"In a word - AWESOME!"5.0 starson by FunkyGuitarGirl
Pros: The monitor is huge and image is crisp. Processor is super fast. Mac OS X is intuitive and responsive. I use mostly for paper writing and research - having the extra screen real estate has been incredibly helpful.
Cons: What's not to like?!
Summary: I am a Mac fan and have been for years but this is the first time I have purchased a top of the line machine. It was well worth the investment as I was able to score a refurbished machine at a substantial discount through the Apple Online Store.
Although I had initially intended to purchase a lower-level model, a visit to Best Buy to test drive the machine's quickly changed my mind. First of all, it is impossible to walk past this machine in a store and not want to touch it.. and once that happens, all thoughts of its little sister are washed from your head. In fact, I only used the 21.5" machine because that is the unit that had the wireless input devices. Once I touched the 27-inch, I was done.. and that was the base unit. Getting the Quad Core i5 up and running at home was incredible!
Speaking of those - the new touch mouse is a dream. feels great in the hand.. looks great. One complaint is that it is kinda "scratchy" on most standard surfaces. Looking for a solution to that minor issue. Doesn't seem like a traditional mouse pad will resolve it but it could be just that simple.
This machine makes my jaw drop at how responsive it is, how crisp the images are, even the built-in sound on this iMac is great (although I use external speakers w/ a sub woofer).
The 27-inch iMac Quad Core i5 is well worth the investment especially if you can find a refurbished unit. DO IT! You know you want to.