iMac 20" Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz,1GB,250GB,SuperDrive
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More than ever before, iMac allows you to live a digital life. Loaded with iLife, this all-in-one iMac makes it easy to turn your photos, movies, and music into blogs, podcasts, books, and calendars. All the other essentials are built in as well, including an iSight camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Just plug it in, turn it on, and you're ready to create something great.
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I've been using Macs since the early 90's and owned an iMac since 2000, so I'm familiar with the plus and minus points of Mac ownership.
The first impression of any Mac is cracking open the case and marvelling at the packaging. This iMac is no exception, Apple have surpassed themselves, all the accessories and manuals fit inside a keyboard sized box. You'll have the machine up and running in minutes.
Next the migration assistant was so nearly excellent, it copied everything across from my old Mac and only let itself down by getting stuck in the last minute or so of copying.
So how does the machine work? There are really only surface differences so far between my old machine and the new one. The Leopard iCandy
is nice but often gets in the way, Time Machine is excellent but I've not had to recover anything so far. I've also had two kernel panics in the early days of using this machine, mostly I think because Time machine and my anti-virus package don't play well together (make sure to exclude all your backup drives/ partitions from TM's preferences).
The look of the new machine is great, but as noted elsewhere the keyboard is probably a step backwards, the Mighty Mouse is a huge improvement over the one button mouse Apple used to ship. The screen is HUGE compared to the my old 17" iMac and this is also a big improvement, although the screen isn't suitable for Professional work - it's fine for what I need to do.
The only place this iMac really lets itself down is the miserly approach to RAM (memory), 1Gb simply isn't enough. I've upped it to 2Gb, but I think it's such a memory hungry beast that I've got 4Gb on order. Don't buy Apple's RAM it's extortionate - check Crucial first.
I'll also need to replace office 2004, as the emulated speed is quite painful.
So overall very good, with just a few minuses.
Where did the computer go? Yes, the design of this computer is impossibly thin. Despite being a computer and an LCD display in one, the iMac is miraculously thinner than the majority of stand-alone LCD displays. The build quality is the very best. The casing is machined from solid aluminium and the screen a plate of perfectly flat, smooth glass. This computer doesn't creak, or wobble when touched. The screen doesn't indent or warp if you press on it. Everything is reassuringly solid and beautifully engineered.
So how is the performance of a computer that's SO thin? The answer is, fantastic. The performance of the iMac is really its strong point. Due to the efficiency of Leopard (the operating system) and the quality of the components used, Macs can do a lot more with relatively little spec. For example, a Mac with 1GB of memory will typically outperform a Windows PC with 1GB of memory, particuarly if that PC is running Vista!Read more ›
I upgraded the memory (which is now a lot cheaper than it used to be), extended the warranty, and bought parallels. Now it is a platform in its own right - I have XP and Solaris on it, as well as the core OS X. The operating system is Leopard version, and this makes things even better than my older Mac Mini (which I still think is excellent). Virtual desktops etc. With a PC, I end up installing more software to get what I want. With the iMac - its already there.
It does more than my PC - but without the heat, noise and hardware compatibility issues. I don't miss the PC one bit. For example, it has Bluetooth built in, and phone sync software built in - my phone is now in sync! I don't have to do anything! No other software needed.
I have converted a VHS to DVD. All the software to do this is built in, and it just works, first time, quietly and intuitively. Doing this on a PC just made the thing crash - I'm not exaggerating - it couldn't be done.
I'm not an anti-PC person, I've used them since the beginning of the 90s, and didn't want a mac until they moved over to Intel chips. I have used G3 & G4 iMacs before - and hated them.
Today, the iMac is superb! Even the lowest spec, it is a brilliant machine. It has everything... So if you can afford the price - there is no excuse. You can use the dual boot if you want access to Windows software (I prefer parallels to avoid rebooting). But XP feels so out of date, my reaction is to find a Mac alternative, and there's plenty of freeware to support this.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I bought the equivalent of this machine (a brand new imac), just 3 years ago. I now find that no new ipod is compatible with the operating system of this mac. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2008 by Mr. S. Williams
I bought my iMac back in November and I can safely say it has been one of my best purchases ever!
I had never owned a Mac before but now will never own a PC again. Read more