Figured I might as well start a thread about this. It seems like one of the themes I’ve noticed (though admittedly this may be confirmation bias) is that I keep seeing posts about (a) how high-quality Macs are, and (b) how people keep needing to get them repaired, and that it’s essential to get the extended warranty.
The dichotomy has always struck me as being a bit odd.
So I’m curious about what kind of reliability you’ve seen from machines that you’ve purchased for personal use (i.e., not supplied by somebody else).
Personally, I’ve bought machines that have been low-end-workstation grade, and have had good luck with reliability. In the past decade or so, I’ve had the following hardware problems:
One dead monitor
One dead mouse
One dead DVD drive (took about 10 minutes to replace, including time to read the manual)
One video card that intermittently stops outputting a signal upon bootup (workaround: cycle the power, and it would always work the next time. The machine is getting on to end-of-life anyway, so it’s not worth it to fix the problem for real)
One cooling fan bearing that squeals intermittently (solution: turn up the radio more)
What problems have you had?
Disclosure: I work for a large software company based in Redmond, and I haven’t used a Mac since grad school.