so rice cookers and laptops....
if you're going to get a mac, wait until the next generation of releases. having one myself, i can say a lot of it hype, but it definitely does get the job done. if we're doing a price:quality ratio, it's not worth it though.
rice cookers. i use cuckoo for my needs. zojirushi has a lot more visibility in the us because it's a japanese company, but korean rice cookers are nothing to snuff at these days.
I used to work in support, and one of the key things with Macs vs PCs is that Macs would last about 6 years on average while PCs need replacing after 3, so even though the Mac cost more it ended up cheaper for the company on average. Macs also have less of a "slowdown" due to the way the OS is designed. However, these are business-oriented Dells, so I'm sure there are higher-end Windows laptops with a longer lifespan.
Edit: only talking about laptops.