"Refined and Reliable"4.5 starson by dan king
Pros: Fast, Stable, Intuitive, Bright Display
Cons: Premium Pricing
Summary: I am a first time Mac user. I have used a PC since 1985, and have often heard about the benefits of the Mac as compared to a PC. After buying the iMac, I installed a good selection of software, including MS Office 2004, Adobe Photoshop CS, iWork 06, Adobe Acrobat Pro and Norton Antivirus to expand the experience. I bought the iMac with the memory upgrade to 2 GB and also connected a Bose Wave Radio for music and audio for video. After using it for five days, I am very impressed with the package. The iMac is blazing fast and quiet. The OS is intuitive and simple to learn & use. It really is less technical in nature than Windows. Interestingly, I have found that MS Office for Mac is simpler to use than MS Office for Windows. The software integration in the OS is excellent, and the system runs with good stability. I have played video while downloading files from the internet without any hint of a problem. I had planned to install Windows XP but have since abandoned the idea. Although I cannot compare this computer to previous Macs, I can say with confidence that it is clearly superior to a windows based PC for ease of use and reliability.