Save your beer money, because if you don't have this, you will be a social outcast.
I'd rather be a social outcast than someone so desperate for the approval of others that they'll buy a gadget just for the status it bestows.
See, I can never figure this sentiment out. Since I moved to the Mac about 2 years ago, I haven't noticed any particular rise in my social status. When I get my laptop out, it's not like girls sidle up to me and start cooing in my ear or anything. I just open it and start working/playing (instead of waiting for it to wake up, like with every other laptop I've had).
I think that someone opening a laptop running Linux has more of an "oooh" factor than a Mac. When students of mine who are running Linux open their computers in the classroom, people go, "Hey, what's that?" and gather around. But like half of the class is using Macs. It's just a computer.
I mean, thanks for thinking I'm higher status because I spent exactly the same amount of money as I would have buying the ThinkPad I was looking at at the time, but really, it's just a computer. I use it to do stuff.