imac to hdtv lifespan questions

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TouchedByAl, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. TouchedByAl macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2007
    Salt Lake City
    Hello everyone long time since i've posted in here. Anyway just this weekend after several exchanges of cables thanks to newegg I finally got the correct adapter that successfully connected my imac to my 40 inch hdtv and its wonderful! With netflix, hulu's new desktop app, and countless other streaming media websites I may cancel my basic cable service. However i'm a little bit concerned about something regarding this and maybe i'm just being paranoid but I thought i'd see what everyone had to say about this. Now I realized going into this that i'm running two devices at once potentially for several hours at a time and using anything is going to shorten its lifespan. Basically what I want to know having this setup am I going to dramatically shorten the lifespan of my mac? I mean should I just save up some money and look into getting a mac mini or some sortof dedicated htpc setup? I mean really I don't see myself using this for more then...3 hours tops a day but coupled with web browsing among other activities that adds up quickly to my daily usage of my computer.
  2. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    If you like the iMac, stick with it. If you want the Mac Mini, save up some money, then go for it. That said, there is no difference in lifespan whether you stay with the iMac or go for the Mini. Like you said, the more you use something the lower the lifespan. But you are not going to dramatically lower the lifespan of the iMac if it's connected to another display. Lots of people connect iMacs, MacBooks and MacBook Pros to a secondary display. Heck, I do it all the time with most of my machines.

    Just make sure not to keep the TV running when you are not watching anything. It could cause burn in, but that's the only thing you need to worry about.
  3. packgrad2000 macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    Your computer is depreciating in value and will be obsolete in a few years anyway. How long do you plan on keeping it? I expect a computer to last me 5 years, as far as usability. If they can't make them to go 5 years, no matter what you're using it for, I say that's pretty pathetic.
  4. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Like the early G5 and intel iMacs. ;)

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