Pros all-in-one design, iLife suite, OS X, Intel processors, everything about this computer
Cons Rosetta Apps run slower then Universal Apps
Summary I have been a Windows user for more then 10 years. I have become very adept at using, upgrading and repairing Windows based pc's. Having said that, now that I have the 17 inch iMac, I loath having to use a Windows based pc for anything I do. I've had this iMac for a month now and I have already reaped the benefits. Not normally a creative person, I was able to make a hardback photo book of my daughter for my wife, have it professionally printed and assembled, and shipped to my doorstep all via iPhoto (included in iLife) for less than $50.00 and it took me less than two hours to complete, start to finish. This computer has converted me to Apple. It will convert you too. The only downside to the new Intel iMacs are the limited number of universal applications. The older programs that are not universal run via Rosetta. Supposedly they run slower then normal. Since I have never used these programs with the PowerPC processors I don't know the difference. I use MS Office for Mac and it runs just as fast on my iMac as it does on my Laptop. If you are in the market for a new desktop and want something that will truly make your life easier (albeit in the computing world) the iMac should be your first and only choice. One other thing, viruses are almost non-existent on Macs. There are tens of thousands of viruses for PCs. One last item, one marketing phrase touted from Apple is "they just work". This is the truth. I have yet to encounter any slow downs, freezes, fatal errors, "internet explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. send/don't send a report to Microsoft" messages. It connected to my wireless network and uploaded pictures from my Panasonic Digital Camera, all without me having to load any drivers or software...it just worked. The OS starts up in less than 30 seconds. May not seem like a selling point, but when you just want to get on the computer and get to whatever it is you want to do, 30 seconds is a god-send compared to 60-90 for Windows XP. It also shuts down in 10-15 seconds. Do yourself a favor and buy this computer, it will certainly live up to your expectations.
Cons Few Universal Programs
Summary I love it. Its perfect for editing. iLife that comes with it is perfect to. You Dont even need to buy any more software if you want to start recording bands or making music videos. I LOVE IT.
Cons Wait for Pro Apps
Summary I got one of the First in the Apple Store In Petagon City. It works great....Fast but could use more RAM. Iapps are much faster and quiet did I say QUIET !!!! My Ibook makes more noise.
"No Complaints"on by rdekoch
Pros Powerful for the price, runs native software at lightning speed
Cons would be nice if 1 gig of ram was standard
Summary It was quite clear to me that the intel Imac would not run classic apps and would run non-native apps using Rosetta before I made this purchase. Because most of the software I use is already Universal(Ilife, Final Cut Pro, Reason 3.0.5), there's just no downside. It can handle some video editing operations quicker than the g5s I've used in the school video lab.Updated
I am more than happy with this purchase. It works as advertised and I made sure to do some research before I gave Apple my money. Most of the apps I use are universal so I felt pretty safe making this leap. I knew I coulndt run classic apps so I didn't have that expectation.
The Intel Imac is surprisingly powerful and it's proven to be a pretty damn good machine for video editing and music. Most of the software I run is Universal and runs like a dream (iLife, Final Cut Pro, Reason 3.0.5). The apps I run in rosetta seem to work great as well (MS Office Student, Max/MSP). So far, this has been a great purchase for a student filmmaker/musician.
Pros It starts every time, for all the good it does. My 24" iMac is loaded with hardware and software bugs Apple "genius bars(?) and their specialty repair store couldn't, then Apple reneged on. They're begging for another class action suit. Apple Hell.
Cons Just about everything now. Technical Support, Genius Bars, Customer Relations and the bugs in my hardware AND software, none of which Apple is willing to make right. Their Customer Relations is pathetic and dares me to take action and I will.
Summary They say Leopard will fix my many ills and send me a free copy but neglect to say their clean install will wipe out all your data and apps unless a clean install is done. This machine has a mind(?) of its own, maybe a loose wire (like rotten to the core Apple Computer) and software issues with lost programs and screwed up Parallels thanks to their irresponsible "tech support" who is responsible for nothing they do. Everything they do is irresponsible. I've written them 2 letters they don't even know how to read or respond to the facts presented. Stonewalled. I relied on this "great new computer" but retreated to my older PC with 512 GB memory vs the 2 Gigs on the iMac. It was much faster but a fraction of the reliability and I'll take Windows anytime over this mess. Apple even gave me a 32 Gig iTouch as a consolation prize; big deal. Trade me a $400 iPod for a worthless $2,000 machine. They cut the finally sympathetic Customer Relations guy out of the picture when he sent me the iPod, and gave me "Angie" who wouldn't give an inch and ignored the facts. I only wish I had the room for my 2 letters to Apple here. Maybe I can try edit them tomorrow.so they'll fit. Then YOU decide.