Pros 2x's faster + iLife update and iWeb
Cons older PowerPC code won't be blazing, for now...
Summary This machine was great before will all the Mac +'s but there was the tiny issue of processor speed. Well - they fixed that. For the mean time not everything will run blazingly fast due to the absence of universal binary code in many apps. However the apple suite of software covers most all the functions an average user would need. Add in the new iWeb and almost every task that an average user wants to do is now easier and faster due to apple's universal binary code. Tack on the update to the video card and what was once great is not greater. Doesn't get the 10 due to the universal binary issue and the lack of a dual layer DVD burner but that's nit picking for a non-profession computer. In short - this is about as good as it gets in terms of a computer built for the masses...
"Computer Paradise"on by curtiswvu
Pros Fast, Beautiful Screen, Entertainment Wonderland!
Cons Willl have to wait a few months for new PhotoShop Software
Summary I have owned many many computers in the last 5 years. 2 Sony Viaos, A new Dell top notch desktop, a Gateway Notebook and a Compaq notebook. This new 20inch MAC is amazing! I opted for the wireless mouse and keyboard, along with 1 gig of ram. The result is this machine blazes through anything. Also the iLife feautres are so easy to use your dog could play the machine. I had this thing out of the box set up and my first web site published in 20 minutes! Also the included remote control turns this thing into an amazing entertainment center with iTunes and DVD's right there in bed. Wow what else, it burns CD's quick, the attached iSight is amazing the microphone built in is shockingly clear and god this thing is easy to use. Easy Easy Easy. Buy it and you too will see why PC's are left in the dust.
"Odd review"on by jkwst
Pros Impressive speed bump for consumers
Cons Too new to know
Summary It strikes me as odd that the negatives found in Cnet's review of this iMac are that profeesional level software, ala Photoshop runs a few seconds slower on this this consumer level computer than in previous models but notes that software updates are forthcoming. I stress consumer level computer because all of the day to day needs of a typical home or home office user, it seems that the speed is up to snuff in all the places you need it. Safari, Mail, iPhoto, Garageband, iWeb. Dreamweaver? Though I suppose you could prefer to use such software on this machine, a PowerMac seems to be really what you would be aiming for. With that in mind, the timetable for its release is in line with the other professional software in March and later in the year. I suppose reviewer have to have something to knock but it should be with a bit more perspective on other tangible factors like who the product is geared for. For a consumer, this is an 8.0 product. For design professional users, move along this computer is really not for you unless you are willing to wait, oh three or four months for software that will give you back the 12 or so seconds of processor time.
Pros 1) All included applications from iLife are faster than I have seen before; 2) it includes everything I need to import and edit my digital photos; 3) iMovie HD '06 is really sweet!
Cons Just have to wait until March to get any high end video or audio apps to work at full speed
Summary I like this machine very much. It has everything included that I need, mostly that being iLife '06. Great integration between all the iLife suite, and I especially like the iMovie HD '06, which is really fast. Everything I need to do on a computer I can do on this iMac CD and it's way faster than the iMac it is replacing (a PPC version).
I will just have to wait until March or April to get my "Pro Apps" over from my other machine, like Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. But in the meantime, I am enjoying a great machine, and would not want to give it up and go with any other computer.
The review given by this Rich Brown fellow is really unfair IMHO. He is testing apps that Apple has said SPECIFICALLY will not run at full speed on this new box until updates are made available by the respective companies: Apple's are due in late March. In fact, just reading this line by Mr. Brown made me realize that his article is really a REVIEW OF ROSETTA, not a review of the apps which the target consumer of this iMac are going to be using, i.e. iLife, Safari/Firefox/whatever, and a word processor of choice:
[quote]"...the native software support is the crux of the issue for the iMac Core Duo. Thanks to Apple's transparent Rosetta technology, you can run all Apple software on the new iMac. The question is, how fast?"
As for word processing with Word, AppleWorks, and Nisus (the three apps I use), I don't notice a difference from my last PPC Mac, since they seem to run fine under Rosetta.
So that's why I am giving it a 10 out of 10. It really is perfect in my opinion. It does everything I need at this moment in time, and it does it faster than before, FOR THE SAME PRICE as before, in a beautiful package. If I want to run pro apps on it, then I'll have to wait a couple of months; no biggie. Also, since it's a first rev. of the product, I am going to buy the AppleCare extended warranty before the year is out, just to be safe.
Pros Fantastic built-in parentel controls even my 13 year old can't hack!
Cons Non-upgradable graphics and CPU.
Summary Intel conceded selling PC's baseed on processor speed is a marketing myth. Ever faster CPU's are important to hard-core enthusiasts, such as gamers. 99% of us need better overall system performance and Apple delivers the best designed sytems and incudes the best software package. The OS is virus free and easy to use. You don't have to be a PC Tech to keep the computer running. The extra cost is justifed by the highest level of support a company can give. Visit an Apple store if you can and you'll see what I mean.