Pros + Very quiet
+ Comes with a mouse that has "multi touch"
+ It doesn't slow down with programs added
+ Doesn't crash
+ No viruses
+ I can play and edit HD video without any problems
+ It was easy to set up
+ Screen is crystal clear
Cons For someone who is new to Mac it does take a few days to get used too. I had to watch videos online this week to understand all the features.
Summary First of all, I'm not a gamer, and this is not a gamers rig. Don't get me wrong, it has very capable graphics, but there aren't many good games available for the Mac OSX.
No biggie for me, I produce music, and Mac is well known for fitting the bill in this area. Paired with Logic, making music couldn't be easier.
Windows was another story.
I don't have a lot of cash to burn, but I hear a lot of criticism from Windows users about how "overpriced" Mac is. Well as somebody who has been through Windows '95,'98, XP and Vista and Windows 7, I have spent SO MUCH freaking time repairing Windows-related issues as opposed to just enjoying Windows applications.
I don't want to spend all day trying to figure one more cryptic, Windows error code.
I bought my Imac almost one year ago, and everything JUST WORKS, the way it is supposed to. No viruses, no BLUE SCREENS, no crashes... I HAVE had a couple of issues that were directly my own fault (screwing with settings and such). When I contacted Macintosh support, they were polite, friendly, knowledgeable and eager to assist me. And they got me up and running in a matter of minutes. Something, sadly, I am NEVER able to find with ANY other product or service I use.
Bottom line, you get what you pay for. If you work in I.T., and you absolutely LOVE diagnosing operating system errors, missing DLL files, registry and security issues while battling trojan after trojan, by all means, stick with your Windows products. I just want a machine that works.
I would rather spend my valuable time using a product, NOT fixing it.
I, for one, will NEVER go back.
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Pros Great viewing experience, Zippy & Fun to Use
Cons Tech support usually dreadful
Summary Purchased my custom-built 750 GB iMac in Nov 2007 and had serious problems out of the box. A month later, after several attempts to correct these problems, I was advised to get a new hard drive installed. The 750 GB Seagate still fails smart status tests on some utility programs (and passes on others), but has been problem-free since Jan 2008.
The 24 inch screen is a joy to have and makes for a great viewing/user experience.
It's fairly zippy and despite terrible advice I've received from Apple tech support throughout this experience, I still recommend the iMac and Apple products in general.
Pros Apple, once you get them listening
Cons quality control
Summary The new iMac's (I've got the 3.06 now), are without question the best all in one desktops in the world. I just wish Apple's quality control was better.
My first iMac was the 24" 2.4. It had problems out of the box, so a trip to the Apple Store and it was exchanged for the same model.
That one had video problems a month out of the box, so after some cajoling and a couple of hours on the phone with Apple Care, in home service was arranged.
The tech made two service calls and wasn't able to fix the problem (a bad fan, this time), so Apple called me, apologized, and offered me the latest upgraded model, the 2.8.
That one had damage out of the box, so Apple immediately replaced it for another 2.8
That one developed video problems two months out of the box, so the tech came out again, and this time, not only didn't he fix it, he ruined the memory cover and the aluminum bezel through his reckless use of a screwdriver.
Another call to Apple and they upgraded me for free to the just released 3.06, and so far, less than a month out of the box (fingers crossed) it's been perfect and speedy.
When you're offered the option to purchase the Apple Care extended warranty, take my advice and buy it. It's been worth it. Apple's policy is to replace your Mac if two service calls can't fix it.
Pros A very nice Mac system!
Cons Clooney would say "Mac, what else"
Summary The Mac got a cool 8.5/10. I say damn, is That All ?!
I went to check out the top 9 to PC's running VISTA??? C'mon, You must be kidding me.
If there were a category of running a pc without headaches, Mac would be numero 1.
I've been a pc user since I was 1988, so I've seen its evolution in both hard & software.
XP was finally one of the best and stable operating systems one could work with.
Untill I fell in love with OS X 2 years ago.
What a relief, what a breeze. Why use anything else anymore.
It's like a super engine and the body to go with it.
An ALL-in-ONE pc to dream of. Versatile, stable, just 1 wire (power, if you take wireless keyb/mouse). Brilliant display, blazing fast interaction, what's not to love?
Right, adding 3 or 4 Video Cards to even run that game more smoothly or that 2nd Raid Card that could even crash my vista faster then before.
A. Good luck getting everything installed. B. Good luck getting everything running without compromise.
Do yourselves a favour, for all your non gaming stuff buy a mac. R-heally ! Buy a mac mini for all I care. It's worth it.or Buy This iMac, you can even game on it
With latest new iMacs just out Apple is making up to the gaming community still, it did forget to have those screws at the back so you could open it to fondle with the insides.
My question to you, when you drive a Ferrari, are you going to transform it into a prop car of the Fast and the Furious? Or would you admire it's beauty coming straight out of a production line?
Anyway, Gamers, I do understand that when you're not gaming on your vista's you really need to strip down something. Like your pc for instance. We feel yah
Pros Great display, OSX a big improvement over Windows XP, requires very little fiddling to keep it happy, apps run fast, kids really like it.
Cons Purchased in June, now near the end of September, and the fan noise has gotten much more noticeable. Used to be almost silent.
Summary If you're sensitive to low frequency hums and whirring noises, this may not be the machine for you. (I have tinnitus.) Putting all the works on the desktop behind the display means all the noise sources are much closer to your ears. If you always have iTunes going (like my kids), this probably won't be an issue for you. The local "genius" says they'll replace the fans for about $140, but they won't replace them under warranty unless they fail.