Pros Custom ATI Radeon 4850 graphics for only $50 extra on the top end 24" model.
iLife09 comes pre-installed on all of the new iMacs.
4GB of Ram pre-installed on the 24" model.
Price went down from $1800 to $1500 for base line 24" model.
Cons Still uses Intel Core 2 Duo processors
Summary The new iMac line is stunning, and the new benchmark scores are increasingly better every year than previous iMacs. I give a 5 out of 5 because of iLife09, updated graphic card options, and updated Ram of 4GB with 8GB upgradable options.
Pros + Very FAST
+ All of the useful built-in software (blows Windows away)
+ Incredibly easy to use and efficient Operating System
+ Find the all-in-one form factor GREAT. No more wires to speakers, to the PC tower, etc
Cons I haven't found any cons yet. Perhaps the speakers could be a bit more powerful, but they are definitely just fine for me.
Summary I thought I was thoroughly happy with my Windows XP machine, however I wanted to be able to use VMWare Fusion, so I bought the 2.66Ghz iMac with 4GB RAM. Within 10 minutes of using it, I knew I was switched and would NEVER go back to Windows. I always thogiuht it was funny that folks say that this type of thought happens once you buy a Mac, but let me tell you-- it's true. The Operating System is SO Intuitive and helpful. I'm so much more productive!
Pros Excellent value. iLife '09. Time Machine feature. Super fast memory and large included hard drive capacity. More reliable than PC any day of the week.
Cons $1400 is still a lot of money.
Summary First, pay no attention to the 1/2 star reviews. I blame these on poor consumer decision when purchasing their iMacs. Take whiplash 55 for example. He claims that his data is lost and his screen ha malfunctioned. First of all, if he is talking about this new line of iMacs, he is still within his warranty and can have his screen replaced. Secondly, if he had properly utilized the Time Machine feature that was included on his iMac, data loss would never be an issue. He probably was not willing to fork out the extra $120 for an added 3 years of service on his iMac - a very foolish decision. Pay no attention to this guy, seriously.
This new line of iMac packs a lot of power for the price. The 4GB memory, 2.66 Ghz processor, 640 GB hard drive, NVIDIA graphics card, and 24" monitor make this an excellent all-in-one computer. I played several online games with zero delays whatsoever and have not had my iMac freeze up once.
Apple offers great deals for students as well. I got this iMac for $1199, so I upgraded the hard drive to the 1 TB size for $90. Also, with the Apple Protection Plan, I am not worried about my computer failing. Even if it does, all of my documents are backed up automatically to my external hard drive with the Time Machine feature.
Any disgruntled customers have not done their homework when purchasing this computer. Is the new iMac the perfect computer for everyone? No. But it comes close. Show me a PC company with this good of a computer, with lower data loss records than Apple, and I will show you a lying company.
Overall, outstanding computer!
Pros Super fast, Big beautiful screen, perfect multi-tasker, options to build your own to your desired specs, graphic card options to please all.
Cons The people that sell it. If you want the top graded custome package you must order it straight from Apple and wait while they customize it.
Summary I just bought the new Imac and must say I'm extremely pleased. First let me say I have the upgraded 3.06GHz model and after being a PC man for my entire life, I am glad I made the change. It's speed and mutitasking abilities are unmatched by any PC I've personally owned. Not to mention the 1tb hard drive and 4gb memory makes storing large amounts of data and still being fast not a problem. Now I'm also a gamer and this is where Imac beats the competition hands down. I've been a Sony man for a very long time and still love their TV's. Yet their all in 1 LV series falls seriously short here. Using a outdated 3rd tier graphics, one not able to stay up with any of todays top games at a reasonable resolution just doesn't cut it for me. Imac's new series has the option to upgrade different parts of the machine to make it fit whoever. Not the least of which is their graphics card. With the upgrade to the Mobility ATI 4850 we finally have a beautiful looking system that can handle anything you want to do on it. Not to mention its new wireless tech that makes it as fast as a direct line unit. All while not overtaking your work/play area with a huge machine. I personally think CNET has dropped the ball just a little and unrated the new Imac and over rated the Sony LV series.
I'm not a fan of any 1 product, I just want the best I can get for my hard earned money.
Pros This is the best all in one PC package available. The screen resolution is stunning and the design is a timeless classic.
Cons No SD Card reader. Lacks a good sound system. Apple continues to suck you to pay for basic services such as MobileMe.
Summary Still a great buy for a desktop all in one with little clutter and a small desktop footprint.