Pros Gorgeous Hi-Def Built-in display. Wi-fi for cordless keyboard & touch only mouse with cool intertial scrolling. Good built-in speakers and microphone. Runs quiet. Fully functional with 2 cords: the power cord and a USB-to-iPod cable. BEAUTIFUL!
Cons Keyboard and mouse gave wrist pain week 1. Magic Mouse tracking fine but not as snappy as a wired mouse. Keyboard needs a 9 key numeric pad. Machine can run a bit hot. Snow Leapord firewall glitches (Allow/Deny Popup). Choppy camera movie capture.
Summary The Good:Update: Nearing end of week 2 as a new Mac owner. Still dazzled by the screen clarity. Now used to the keyboard and magic mouse. *Love* the touch scrolling: very responsive. Sometimes clicking gives a right click when I want a left click. I've run into some minor Mac limitations that bother many Windows switchers like myself. 1) Finder (Mac's equiv of Windows Explorer) won't cut and paste files/folders. Instead you must drag and drop files/folders in order to move them. 2) There is no merging of folders in Finder as well (i.e. you can't just combine contents of two folders by dragging one folder on top of the other). 3) Can only resize windows at the bottom right corner. 4) No "minimize all programs" equiv like "Show Desktop" button in Windows. Instead, use Expose and Spaces to keep things organized. 5) Numbers won't find/replace only the contents in a highlighted column like in Excel. 6) Need 3rd party software to write to NTFS format. No deal breakers here, but they're annoying.
This is my first Mac and it is BEAUTIFUL. Couldn't be happier with the display. I didn't think I would warm up to the glossy, but I don't notice it because the backlight is so bright. Love the ability to have only 2 wires connected to it (assuming you have a router) and still be fully functional: 1 USB cable for my iPod and 1 power cord.
The keyboard and mouse are cute and functional, but ergnonomically unliveable without either some habit changing effort or wrist supports. I already work 2 previously pain-free pc intensive jobs on a 70 hr week ... no coinicidence. Still wish I had a number key pad on the wireless, but for my purposes, I'm fine without it. Built-in camera Camera movie isn't smooth.
Firewall flashes Allow/Deny popup for 1 sec on 3rd party progs. 2 months since 10.6 release and still waiting on a fix. Safari takes 1 min to open secure banking & credit card sites. I worry about the machine running hot.
Final Word: I love my mac. I've waited a long time for it and it is a great thing to have. The ergonomics of the keyboard and mouse have dampened things though, but I'm finding solutions. Mac OS X is taking some time to learn, but overall a positive experience. Truth be told I could get everything I wanted done on a Windows 7 platform with higher specs at half the price but then again it wouldn't be with half the style or promise of long term performance. Windows 7 might deliver on that, but Mac OS has a proven track record . Definitely recommend this computer.
Updated on Dec 4, 2009
Updated on Dec 14, 2009Addressing my biggest annoyance: No cut in Finder - possible solution is to setup two Finder windows, one on the left side for navigation, and one on the right to act as a holding pen for files to be moved. Find the folders/files you want in the left window, drag and drop them to the right window, then navigate to the destination in the left, then moved the files back from the right window. Not as efficient as cutting, navigating, and pasting all in one window, but it works. Spring loading the folders, using column views, and copying, pasting, then deleting the duplicates are all options too. A solution program called Pathfinder is out there for $40 and it is supposed to be very good. I'm not sure I'll even try it or else I might buy it ;-) I still enjoy my Mac but I can say that I definitely miss certain Windows features that measureably cut down on the time it takes to do some everyday tasks.
Updated on Mar 6, 20103+ months later, still *loving* my iMac despite the growing pains. Had to take it in to repair a hgih-pitched noise (like an old CRT whining) associated with screen brightness. Occassionally, I can still hear it , but the repair made it much better. Changed my ethernet settings to manual full duplex which fixed my slow page loading. Got used to most of Finder's peculiarities. iWork needs to be able to simply "Save As" instead of adding the step of going through Export (Note: Mac OS X seems to excel at adding a few extra steps here and there to get the same thing done that Windows would do in 1 step). I'll update again later down the road.
Updated on Mar 27, 2010Installed Windows 7 through boot camp for that odd Windows-only program. Seems nice & snappy in boot camp, but doesn't quite outpace Snow Leopard :-) For lightweight Windows tasks, I run Win7 alongside Snow Leopard using Parallels 5.0 in Crystal Mode. This does max out the RAM fast and slows things down, but it's still faster than my Win XP eMachine. Definitely more convenient than rebooting if the program isn't resource intensive.
Took the iMac in again to remove a screen smudge caused by the earlier screen noise repair for. This new blotch took several cleanining attempts to resolve.
Updated on Mar 27, 2010The iLife 09 and iWork 09 suites continue to impress. I use iPhoto to make professional quality photo montages & convert them into movie format. Pages had some great templates that I used to create an invoice and personal journal. Keynote even helped me build a neat little company logo.
Bought a copy of MS Office for Mac 2008 for $10 through my employer. Entourage (Outlook for Mac) replaces programs that might otherwise take up dock space (MacMail, Address Book, iCal, etc.). It's also nice to have Excel, Word, & PowerPoint if I need them. Autosaves are included. BTW, to autosave an iWork document, get ForeverSave for about $15 (look for promos!) What else? Disco 1.0 is a must for disk spanning backups. Just drop any size folder into the program let her rip (literally). Huge timesave. I'll write more when I have something
Pros Fast startup - Fantastic display - Preinstalled developer tools, iLife suite, and other software is a great bonus, and they work seamlessly - Finder interface is so easy to use, and is feature rich - Graphics - OS X Snow Leopard - Well, everything.
Cons The fact that they would allow you to put Microsoft Windows onto the system - I couldn't bear to taint the iMac with it.
Summary Due to a mishap, I had to replace the family's MS Windows based laptop. I bought an MS Windows 7 based PC for the children and a 21.5 iMac running Snow Leopard for myself.
That was my biggest mistake. I thought I was saving money by buying a PC for the kids.
I should have bought 2 iMacs instead. I had never used an iMac before. Now I doubt that I will ever want to go back to a Windows PC.
There are a few things that come standard on Windows 7 that aren't included in Snow Leopard such as the games and the Paint program, but I think that what comes on the Snow Leopard that is not included in Windows 7 such as the iLife suite is much better.
The software that comes standard and preinstalled is worth mentioning: iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, Garage Band, iWeb, Front Row, Time Machine ... just to mention a few - they are all fantastic programs and they all work together seamlessly.
I took the iMac out of the box, plugged it into the power and turned it on. After the initial pairing of the wireless keyboard and wireless mouse - all of 10 seconds, the computer was ready to use.
The Dock is a great interface. The Finder is well thought out and is easily navigable and customisable.
I bought an external hard drive for backup. It was so easy to configure and partition for the kids PC and for the iMac. And backing up is so easy using Time Machine; you don't have to do a thing. It was easy to setup, and it keeps hourly backups for the previous 24 hrs, then daily backups for the past month, then weekly backups for all previous months. If you need to, it is so easy to access the backups to whatever date you wish. The oldest backups are deleted when the disk becomes full.
I don't play graphically intensive games, so I don't know how that would compare with a Windows 7 PC.
They say there is more software for the PC, but I don't find that a problem since the ones like File Maker and Adobe CS5 and a lot of other software is made available for both platforms, and there are ample programs available for the iMac. However, if choice is what one desires, then maybe the Windows 7 is the way to go.
I have had the iMac for about three months now, and so far I have no problems with it. Nor for that matter with the PC. Both are working well.
I have had no complaints or problems with the Windows 7 PC, but if I had to buy another computer, it definitely would be am iMac, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who asks.
Pros The LED backlit display is amazing, I didn't think I would like the magic mouse and new bluetooth keyboard, but they are both great. Super fast start up, wakes up fast from sleep mode, and a definite conversation piece.
Cons No display-in, minimal USB ports as well as firewire.
Summary Excellent purchase and this comes from a mac and pc user. I was initially going to purchase the 27 inch but negative reviews about display issues prevented me from doing so. The display is amazing. If you're considering purchasing this, go aead and do so.
Pros great system
Cons but i believe there is a glitch in the review
Summary The review from cnet mentions that this version of the new iMac has DisplayPort input capabilities. Apple itself begs to differ, see http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html under "Graphics and video support".
Pros The performance is extremely stable, the display is excellent, very user friendly, does not need a lot of space, and many many more pros... And, at last NO VIRUSES!!
Cons Could be a little cheaper, but this iMac is so good that you forget about it after a short while!
Summary If you try to use this iMac for about a month, you will totally forget about Windows, viruses etc. Believe me, as a former Windows user, I have now found peace of mind with this Apple iMac... At last no need to worry about viruses, paying for antivirus services that do very little (in my previous windows PCs).
This system functions smoothly, with the greatest stability I've ever enjoyed...
I must confess that only after purchasing and enjoying Apple's iPhone I took the risk to change from Windows to Mac's...
The best experience I have ever had since entering the computer era with my 80's ZX Spectrum...
I would recommend everyone to just try it for a month and then make up your mind.