Pros slick, powerful, fast, stable
Cons CD access a little awkward, and could use ...a handle?
Summary Out of the box and up and running in a couple of minutes. Mac's touted stability is no longer a myth; it is. Very. Getting familiar with the menus will be a slight challenge to PC-ers. And the iMac used to come with Claris Works (now Apple Works) installed, but alas, no longer. A trial version of Pages is installed, though. I ordered Apple Works and will use it untill more goodies are added to iWork.
The machine is what I would like to call a "Semi- Portable", were it not for a lack of a handle, it's that compact. I love Airport, it's main wireless interface.
It comes equipped with a beta of BootCamp for using Windows OS, but I bought Parllells, and use it instead. Comparing WinXP running along with Mac OSX is very enlightening: Mac OSx is incredibly stable in comparison. The iMac "just does it", while XP constantly wiggles and waggles on the screen.
If you're thinking of switching, and still want to keep your Widows software, then iMac is the way to go.
Pros great machine
Cons learning curve
Summary After 15 years as a Windows user, I finally got so fed up with the instability that I made the switch. I have the 2.0 ghz model, and I am thrilled. It lives up to its billing - it almost lives up to the bragging of the mac addicts. Great system.
Pros Looks Great, IT DOES COME WITH A REMOTE, Intel Core 2 Duo Proccessor
Cons Small Hard disk
Summary It may be that I have the 2.83 ghz but I love just about everything about the imac 17 inch cept for the hard disk. Its too small I edit videos so I ran out of space real fast. And you can upgrade to a larger disk Im going to have to get an external HD.
Pros the operating system The software that comes with it The built in isight, CAN USE XP AND OSX
Cons Many software problems due to intel like expensive adobe creative suite, many other educational programs I bought that will not work either, learning curve for pc users
Summary I needed to buy a new computer for my home and with vista computer specs I ended up getting the 2.0 with a 128 graphics card and 1gb of memory. The price is close and I get both operating systems. I use a mac laptop and my kids love it. We use both operating systems depending on the software. However, my kids love the mac side and make their own movies with the isight.
Even with the cons, I have a computer that can crossover when I need it to use software only for windows. This is important, because there is a lot of educational software I bought which said pc and mac, but it doesn't work with this mac.
Also, there is a learning curve for the new software.
To end on a positive note, because the intel mac offers the best and worst of both worlds, it is well worth it. If you have a creative child that wants to create, the preinstalled programs are great.
I am writing this review as the average xp part convert with a lot to learn. I don't like mac addicts because they are not honest because the computer does freeze, etc. but the computer is a step above xp in my view and worth a 9 rating
Pros design, features, size
Cons need more usb ports
Summary This is the best computer purchase I ever made. The set up is so easy it is amazing. The initial walk through did everything. Mine is fairly well loaded and it does all i need. The only negative I can say is it needs more USB ports. This is not unique to Apple, nobody put enough in these days.