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Huge speed increase and wonderful - and ideal 1st Mac for Windows migrants
on 20 May 2011
***IF you're still a Windows user, come and try a Macintosh Computer, you wont regret it - it IS superior, a dream to use, a result of decades of development, beautifully built and will last you a long time!
***This is an ideal 1st Macintosh, but smashes any entry level PC in every respect!!******
I've been using Macs since 1989 (a Mac Plus in my School VI Form DTP room)
And bought my first Mac in 1995 (A Performa)
And have only ever owned a Macintosh (apart from An Amiga and ST back in the 16bit days, and various 8bit computers) And this new one which i've had the pleasure of owning for a week now is my 10th.
And after all these years it never ceases to amaze me how Apple manage to hold onto their loyal customers and users of their machines, and with this recent release they have another winner on their hands which ticks (almost) every box
memory - 4 GB check
Graphics - new fast modern card with 512 MB - check
Processor - very fast i5 2.5 GHZ
Latest OS - check
latest wireless mouse and KB - check
Thunderbolt port - check
Firewire 800 +USB 2 - check
HD 720p Webcam built in - check
minimal desk space and wiring - check
Ethernet - check
I know I will most likely be upgrading my Mac again in 2 1/2 to 3 years time so didn't see the point in paying more for the faster 21.5" version, the extra £300 in my opinion is not worth it.
Nor did I see the point in the 27" version, which has a HUGE screen - too big for my desk. So this base model is perfect, it has plenty of EVERYTHING and doesn't lack in any department - thats why I believe Apple have a winner on their hands, and anyone wishing to get into the Mac OS should go for this, and others wishing to upgrade from a 20" or 17" iMac will not go wrong with this base model.
My previous Mac, almost 3 years old, is a 20" core 2 Duo, and the speed increase with this one is HUGE.
For a start, the machine has an i5 Intel chip, and from what I hear, it's a 'new' i5 which Intel have only just released on the Macintosh.
The graphics have 512 MB of VRAM, and running Eve Online at everything boosted to maximum it runs smooth without a glitch or graphic related slowdown.
It also has one of the new 'Thunderbolt" ultra fast ports, which I have no idea when I will be using, but I've no doubt thunderbolt will be the new 'standard' taking over from both Firewire and USB in the near future - so it's great to have this as standard.
So the machine is very fast, has the latest Snow leopard OS 10 installed, it has 4 GB of RAM as standard and comes with the new Wireless Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard - both of which, I'm happy to say are well built and gorgeous looking - the mouse being far better than the crap 'Mighty Mouse' which Apple had out recently - and which was included with my previous Macintosh.
The screen is a gorgeous sleek oLED screen, with the glass covering the wide screen from edge to edge across and the only Aluminium visible is the thin strip of it at the base with the Apple logo.
The Stand has been tapered more, so it seems as if the machine actually takes up LESS real estate on the desk.
All in all a fantastic design, gorgeous to behold, and with a rock solid OS which is so slick, intuitive and quick to use that using anything else is retrogression.
The fan is quiet, quieter than my previous Mac and the Mac runs as hot as the last one, it also has a HD iSite camera built in, so you can use Facetime HD to talk to iPhones, or simply record, or use MSN in HD (720p).
What else? It has more than enough USB ports and a Firewire 800 port plus a fast Ethernet port and an SD card port by the Superdrive.
Mac 'Migration Assistant' is brilliant, when upgrading your old Macintosh, all you need to do is plug the old one into this new one using Ethernet, Firewire or wirelessly to seamlessly and painlessly transfer everything from your old machine onto the new - Macs just work and are so intuitive to use making things simple and seamless.
i) Well, unless you purchase from the Apple store, you'll be lumbered with the wireless Keyboard - which is excellent but lacks a numeric keypad which some people need. And you wont be able to choose the Trackpad as a no cost option if not purchasing from Apple direct.
ii) No Blu Ray!!! Not even an option on any of the iMacs, nor on the Mac Pro desktops!! Come on Apple!!!!!
iii) only 1 Firewire 800 port, and no Firewire 400. My scanner and 1st gen iPod use Firewire 400 and I've been forced to purchase the Neet Firewire 400 to 800 cable.
iV) The design is more or less the same as the previous generation - Apple have not made any attempt to change the design or add something 'new' to it.
V) (more of an OS complaint) no Classic support - but this has been the case for a while, I just like to moan!
Well, if you have never used a Mac, you'll be surprised at how beautiful the interface is and how intuitive it is.
Mac's have little or no Virus problems, use Unix so are rock solid and stable, are well built and have a very long shelf life with high residuals and resale value!
And if you're upgrading, I seriously doubt the extra £300 is worth it for the same size screen slightly more powerful version - you'll be upgrading in a few years any way and this is fast enough!
***UPDATE AUGUST 2011***
Splendid machine, no intermittent fan noise as my last one had, keyboard is still going strong with no battery change at all required, (mouse just ran out), and NO WIRELESS PROBLEMS!!
((just AVOID OS X LION if you can as it's a half baked attempt at a Macintosh OS and has somewhat ruined the experience - iMac + OS X Snow Leopard was a brilliant combination, unfortunately I'm lumbered with Lion but I've managed to get it to look and feel like Snow leopard))
For PC users reading this....
***Macintosh Computers have always been a joy to use and to own, ok, they're tools, computers, but they take the chore out of using a computer for utilitarian purposes and are so very intuitive***
**Any excuses about 'compatibility' are not valid anymore, as the new Macintosh uses Intel processors and is compatible with Office software, and if you insist on using a Windows PC for things such as PC only games, the Macintosh can be installed with and boot up in Windows and be a fully functioning IBM PC clone***
***As for Macintosh computers being expensive, not any more, they're on par with comparable IBM PC clones such as the Sony Vaio but so much more nicer***