"Just amazing"on by sylouellette
Pros Lightning fast, even more with the SSD for the OS and apps. Screen quality is just awesome.
Cons Pricey, but still worth it.
Summary I just moved from a IMac 24 (from 2008) to this new iMac 27 and with the addition of the SSD. The applications startup are just blasting fast.
And with Lion on top, it makes going from apps to apps even faster and easier.
The migration of the data though was not as simple as the store mentioned. Thank god I had the two Macs side by side because of some subtle changes which required attention. Also, the time machine data transfer wanted to load all on my previous Mac data into the SSD and it could not fit obviously. So, I had to move the core of the data manually.
I'm 24 hours into the experience and I'm so glad I invested into this. Can't wait to try Final Cut when I have a minute.
Pros Does everything without freezing up, or any other quirks we've had from other PC's
Cons The price was a bit high (we spent well over $2200.00) but not compared to what we've spent for all of the PC's that came before!
Summary Through the years we have had IBM, Compaq, Dell, and HP PC's, and all have had their quirks, problems, and issues. We decided to go with the Apple 27 inch iMac this time, and we are thrilled with it so far. It is what we call a "Screamer" as it is 3.4ghz. i7 quad core with 1 terabyte, and 16 GB. We think this computer will outlast all the others that came before, and should be powerful enough to keep all the simulator players happy! Should have gone Apple long ago!!! My HP Notebook is the next to be replaced. Apple will be my choice for that replacement ! We have become a family of Apple lovers!
Pros 1. Incredible 27" display only matched by other high end monitors like the Dell Ultrasharp series
2. Powerful i7 2600 processor
3. Reliable operating system
4. Quality built construction that should last at lest 5 years and most likely longer
Cons 1. No Blu-Ray.
2. Ram is extremely overpriced. Starts at 4 GB at $1,999 and $600 for 16 GB upgrade.
Summary I am currently in the market for a new computer to replace my laptop I purchased for pharmacy school. I really hate laptops and am excited to get back to the world of desktops. I always wanted to buy an Apple PC because I have experience with both Linux and Windows, but little experience with Mac OS.
Apple usually does a great job with build construction to ensure their products are physically durable which frequently adds to the cost. However, quality construction usually ensures longer life and faster performance during that life. I am happy to see the processor received a nice upgrade, but I expected more ram. Many computers in this price range are starting to have 12 GB and quickly upgrade to 16 GB. If I buy this product, I will only get 4 GB of ram and spend only $200 upgrade to 16 GB myself. The other big disappointment is the lack of Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray is no longer new technology and is a cheap add on to any other comparable computer. While I am glad to see the upgrade in video card, I am slightly disappointed it was only to the 6970M instead of the full 6970. This was likely do to space and the ability to cool the video card.
I am currently looking at the Dell 8300, HP HPE580t and Apple iMac 27". The 8300 is my least favorite, but the cheapest cost of the 3. The HPE580t is most expensive, but has the option for the 6 core i7-970 processor which is awesome. The iMac 27" has the more reliable operating system and best monitor which is great for large documents.
Overall the iMac 27" is missing a few minor features, but the powerful processor, great monitor and quality construction justify spending more money for it.
Pros Screen size, graphics/gaming, sound, speed, and versatility. Two computers in one with Mac OS and Windows 7 (which I think works better on the iMac)
Cons Simply no HDMI input. You can get a converter from Belkin to plug in any HDMI device such as a DVR box to watch tv or a Blu-ray player, but it cost $150!
Summary So I waited to write a review on this machine because I hate people writing reviews and they have only had the product for two or three days. I have had this computer for 7 months and I can't get enough of it. It is fast, great looking (everyone that sees it goes crazy and want to use it), and overall a great deal. Yes people complain that it is expensive, but if you are looking at getting any type of Mac, this is the best way to go. I was considering a 15 inch Macbook Pro and THAT would have been a waste, this no.
I am in college so this is used as my TV and computer. I actually have a TV in my apartment, but I'm not kidding Netflix, Hulu, and movies simply look better on here than on my flat screen television. So theres one way you are saving money, don't buy a tv unless you like cable or satellite.
I have always been a Windows guy, used Macs in school and hated them! Although now with the Intel Chips I have had zero problems. It is so versatile. I used the restore disks from my Windows 7 laptop and installed it on here and I still think Windows 7 works better on the iMac than on my old computer and my friends newer laptops. But it also simply feels good to have both computers in one. If I have something that needs to be installed on a pc such as a program or video game, I'm not limited, I have two computers in one and no problems. Also you can get files from either operating system, doesn't matter if your in the Windows partition or the Mac OS partition.
I didn't know if I was going to really like it more than my PC and was worried all my horrors of High School would come back. But with the new second gen Intel chips I have no regrets and especially when you can still use Windows! But if you get it, even if you love Windows, you will tend to like Mac OS better. Sad to say I have switched and am using the Mac partition WAY more than the Windows side.
Overall it is worth the money when you break it down for what your getting. Yes you may get a cheaper Windows device, but trust me if you had your windows PC next to this you would be kicking yourself for not getting it. The look, the usage, and having two computers in one, just do it! Also for people that say, oh but your screwed if something goes wrong because you would have to send it to Apple. WRONG! It is SUPER easy to get access to everything and fix anything. Lot's of videos on Youtube, I wanted to investigate, god forbid something goes wrong in the future. But the glass screen is held on by strong magnets and with a suction cup in the top right hand corner, you can remove the glass bezel, unscrew the screen and there you go. Everything is in place at face level. Hard drive, motherboard, etc. Simply look it up online, super easy. (Memory is the easiest, slot is on the bottom of the computer and only has two screws.) So JUST DO IT!
Pros Fast and so beautiful to work in! This is a must try experience thingy for anyone not into apple before!
Cons Costly? Too large? I don't know really because I have never been able to crash this model doing any work unlike windows based pc with i7 chips!
Summary This is a beautiful machine to work and a pleasure for those involved in long hours + doing arduous editing tasks over and over!