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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Piece of Technology, 21 May 2011
This review is from: Apple iMac 27-inch Desktop (Intel Core i5 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB graphics, OS X) - Silver - 2011 (Personal Computers)
Just received the new iMac this morning and already im in love , seriously i want this thing to have my babies !. Having used a PC most of my life its kind of a big step to change OS. I was running Vista on a 22 inch TFT along with a couple of Adobe products Dreamweaver , Photoshop etc which are essential as I use these everyday so I wanted to run these PC applications from Mac OS as the software is expensive so with Parallels you can run multiple virtual OS through your MAC and you cannot tell the difference also you can run the OS in Coherence mode which integrates both Windows and MAC into the same desktop , the Vista installation took about 10 minutes and all that was needed was the CD Key and thats it. So if you need access to MS applications don't worry its all possible.

Back to this iMac 27" demon , the first thing you will notice is the size of the screen and the LED quality and smooth finish , seriously the engineering and product quality is at its finest and compare it to my old dusty ATX case its un-comparable and to think I have been using a PC for all these years is crazy. The whole iMac has one wire , yes just one wire and thats the power ATX cable the keyboard is small , compact and the new Apple smart mouse is also wireless and very smooth , they come with rechargeable batteries so you might need to buy the apple battery charger but the OS will tell you when they are getting low.

I have just installed VLC , Google Chrome Browser and Audion which all took a couple of minutes to do and to think it not possible to get a virus or trojan is definitely the future. a few things you might want to know if your a PC user is that you can plug in any NTFS or FAT32 USB Device and it will automatically appear on the MAC Desktop , I think on some of the older iMac you needed additional software but on this iMAC everything is compatible , secure and very fast.

The built in speakers are amazing quality , which is something you would expect with Apple products , I was going to purchase some additional speakers but you really don't need them with this iMAC.

You may be tempted to save a £££ and get the 21" iMAC but i would recommend getting the 27" the thing is huge but already after a few hours im getting use the size of the monitor as while im typing this review out I have about 3-4 windows open and visible something which wasn't really possible on a 22" monitor. I have been trying to think of any negative points but seriously after taking this thing out of the box everything is what I expected and much more.

If your thinking of upgrading , then buy a iMAC. Before I purchased this I thought it was cheaper to build a new custom PC with same size screen with the same processor , graphics card , monitor etc and I could of saved £200-£300 or maybe more but with the build quality , specification and usability of Snow leopard OS , the Gorgeous LED Backlit 27" screen , compatibility and much more I have to say I doubt I would ever go back to a PC or Microsoft OS.
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2011, 17:00:44 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 Jun 2011, 17:01:01 BST
AtticusFinch says:
You can definitely still get viruses/trojans etc on an Apple computer, thre are just fewer of them. Also if you install Windows on it in addition to OSX then the computer is still vunlnerable to all the windows viruses when running.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2011, 19:29:51 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2011, 18:02:43 BST
Try doing some research, Karl.

http://www.macworld.com/article/142457/2009/08/snowleopard_malware.html

http://www.macworld.com/article/159595/2011/05/macdefender_trojan_horse.html

http://www.macworld.com/article/138412/2009/01/trojan.html

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2011, 15:47:33 BST
B. Searle says:
Sophos do a free virus and malware program for the Mac.Can still be vulnerable, better safe than sorry

Posted on 6 Oct 2011, 21:52:12 BST
F. R. Ahmed says:
Brilliant review. I am going to replace my existing Acer desk top computer. I already have: iPhone, ipad and a mac book pro. Apple is expensive, but well worth it for the quality and reliability. Frank

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2011, 22:28:30 BST
Mengkysan says:
Ignorance is bliss...

Posted on 13 Nov 2011, 10:41:53 GMT
Ieva says:
can you telll when you buy this imac it's included wireless keybord and mouse or you have to buy seperate?thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2011, 23:07:44 GMT
Barry says:
It includes a keyboard and house, they are both wireless

Posted on 18 Dec 2011, 10:29:48 GMT
One thing would stop me buying a mac like this. You can`t upgrade or change it in anyway yourself. You cant go out and buy a new graphics card, you can`t add other components as you wish, total cost of ownership for one of these systems is enourmous as when your hardware doesn`t cut it anymore you have to sell it in one piece and replace it with a new over priced IMAC. Yes they look nice, yes one wire is handy but they are totally inflexible and invariably very expensive, thumbs down from me

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2011, 21:05:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Dec 2011, 21:06:40 GMT
S. Rostron says:
When you sit back and look at all the components that consists in the standard PC such as CPU , Fan , Heatsink , Disk Drives , Motherboard , Memory , Graphics Card , IDE / SATA Cables , Soundcard , Case , DVD R/W , Monitor , OS Software , Speakers all of which need about 3-4 Plugs and a on-going knowledge of PC Repair and Upgrades it does get expensive.

There is a good chance if you purchased a new CPU the socket type is going to be different so you now need a new motherboard which might mean you need a bigger case , now that CPU has a better FSB so you are going to need faster DDR memory and before you know it you just built a new computer , okay you saved a few hundred pounds but those components will depreciate faster than any apple device , the same logic applies to the iPhone and any other mobile phone.

You can upgrade the iMAC DRAM to a nice 16Gb if you wanted also change the SATA drive for a SSD if needed. Just to upgrade to OSX Lion would cost you $29.99 for Windows 7 thats $119.99 so it all adds up. Microsoft can be just expensive , take a look at Microsoft Office Student 2010 its $149.99 for excel , word and power point or you can buy iWork for $79.99 which is compatible with all documents if needed.

The iMAC 2011 has the thunderbolt port which is very new technology but with transfer speeds at 10Gb/s its a machine which will keep you very happy for many years to come. For just over a £1000 you can have the 27" edition , some people spend almost half this on a mobile phone for checking facebook every 10 minutes :).

So if you are a PC gamer stick to a PC , if you have a PS3 or XBOX sell the PC get a iMAC and fall in love :).
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