Originally Posted by trboyden
We are a subsidiary and are given a budget to purchase our equipment with so no accountant is involved. Also we use Adobe CS 2 & 3 which is dual licensed for Mac and Windows so there's no re-purchasing of software. Adobe CS is Adobe CS whether it's used on a Mac or PC, and most of our artists use both so training is a non-issue.
It doesn't matter whether you are a subsidiary or not. Accounting rules remain the same for part of the company, wherever that may be, or whatever it may be.
If you want to give me the money to purchase the Mac Pros, I'd be happy to oblidge. But as it is, we can get dual-core towers with 2 GB RAM for $899, so I can get 2 1/2 machines for the cost of one Mac Pro and use the savings to do other projects that we want to do. So it's not about compromising, it's about being fiscally responsible.
Perhaps. The question then is why did your department buy the G5's in the first place? The same discount applied then. Obviously, there must have been a perceived advantage to spend so much more then. Why has that changed?
The iMac is a capable machine and performs well for what it is, a consumer product. Desktop hardware however has much better MTF (mean-time-to-failure) specifications and historical reliability than mobile based products. Apple had to replace my hard drive in my MacBook twice within the last year due to physical failures. I do creative work and application evaluation almost 20 hours a day on it and it is both my work and personal computer. That says alot for the capability of the MacBook, but also points out the fragility of the equipment. In comparison I've not had one failure with our 30 some-odd G5s. Again a credit to their capability and quality of build. I for one liked the transition to Intel for their product line-up and power, but suspect Apple compromised on build quality over the equivalent PPC product line-up.
I see this argument from those who have not used these machines much, if at all. Your mention of the HDD is misplaced, as the iMac uses the same drives as any other desktop. The mobo is also made for the iMac, and is not the same as used in the portables, etc.
In fact, the only thing that is, is the chips and chipset, and the Optical drive, which is reliable.
Also, remember that portables fail, not always so much for their "fragility" but more because they get banged around much more than their owner realizes. If your desktop was constantly moved around like your portable, it would last for even less time before failure.
BTW, our business is doing fine with over 2 million+ profit per year in a low margin direct-mail advertising market. We just don't see much of that back in investment - damn greedy investors!
I'm sorry if i misunderstood, but this line is what made me think along those lines:
Mind you not my preference, but in these economic times, you have to do what's best for the bottom line.
Reads like a tightening of the belt.