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This is the main computer that we have at home. All the family use it and we use it a lot. We have had it nearly two years now and it is almost part of the family. It is well made, resilient, family-friendly and very easy to use.
This computer has been very reliable. It always switches on when we turn it on, without any problems. It does not suddenly crash, turn itself off, freeze or lose files. Believe I have had several computers that have done all of these!
My favourite feature of the computer, is what first attracted me to this model. It has an enormous screen. Initially is was a bit of a shock but the quality of the picture is so clear and the mages so crisp, you almost lose yourself in it and within seconds, you have become accustomed to the size. One slight problem is that it spoils me. When I have to use an ordinary size monitor at work, it feels tiny! All computers should have this size monitor. The size of the monitor is not just great because it is clear and nice to look at. It is incredibly practical. You can find things on your desktop easily. Also, when you have more than one window open, they overlap in such a way that enables you to see a fair amount of the window at the back. This makes navigation far easier.
There are three USBs on the computer, which have proven plenty for me but I know more recent models can have more. For those who need to know, there is a dual core processor of 2.8GHZ. This again has been enough for my needs and I have found the computer to process quite quickly.
I prefer Apple to Microsoft operating systems. They seem more streamlined and far more reliable but they do take a while to get used to if, like me, you have spent your entire career working on Microsoft Office.
Also, the Apple store is incredibly helpful in helping you learn your way around and also if any problems arise. You might expect that when you spend over £1000 on a computer but it is certainly not the case everywhere.
I'm not quite the biggest fan of Apple, but the iMac is a glorious machine. I'd like to point out that I no longer own an iMac, but I did have one for a fairly long period of time, so I feel that I am qualified to write a review based on my past experiences.
Design. The first, and most noticeable, difference between the iMac and it's competitors is it's lack of a tower. The iMac looks absolutely gorgeous sitting on the desk all alone, with nothing but a keyboard, mouse and a few wires coming from it. The sleek, towerless, design that Apple have opted for has eliminated the immensely common problem of 'the thousand wires dilemma'. If you go for an iMac, you'll never again have to look at that ugly pile of tangled wires bundled up behind your computer. Whilst this does add a very nice aesthetic look to the computer, it also means that if one component breaks, you're going to be without an entire machine for a few weeks, rather than just sending one component in to be looked at.
Speed. The computer is very fast when doing basic computing tasks, but will not be able to handle high end gaming. If you're looking for a new gaming rig, look elsewhere. The iMac is not a gaming PC, and never will be. It's not easily upgradeable and is more suited for video/photo editing as well as any other basic task. With gaming aside, the computer is rapid and will have no problem running anything you need.
Accessories. The bundled keyboard and mouse are horrendous. No doubt about it. The keyboard is not mechanical, instead featuring very cheap feeling low keys, but the metal frame does feel very sturdy. The mouse is the worst of all. It does not have the ability to left and right click at the same time, instead having both functions in the one button. The middle scrolling button is not clickable either, meaning you loose out on many key features in web browsers and other apps. If you buy an iMac, I recommend investing in a third-party keyboard and mouse.
Overall, the iMac is a fantastic machine. It looks absolutely fantastic, the entire computer is in one single piece, including the stand, and the display is beautiful. The OS is decent, not quite up to the standards of Windows but it is a decent OS. The bundled keyboard and mouse, however, are horrendous. Definitely invest in a third-part keyboard and mouse.
- Fantastic value for money
- Smooth/fast/efficient operating system
- Very simple to use
- Great picture and sound quality
- Advantage if you own other Apple products as you can easily manage all your devices through the iMac
- Can set up your own iCloud to share data/info between all your Apple devices
- No freezing/"Blue screen of death" no matter how may programmes/applications/inputs or outputs you have running through the iMac
- Depending on how much you use the iMac it can get quite costly/annoying replacing batteries in the keyboard and mouse
Having always used laptops/computers with Microsoft software I never really fancied trying to get my head around the complicated world of Apple software.....or so I thought!
The iMac is incredibly easy to use and provides a fantastic user experience; whether you want the computer for business, pleasure or both it has seamlessly handled anything my gadget loving boyfriend and I have had to throw at it! The iMac can effortlessly process several programs, applications and inputs/outputs without the dreaded "blue screen of death', often encountered throughout my many years of windows use!!!
It has been a fantastic addition to our home entertainment system, as well as to the music production of my boyfriend; he runs Pioneer DJ-equipment through the iMac and hasn't had a complaint to date.
Overall, the iMac would be a great addition for those looking for a brilliant user experience - whether it be surfing the web, making music, doing the invoices or watching films (incidentally, the display is fantastic - a really good picture/sound quality) I wouldn't rate any other product better.
This is the best computer I have used. It is fast, easy and easy to use, and makes everything that you want to do easy. Forget waiting half an hour for your computer to turn on then struggling to make it to what you want. This computer makes your life easier! It is great for people who are doing creative activities because it makes using photoshop easier, and it is the only computer that you can use Final Cut on. This is a very good film editing program which I have used to make short films. This computer has also really helped me when something weird happened to an important document that I was working on at another computer. The words had turned to weird symbols and there was nothing that I could do to make the words come back- until I loaded the document on my Mac at home! It opened perfectly and my work was saved ! The design of the computer is also a lot more attractive than other computers. It is all in one, silver and nicely shaped. The screen is large which makes it good for having lots of windows open or watching a film or tv show. The design of the windows is also more attractive, with nice light grey tops and colourful traffic light style crosses and minimise signs.
I've had my iMac for a nearly two years now, and have had only one problem, after a year the fan began to stay on all the time. A quick Google search found a very easy fix and we were back on track.
Thanks to the 512gb dedicated ram the graphics are spot on, high quality games such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare run smoothly. I also use 3D graphics software such as Autodesk Maya which regularly crashes on my similar spec PC laptop... no such problems here.
The sound, although not exactly Dolby Digital is surprisingly loud and clean for those small speakers. This teamed with a the fantastic 24" wide screen makes video viewing as good as any TV.
Not only is it a fantastic computer which operates just as well after 2 years of hard work as it did on day 1, (often rendering through the night, it doesn't even sleep when I do) but it also looks fantastic. Even my girlfriend doesn't mind it being the main focus of the room.
This is a great all-round computer, entertainment & work will be completely covered. Seriously consider it!
This machine is just the computer of the future! For everyone looking for a static desk computer to buy, this is the thing to get.
First of all, the whole computer is IN the monitor so there is no need at all to be messing around with a big chunky computer and all the cables to attach it. The only disadvantage of that is that it cannot be modified to insert a better graphics card, memory card etc.
On purchase, this product comes with the Mac OS X operating system which in my opinion is so much better than the Windows XP or Vista operating systems as it is easy to use; it has an amazing screen layout with stunning graphics and it is more fun to use than PC's.
With all that being said about it being better than Windows, software can be used to run Windows on your mac so you have the best of 2 computers on one monitor!
The main issue that people have with this is that it is very expensive for a computer but if you look at it in perspective of all that it can do, it really does sound like a very good price!
The main problem that I have is that it can run a Macintosh version of Microsoft Office however, Macintosh has it's own software in place of Microsoft Office called iWork which is excellent!
In addition, there is software called iLife which contains applications for general interests like media work and music making.
Having been a Window's user for all my computer life, I decided to switch to Apple. I firstly choose the iMac because I loved the look of it! But soon realized that it was not just a pretty face. The iMac is a fantastic piece of machinery. Everything is well hidden or discreetly placed. The keyboard is small but totally manageable. The mouse took a while to adapt to after using a windows mouse for so long, but now seems natural. The iMac is very quick and has similar, but much better equipped packages as windows/vista. The large screen is mesmerizing. All the extra's which come with the iMac are great, and having given my kids (and me) hours of fun (especially Photo booth)! Being fully compatible with itunes is a bonus. Basically I have been totally converted into an iMac and Apple user. it is a real gem of a machine.
This is a brilliant computer which will convince any Mac skeptics.
The all-in-one design (i.e. the monitor and computer being integrated into one machine) is so sensible you'll wonder why you ever had an ugly grey box on the floor. The screen is huge, crystal clear, and finished in real glass (so it's easy to clean, and durable). The rest of the computer is made from brushed anodised aluminum - just like the MacBooks. The overall appearance is incredibly elegant.
Even the disc drive is clever: there is no pop-out tray, just a mechanised slot in the side. You just slip your DVDs in and they disappear like magic.
The operating system is also great: loads of really useful features, like the "time machine" which makes automatic back ups of your hard drive, and then allows you to recover previously lost information. The "dashboard" is another nice feature, similar in function to Microsoft's widgets, but infinitely more sophisticated.
Other impressive touches include the remote control that sticks magnetically to the side of the screen for easy retrieval. Perhaps more significantly, the Intel based processor allows you to install Windows as a second operating system, which is great if you already own Microsoft Office, for example.
To be honest, this is the best desktop on the market today by miles. It's so beautiful and yet incredibly powerful. I really recommend going to a Mac store to play with one.
Having been very pleased with my MacBook but needing more power, I bought this iMac this January (2009) to replace my previous iMac G4.
The first thing that really jumped out was the sheer size of the screen; having never used a monitor larger than 19" before I was amazed at the vastness! I found it hard to image getting used to such a screen size, but as other reviewers have pointed out, you do; fast. Having such space allows you to not only do several things simultaneously, but also see them. For example, having two web pages open, one recreational and one for work.
As for the other factors, the iMac lives up to usual Apple standards for reliability. I bought the rock solid Apple Care protection plan with mine to bring total cover up to three years.
All of my power needs are met by the computer. My mid-level video editing is handled easily, as is the X-Plane 9 flight simulator. There is plenty of RAM (and room to expand to 4GB, as I did) to smoothly run pretty much anything from Textedit to the Adobe Suite. The dual core 2.8GHz processor and 320GB HDD are plenty for me and would be for most consumers, prosumers and some professionals.
Unfortunately, Macs have yet to feature Blu-Ray and the machine has only 3 built in USB ports, which may disappoint some. Those looking for a pure-power desktop machine will also be disappointed as the iMac uses mostly high end laptop components, rather than traditional desktop components.
Apple's Leopard OS is excellent, built on more secure, UNIX based, foundations unlike Windows. However there isn't quite the selection of software and while Macs are industry standard in creative professions, Windows still rules the roost in business (albeit that more and more are adopting Macs). But not to worry. Intel Macs can run (yes, not emulate) Windows under Bootcamp or even via virtual machine.
Overall I am very please with my purchase; at £1,200 including Apple Care I feel that I got excellent value for money. Now that the latest updates have been released (fairly minor updates with the exception of 8GB RAM capacity), this model can be had at an even lower price from the Apple Refurb Store, or other any other good retailer.
I have had my applie i mac since august, and was at first concenerd that it may be hard to use as it replaced my old windows computer. i was worried that the layout and programs would be totally different and that i would break it within days, however i was wrong. it is extreamly simplistic and i love it. i really couldnt ask for a better computer, plus i think it makes my ipod and itunes down loads faster, or they may just be me. and at £1,125 you really cant go wrong, its a great deal and well worth the money. you may be sitting there thinking why buy this when i can buy a cheaper computer, well i'll tell you, not only will the imac help you with your emails, music, work and online it will also be your best friend, it is so friendly and easy to use you will love every minute with it.
I converted from a lifetime of Windows PCs to my first Apple in February of this year. I've heard nothing but good things about them and figured that I'd take a gamble and see what all the fuss was about. Plus, space is limited in my home 'office' so the all-in-one design was appealing.
So, after nearly 4 months living with my mac I'm finding it difficult to understand how I ever survived before without one! It's a really, really weird thing - even mundane tasks like surfing the internet, instant messaging and writing email feels so much 'nicer' on a mac. Yeah, I know, that's a lame description but it's really difficult to put things into words - it's more of a feeling thing. Firstly, the machine looks stunning. The big glossy screen surrounded by its aluminium housing just smacks of quality. I've owned several PCs over the years and I've never spent so much time just looking at the things, admiring their lines and their feel. Yep, it sounds wrong but buy one and you'll get what I mean.
As far as the software goes, it just works. Clearly Apple have invested a ridiculous amount of time just thinking about how things should work. Everything seems so simple and yet the software is as complex as comparative Windows programs. The whole experience is just really nice!
If more Windows users got to experience Apple hardware I am convinced that there would be a mass exodus of people converting. You spend a lot of your waking hours using a PC - you owe it to yourself to make the experience as nice as possible. Take the plunge. You won't regret it.
I have had this wonderful Apple iMac now since Christmas and it replaced my rather ordinary Windows computer. I initially felt worried that it would be too much of a difference between the two operating systems. But within a week I found myself in a good position with it and I was able to carry out all of the functions that I wanted. I felt that switching to an Apple iMac like this would be a great move and something different. I bought this directly from the official Apple store online for about £1200 and am so glad I did! It really is an absolutely brilliant computer and I could not recommend it more! You can even try it out at a local computer store such as at PC world and see the umbelivable performance for yourself.
The fist major advantage of this computer is its performance, the processor (Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz) is brilliant for carrying out all of your day to day needs and more. It really does make the whole experience with your computer so much smoother and easier. The 2GB of ram I found to be sufficient to handle even the most of demanding of applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver. It is worth noting that the 24'' screen allows 2 or 3 webpages to be opened on the same screen! This is great when price comparing or just watching multiple video's!
The fact that this Apple offers Microsoft Office gave me no real reason not to switch to a computer with a generally more sophisticated operating system. It is much more personal to use and I found there to be a much greater interaction between you and the computer itself. Everything within the operating system is really stylish and looks very trendy. It is very arty and I found it both fantastic and enjoyable to use. With features such as spotlight that are included it make's every task so much easier to perform. I really liked the fact that this iMac had wireless and it performed really well. I noticed that the speed really was fast which is just what you want from a wireless adaptor.
The screen is absolutely gorgeous and is beautiful to look at, which is ideal for doing all sorts of things from looking at photo's to browsing the web. The resolutioon is of high definition qualities so even watching DVD's is an absolute privelage on this machine. I love the way that the video camera in the top of the screen is as though it is dissolved into the casing. I found that the video quality is very good and it is brilliant for video conferances over the internet with friends and families. There is software called 'iChat' which makes video conferences easy!
One of my favourite things about a mac like this is that whenever you plug anything into it such as a printer or a camera there is no need to install any drivers, it just works right out of the box. I remember with my old computer it was always a big hassle to find the correct driver but with an Apple it is no longer an issue! One critisism that I have of this iMac is that despite offering exceptional performance and having very impressive specs the gaming capabilites are not very good. There is a very limited game selection that is available when compared with PCs and considering the price that you pay I found it to be a downful. But never the less this really is a fantastic computer and should not be overlooked because of that.
I was really pleased that when using the iMac you have the peace in mind
The bootloading time is phenominal taking even less than a minute to fully load up making it really great for a quick search! I understand that this is an expensive computer and there are cheaper alternatives but I cannot tell you how geat this will look on your desk. The 24'' screen is much bigger than you would expect when you see it in the flesh. Don't forget that this iMac is literally just the monitor. There is no pc tower which means that it takes less space on your desk. The disk driver is slot loading which is a really cool feature that makes it look as though your computer is eating the disks! The disk drive operates at a high speed and can play DVD perfectly.
Apple have developed this computer to be much more recyclable featuring a sleek looking, aluminium rim. So when you buy this computer you get the feeling that you are doing your bit to protect the enviroment and become that bit greener. This iMac is ideal for your mutlimedia needs and has the incredible 'iLife' included which I find to be unparrallel. It is just so great for organising your music by iTunes to your photo's by iPhoto. The iMovie application makes it possibleto create very professional looking video's that can once finished shared with friends at the click of a button.And what is best about it is that with this iMac I have found that it runs it like an absolute dream, really quick which is superb!
When I bought this iMac and opened it from the box I first noticed the keyboard and the mouse that it came with. The keyboard is very thin and the buttons are really smooth. It also has two usb ports at the side of the keyboard which means that whilst use lose a usb port plugging it in, you gain two more as a result! The mouse features the signature Apple one click feature which I find to be really easy to use. The scroll wheel is really small but it just feels so good to use. It also comes with a remote which is the perfect companion to your multimedia. I cannot tell you how great it is to view all of your multimedia on a beautiful 24'' and then control it with a very attractive functional Apple remote.
There is a piece of software which is known as 'Boot camp' that is available for free for your iMac. It allows you to boot up Windows Vista/ XP etc on top of the exisiting OSX Leopard software. I loved this because it gives me assurance with work that if anything were to be incompatable I could simply boot up XP instead. It is also worth mentioning that the performance in XP or Vista was even faster than my old computer! The whole speed of this machine is just simply brilliant.
In conclusion, I have found this computer to be absolutely brilliant. I love the operating system and trust me it is easy to get use to. The fact that it can run windows XP and windows vista also is a brilliant feature. The performance of this computer does come at a price yes but I think it is well worth it and I am so glad I did get it over another PC. The harddrive of 320GB is more than enough I found to store all of your multimedia content and it can relatively cheaply be upgraded with an external harddrive. The new Radeon HD graphics card featured in this model makes it ideal for image editing and the like. If you are really into your multimedia this is the computer for you and I cannot recommend it anymore. I found it to be very reliable, great fun to use and the inbuilt bluetooth is a useful feature for connecting with modern printers.
Thank you very much for reading this and I really hope you found it useful. Any comments would be much appreciated.
I bought my 24" imac in december 2008 its the 2.8 ghz core 2 duo with ati radeon hd 2600 pro graphics card 320 gb hard drive , 2 gb of ram which I have upgraded to 4 gb soon after. After 1 month of usage everything was running smoothly, quickly (very quickly ) and most importantly almost silently. Then one day the fan came on and stayed on, upto this point I didn't realise the imac had any fans at all as all that could be heard was a very quite humming which I thought was the power supply. Any way after some investigating and installing of 3rd party software I discovered that the hard drive temp sensor was reading 72 degrees celcius and was keeping the fan at 4000 rpm constantly even when turning on the imac in the morning (stone cold). Apple to there credit repaired it asap f.o.c but I did have to take it to a repair centre and do a time machine backup prior to the repair. The temp sensor was replaced. At the time I was thinking 1 month old what else is going to go wrong. But having had it back it has now been running perfectly for nearly 5 months now and it is back to its almost inaudiable self. Prior to purchasing my imac I have always owned pc's and had no end of trouble with windows operating system over the years. How stupid have I been, All the programes you will ever need come preinstalled with the osx operating system and once you get used to the higher security of the os the imac rips through tasks and multitasks with ease. I even have windows running in virtualisation and it has never crashed once.
Over all the imac was well worth the couple of hundred pounds more than a similar specced pc.
I think the iMac is a computer for personal or business use. All the new features available are great. My personal favorite is the photo booth where you can take pictures and make crazy effects with them. You can make a mirror effect or make your head huge with a small body, it has it all. Other features like iMovie and iPhoto are great for people who want to easily edit photos and videos. If you want to make extreme videos then I would recommend Final cut and Motion. These software packages are amazing and if you use them your videos will be top notch. The only thing I don't like about the iMac is at first it is a difficult transition from the PC. There are many differences between the two such as the command key instead of the control key. But once you have been using it for a while you will never want to even look at a PC again!
Apple iMac MB325B/A
Apple is a rocking brand in Personal computers and music accessories. The sensational entry of iPod or Mac-Book pro, changed the lifestyle of peoples. In personal computers category, the Apple products are very costly but the quality and features are really non beatable.
Now I am going to discuss a most popular Apple desktop computer that is a first choice of any business users or persons who like luxury lifestyle. He Apple iMac MB325B/A, is known as most attractive and fully featured desktop computer at presently available.
Design and look
The most attractive feature of this computer is its look and design, silver colored PC with alluminium body is really looks nice. The keyboard also made by alluminium and its size is very small with compare to traditional keyboards. Weight is slightly higher than average due to its large screen size with about 24" and alluminium body.
Processor and speed
Second thing you will notice in this Computer is its smooth running speed. The computer has good preinstalled processor with Intel Core 2 Duo having good 2.8 GHz of total clock speed. The front side bus speed is also higher than average with about 1066 MHz front side bus speed is generally works on data transfer process and higher speed means higher data transfer capacity. Other important feature of this processor is its L2 cache size and there is an excellent cache size has been provided with this processor, with about 6 MB of total L2 cache size. Cache memory is important for storing temporary data while processing and it help processor to work fast
Memory is best companion of processor, without proper capacity of memory there are no mean of having good processor. So have a look on its memory capacity and there are an average memory has been provided with this computer with about 2 GB or DDR2 SDRAM, with 800 MHz of speed support. Memory speed is a good combination with processor speed and the size of memory is bit lower than what should be. There will be better combination if Apple upgrades it to 4 GB. We can easily upgrade this memory to maximum 4 GB but it is not recommended to do it as self. Take help from Apple care and upgrade it to 4 GB for fast speed performance.
Other internal memory is its storage capacity and I can't say about the choice of different peoples. Someone like very high capacity of internal storage but someone only keep satisfied with about 250GB. But this computer has good capacity of internal storage capacity with about 320 GB serial ATA hard disk drive.
Never forget to consider graphics memory before buying any computer or notebook. Without good graphics memory there are no mean of heaving excellent processors, or RAM. Graphics memory usually very important in heavy applications and Games. Games generally require average graphics memory but for fast and thrilling performance you must have good capacity of graphics memory. This computer also has good graphics card with ATI Radeon HD 2600PRO, graphics card with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM. Superb quality advanced graphics memory has been provided and you will really enjoy this while playing games with its excellent combination of display size, processors and RAM.
All important features have been discussed and over all this is a good worthy computer but the price is bit high, but at last this computer has Leopard Macintosh pre-installed, so if you are a Windows user that it will take some time to you for under stand it. But Leopard is similar to windows and it is slightly different than Windows Vista.
The all-new, all-in-one iMac packs a complete, high-performance computer into a beautifully thin design. It includes built-in wireless, Mac OS X, and the iLife '08. So within minutes of opening the box, you'll be doing everything from sharing photos to creating movies and building websites.