Pros 24" Screen and the Core 2 Duo
Cons Really have not found one..
Summary You know I find some to be short sighted. C|Net stated that it will not be upgradeable. Where do they get these reviewers?
Okay I will give him the benefit that he may have misspoke. The Blu-Ray and the HD/DVD will be able to be used with the iMac through the external case via FireWire or USB 2.0
I wanted to give the rating of 9.5 due to the mighty mouse not being able to shoot the sniper rifle in FarCry. But I rounded up.. The machine deserves a 10. I just bought a inexpensive mouse for FarCry and now I can snipe away.
C|Net needs to spend the time to find the answers instead of pulling them out of there.. You know what I mean.
Windows XP runs perfect in Boot Camp and Parallels. You can even run Windows apps in OS X without Windows. Now that is funny. All you do is click on the application like Word and CodeWeavers "Cross Over Mac" takes care of the rest. No need to really install Windows.
The real thing I would point out is after using OS X for a few days I really find no reason to ever use Windows again. OS X runs perfect and is much more enjoyable then Windows ever was in the past. I can do more productive things in OS X then Windows and also most replacement software like OpenOffice.org is free. No more paying hundreds of dollars on Microsoft Office.
I think the game is over. Two machines in one. Microsoft just has no innovation going for them in the last 5 years.
I used to own a Dell laptop until Apple introduced the Intel Based Macs.
Good-Bye Windows. You are only good for the occasional game, and that is becoming few and far between due to the iLife suite that comes free with the Mac. I find myself enjoying producing pictures and videos more then games.
"New Mac user from PC - Terrific hardware, design and great OS...But I have a few issues"on by biglou42
Pros Sleek design, monitor quality and size, easy of use, e.g. dvd burner, etc...
Cons Some Apple based software, safari, address, mail - all light and junk
Summary My goal is to share my personal experience/opinions on converting from a PC (Win) to a MAC.
I would consider myself a medium user of a computer. Focused on, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, email/ contact mgmt, internet, 1,000's of digital photos, home movies and building a personal website.
First off, the Mac construction and hardware is top notch. My wife couldn't believe how many cords our old PC has versus the new MAC. One minor grip on this note, I opted for the wireless keyboard / mouse option and as such there is not easy access to USB ports for ipods etc (Apple put one underneath the monitor).
The OS system took about three days to get use too. I would say the pros out weigh the cons to a Windows. Example - I like being able to drag a software application to the trash can and not worry about residual files not being deleted like on a MAC. The finder function is incredible fast. Renaming files, pictures, etc... is a bit cumbersome.
I had no trouble hooking up to my wireless network and working with my other PC / Xbox.
The only real compliant I have about the conversion is around the contact mgmt software. Apple's email and address software are for very light users. I consider it Junk really. For the time being I am using MS Entourage for email (might convert to thunderbird). Getting Outlook files to a Mac took some research; I found a $10 program to convert the files (called little machines O2M). getting files to attach via the email function is not a right click like in Windows. In my mind the contact mgmt software is the only real let down I have with the Mac.
Iphoto is great for organizing your photos, took a while to get use to the filing system.
Ichat is good
Safari junk, replace it with Firefox and you will be set
Widgets are great!
Have not use iweb yet.
Hope this helps.
"Absolutely Awesome"on by MW1670
Pros Screen so bright, I feel like I need to wear shades.
Cons I'm still looking and haven't found any yet.
Summary This is an upgrade for me from an iMac G4 17". I really haven't been all that thrilled with the current form factor for iMacs because of the "chin". On the 24", its balanced out and I've found the chin a nice place to stick post-it notes.
This 24" iMac is just terrific. The "transfer" process of moving everything from my old system to the new one via Firewire worked flawlessly, and I was up and running in about 45 minutes. I didn't ever feel like I was in the "dark ages" with the old system until using this new one for just one day. What a difference - its fast, incredibly bright, and things I thought "frivolous" like the remote and iSight are really quite cool. The standard 1gig of memory seems more than adequate for the applications I use most (Quark, Freehand, Photoshop, Word, Excel) and I may not have to upgrade the memory afterall - I'll have to see - but so for, so good. This system really has a lot of value for the money.
Pros core 2 duo, nvidia 7600 gt option, front row media centre, ability to run windows
Cons all-in-ones are not very upgradable
Summary This is the best computer ive ever used, i can run anything i want with bootcamp, but i mostly use tiger, windows is only good for occasional games (7600 GT is great). In my opinion cnet is biast toward gaming computers with overpriced graphics like Nvidia 7950, who needs that, its unpractical, unless ur some geek who can't stop playing games and you absoultly need to constantly play games at the highest resolution, the average, midrange card is fine. i highly recommend this to anyone who has a large media library. My media library is over 60GB and in OSX i can run all kinds of appliacations at once with little or no slowdown. Also front row is great. i you want a tv tuner u can get one from elagto(usb tuner) with eyeTV software. In my opinion the is the only computer anyone would ever need. If ur on a buget check out 17" imac or mac mini.
Pros All-in-one, simple, elegant design, fast, HUGE screen, easy to use.
Cons Where's the 30" iMac? :-P
Summary The reviewer specifically said "Apple hasn't really annouced an association yet [for Blu-ray or HD-DVD] but when or if they do you'll be out of luck". Funny considering it's not just uninformed, but completly false, honestly where do these guys come from? If you take a 30-second journey over to blu-raydisc dot com click 'about' then 'supporting companies', Apple is listed on the BOARD OF DIRECTORS, are there two "Apple" companies in the computer or electronics industry??? So fix the review, Apple is in the Blu-ray camp. Second, ever heard of external CD/DVD/Anything drives?? Is there some conspiracy that will prohibit anyone from selling an external Blu-ray or HD-DVD drive? Did this reviewer do ANY home work before he reviewed this product?!