I first touched a mac in the mid 80's, when they were first introduced to school kids. I still have an 84 mac in the closet somewhere under a pile of shit. I have had G series, towers, macbooks, half a dozen macbook pros, ... after Jobs died I noticed, like everyone else, the quality going down. A couple of years ago the keyboard on one of my newer macs went out. I have always worked on my own macs and replaced parts and such... so I just opened it up and started dissembling to replace the keyboard... that was NOT a good idea. Everything was glued and micron sized and ten layers deep. Long story short... I had a macbookpro in pieces. No problem I thought, I'll just take it to the macstore... they would have to do the same to replace the keyboard anyway, and I've done half the work for them. I'll just buck up and shell out for the keyboard replacement and have them reassemble.
I took it to the mac store... they sat me in line, and I waited. then someone came up and asked if I had an appointment. AN appointment? no, I didn't know I needed one. "oh, I'm sorry sir, you will have to make an appointment to see the MAC DOCTOR." dude, I laughed out loud at that 20 something bitch so hard they had to escort me out of the store. I went and sat in my car and got really angry TBH. Like really angry. I thought it was a f**king joke... how could you not? a MAC DOCTOR. O.K. so, I went home and called to make an appointment. which turned out to be later in the week. Good grief ... now several weeks without my powerbook... errrr... excuse me.... macbookpro. The big day came and I went in and sat like a good little boy in my chair for the attendant. "yes, I have an appointment" ... she took me to a waiting room... a f**king waiting room. This has to be a joke right? I'm sitting there.. a man in his 40's, surrounded by hipsters and college kids all embarrassed, like, I seriously do NOT belong here. I waited my turn and finally this chick comes out and I shove my laptop at her and give her the story, and what I require, fully prepared to shell out the cash for the repair... and she gave me a face of horror... like... she was in shock and awe that I tried to work on it myself. It was UNHEARD OF. only the most certified of special ops should be privileged to see the inside of the computer that I BOUGHT. The very thought... So she gives it back to me and tells me to buy a new one.
That was the last time I bought a mac. I would much rather buy a dell xps and put up with microsoft hell, then be looked at like a 12 yr old and embarrassed like that again.
BTW, I just hit the buy on an ESI maya22. seems like the perfect fit for my needs and I'm hearing people get latency of 5 MS with those things. The drivers have been recently updated.