"Very Pleased with it. Fast, Stable, Secure & Just Plain fun!"4.5 starson by elejaces
Pros: iLife packs a solid suite of the most useful programs, and they all work!
Cons: iChat needs better compatibility with non-Mac users (AIM, Messenger, etc.)
Summary: Let me start by saying I actually OWN this computer. It cracks me up that people are rating a machine that they do not own or have not actually even tested, but oh well, this forum is all about opinions.
Speed: the machine does feel about 15% faster than my 2Ghz iMac G5 doing simple tasks, like booting or opening programs. Where you really see more speed is when using iPhoto and video editing. I am reluctant to rate speed by just looking at the sticker GHz of the processor - that is why you use benchmark tests, since other factors also affect speed like total RAM, cache, and hard drive RPM for starters.
Cosmetics: it is truly beautiful, and it looks GREAT on my desk. I find it ludicrous that people bang Apple for charging for looks. I actually don't mind paying extra for something that looks good. The PC these MACs replaced in my house were full of wires, big, noisy, and ugly. Not to mention took a lot more space on my desk. So if you still believe looks don't matter ask Cindy Crawford...
Functionality: the iLife suite is so cool! everything works so well. No compatiblity issues between programs, crashes, or hardware configuration problems. iLife 06 just packs almost everything you would need for your digital life: video, photography, music, and sharing your stuff with family and friends. This is a big deal for me. I had always used Dell desktops. My last one, an XPS "powerhouse" at 3.4 GHz and a long list of "great" hardware had to be re-configured 4 times. I had a long list of problems getting the software to work and not create conflicts with video capture, crashes, and blue screens of death. Not to mention that I had to buy all this extra software to do this, that actually comes free with the MAC and works right out of the box. After endless wasted hours with tech support, I bought my first Mac and ther has been no looking back. I still have my Windows 2000 laptop from work, but there is just no comparison between the simplicity and ease of use of the Macs. All the time I spent "fixing" my PC I spend now doing the stuff I want to do with the computer. I am fairly literate with computers, so I can only think what it must be for people that have little skills or just no time to figure things out.
So yeah, there are faster PC's, so what? For the stuff I do, the Mac is perfect. By the time I priced a similar PC with all the software I wanted, I find the MAC to be a better value.
The only things I would like to see in these machines are:
Better compatibility between iChat and other web video clients, like AIM and so. iChat and the video quality simply smokes out PC programs of the kind. So IMHO, Apple should do some work to make it 100% compatible. There are tricks and ways of doing it, but it is quite a bit of work on the PC side. I would also like to see these MACs go out with 1GIG of RAM. Video editing is smoother and it really brings out the speed of the dual processors to shine.
Very pleased with this computer overall. Easy to use, great looks, good speed for video, photos and music, stable, secure, and just fun. If you have similar needs, this may be for you.