Macs are slowly muscling in to become the standard computer of the modern day. This mac, like all modern models, has a distinct style to it's operating system that is incomparably more intuitive and easy to use than a windows system (having used mainly macs for the past 5 years that may be a slightly biased statement).
This mac comes with Mountain Lion OS X (2013). I personally don't fret too much with keeping up to date with the newest and latest operating systems, as they appear too often and are very similar. The computer programmes that come in the box with macs are of a solid standard for the more creative user, the creative package is known as iLife (including iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, Garageband). The mac is tailored to this type of user. Add-ons such as Microsoft word work fantastically on these machines, but you will be wasting your money if you are purchasing just to do a dry type of work like this.
The display is brilliant, hence why the mac is becoming standard for video and photo editors. This being said, Apple also offer a Retina Display, which has an even greater screen resolution. The first time I saw the Retina Display in the Apple store, it really did have that WOW factor (I was looking at a high resolution image of a frog) but for an extra £200+ I personally would forget this upgrade unless I was using for video or photo editing work. I say this because the novelty of a Retina display gets easily forgotten if you don't really need it.
The ins and outs of a mac can be very annoying at times. A lot of external hardware (I work with a lot of audio devices) require specific cables and Apple have a habit of bringing out new cables very regularly which make old ones redundant. You then have to buy converter cables to match up the devices, which Apple always put at a very steep price tag on (see Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter).
Macs, like any other computer begin to slow down after a few years. I'm no expert, but I believe this to be a combination of storage space, RAM and general ageing, amongst other things. You need to keep your system healthy. With a 1TB hard drive you should be fine to splash out space on many music files and movies, but if you're working with video / audio editing, 1TB can be eaten up very quickly (especially with video). If you start to abuse your storage space, your mac will become sluggish and begin to annoy you with it's deteriorating efficiency and speed, so try to keep a good healthy 100GB free in your hard drive.
The mac is very stable. The only problems I've ever had is the occasional "this programme quit unexpectedly" message. To which I have reopened the programme and discovered my work has been auto-saved (although you should manually save as often as possible). For medium intensive tasks such as audio recording, my Mac performs with pronounced ease and is a pleasure to undertake. Something that my 13" 2012 macbook struggled with. A mac like this could also handle high resolution video editing (a high demand task for the system) but I would suggest buying more power (Mac Pro) if this is your intention.
As tech specs go, Macs can be outperformed and outpriced by many other computers on the market. But that's not what you pay for. You pay for it's intuitive use and distinct style that is second to none. I believe this so much to be true that I cannot currently imagine buying any other brand computer.
All of this capability comes with a price tag. If you're willing to pay out, you won't be disappointed.
The iMac is a definite improvement on the apple line. I'm lucky enough that I have been able to use the iMac for study purposes, with my film class.
The only thing I would say, if you are not used to apple computers, it can take a little while to get used to the feel of it. Sometimes it feels a little backwards, but once you know how to control the mouse and all the other fiddly bits, it's a great computer to use.
The main reason I used this computer was because I needed it for editing. As part of my course I had to create and edit a short film, around 5 minutes long. Because of this, the computer had the Final Cut Pro editing system downloaded onto it. Again, like with most aspects of the computer, it took a while to get to grips with the way it worked, however once you have, you can really appreciate the professional quality of the mac computers. This editing system has been use for professional films and you can see why. It has a whole host of features you can use, and in terms of cutting from one shot to the next, it's easy to get it precisely where you want it.
In my opinion the quality of this really shows what a great computer it is. If you are a creative person, I would definitely recommend getting an apple computer. They just have the programs and capacity to make great things, and it's really worth it. Even if it's just for fun, when you use these computers, everything you do feels professional. If you on the other hand, just want something for browsing and using the internet, I don't think I would recommend spending a lot more cash on this computer than a simple dell for instance. It's a very expensive piece of equipment, and unless you plan to use it for it's extra features, you probably should spend the money elsewhere - more efficiently.
Overall, it's a great computer, easy to use once you get used to it, and of a real high quality.
Let me explain before I get to the nitty gritty of this review that I am a female in my 60s and have not been taught formally how to use any PC never mind an imac. I muddled along with old/ outdated/ middle-ranged computers for several years so you can imagine to my delight a few Christmasses ago when my eldest daughter presented me with an imac! for a present To be honest I was thrilled but also a bit daunted at the prospect of using such a beautiful sexy piece of technology. A few years on I have to say this if there was ever a fire/flood in my flat my imac is the only thing I would take - especially as it only weighs a few pounds and I could pop the lovely lightweight wireless keyboard under my arm!
I only have a small flat now so I use the imac in my lounge where it does not look out of place because it is so neat - I've just taken the measurements (lost my handbook in a quick move) and the total height is only 17" including the simple and stylish stand. The whole diagonal size is 25" and the actual wide screen is around 21" whilst the height is only 17". This means it is a great-sized screen to work with - eg whilst writing, browsing, viewing etc. Furthermore it is easy and quick to clean because everything is 'hidden' inside so there are no ridges or 'fiddly' bits which attract dirt/ dust.
I have to give an example of how neat it is by telling you about a friend who did an IT degree and works with most computers all day, everyday. He looked at it for ages whilst I made us coffee and finally asked me 'where on earth is the on/off switch?' For those who may be wondering it is concealed in the slimline design on the back - good design or what haha?
Although the screen is a great size I was surprised to find that it is so slim - only 1' which makes me wonder what Apple will come up with next?
I use a wireless keyboard most of the time but I also have the Apple Magic Mouse which I am still getting used to. The keyboard is sleek and slim - it took us a while to even figure out where the batteries were stored which, once again it testament to its seamless design!
OSX is superb and does everything I want it to quickly and efficiently and to date have had no problems whatsoever.
For those who want/need to know more technical stuff I freely admit I have no real understanding but will gladly list for you below!
- 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 1GB memory
- 250GB hard drive
- ATI Radeoch HD2400XT
- 8 double layer slot loading
- Firewire 400 Interface Superdrive
- Firewire 800 " "
-Buit-in isight camera and microphone
- 3 USB 2.0 ports (more with wired keyboard)
- 2.66 ghz processor
- 4gb ram
OK so I freely admit not to know what all the above actually means, but I can definitely tell you, even after I've had it for a while now, that I LOVE my imac and every time I switch it on and begin typing I realise that it is worth the £1000+ my daughter paid and how much I love my daughter for giving it to me.
Im writing this review on my iMac and this is a excellent piece of kit for everyone out there! These computers are great for businesses companies browsing and computer gaming! These computers are so powerful that its click then it loads no waiting around twirling your hair no need for that it happens right away! Tasks are made 10x easier weather your writing a review like this or doing architecture work there is so many easier ways than on a day to day PC. The new App store which you may have seen on any Apple products that you buy is amazing so many great apps you can look around and find one that suits you the best. Safari the build in search engine is great for everything and is super fast. Maybe you don''t like it? Go on to the app store and get Google Chrome! Its as easy as that there is too many options to choose from!
Got mine a few months back. First time ever using a MAC and it's a great experience that I wish I had adopted sooner.
This computer makes intensive tasks seem very easy. Even complex work in Photoshop is completed very quickly indeed. There is a cooling fan in the iMac, but for most of the time you really don't notice it. Only when doing video work does the fan speed up and you can hear it, but it is still quieter than most PC's.
You get a lot of useful software with the iMac. . Editing together pro-looking videos is so so easy. Luckily with new Macs, including this one, you get iMovie for free as part of the iLife suite of applications. You also get iDVD, iPhoto and GarageBand. On top of all this Mac OS X, the operating system used to control the iMac is very fast and stable, a real joy to use.
If you are considering a Macintosh, be sure to check the iMac out.
I've had my 24" iMac for over a year now, and it's served me well. In the past 13 months I've used it every day to do a whole range of things, from Word Processing to editing home movies to gaming. It's great.
Out of the box, my iMac came installed with Tiger, however it also came packaged with a disk for Leopard, the latest verson of OSX (the Mac operating system - they're all named after big cats). Leopard comes complete with the latest iLife suite. iLife includes a range of great software that basically means that out of the box, the Mac is 100% ready to act as a movie editing studio with the excellent and intuitive iMovie software, or as a recording studio with Garage Band. What I love about these packages is that not only are they incredibly easy to use, but they're also surprisingly powerful.
One of the great things about the Mac is how smoothly and quickly everything seems to work. Click on Safari, the internet browser, and it pops up in an instant. No hourglass, no wait, no sluggishness. After a year of heavy use and downloading, it still works great, without any sort of defragmenting / clearing up.
The Mac very rarely crashes, and when it does, it's usually just one programme, and it always manages to get itself back on its feet again very quickly. I never feel like I have to worry that my Mac is just going to stop working one day (like the three PCs I have owned did!)
The 24" screen is really good, both for watching movies and for gaming. It's also handy for image editing / other creative jobs, as you can quite easily place different toolbars in different areas of the screen to keep things tidy. The 'Spaces' feature of Leopard means that you effectively have four different sections of desktop. These can be scrolled through with a quick keypress, and this feature is absolutely invaluable when working with multiple programs at once.
The iMac has an iSight webcam built in to it. This is a nice touch, whether you want to take photos, video chat using iChat or import your videos into iMovie to make a quick home movie.
The big draw of the iMac for me when I first got it was the aesthetic appeal. It really is a beautiful machine, and takes up minimal desk space. On my glass desk at home, it really does look the business. The mouse and keyboard are similarly compact. The keyboard especially, is less than a centimetre thin, and the keys are flat and have a great feel and response. Similarly, the Mac operating system also looks great, full of nice touches like 'Coverflow', which allows you to scroll through a directory of documents whilst being able to see each individual document represented on the screen.
One downside of the Mac is the gaming capabilities of the system. For the past year I have regularly played World of Warcraft on my Mac, and it runs and looks great. However it is quite an old game, and newer games - few of which are compatible with the Mac - do not fare so well. So if you intend to use your Mac for gaming, although for certain games it is totally fine, you'd probably be better off with a powerhouse PC.
For creative tasks however, or even just general work based tasks, the Mac absolutely shines. It's a beautiful machine with great functionality - I love my Mac and I would recommend it wholeheartedly!
I use one of these iMacs, day-in-day out. Before I bought it, I was nervous about having an all-in-one Mac. My main concern was that if the display went wrong, I could not use the computer. What swayed my purchase was that having this type of setup was neater and saved me some desk space.
Having used this model for over 8 months now I can really make a good judgment about it. The display is pin sharp, crystal clear and has great viewing angles. It also goes very bright. The only criticism is the contrast is good, but not excellent.
The computer itself is very nippy. It makes intensive tasks seem very easy. Even complex work in Photoshop is completed very quickly indeed. There is a cooling fan in the iMac, but for most of the time you really don't notice it. Only when doing video work does the fan speed up and you can hear it, but it is still quieter than most PC's.
You get a lot of useful software with the iMac. iMovie is worth buying (if you don't have it). Editing together pro-looking videos is so so easy. Luckily with new Macs, including this one, you get iMovie for free as part of the iLife suite of applications. You also get iDVD, iPhoto and GarageBand. On top of all this Mac OS X, the operating system used to control the iMac is very fast and stable, a real joy to use.
If you are considering a Macintosh, be sure to check the iMac out.