Pros excelent upgrades, front row is awesome, slimmer design
Cons no tv input, mighty mouse and key board should be wireless
Summary Owning the previous model of this imac, i would have to say that the upgrades made to this desktop is amazing for the price. Having spent $1499 for the previous middle 17 inch model in march, im kicking myself for not waiting for this one.
As far as making it a media pc, it will not quite take over your tv. Without a tv connection or tivo function, dont think about replacing your tv/dvd player just yet. But with apples flawless design, simplicity, and frontrow with remote this pc will be found in more homes than its predecessor.
Pros Beautiful screen, great with media, the remote and front row are really cool, the most simple machine with great design.
Cons A bit expensive but you won't regret it as no one else does. If you are a gamer you could get a PC that would do better for much less.
Summary First off I just wanted to say that the guy who rated this computer a 1 is wrong. He said that the camera isn't adjustible (its built in to the screen) and he also said that this isn't a gaming computer. Well, if you are a hard core gamer then you wouldn't buy an iMac. Those are both stupid cons and the fact that he gave it a 1 is completely wrong... with that said let me get to my review. I will admit that PC is much better than Mac dollar for dollar when it comes to doing the most sophisticated games. But if you aren't a gamer, then Mac owns everything else.
This computer has two phrases that describe it. Brilliant ease of use and great design.
Everything works great and apple seems to think of anything that you may want to do when you work on a pc. They have given an expose feature which helps you see all the windows open in a second and their operating system (tiger) must be the best OS ever. It is far superior to windows. The front row program looks spectacular. When I show people this computer the first thing I show them is front row media cause it looks so cool.
If you are a PC owner as I have been for the last 7 years it is hard to understand what I mean by "everything works better and simpler and just looks awesome." You might think, everything looks fine on my PC and everything works good. But once you have owned a mac for a week and you see that everything truly is better you will understand what I am saying.
The only true downfall to owning this machine is you may find program compatibility programs. This won't happen for college classes or anything, as it runs all microsoft office programs (including word, excel and powerpoint). You may run into trouble trying to run, for example, an online poker site's program. You can solve this problem by downloading virtual PC which will run anything a PC does but it is considerably slower.
On the bottom line, this computer runs brilliantly and simple. The design is beautiful, the screen is beautiful and when you are using it you just think, "this is great. So much better than my old pc". I can understand the doubters because I was a doubter for years, I just switched to mac a couple weeks ago. It is truly hard to explain but once you have owned one for a week you will know what I am saying. Once you do buy it, come online and write a review.
It never ceases to amaze me how good the ratings are for the macs. Despite the few who rate this computer a 1 or 2 (how could you possibly? The only true complaint may be that it is pretty expensive, but I am completely satisfied and would buy it again) this is the best computer that you can own. MOST EVERYONE RATES IT A 9 or a 10. Doesn't that make you curious? It did make me curious and now I know exactly why.
I'm mac for life.
YES I pay 500$ more for a similar powered computer that a PC is. But here is how I benefit...
1. beautiful design and workspace which you use everytime you turn on your computer
2. The ease of use of an iPod
3. EVERYTHING just makes sense, it is hard to describe.
4. no viruses or spyware junk that everyone gets on PC and is always worried about.
THIS THING OWNS! I WOULD GIVE IT AN 11. I'll never buy a PC again unless I become a gamer (truth is that PC is just a lot better when it comes to playing the most sophiticated games, could you get a mac that could do the same? yes. but it would probably cost you 2500 for a mac that would do the same as a 1100 PC). But for everything other than gaming, i.e. music, pictures, video, DVD, etc. Mac is just ten times better.
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Pros Quiet, minimalist, beautiful, surprisingly quick
Cons Video could be faster; not expandable beyond RAM
Summary This is the mid-range computer most people would *really* be happy with. Why get something that seems to have bigger numbers behind it if it ends up being bulky, noisy, or requires add-in cards to accomplish what you want?
This system is pretty silent. Even when I deliberately stress it with a 720p video, the fans barely spin up at all and can't be heard over even modest volumes.
Also, the iMac definitely the top pick for a dorm room PC, a small apartment, or anyone who wants a reasonably quick desktop but without the usual cable clutter or loss of space. It's heavier than a laptop, but much lighter than most desktops and fairly easy to relocate if you're moving to another room or across the country.
Front Row is surprisingly useful, though it depends on your habits. To me, it's most useful for viewing movie trailers and downloaded video clips. It's faster than visiting Apple's Quicktime page for trailers, and for videos that are sharp enough to display full-screen, it's better than paying for a $30 copy of Quicktime Pro.
About the only gripes I have are about things that are somewhat excusable. The graphics are good enough that many relatively mainstream games (World of Warcraft, Sims 2, etc.) will run well, but obviously this isn't the machine for a dedicated gamer in the rfirst place. The other concern is that the system is more or less closed off; you can add RAM through a slot in the bottom, but you can't replace the hard drive or any other internal parts. It's not a major concern if you're not the sort who'd regularly upgrade or are comfortable buying external drives or other such add-ons.
Pros Prestige, simplicity and everything an OS should be
Cons Feeling a bit lost, like in a world 10 years in the future
Summary This review might bring nothing new to the previous MAC users, but if you are a PC user, and need a little push towards switching to MAC, here are my first impressions. Bottom line: don't be fooled to buy another PC!
I went to Future Shop (a Canadian cousin of Best Buy) to buy a 17-inch PC laptop for my wife (she has an old Dell Inspiron 8100) and I ended up buying the iMac G5.
While I was playing with the PC laptops (the more you test them, the more they look the same) two salesmen were playing with the iMAC, they were connecting a bluetooth phone, and downloading some MP3s. Since I have a bloetooh phone too, so I went over there closer, and the iMac quickly detected my phone. Hey, got my attention here, mr Apple! I just watched on the side amazed at the graphical fluidity of this futuristic operating system, about which I heard many great gossips in the past.
While still in the store, I quickly surfed to cnet to get a quick rating, and with the score 8 and over, 10 minutes later I was the proud owner of the white box.
For car maniacs, this is a 2006 White Range Rover of automobiles (the prestige of driving and the feeling of owning one is the same as this iMAC).
The initial configuration and installation was quick, about ten times faster as a new PC (my estimated impression). My wireless network was automatically detected and set up before I even thought about setting up internet. And then I tried to download and set up Firefox, because I am not familiar with Safari. All was mysteriously simple. I don't even know how it happened, but my Firefox was already up and running.
I inserted a DVD in the slot on the side, and tested the little remote control. The image quality of the DVD movie (a Disney animation) was less than perfect, but I imagine it was the fault of the DVD, and not the screen. The 20-inch screen is bright and clear. 1680x1050.
I could continue raving about the superiority of the X operating system, but I leave it to you to discover what you were missing all these years.
In conclusion, for me, it's two huge steps forward: 1=great machine, 2=great Operating System.
And while I write this review, my wife connected the Canon Powershot S80 digital camera to the usb port on the keyboard. She then clicked on the camera icon, and downloads images. Forget Picasa (which I always thought was the best for PC). Click Play, and the iMac plays a background music, and the photos are professionally animated for a stunning slideshow!
Tomorrow, I go back to the Future Shop to buy another iMac G5 for myself. I can't go back to the prehistoric age of my Dell Inspiron 8600.
And because the G5 is cheaper than any good laptop, I will also save a few bucks!
Can I be happier?
Pros Builtin video camera, front row, and just enough buttons on the remote for anyone to operate it
Cons Steve said it. We will waist a hell of a lot of productivity playing with photo booth.
Summary When things can become really simple and you no more need a degree from MIT to operate a media center remote control then the use of computers becomes fun even for my wife who normaly hates computers. She can not keep away from this one.