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Apple iMac DV SE
Member Name: The Operator
Apple iMac DV SE
Date: 22/04/01, updated on 22/04/01 (115 review reads)
Advantages: No Windows, easy to use.
Disadvantages: Small keyboard, lack of children's software
I had put off buying a computer for years. Why? Because I'd always wanted a Mac because I'd used one when they first came out and they were too expensive and things were changing all the time what with the internet and digital cameras and dv and stuff. HELP! Then I came by a couple of grand when I remortgaged and at last, straight down to John Lewis at Bluewater and back with my baby!!
Not disappointed at all. The wife hates it of course, says no-one does software for the Mac. Does this matter? Of course not, I tell her. Only the best, most important stuff will be deemed suitable for coding for Mac and anyway, why would you want Windows when you can have the original GUI . At least you won't get Windoze and DOS crashing together like your Dad's. And isn't Bill rich enough already? She's coming round. Slowly.
I can plug my video camera into the side and edit my dv films without any expensive interface. I might need a spare hard drive for big stuff but the new version comes with 40gigs which is enough to hold and edit a good half hour of digital video. It's got a built in dvd drive with tiny little speakers which can switch to 3d sound and blow your head off.
Internet? Why bother with those stupid dialler downloads? We've got remote access which we can update in a couple of secs as long as we've got the right number.
There's no spaghetti out the back, everything's via USB or firewire so you don't even need a power socket for most things.
There's no internal fan so no annoying whirr, just a slight whine. The design is such that heat dissipates upwards and out through the vents on top.
There aren't even wads of instructions, just a leaflet which says plug in switch on and enjoy. However, I did register the machine several hundred times on-line every time I switched on before I learned to de-activate that piece of software! It really is that simple to work that I think Apple sometimes
take too many things for granted - i.e. not everything is obvious all the time.
And of course, they just look dead cool.
Only one small gripe which has since been rectified with the later models. The standard keyboard is ujat s too small to be able to typ e fsaast on so evertything take se twice as long. See what I mean?
But that's my fault for having fingers, a problem that Apple will no doubt soon overcome.