Pros Superb screen resolution, quality, and size. Quiet operation. Fast. New Magic Mouse gives best features of trackpad. Simple, elegant design minimizes distractions and aids productivity. Keyboard layout identical to Apple notebooks. OS X.
Cons Awkward access for DVD drive . Needs ESATA. Needs more USB. Not upgradable (except RAM). 3yr warranty should be standard. Expensive.
Summary I've had one for six months now (CNET, you are really late!) and reviewed this early on under the other 27" model. I use my i7 iMac (with 8GB RAM) heavily for "content creation" -- text, programming, engineering CAD, photos, illustration, and video. I don't play games or use it for other entertainment (I've got other computers for that). So the lack of HDMI and BluRay are not issues for me. I wish it had an CF card slot as well as SD, but I already have an external reader, so that isn't a big issue.
The system gets a heavy workout with a dozen or more programs open at a time, and often several large ones. It handles the load with no problem and is always quiet. The large display is great for Photoshop and Aperture as well as video. I've got a second display attached so I can run Windows full-screen simultaneously with OS X, and I frequently do video capture of CAD sessions within WIndows using OS X tools for capture and post-production.
The new Magic Mouse is great if you use a light touch (not so much if you are heavy-handed) and by installing BetterTouchTool you get programmable multi-touch swipes making it the most effective mouse I've ever used. The new wireless keyboard will upset 10-key users but has the advantage of having the same layout and feel as the MacBooks, making it easy to switch back and forth. I do admit to liking a full-throw, "clicky" keyboard, so I've attached a 20 year old Northgate Omnikey which is completely compatible.
I've used WIndows 7, and in fact have been a Windows user since 2.1. Even though 7 has some nice usability features I still find OS X superior, but it does take some learning to realize it's full potential. If you use applications that take advantage of OS X features (and are not just WIndows ports) everything just seems to run so slick and smooth. I recommend going to an Apple store and getting an hour of hands-on time and try it out. Bring in your media and try out the applications.
Pros looks absolutely beautiful; fast; Monitor resolution better than my Samsung HD LCD; easy to set up; from the time you press the power button it takes 15 s for computer to load and be ready (this is after the first set up); I actually love the mouse
Cons monitor so big it is not easy to move the mouse from one side of screen to another
Keyboard is pretty small and nice but it might need some getting to used to. Especially if you are going to type a lot on the computer.
Summary This is my first Apple computer and I could not be happier with this product; I customize mine and it comes in 27 in LED; i7 processor; 16 GB RAM; so it was very pricy but I think completely worth it. I ordered on Monday from northeast and it was here by Thursday.
I am not sure if I will ever go back to PC. I do run a lot of softwares that are specific to PC but I am planning on putting Windows 7 on this thing although I wish I didn't have to .
Pros First off the visual display is outstanding on the 27" i7 iMac. The system is very VERY quite. I cannot hear it running at all. The responsiveness of the system is spectacular.
Cons I do wish that in the future, Apple would make a wireless keyboard with a numeric keypad. Other than that one nit, I really cannot find any faults with this system.
Summary This is my first Apple Computer and I can only say to you that the switch from Windows to Mac has not really been that hard. I was sick and tired of the continued slowness of my Windows system due to the overhead of the anti virus softwares... This system is a real screamer. Fast and Quiet. I cannot hear the disk drive or the fans running. Simply amazing. I cannot say enough about it so far!
"Fantastic computer"on by LFG530
Pros Excellent design
The screen has a crazy WOW effect, colors are rich and saturated the contrast is extreme, great for watching movies
Computer is really fast and silent runs any program I need pretty smoothly (maily photoshop and plugins)
Cons Screen is looking too great, what I mean by that is that it's so saturated and contrasted that you need to tweek a lot with the settings out of the box to get natural colors and contrast for photo editing
A bit pricey with custom options
Summary Yeah great computer overall, screen is just a bit disapointing if you expect to get it ready for photo editing out of the box and the price is pretty competitive if you take in consideration you're paying for a 27 inch oled display but the additional options like : getting more ram or upgrading hard drive/ssd are just Waaaay too expensive for the real value on the market...
Pros 1. The screen is like nothing you have ever experienced, 30in resolution in a 27in screen
2. Power is incredible, this thing runs photoshop like it's a toy
3. Included keyboard and mouse are a joy to use
4. SD card reader is a nice touch
5. Mac OSX
Cons 1. No Blu Ray (yea this sucks but at least there are downloadable HD movies)
2. No core i9 option
3. I wish the ports were more accesible (they are all on the back)
4. No HDMI
Summary This is BY FAR the best all in one on the market with the best built in software and the best screen and best power, it is only lacking in a few minor places where most people have something else they use. The i7 option is a bit pricy but will be worth it in the end because the computer will last longer.