Breathtakingly slim, staggeringly powerful and unbelievably usable, the ultra-smooth new Apple iMac ME089B/A 27" All-in-one is a thing of beauty that brings elegance and sophistication to home computing like no other desktop
Apple ME089B/A - iMac 27" - 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB, 1TB-7200 HDD, GTX 775M, Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse(PLEASE SEE 2000076728 for Wired KB&Mouse Version)
I've been somewhat anti-Apple in the past, thinking of them as some anonymous, evil corporate giant trying to control my life (I know, I know, I've started taking the pills again). However, I loved the iPad when I got it and recently I started to admire the cool look of the iMac. Having had a good commission this quarter, I decided to buy one of these, plus a number of peripherals (and an iPad Air). I was slightly apprehensive as (like another reviewer mentioned), I'd been led to believe that the transition from my Windows 7 PC would be traumatic and I'd regret it. Well, that's just nonsense. Yes, it's really quite different, but it's remarkably intuitive and when you can't seem to see how to do something, you just Google it. What impresses me most about this machine and peripherals such as the Airport Extreme I also acquired, is how it all works together so well. I haven't had a single "Missing Driver" or incompatibility type issue. Just connect it all up and it takes the grunt work out of the technical stuff. I'm so impressed by it that I can hardly stay off the damned thing, trying to learn how to become a pro user and looking into some of the more technical side of it (most of which is hidden away by default). One thing I'm very happy about is getting rid of all the (separately powered) peripherals I had attached to my PC. I've rid myself of countless cables and at least two additional mains gang sockets. It just looks so cool. The 802.11ac wireless connection to my Airport Extreme is rock solid and fast. The small white keyboard it came with looks like it's going to be very tricky to use but in reality, I think it's one of the best keyboards I've ever used. The mouse is also a clever bit of engineering and design and I particularly like the fact that the smooth, button-less upper surface acts as a touch-sensitive area and you can swipe application screens across. Performance is impressive when doing things like copying files, even across the WiFi connection and watching HD films is truly awesome as the picture quality is superb and the delivery completely seamless. I have a Thunderbolt disk attached and performance of this is much, much faster than the USB 2 disk I had attached to my PC. One other thing I've noticed is how quiet everything is. The Thunderbolt HDD, Smardrive and the iMac itself are all virtually silent. compared with the constantly whirring fan and noisy disks of my PC, it's completely silent. Sitting here now the only noise I can hear is the disk in my Lenovo Windows 7 laptop whirring and clicking (maybe it's time my company replaced this actually as it doesn't sound healthy!).
I just love this machine. I'm completely converted and have sold my soul to Apple.Read more ›
I got exactly what I was expecting - a 27 inch iMac and saved £200 in the process. However despite the machine being unmarked it had obviously been unboxed and used at some point before being repackaged, but things like the power cord being an untidy mess and not in the cable tie etc show its not ex-factory. Whether its been sold and returned or ex-demo who knows? However it works perfectly so I can't fault it.
Being a complete devotee and supporter of Apple this piece of kit was supposed to be the icing on the cake for my Apple Mac collection. However, moving data across and creating effective syncs took forever on the phone with Apple. The iMac itself now seems fine but I am disappointed and rather disillusioned by this Apple product.