I brought this iMac when my Macbook decided to die on me halfway through my dissertation, and I haven't looked back since. It is as solid as a rock, I've had no problems that I've experienced with Apple before, such as bits chipping with ease, or the hard ware wearing out. Let's start off with the screen, which is massive, and allows the whole thing to function very nicely as a TV monitor if you want to watch Iplayer or 4OD and the likes. The picture quality also mirrors this, and is crystal clear and fantastic when dealing with digital photography projects.
Coming with 4GB of RAM also makes it perfect for running music software such as Logic, which is a breeze, and rarely, if ever, freezes due to overloading the CPU. If you were only doing amateur recording work then this machine is pretty damn nifty for it, even the sound quality from the speakers is far above average. It's ability to be carried quite easily from place to place is an added bonus, as it takes little effort to get to recording studios if you can drive and is very well protected in the box it comes in.
What a beautiful machine! It's very pretty. It's very pretty indeed!
I treated myself to this iMac in order to complement my photography and illustration work so I could really see my images how they were intended, not crammed into a tiny monitor hidden behind other windows and tools and other clutter. The processing speed was also a major draw, allowing me to create bigger work with less processing slow down. The processing power of this machine will manage your video/photography software without a problem. Photoshop and Illustrator run great, at the same time, with no noticeable slow down or hang time - just what you'd expect from a Mac.
I nervously took the leap from PC to Mac and this machine made it absolutely painless. I was worried about having to learn a new language and software, but the clever folks at Apple have made the whole transition so intuitive that any differences you notice are for the better.
My one and only snag was that when I eagerly trawled through my machine and had a look round on the internet I noticed a couple of screen issues. Firstly, wherever there was a colour gradient there was also a yellow 'cloud' of pixels around the gradient. This manifested itself most noticeably during illustration work and was quite disappointing.
However, the machine was replaced without fuss and I'm extremely happy to say that with this current machine everything has been plain sailing and I couldn't be happier.
If you're thinking about changing from PC to Mac I'd urge you to do so. It isn't scary once you get here, I promise!
Once you go Mac, you never go back!
My Christmas present to myself was this beautiful new iMac, and I was not disappointing. The delivery from the apple online store was very quick and I was kept updated by e-mail. It was safely packed and very easy to set up, as as the 'workings' are inside the screen there is very little to connect so in theory very little to go wrong at this stage.
The first thing that struck me was the size of the screen and how clear it was, though a little bright and I now have the brightness setting on low. Set up was quick and painless and giving you the option to import data and setting from another computer - I would advise doing this using a cable, when I tried by using the wireless network it said it would take 7 hours! but took less than 30 minutes using a USB cable.
I installed all my software without an issue and the speed of opening documents and programmes is so quick as to be instant. The sheer size of the screen means that having two programmes open and side by side is not an issue, very useful if you are working and using the internet at the same time as no more flicking between pages trying to remember details.
My only real problem with the machine is how reflective the screen is and how easily it picks up marks. (my kitten's paw prints are all over it!). I also imagine that if something goes wrong it might be a real bugger to fix due to the all in one design.
OK yes it is expensive but macs generally are and I certainly think you get what you pay for with this machine. Its probably more suited to people who want the large screen to edit film and photos to a high degree - but quite frankly the iMac is a joy to use.