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The imac is a very stylish compact system. It is ideal for those people who like style and practicality. It is a fine machine, the only points that are not clear about the imac or indeed Macs is that the operating system (os9) needs an updater as there have been cases of freezing and crashes. There is also an updator for the DVD player, these programs or patches can be downloaded from the Apple web site which will fix the problem. In my experience when I was online and trying to lower the volume it would freeze and I would have to restart my computer. So if this has happenned to you the downloads will sort it out.
I use wintel machines at work so I was abit reticent about shelling for a system I had never used b4. I thought it would be difficult to learn, but how wrong could I be? Mac OS is soooo easy, its all point and click, no nasty pathways and files hidden deep in the system software. True there isnt the flexibility and chance to screw up your machine by fiddling around with the registry, but why would you want to do that when youve got a super fast, cool looking machine. I compared it to my mates P3 600hz and mine knocked it into a cocked hat. Overall, its great. Get one!
If you are looking for a computer for all the family, then the iMac is for you. If you're looking for a computer for serious graphics and/or video use, then the iMac is also for you! The point is that the iMac, like any Apple computer, is extremely easy to set up and use yet offers all the features of a computer that takes a week to set up and buries you in piles of cables! Don't be deceived by its gorgeous looks. It is a very powerful, fast and useful computer. Also, the fact that it isn't PC compatible shouldn't put you off either - there are many reasonably-priced pieces of software that allow you to run Windows programs if you really want to. You'll probably find, though, that once you've used a Mac, you'll wonder why you ever bothered with any other sort of computer!
People so often get caught up in how Macs (and iMacs in particular) look that they overlook just how good these machines are. Compared to Wintel machines, the iMac is just a doddle to network, connect peripherals, get on the Net, trouble shoot, you name it. An Apple processor running at 400MHz is roughly equivalent, in the real world, to an Intel rated at 600-700MHz and iMacs just rip through any task with ease. The iMac isn't infallible, and unfortunately MacOS still doesn't have protected memory, but any crashes seem to be pretty clean, no-problem-after-restart, ones.
I've got an i-Mac DV 400mhz. It's tangerine and goes nicely with the terracotta walls in my office. But I got it for more than that reason. It complements my DV camcorder wonderfully. I take a few minutes of video, download it through FireWire straight into I-movie editing suite and keep the bits I like, add a few effects, save it in Quicktime and e-mail it to my mum. I went on the web in seconds. I can run several peripherals at one time with USB connections and can do everything that a PC would let you do. Oh, except use all the great software that's out there. producers seem to forget that there's people out there with macs. My rating - top notch, great if you're into design, but not so cool if you want cheap software.