"Shame on you, CNET"on by dhwlaw
Pros I've got the i7 processor, and it's spectacularly fast. The new mouse works amazingly well.
Cons A bit pricey.
Summary Best all-in-one solution available.
CNET: In rushing to publish your review, you didn't review the top-of-the-line iMac and wasted a good portion of your review complaining they didn't have quad core available when they obviously do. The review needs a do-over!
Pros Major upgrades for the same price? Awesome.
Cons None to speak of.
Summary I just wanted to comment on CNET's continual dislike of AppleCare, which to me, is completely unfounded. First off, let's straighten out one bit of misinformation presented in the final paragraph of the review: AppleCare for the iMac was not raised from $99 to $169 with this iteration; it has been $169 for a while. The MacMini, on the other hand, used to be $99. Second, AppleCare doesn't just extend the phone service to three years as this article implies, it extends the Genius Bar services as well. Third, to give this product (or all Apple products) such a low grade for customer service and support is completely BS considering the wealth of help that the Genius Bar provides. Where else are you going to get a $1000 logic board repair for only $169 (for three years at that)? Or help with a major hard drive malfunction? Or even simple issues like keyboard malfunctions? Sure, it doesn't cover accidental damage, but if you drop your computer or get it wet, then that's you're own damn fault; you can't expect any company to want to support your mistakes. And not only that, if you walk into any Apple store with a question, the sales associates will be more than willing to waste their time trying to answer your questions. Get that at Best Buy or any other PC distributor? Don't think so. Finally, if you have a major problem and you do live in one of the states that don't yet have an Apple Store, then you can always mail your computer to them. Apple has a great turnaround time.
Pros Is there anything this thing can't do? Great graphics, super fast processing, very stable,
We bought a TV tuner and plan to use it as our TV.
I have installed VMware fusion and WinXP for legacy apps. Very please with how quick that is running also
Cons No major issues encountered.
Summary We had no intention whatsoever of buying one of these, but when we saw in the shop we were so impressed. An impulse purchase that we are very happy with.
Pros Absolutely stunning display. Exceptionally easy user interface. Leaves me wondering why it's taken me so long to get a Mac.
Cons Out of box, had a lot of noise. Then flickering bands across screen. Then screen popping black then back to the display. Not cool. Exchanged it for me but refused to give me AppleCare for my trouble. Been computer user over 20 years - first Mac.
Summary So why do I feel frightened every time my new screen flickers?
If my replacement bombs, then I'd rate it a
zero. If it works, then a 4 for the trouble.
Pros Best screen and backlighting. Best OS. Best design and style. So very fast. The new keyboard and magic mouse are amazing. Soon you will hate every other keyboard and mouse. Data migration is a snap.
Cons Blue ray would be nice, but at what additional cost to Apple (therefore to Apple customers).
Summary Quad core is a cool product bust lets be real why would such horsepower be need by most people. If your video editing then by all means grab the quad core. If not, save the money so you can buy the best blueray player/netflix streamer (the PS3).