This is why Macs make wonderful laptops. Laptops don't need to do many intensive things, but rather benefit from simplicity of use and cripsness. I personally swear by my custom built PC computers, but I'm considering getting a mac laptop (I had one in the past) because it's easy to deal with.
Good screen that's properly calibrated = Less eyestrain
Better keyboard and touchpad ergonomics = Less strain on wrists and fingers
Decent heat dissipation for internal hardware = More comfortable sustained typing sessions
All of which can be applied to all laptop/notebook personal computers, not just the Macbook. Most brands focus on less meaningful specs, such as >4GB of RAM, >500GB hard drive space, and excessively fast CPUs which aren't even paired with decent video cards. Most people don't even need these features, but instead want an easy and comfortable to use laptop that they can use for word processing or web-surfing. Netbooks will never provide the above due to their purposely deficient product design. They're meant to be built cheaply, sold cheaply, and perform cheaply.
Pair all these three characteristics with even a Fusion APU and soon people would be lining up to buy the laptops. I in no way believe that the pricing for Apple's Macbooks are justified, as even Vaio laptops (which IMO are way overpriced) for less can beat them overall. I have a feeling a lot of what Apple customers pay go towards tech support, as it's much cheaper to outsource that line of business, and the software itself, much of which is developed in-house (gotta feed them programmers).
What Apple offers beyond these three advantages is its integrated hardware/software platform that provides a far more intuitive and instant experience than those from other vendors.
If I was given a choice between a Macbook and a Thinkpad (pre-Lenovo era) though, I'd pick the Thinkpad for purely aesthetic reasons. Oh, and the matte screen.
Edited by mbamg - 3/11/12 at 10:40pm