iMacs as a long term investment...
Morning folks... this topic may be a touchy one, but I'm gonna present it anyway.
Long Term Cost Effectiveness of the Intel-Based iMac.
Now, we bought 15x iMacs for our Music Dept in Summer 2008.
So far, we've had 1x go back for HDD replacing under warranty as it overheated.
We've had 1x go back for a replacement logic board under warranty.
Now, the 12month warranty has run out, and I've got another dead logic board on my hands.
Price of each iMac new: £625
Price to replace logic board exc labour: £485
3 hardware failures out of 15 units = 20% failure rate.
I know a pile of you will shout "should have bought AppleCare", but to purchase that per unit, and keep on renewing it simply raises the cost of each unit long-term.
I've been reading around on the net, and discovered that ever since the launch of the Intel-Based iMacs, they've suffered this issue. There's a lengthy thread on Apple's discussion boards dedicated to people complaining about short lifespans of such units, and high prices to repair.
So I'm curious - how many other institutes out there are running Intel-based iMacs in any form of quantity, and what are your hardware failure rates?? How many institutes have headed down the iMac route, and have had to abandon and go back to PCs?
I've been asked to write a report on this to go to our governors to put a halt on investing further in Apple hardware, and insist that our Music Dept goes back to using PCs as the cost to the school is simply too high when using Apple systems.