Pros + Widescreen display
+ It was fast
+ No virus
+ The Magic Mouse and keyboard are both wireless and work flawlessly
+ Mac OS X Snow Leopard is included, plus iLife 09
Cons - Yellow Color at the bottom of the screen
Summary I have been a PC user since the mid 80s and just recently had my Windows based machine held hostage by a virus, even though I had anti-virus software loaded that I was paying for. I said "enough is enough" and decided to switch from "the Darkside (of Windows) to an Apple. When I received the package and opened the shipping box to find a padded handle to lift the iMac out, I realized they just do things right, and that feeling carried through with the installation and using the iMac.I suggest best deal for this iMac at: www.amazon .com/dp/B002QQ8IO6/?tag=***************
Things just work the way they should without the complications that Windows machines give. I have still got things to figure out and learn about this new computer, but as of now, I think I am a true Apple convert. I love the wireless magic mouse and keyboard, and this replaced so much clutter of cables and attachments from the PC I was using. Thanks Apple for making such a great computer product.
*** P.S. If you are looking for cheap iMac I suggest at: www.amazon.com/gp/*************?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26redirect%3Dtrue%26ref_%3Dsr_nr_n_0%26keywords%3DApple%2520iMac%26bbn%3D541966%26qid%3D1296876204%26rnid%3D541966%26rh%3Dn%253A172282%252Ck%253AApple%2520iMac%252Cn%253A%2521493964%252Cn%253A541966%252Cn%253A565098&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
Updated on Nov 23, 2011
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Pros all in one, design, quality
Cons price and that's it
Summary Yes Apple computer are expensive, but I haven't had to upgrade my computers every year like PC's. I own a MacMini (2006), MacBookPro (2008), MacBook (2009), and a G5 (2003). They still keep up with the latest on the market. And I haven't had to do any upgrades in that entire time. I plan on getting this iMac soon so my family can enjoy it as much as all the other Macs we have. Amazing, that you get what you pay for.
"Excellent!"on by Neil2112
Pros Good upgrades. Still the best.
Cons Not the cheapest. But you get quality over quantity.
Summary Sure, for the price you can get more on a Windows PC, but you can't get a stunning aluminum and glass enclosure and above average reliability on any desktop PC. You also can't take your 5 year old Dell to the store for free tech help either.
I hope to upgrade v soon. My 3 year old iMac still looks brand new and will fetch about 70% of its sticker price.
This baby has been worth every penny.
Pros The screen is AMAZING. No one else comes close to the design.
RAM is clocked a bit higher
Discrete Graphics card used
SDXC Card Reader on top of regular SD cards
A SSD and HDD can both be installed on the machine
Cons Expensive. You get what you pay for.
No HDMI. You have to pay for a converter
No Blu-Ray option. You have to buy the internal drive
No USB 3.0. Most computers do not have this right now
Summary This computer is capable! Check your facts before posting!!!! You can put a Blu-Ray drive in your Mac, you can get an HDMI convert box. But no USB 3.0, which you shouldn't care about unless your transferring tons of data off your computer a lot. The wireless keyboard and mouse are great and usually with a PC you don't get that with the computer, you have to pay for it. The speakers are on the bottom of the monitor, they are great and won't clutter your desk. The iMac has a camera and a mic, it was made to video chat. This machine operates quieter than a whisper when it's running, you won't here that whirling sound like you do in some computers. It's definitely worth it. The software is innovative and the experience comforting. This can be the perfect home entertainment system. Just get the parts, get a magic trackpad, mount it to the wall and it's perfect! You can't really have it like that with a PC. With this there is no clunky box, no loud humming sounds, an easy to use computer.
Blu-Ray Drive for Mac
You have to get an internal drive [http://www.amexdigital.com/Press_Release-E_BD-UG1%20Mac%20mini%20Blu-ray%20Drive%20Upgrade%20Kit.htm] You can watch full res, Blu-Ray with Front Row if you have Perian installed [http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/video/perian.html]
HDMI to DisplayPort Converter
[http://www.tekserve.com/store/414/HDMI/-6323] but the iMac can only accept 720p video from HDMI
Pros Very clean and attractive all-in-one design, superb performance, ease-of-use, excellent display, MacOS X and iLife, super quiet, easy wireless setup
Cons Pricey but still worth every penny when considering the pleasant computing experience, display size could be a little bigger, warranty should be longer
Summary This is the 8th Mac I've purchased since I started using Macs back in the late-80's. I've used a bunch of Windows computers over the years as well at work during those years, but I've always preferred the Macs due to their ease of use, lack of clutter, reliability, and fun factor. I feel fortunate that I now work at a company that made a wholesale change to Macs from PC's 3 years ago.
I got this new iMac a few weeks ago for the family (wife and two boys aged 10 and 7) and we're all ecstatic to have such a great computer in the house to replace an aging Mac Pro. I also have a MacBook Pro at home but it's the company's computer for my business trips so I don't let my kids use that one. I also replaced the Magic Mouse that came with this iMac with the new Magic Trackpad and we all got used to that real fast.
Setting up a computer has never been so easy. I took out the all-in-one iMac out of the box, plugged in the power cord and that was it. I got wireless WiFi connection immediately, registered the computer to Apple's site and was up and running in minutes. The iMac is more than attractive enough to put in the family room next to the kitchen. My wife wanted it there so that she could monitor what the kids are doing on it. The clean look and the lack of cable clutter fits in nicely with the home decor. I also set it up for wireless printing over the home network without any troubles in minutes as well. My wife was amazed that I basically set up the whole thing in about 15 minutes.
I also use an older 24" iMac at work, so I'm quite used to working on one. It's hard to tell the performance difference as I don't do any intensive graphics work like photo or video editing. For the family, it's a quantum leap over what we've had in the home for several years. The ease-of-use, good looks, and it being able to do virtually anything we need out of a home computer makes it a very satisfying experience. My decor-conscious wife even commented that it has that Bang & Olufsen type of vibe about it.
Apple's stuff is certainly pricey compared to most Windows PC's but I feel the extra cost is worth it when one considers the no-hassle set-up, the enjoyable experience when interacting with the MacOS X, the solid reliability factor, and great industrial design. The metal housing on the computer as well as the wireless keyboard and the Magic Trackpad exude high-end quality all the way around. Considering what you get these days out of a computer compared to what you got even 2~3 years ago, I really think all computers are a "bargain," including the Macs. This new iMac has pretty much everything the family and I could ever need for basic computing needs at home and it does so in great style.