Long time readers may recall my rant at MESH computers, who sold me my last PC. The thing died a while back, but Lazarus like, rose from the dead for a while. It failed again earlier this month and I've decided to resist any resuscitation and give it (and me) some peace. Instead I bought a lovely second hand MacBook from the excellent Steve Buddle to use as my backup and media machine (I have an iMac as my main rig). The thing works like a dream, despite being several years old.
The iMac has done pretty well but recently suffered an annoying problem. Some discolourations, which I assumed was dust, appeared between the outer glass screen and the surface of the LCD. I had taken out the AppleCare plan so a cheery courier came to my office to pick the thing up for cleaning. It transpired that the LCD itself had developed a fault, so they replaced the component entirely and couriered it back to my office. All this was free. It was followed by a full restore using Time Machine, which worked like a treat.
I am not evangelical about Macs as I think they have their faults. I paid a good whack for the AppleCare but feel I got my money's worth for entire replacement of the screen and the swift service. However, Apple's finite range means customers know where they and their machine stand. The combination of closed-ecosystem and oversight of both hardware and software allows Apple to avoid the abstruse. They're not catering for infinite possible hardware combinations and so apps like Time Machine are a breeze to use.
As they say, "Once you go Mac, you won't go back".