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My love affair with Apple products began when my sister first purchased a Macbook. I never really understood why people were so obsessed with Apple products until I was at the hands of one. They are so sleek and just have got it going on!
Our family computer was a Packard Bell that had been giving us trouble for some time, we had had it for a while but regardless of that it was just not that good to begin with. It would always crash and take hours to load. It was getting so frustrating so we decided on purchasing a new computer. Originally we did not make a plan to buy an iMac purely because of how expensive they are, but when we got to the store everything changed.
The iMac's just stood above the PC's and we could not resist. Additionally what pushed us that little bit more in getting the computer was the price, it was on offer and not as expensive as we thought it would be.
Now, the computer itself is very different to any PC. It can take some getting used to if you are new to it. For example, Apple products run on the internet application 'Safari' instead of internet explorer and the exit tab is on the top left hand side rather than the right. You will have to read the manual before hand to fully understand each application and how to work the computer.
The computer itself is just a monitor, it does not come with a large box to help it function, which is great because it does not take up tons of space which makes the room look a lot tidier as there are less wires hanging out of places.
The computer itself works a lot faster and it is less likely to crash than other PC's. We have not had any trouble with it as of it and would definitely recommend it to everyone. It may come with a heavy price tag but trust me it is so worth it.
We have an iMac in our house and i absolutely love it and o do the rest of the family
It looks stunning, every detail on the body is flawless and no-one can be disapointed with its design. It is made of solid metal and the build quality is very good. It is quite thin for a desktop as they have all the computeer packed into the back of the screen. The screen is bright and has a good contrast and it has automatic brightness control which changes the screen brightness with the light in the room. The keyboard is good with two extra USB slots in the side. The only thing i find is missing is an SD card slot, which, as a Mac is great for editing and designing i find is the biggest flaw.
The computer is quick and smooth and the OS is clean and easy to use. Programs run perfectly and everything always works the way it should. The only problem is the Tesco website always freezes it up,, it must be a problem with compatability but NEVER go on the Tesco's website with any type of Mac!
The programs which come with the iMac are great and i use them all the time. Garage Band is a great program for people who love to make music and you can use the keyboard as a virtual ppiano and instument contoller. I also us iMovie which is great for editing those memorable recordings, it has loads of great effects but takes some time to get used to how it works. We have also installed Microsoft Office and Word and the other programs take a very long time to get used to if you usually use the Windows version
Overall this is a great machine and you get what you pay, i recommend all Apple prrducts as they are always made to the best quality and you will always be happy with your purchase.
A technical review this won't be - I know nothing of bit speed, resolution, processors, megabytes and the like. But I'm sure there are plenty out there who can help with that. What I can report on is style, function and ease of use.
Style: Simply put, it looks great! Large, crystal clear screen, neat little keyboard, and the most important factor - an in-built hard drive so no bulky units to try to hide under the table. Wireless connection means no cables to clutter the area, just your wireless modem hidden in the corner of a room.
Function: It does everything I ever used my PC or laptop for. Internet, email, photos, games (how delighted was I to get Sims 3 in Mac format!!) But it also does a good deal more, which prior to owning a Mac, I had never even considered. I have been able to create my own website using iWeb, create video clips and photo slideshows set to music - which is no mean feat for a computer phobe like me, these are things I could never have even contemplated on my PC yet I figured them out myself, with ease, on the Mac. It's office software - Excel, Word etc... is fully compatible with Windows software so no more sending or receiving files which are unrecognisable. Use with other Apple products is made so much easier eg. Itunes seems to be so much simpler run on the system is was intended for.
Eases of use: Having been a PC user for all my computing years, when my husband suggested we get a Mac I was horrified at first! Having looked at them before, everything seemed so different to what I was used to! "Even the red cross button for closing a window is at the wrong side" I moaned!! But within a week I was a complete convert, use is far more simplified compared to a PC. Well, if I can work it out myself it must be! As I said in the previous paragraph, I was able to easily create things I had never even attempted before!
It may be a little more expensive than many other PCs, but in my opinion, that extra money is money well spent. I think everyone should own a Mac and I would certainly never go back!
My first experiences of Mac's were a good few years ago, my boss moaning that the files I sent him from my PC were incompatible with his Mac. The great style and the better operating system that he went on about were all secondary to that one issue in my view. This tarnished my view of macs for so long. I was as you can understand suitably aghast to discover that my new employer had decided to make the switch and I would be taking delivery of a new Imac.
To my surprise the transition was easier that I thought. All my documents were compatible, Word documents just opened. excel were fine. I had to export my contacts from Outlook and import them into entourage but even that was relatively painless. The new compatibility was fantastic. The machine looked great. A slim square with stylish lines and built in superdrive replaced the bulky box that I'd always had hidden under my desk. The super slim keyboard and wireless 'mighty' mouse making my desk a much cleaner and pleasant place to work.
On occasions I felt a little frustrated that the keyboard wasn't laid out in exactly the same way or that the ctrl key didn't do the same things and there were a whole new set of keyboard shortcuts to learn, but once I'd worked out how to set the mouse up to be two buttons there was no holding me back.
I have never looked back. The Imac is a fantastic piece of kit. It's faster than my PC ever was. more practical with the program dock and multiple windows, Once I had installed firefox rather than safari as my internet browser the compatibility issues ended for me. So much so that I went out and bought one for home use.
Networking, setting up printers, hooking it up to the internet were all so much simpler than any of my pc's have ever been. Getting started was simple, setting up the operating system upgrade as simple as inserting a disk and clicking a button.
Admittedly the machine is quite pricey, software is a little more expensive and a little harder to find than PC. I don't really use the machine for gaming so I couldn't tell you if it's better or worse.
But from the point of view of a Mac cynic I can say I have been totally converted by this fantastic piece of kit. I use mine every day both for work and home and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new computer. If you are a dyed in the wool PC fan, go and try one of these. You'll be amazed at just how good they are. I was.
I bought an iMac mostly because I liked the design and I didn't want to be forced to buy a PC with Windows Vista. It has been a mixed blessing.
Firstly, the iMac is a beautiful bit of kit. It is well designed, well built and takes up a lot less space than my PC. The DVD unit is incorporated into the monitor, which also contains ports to plug in peripherals. The 20" monitor is crystal clear and the sound from the built-in speakers adequate to hear sound. A camera is set into the monitor, so setting up video calls is a breeze.
There are only 2 USB ports, so I have bought a 4-1 adaptor for £20 that allows me to plug in all my bits of kit.
The keyboard and mouse are wireless which is really useful as I am right-handed, but my husband is not. There are no tangled wires to cause frustration when moving the mouse and keyboard around. The mouse is a single unit, which requires it a little more difficult to keep the little ball clean. Also, there is no right mouse button, you have to click the mouse whilst holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard for the same effect.
The computer boots up in under 10 seconds, which, compared to a PC is fantastically quick. The operating system takes up far fewer resources than a PC, so you don't need as much processing speed or memory. Everything seems intuitive and I haven't had to resort to any learning manuals.
On the downside, the unit is expensive at £950. Software is expensive compared to a PC and sometimes does not work as well. I received a number of games as presents, and I can confirm PC equivalents are much cheaper and better to play. When surfing the internet, some sites are not designed with Macs in mind and don't function properly.
Having said all that, I have kept my PC, but the iMac is definitely my main computer. Having a single integrated unit where everything has been designed to work together is a great improvement.
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.