"A Stunning System"5.0 starson by talmy
Pros: Incredible display, up to 16GB RAM for the future, 1TB hard drive standard, wireless everything if you want, OS X, very quiet operation
Cons: It ain't cheap. Glossy display -- why the plate glass? New SD slot but no CF. It could use more ports in the back for those that don't go wireless. Seems too power hungry.
Summary: OK, I'm waiting for the quad-core in November to buy, so I don't own this one yet but spent an hour with one in the store and have used recent 24" aluminum models. The display is beyond description -- you have to see it yourself, be sure to bring a high-res JPEG or two to check out. At least for my ears, no reason to have external speakers anymore. New Magic Mouse will take time to get used to. Keep your Logitech/Microsoft mouse around just in case! Much better than "MIghty" mouse, though. Frankly, it's hard to imagine this system ever feeling obsolete. Just load it up with all the options (can add memory and up the hard drive later if you are handy) and you are good to go for many years.Just received my new 27" i7 model iMac. Silent, fast and that enormous display! Great out-of-box experience. It came paired to the keyboard and mouse, found my Wifi network and asked for password. It asks for my Apple log-in and uses that to populate all the user information in the machine. Goes from box to fully functional in only a couple of minutes!
My home office has diffused back-lighting so the glossy displays are no problem. It certainly might be for some. I would have preferred it if they went all the way to a 30" display, making it taller. I don't particularly like 16:9 since I don't watch movies on my computer and like lots of vertical pixels. The 24" it replaces is actually taller on the desk! But, alas, the trend is away from 4:3 displays. It's big enough to easily have two apps side by side, perhaps reducing the need for having a second monitor, but I'll put off that decision until I get my quad-core!
Updated on Nov 24, 2009
Migration Assistant brought the apps, setup, and my files over from my old machine with very little fix-up necessary. Nice! And I find the new Magic Mouse easy and intuitive to use. Only problem is it needs more acceleration to get the cursor across that enormous screen.
Updated on Dec 7, 2009I've found the Magic Mouse a big win, especially combined with the free "BetterTouchTool" which adds more gestures.Now I've got Expose and Spaces back on the mouse.