Let me say this first: i’m not an Apple fanboy (though i do enjoy occasionally eating one, i especially like the light sourness of green apple) and i have an iPod because that was the best choice among mp3 players, but no other Apple products. Nor have i used any computers of their brand, not more than a few clicks.

I was just wondering what’s the big deal about the grand Apple quality. I somehow can’t see it. I bought my laptop used, and it was already old then, and yet i have absolutely no hardware problems, no visible dead pixels on the screen, no motherboard failures, nothing. It works, though it’s a five year old model now, so it’s slow like hell.

It’s usually said the great quality is why all the Macs cost as much as they do. And that there is fantastic support for them. No experience with that. What i can see is that everyone has to put bumpers on their iPods and Pads and whatever, because they are vulnerable and get very visibly scratchy quickly. That i can see, the only thing is i don’t mind if my gadget gets scratchy, it gives it a nice vintage feel. Not to mention those bumpers are not even cheap.

Back to the part with the great support, i wonder if there’s great support because Macs are expensive, or they are expensive because of the support. It really makes me wonder when i read or hear people telling stories how they had to bring back their MacBooks for repair after the motherboard or hard drive or keyboard or screen or something else or the combination of any of the above, broke down. That’s what i tried to point out with my example of my old Asus laptop. If i paid a shitload of money for a computer, for which money by the way i could build two computers of roughly the same power (disclaimer: i didn’t research all parameters, checked the largest iMac against other desktop computers with 27″ screens, also this is not the point of this writing so don’t start arguing about it), then i’d expect not that they change the motherboard for free (that should be natural), but that the motherboard doesn’t burn to charcoal in the first ten years of use.

It just made me wonder.