iMac vs HP for school security

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mrmacosx, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. mrmacosx macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2007

    My parents will soon be owning a new school and they have already chosen an HP Pavilion s3388hk and a new security system (software works on Windows only). I have recommended an iMac (base) with the Educational discount and BootCamp. But they are reluctant because they need to keep the computer on overnight and because they need to buy a new copy of Windows XP ( I used their other copy on my MBP). Will the iMac overheat, explode (haha) etc.? Thanks


    P.S. Yes, the s3388hk is the HK version as I live in Hong Kong. Check out the specs, for the same price I get 2GB RAM, 250GB more HDD space, a Blu-Ray and HD-DVD drive, and a (better) GFX card (nVidia 8400GS with 1048MB VRAM). They think it's 'ng dai' (not worth it) Hmm...
  2. AC773 macrumors member


    Feb 28, 2006
    If it were up to me, I'd go with the HP, no question. I'm sure the iMac is plenty reliable and all, but for 24-hour operation you want the tower.

    Sure, there are "thin" iMac-like severs out there (think blades), but they have some pretty serious cooling.
  3. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

    Sep 20, 2007
    Gondwanaland Reunification Front HQ
    Very risky business to talk someone out of their considered opinion.
    If you succeed, and there's ANY problem with the iMac, you're going
    to look (and feel) like an idiot.

  4. new-Mac-owner macrumors regular

    Feb 29, 2008
    I would say hp but they prob have buy a new one in 2-3 years,And what is the software for network or video or both.:apple:
  5. mrmacosx thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2007
    RE: iMac vs HP for school security

    Left out that they actually they haven't chosen, but seriously considering it...
  6. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    Think of the consequences for you if they go with a Mac. You're on the hook for all technical support since you were the one who talked them out of their original decision. My understanding was that you're basically on your own if you use bootcamp (I mean support for running Windows and such, not if the hardware actually breaks). No question about it, I'd have them go with a brand name Windows PC since they will only be running that OS anyway. That way, they get support from HP for everything.

    I only suggest Macs to people that I know will either benefit from actually running OSX or want a stylish computer. If all they want to do is run Windows, or if it's used in an application where no one cares what it looks like, I have them stick with PCs since they are cheaper.

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