I have to agree with forfend on this one, the majority of people compare their shitty dell inspiron with a 1600 dollar macbook pro, obviously there will be build quality differences. I have said it like 5 times in this thread and I'll reiterate, lenovo previously ibm makes a rock solid system. To name another, alienware and sager fairly consistently put out good products.what are these laptops you speak of?
i have yet to encounter them. even my Vaio, which is a higher-tier pc doesn't even compare to my dads macbook air in terms of build quality.
Saying that the most powerful pc cannot compare is not anywhere near true. My work PC (granted running linux) has a hex core i7 dual ssd's in raid and 8 gigs of ram the two 460 graphics cards are a little outdated, but it was all easily under 2 grand. A comparable mac pro from the same vendor was a lot more money.