Originally Posted by camimac
That's true for the old models, but the new aluminium models are very difficult to open because of the glass in front of the monitor which is being held by magnets... even repair centers are complaining!
Firewire is really a LOT slower than using eSATA or an internal disk, I know because I am forced to use one right now since my internal disk has just died on me and I can't afford the time to repair it just now...
The Current iMac is a lot easier to get into than the last 2 iMac revisions, and far easier than any revision of any Gateway all-in-one machine ever was.
I guess I can kinda understand the complaints from some people, although I am an Apple Tech and really have no problem taking apart any of Apple's products, so I'd be doing my own upgrade/repairs. That is the nature of things though, if you can't do something yourself, you can learn how to do it yourself, pay someone that can, no different than a carpenter, plumber, electrician.
Having said that, the number of times last week I've had to charge people $39.95 to install a hard disk into a computer that is "user accessible" is somewhere in the 40s or 50s. Even Dell notebook hard drives that require removing 2 screws, taking no longer than 3 minutes to do. If you don't want a computer you can't change the hard disk out yourself, then don't get that one. But don't pretend for a moment that Apple is the only computer company that makes non-user servicable hard disks. And don't pretend this is a new trend for Apple (it's been that way for years.)
Making the hard drive user accessible is not going to be the deal breaker here. The specs alone not to mention the lower price of the iMac would make this decision easy. Not to mention the fact that the iMac is going to Run Windows Better than the Gateway would.