"Pleasure to use"on by brunofour
Pros Fast, slick, easy set-up
Cons none at all for the moment
Summary After many years and numerous Windows PC issues (lost data, reinstallation of windows and viruses) with both my recent laptop and desktop, I decided to take the leap with a MAC. WOW I've never had a more pleasurful computing experience and can honestly say that the switch was easier and smoother than I had initially thought. I had this machine running within 15 minutes and and most of my windows files and docs accessed in no time via my external hard-drive. This is our main home computer and the OSX Leopard is very intuitive so all users (including some novice users) had no difficulty operating the machine.
Really enjoy using Time Machine ( that alone is worth the switch ) as well as Spaces and Viewer. The only upgrade was to add 2 GIG of memory for heavier applications (simple task). I easily partitioned my external my hard drive to back-up my data and created multiple language boots for the other users and that was a snap. This computer is fast, easy to set-up, all inclusive, takes little desk space and looks stunning. At christmas we bought our daughter a Macbook that she will be using for college and syncing her data from one to the other was a breeze. For any on the fence future Mac users, all I can say is go for it, you will not regrett it. The only reason it did not get a 10 is because 10 is perfection but I would give this machine 9.9 if that was possible. I tip my hat to Apple I will stick with MAC for a longtime to come.
"Great Computer"on by jlebl43365
Pros Fast processor,Good monitor
Cons 3gig of unuseable languages to remove
Summary I purchased the Imac on October 27th. It took only a few hours to update to Leopard. 250 gig hard drive to more than enough space for years.
Pros Ease of use; speed; ability to customize
Cons Apple remote could be easy to lose???
Summary I've been a Mac owner my whole life but not an Apple junkie or media editor like some others. I just loved the fact that I've NEVER installed anti-virus software or even worried about a virus, Y2K bug, ANYTHING!!! Peace of mind is worth a lot.
My previous computer was a Powerbook G4 that I owned for 6.5 years virus and crash-free. However, the memory and graphics card was starting to struggle with the increased demands so I decided to finally buy an iMac.
I reasonably expected to spend the whole day transferring files(photos, music, passwords, profiles, etc) from my Powerbook to the iMac. To my delight, when I powered up the iMac it asked if I wanted anything transferred automatically. I hooked up the firewire cable, selected what I wanted(everything), and 15 minutes later the computer was up and running. All my settings, hot keys, preferences, music, files, EVERYTHING was exactly how I had it on my Powerbook. Seamless transfer and I was done. Unbelievable.
I'd never ripped home videos onto a computer before but I opened iMovie and it was the easiest thing I've done. When I plugged in the camcorder, a screen popped up that said "import". It rewound my mini-DV and recorded the whole tape. All I did was plug in the camcorder.
There was one problem though, my iPhoto app was so old(v2.0 vs v7.0) from the previous computer that the new version didn't like how the files were created with v2.0. That was quickly taken care of but it's been the only snag, thus why I didn't give it a 10.
Pros Beautiful design! iLife'08 is awesome! So easy to use!
Cons I should have gotten 2.4GHz with the bigger graphics card.
Summary I have gone through 5 PCs in the last 7 years. The last 3, I built myself. The last one I built was geared towards gaming and video editing. All was well until I got another virus! This was the last straw and converted to the "dark side" and got me this new iMac.
Now, I'm the type of person that is really careful on how I spend my money, especially with big ticket items. I went to the Apple store just to look, and I came out of there in less than an hour with this new iMac. All I wanted was a computer to surf the net with and I came out with this dream machine.
The design is beautiful and compact. The screen is vivid andbeautiful to look at. I have been watching more movies on this than my 56" Panasonic in the living room. And with iLife '08, i fell in love with video editing again. I made my first home movie of the birth of my daughter with music, video and still pictures in 20 minutes. I made a similar movie with Pinnacle and that took me days to complete. Everything on this iMac is really user friendly once you get used to no right clicks. I'm glad I converted!
Yeah gaming is pretty much zilch for Macs, but that's what the Xbox 360 is for.
My only regret is that I should have gotten the model above this one with 2.4Ghz with the 256mb video card. I wasn't planning on doing this much video editing. Oh well, I guess I have to save my money for a MacBook Pro (anybody wanna buy a PC?)!
Pros Runs Vista great, whisper quiet, looks to die for.
Cons extra VGA mirror only.
Summary Bought it, brought it home, plugged in two cords and was ready to go…Then I downloaded bootcamp, installed Vista, loaded the drivers for my MS Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 7000 and Mouse and ran a line to my TV – Yes, I bought this system to run Vista’s version of MCE – Plus web surfing and email – Music and Ripping my DVD’s to the HDD – All things I could have done with a cheaper system – The thing that cannot go unnoticed is that this computer is a work of art – It just feels better sitting in front of something that was thought out – The screen is excellent, sharp and bright. The DVD drive is a little slow (just like the one in my Toshiba notebook) and the VGA out only mirrors the main screen – But it looks really nice connected to my 32” Vizio TV. I have had buyer’s remorse with nearly every system I have purchased…I don’t this time. I only used OS X long enough to download bootcamp and install Vista, don’t really plan to try it out – Why should I? I’m a Windows guy, Vista looks great and it runs on this machine like a champ. I doubt anyone would regret owning one of these things - Really a 9.5 out of 10.