"This machine blows PCs out of the water."5.0 starson by guffwd
Pros: Blazing specs, increidble design and innovation.
Cons: Configurability could be improved.
Summary: Despite, CNET's not so flattering review of performance (which seems to be more and more of a trend at this site - if you are going to compare you compare identical stats? same platform? Macs run windows, you know), all other non-biased tech sites out there have showed that the machine not only wins at almost every test, but blows them out of the water - especially when running windows. I had been amicrosoft fanboy for a long time (mostly because most of my programs run only of PC), but became increasingly frustrated with their numerous security patches, Windows Genuine Advantage that they tried to slip on by, and the whole lack of a new operating system for 5+ years. Thus when Mac switched to Intel, I became interested and after learning about what MacOS can now do, I'm hooked on Mac. Apple continues to push the envelope and strive for innovation. I've been waiting for someone to come out with easy-load hard drives, expandable memory (beyond XP's max of 2GBs) and nor chords!! It does not surprise me that it was Apple who did it first. CNET was right in that this machine is designed for high-end professional use and the consumer won't see the whole bang for the buck. It WILL, however, run intensive games at blazing speeds with the Radeon 1900 XT (on windows, since games are only now coming out for Mac). My only wish was that I could have bought the system hard-driveless or videocardless because Apple, not having the market share of Dell of HP (yet - that'll change, especially in light on recent cover-ups of exploding batteries by DELL laptops - one of which I witnessed personally as my neighbor's house became charred because of one), does not get the deals to sell components cheaper, and they need to make money somewhere, especially when they're underselling DELL by $1000, and thus the components I can find cheaper elsewhere. But if you want a really good machine that can render, process, game, Photoshop (well - at least when 10.0 comes out anyway), this machine is the way to go. If you're not sure, wait. The price will drop when Apple adds Intel's Xeon Quadcore to its processor list in January. I, however, couldn't wait. I love this machine, it screams!