now and find a four-year-old Mac Pro selling for $800+.
Saying a high price is no reason to buy is like saying you shouldn't buy a BMW or Mercedes because Kias and Hyundais are cheaper. As my fellow Mac-loving coworker puts it, "I'd hate to have dinner with the guy who wrote this article - he probably drinks boxed wine, and eats hot dogs with ramen."
As an amateur DJ, I own a Macbook for music production and performance. Sure, it was more expensive than a PC, but the cost of the software and equipment I use with it far exceed the cost of the original computer. And you know what? I've never had a single problem with it. It's never frozen, locked up, had a failed part Apple didn't fix, or had any software problems that weren't my own fault.
Call me a mindless fanboy if you will, but it won't change the fact that I love my Mac. Of course this wouldn't be a legitimate argument without considering the alternative, so I welcome you to read a response from one of my Windows-loving coworkers.