What about reliability?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by diegobgr, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. diegobgr macrumors 6502

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    Hi.

    I'm a bit scared about possible technical or hardware failures on my new iMac.

    Are there a common issue with iMacs?

    In European Union, we have by law 2-years garantee, but you never knows...
     
  2. Dwhite78 macrumors regular

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    I have taken my imac in for service 4 times in 2 years. My wifes in 5 times in 2 years.

    Every single time it was either logic board or gpu.
     
  3. diegobgr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's a really bad thing.

    Well, it's like everything. All PCs can fail. The problem with iMacs, is the cost of reparation.
     
  4. JohnRN macrumors member

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    I never had a single problem with my 17 inch Intel iMac. I've had it for 4+ years, even did a hdd upgrade myself and still no problems. I've had my MBP now a year and also never had a problem with it either. The MacMini HTPC and new i7 (replacement for the old iMac) are too new to say anything about it. However the majority of apple products last a very long time, are built well and come with great support.

    John
     
  5. leman macrumors 604

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    You have 1-year warranty provided by Apple. The EU law doesn't seem to extend to Apple products ;) You can buy Applecare for total three years of warranty though.

    As for Mac and hardware failures... Macs are usually built better then PCs (high quality PSU, cooling etc.) - thus the components are less stressed. But both use same parts, so the failure rate is about the same.

    P.S. Hard drives fail - do your backups!
     
  6. Merthyrboy macrumors 6502

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    Macs do last a long time. I've got an eight year old eMac and it still works perfectly. Had to buy an external hard drive for more space but other than that it's perfectly fine.
     
  7. BANNERWORX macrumors newbie

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    I've had my MacBook for 4 years, never had a issue with it, hard drive upgrade and ram, still going storng on daily useage. My manager has had his Mac Pro for over 10 years and it is still going strong.
     
  8. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    Get Applecare. If you never use it, it will give you peace of mind. If you do use it, it will more than pay for itself.
     
  9. The Man macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I had two iBooks, bought AppleCare, never had a single problem. Mind you, this was the problematic iBook G3, but it goes on and on even after 8 years. iBook G4, no problem after 6 years. Recently sold it. So it seems, you buy AppleCare, have your peace of mind, and you probably won't have any problems. Nice thing about AppleCare is that you can buy within one year of purchase, so you can spread your money. Last thing I bought was a Mac mini two years ago, and no problem. Didn't get AppleCare within the year, because it seemed to me these Mac minis didn't have any mayor problems.
     
  10. Goldfinger macrumors 6502

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    The 2 year warranty certainly does apply to Apple hardware as well.

    Either way. I've never had any (big) issues with any of the Macs that I've owned in my life.

    My current iMac (that will turn 4 at the end of September) has been completely trouble free.

    The only issue I've ever had was a failing hard drive on a Performa.
     
  11. dwarnecke11 macrumors 6502

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    Not one issue with my Mac mini G4 from 2005. Expecting the same with the 27" i7 iMac I'm ordering soon.
     
  12. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    Yes we do get 2 years by law. But it causes hassle because you have to force them for weeks with legal info. It's just not worth the hassle.

    You neednto ask someone who specifically owns your machinen. But they're so new, we don't know what might happen. You cant ask about reliability a week after release. Theres no data.
     
  13. leman macrumors 604

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    Well, tell this to Apple. They explicitly sell their hardware with a one year warranty and after one year its gone if you don't have Applecare. It is true that the warranty rights may be enforced in a court of law, but it would probably turn out to be more expensive then buying a new computer.
     

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