Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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I'm the exact opposite.
by gan17 on Thu 27th Sep 2012 20:33 UTC
gan17
Member since:
2008-06-03

I used to be into this whole "same day cum on-site cum extended warranty" thing, but then I realized that if the problem was even remotely serious (eg: PSU, gfx card) you'd have to trust the system with them for at least a couple of working days, whether Apple Mac Pros or HP workstation class units or whatever. Sure, the rig would usually come back good as new in a few, but that was still an inconvenient amount of downtime.

Hence, I went the build-it-yourself route, and made sure I always allocated spare cash to buy replacement components on the spot if anything went wrong. That way I could still get work done and send the defective part for a warranty claim if applicable, knowing that once it arrived I'd have an extra lying about in case something went wrong with the same part again, or sell it off.

Macs are good computers, if a little overpriced. OS X has (imho) gone a bit downhill since after Tiger, but it's still a decent enough bit of kit.

Edited 2012-09-27 20:37 UTC

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RE: I'm the exact opposite.
by lfeagan on Thu 27th Sep 2012 21:19 in reply to "I'm the exact opposite."
lfeagan Member since:
2006-04-01

I like this strategy and have taken it so far as actually buying items in duplicate (and more) after I find that it works well for me. I have four Crucial M3 256 GB drives. One is a spare that I also use for backups when upgrading firmware. The "spare" actually rotates in each upgrade cycle (think of volleyball rotation) and one active disk rotates out to become the spare.

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RE: I'm the exact opposite.
by jptros on Thu 27th Sep 2012 22:43 in reply to "I'm the exact opposite."
jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

We've had a dell technician show up on site and change the motherboard out in a failed latitude e4300 laptop. Their warranty work on servers, for us, has been exceptional as well. We've had less than stellar success out of toshiba who comes off as a bunch of slow bureaucrats.

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