You can go play with them at the store, so there's no excuse to get something unaware. If they 'suck' then don't buy them.
Personally, some of them are 'meh', others are fantastic.
I laughed about the comment that Tim is concerned with Wall St. IF he is, then Apples should produce better products. Competition is fantastic for the consumer!
My MacBookPro still works perfectly, it's 9 years old. Both of my Windows laptops sit on the shelf, I hate to use them. And yet I'm a systems specialist and well versed in both systems.
So is Apple different? Yes.
Are they more expensive? Not in a per-year figure.
Are they less susceptible to attack? yes (I collect viruses for from that have infected Windows computers.
By the way, Mac Mini was just updated, would be an excellent choice.