So just to be clear, I didn't have any complaints about Arduino at all
Who could be a Perkin Elmer hater?
I have one of the first FTIR machines. It works as well now as it did 25 years ago.
Price?In a previous life I operated an atomic absorption spectroscopy machine from Perkin-Elmer. As far as I know it is much older then your FTIR and still works beautifully.