"How can I rate a unreleased product?"5.0 starson by JustEdd
Pros: Apple knows more about computers and computer buyers than CNET
Cons: Apple is not in the Boo Ray camp of smurfs
Summary: My main uses for a computer are Internet access and photo processing for personal use. My G5 is a bit slow at the latter with 3rd party software. For me the main attraction of the new 27" iMAC is not just the screen size but the LED back-lighting and the IPS panel technology. I know IPS should allow for greater horizontal viewing angles without color shift, but how good is the monitor image compared to the older panels. We don't know because CNET didn't review that aspect. Also missing is a comparison with other all in ones image quality.To post about the iMac one must give it a rating. My online retailer quoted a ship date of 10/30 but I understand some people have received a product that was ordered direct from Apple. Two local stores which carry Apple do not have them yet to look at. I wanted to post about the review without judging the product as have not had hands on experience with it. Suspect many people rating it have not seen or used one yet either.
This review is comparing hardware to hardware and misses the whole issue of which OS and included software makes one machine or another a better buy. This review seems to promulgate the age old notion that hardware, not the software, is what makes a good computer.
Personally, I think calling this cursory comparison a review is greatly misleading.
Happy Halloween and BOOOO CNET!!!
Updated on Oct 25, 2009
As to the screen performance, several persons who have received the 27" iMac said they were suffering mild eye strain, check the blogs. Since this reviewer only addressed the rather obvious ability to dim the display, it is hard to determine if there is a problem with the display that causes eye strain or if it was just a case of people sitting too close.
This was just a hardware review, not a review of the complete package including the OS and provided software.
Stand by my statement that this is a BOOO Review!!!