Micro computer vr tower

I see more and more companies using Micro computers. are they same reliable as the towers?
I realize it has limitation off adding components. But how about when it needs repairs?
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Abraham DeutschIT professionalAsked:
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dbruntonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
A tower generally consists of fairly standard components: motherboard, power supply, fans.  If any of these die you can easily and cheaply replace them.

A micro computer not necessarily.  The three items above may be proprietary, only obtainable through the computer manufacturer.  And may be pricey.  They may also have cooling problems because of their small size so careful consultation of manufacturer's instructions needs to be done so as to obtain best cooling (and long life).  Usually this means a location where good air flow is obtained.  And not blocked.

Repairing isn't usually too bad.  The small Dells and HPs I've seen are fairly modular and easy enough to open and access components.  Might need a little extra care as space is limited if you are plugging and unplugging cables.

Reliability is usually pretty good.  Just ensure they have good cooling.
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
They are just as reliable (I use them at clients) and can be fairly readily repaired. However expandability is usually limited ( only one disk drive and perhaps limited memory slots)
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Daryl BamforthConnect With a Mentor Technical ExpertCommented:
Reliability they are just the same. If you are buying them as normal workstations for users they are brilliant as the less space they take up on the desk, the more there is for them to work on.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I put these on the floor but otherwise we are on the same page
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use Lenovo machines and clients normally opt for maintenance plans, so they last as long as any Lenovo model and are readily maintained,
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Daryl BamforthConnect With a Mentor Technical ExpertCommented:
Any PC hardware bought for a work environment should be bought with a minimum of next business day, on site, 3 year maintenance. They are generally quite cost effective when bought with the machine up front, and can be stretched to 5 years, but also look at the cost of replacing every 3 years vs additional maintenance cost of an extra 2 years (depending upon deals at the time it can be 50/50 as to which is most cost effective). After 5 years you should  definitely be swapping your systems out anyway.

If your committed to buying a number of systems over a contract, you will also find that most manufacturers are happy to leave you with a few set's of normal replacement parts on site (Fans, PSUs HDs etc).
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
in the past they were not as reliable, caused by the limited air flow + the higher Power consumption of all the parts
in modern ones -  they should be nearly equivalent, barring the topics mentioned above
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Abraham DeutschIT professionalAuthor Commented:
Is as reliable as the towers. limited to part upgrade. But difficult to find parts if one fails. in my experience clients don't want to change computer till it really start making issues. and in most cases it's more than 3 years
Thank you all for help
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you and I was happy to help.
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