Some of you have Mac desktops, know people who use them or would consider them. I just want to let you know that Apple’s iMac desktop is not a good value. I am speaking specifically of the current crop of iMacs. You may need a picture to refresh your memory, so here you go. https://www.apple.com/imac/
The iMac is an all-in-one desktop. In the past, they were upgradable. Independent technicians such as myself could work on them. Today, they are a sealed unit and it’s impossible for anyone but Apple to take them apart. So you are paying $1200 to $1300 or more and you get the 3 year Apple Care warranty (which is a great value) and that’s all you’re getting. If it dies at 3 years and 6 months — there is no hope of revival by easily switching out the RAM or the hard drive. You can get a better premium desktop for $1200.
In contrast, there is good value in the other Mac desktop — the Mac Mini. At $599 it stands at about the low middle range of what a consumer is looking to pay for a desktop. It’s very power efficient, and its cover easily comes off so the RAM + hard drive can be swapped out if need by. It has a memory card slot for your camera. The Mac Mini works with a separate monitor. You do not need to buy one of Apple’s overpriced monitors. So for example, a Mac Mini and a $150 monitor from Amazon or Best Buy are a great combo. https://www.apple.com/mac-mini/
Surprise surprise! PC sales (meaning Windows personal computers) are down and the computer manufacturers are getting desperate. Windows 8 has been an absolute flop for Microsoft. Everyone is disappointed with except for my customers. For those of you who don’t know the story — I use two additional programs which cost $5 each time I set up a Windows 8 computer. These are mandatory for my Windows 8 installations. They make Windows 8 look like Windows 7. HP is now saying on their website — ORDER A COMPUTER WITH WINDOWS 7