* Prices may differ from that shown
I've had my iMac now for a good few years, and its still as good as the day it was purchased.
The decision to spend just over £1000 for a computer was made after our windows laptop had a slow demise. The decision to move to a desktop was quickly made. Living in a small apartment in the City Centre, space has always been an issue and when looking at Windows PC's at the time, nothing was suitable for the space we had for it. So after a month or so of research (and whining to my boyfriend) we decided on the iMac. It was a pretty big decision for us, as it would be our fitst big major purchase TOGETHER.
As there isn't an Apple store where we live, it was purchased from John Lewis so we got the guarantee from them and it didn't take long to be persuaded on a wireless printer, keyboard and mouse.
Opening the box I expected all sorts of wires and fan dangled bits and bobs, but there was nothing. Just the All In One PC, a power cable and a disc. From the first time it was started up, I was converted. The first thing you notice is how sleek it looks, and how much neater it is to have an all in one system. The strong structure of the screen and its stand is so impressive, and for me is now part of the design of my living room.
I love the ease of the MAC Operating System and I found the location of all the programs and shortcuts very logical, although it was a little confusing at first as this was my first Apple product. My main concern with the iMac was how useful I would find it considering I don't use the iPhone and have a windows PC at work, but this has never presented a problem so far. I did have to buy Office for Mac which was an extra cost, but haven't had any problems.
I find the wireless capabilities brilliant, and it has meant I can move the PC to the bedroom when I want to watch a film and don't need to plug in anything more than the power cable.
One thing I will say is the batteries for the keyboard and mouse are a bit of a nightmare in terms of life span but for me it's a small price to pay for minimal wires.
Overall, I can't see me ever going back to a Windows PC and would be more than happy to recommend this to anyone.
The All In One Apple iMac, was my first Apple purchase as recommended to me buy a musician friend about 3 years ago who assured me that Apple was the way forward. It wasn't too long after this that I became a complete Apple fan, so much so that I later upgraded to a Mac Pro 2 years later. This iMac was primary used for music programming, photo editing, word processing, Internet etc and has now moved from my studio to my office for mainly word processing, watching freeview. And it gets a lot of family use too.
The high res display is 1920x1080p which is full HD and simply stunning, and great for when I have to do my photo editing. Comes with 4 GB of RAM which I upgraded to 6 GB. The graphics card is a Radeon HD 6750M. Widescreen is 21.5 inches. Has a Quad COre processor, slot for CD's and DVDs to the right side of the machine. It has 4 USBs on the back (would have liked 6), 1 Firewire port and a Thunderbolt port which provides lightening fast data transer with compatible sources - and it really says what is on the tin. The hard drive is only 500 GB- I could do with at least 2 TB now. Wireless networking is carreid out with Apple Extreme 802.11n, and Bluetooth 2.1. Comes with keyboard, mouse and remote.
It comes with all the software applications that you need to get you started(as with all Mac products) such as Garageband, Time Machine, iPhoto, iMovie, iCal, Address Book, Mail etc. . Safari is a great webrowser but I prefer to use FireFox. This lot saves you a bundle.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT:
It looks amazing, the display is wonderful. Well packaged in a massive box. It's quick to boot and powerful enough to cope with all of the new and demaning apps that are coming onto the market. Backing up your data is very easy with Time Machine. I love the little remote that comes with it, it's so sleek and handy if you want to show a slide show or play some music. It comes with a mouse and keyboard with are beautiful and a joy to use. Needless to say I love the software and the fact that setting up the wireless was a dream, only took me 10 minutes, it was a little trickier to find my way around the email setup though. It's also guanteed for 2 years.
WHAT I'M NOT SO KEEN ON:
I really could do with a few more USB ports at the back. Instead I have to use an adapter. Setting up my wireless printer was a real pain and I still haven't got it to work after 2 years now. But I think it's more of a printer problem than an iMac issue. Slightly overpriced, but didn't really mind too much.
I will never buy a PC again.
Purchased from Absolute Music for £1250 (with 2 GB RAM upgrade)
After being a self-proclaimed "fan" of the iPhone and iPad, and when my windows based laptop finally gave up on me, having been so impressed with my previous apple products, I chose my next computer to be the new 21.5" Apple iMac.
The iMac is a truly beautiful machine to look at, a single unit with only one cable, the power cord, cased in an all aluminium shell with a gloss black border surround of the screen. It comes with the bluetooth connected wireless keyboard and magic mouse, however, I bought the apple trackpad to replace the mouse as it offers more flexibility when using the operating system by making the most of the multi-touch gestures available.
The specifications offered were not as good as some of the desktop machines available on the market, but this is by no means a slouch. The 2.5 GHz intel i5 quad core processor is a powerful beast, I still am yet to find a piece of software that prevents me from running it at maximum resolution setting, this is of course helped by the 4 GB of ram as standard which is upgradable to 16 GB if you so wish. The Hard-drive is offered as 500GB or 1TB versions for the 21.5" model when bought 'out-of-the-box' from an apple store or other retailer, however, further changes to these specifications can be made if purchased from apples on-line retail store (at a price of course). The system comes with a built in 'FaceTime' camera for video calling, etc. and has bluetooth and wifi capability. As well as the standard re-writtable DVD slot, this new model also has the new thunderbolt socket as well as 4xUSB, a firewire and ethernet attachments. Thunderbolt is apples new connection designed for very high speed data transfer, at the moment limited to plugging in an external display but could be used for external hard-drives, etc in the future.
The built-in software run on the operating system Mac OS X Lion, which is apples new and shiny platform. Having previously only used Windows machines I was a little apprehensive about making the move to Mac OS, worrying about finding the transition fairly difficult, and I must admit, it did take me a certain amount of time...about 1 day. The user interface is unbelievably simple to use and I know everyone seems to say this about Macs, but they really do "just work", theres never any messing around and fiddling to try and get applications to work properly, which I seemed to spend half my life doing on Windows. For example, I bought a new HP printer towards the end of my previous Windows laptops life and after re-installing drivers, several attempts of "switching it off and back on" it never really worked properly, always dropping off-line. After buying my iMac, I switched it on, and bobs your uncle, worked straight away, no drivers, no fiddling, in fact I didn't quite believe it could be that easy, but it was...everything is just that easy.
Other software that comes with the mac are the iLife suite, including iPhoto, iMovie, and Garage-band. It also has a native calendar and mail app, and a few more. The iMac now has its own app store, allowing you to access thousands of other software titles and download directly to you iMac in a few clicks. One really great feature that I love about mac OS X Lion is the multiple desktop feature, using a three-finger swipe on the multi-touch trackpad, you can switch between a full-screen view of your calendar, emails, PDF documents, anything you want. A very useful tool for me.
The price is probably one of the big negatives about this device, it is expensive, but this also ensures that you get a quality product and you do "get what you pay for". This is certainly true in this case. The base model is £999 and the higher spec being £1249. There are even 27" display options available for a higher price.
The iMac is pricey, but in my opinion, worth it. As a family computer it is ideal, it offers very user-friendly interfaces and with very few viruses on the mac, a safe computer experience. If you are a hard-core gamer, this isn't the machine for you, but for a casual user or someone working from home, this is ideal. Believe me, once you go Mac, you'll never go back!
Having previously owned Windows based products, I found switching over to Apple quite daunting, I've owned a couple of ipods, but nothing this serious. I've heard many arguments for and against apple systems, many commenting on their large price tag and apparent difficulty to use compared with windows, and having used both in a professional and personal manner, I prefer apple every time.
The styling speaks for itself, its a beautiful product and I don't need to say anymore. It's super fast and, after a week or two playing around, far easier and quicker to use than any other Microsoft system I know of. I have OSX Lion with my imac which, having used my fiancees mac book with OSX Snow Leopard, was a little different and took a while to switch onto but is an improvement. There are however a few glitches with certain pieces of software with Lion, such as with Microsoft Office and Autodesk products that I know of. A little time speaking to Apple or hunting online cures these problems with not too much hassle and its not too much of a major problem
I use my mac for animation, and am running beefy software as a result but the system copes with it no problem. I have upgraded my RAM by another 4GB and this works fine so no issues here. I would say that if you're not using it for graphics or running programmes which ask a lot from a system, like using it just for spreadsheets, email and casual browsing, don't bother. Get a PC for £300 - £500. You'll get exactly what you want. However, if you do need a cohesive and extremely competent system in a semi-professional to professional facility, then invest in one of these. It''l last you 10 years+ whereas you'll be lucky to scrape 4 from a PC.
Many of my relatives and friends who actually own an iMac, always tell me about the beauty of it, and how amazing it is. However, this is not the case, yes I agree with the fact that the iMac runs smoothly however the operating system is no where as good windows. This may be because I have always used windows and never used the MacOS, but what ever the case is, I actually regret buying this product as any PC with window is my favourite choice. Nevertheless, I can never say that I don't try new things:P Even if it cost me £1000, yes the iMac cost around £900-£1000.
All apple products have amazing manufacturer support. I am aware of this is many of my relatives have had problems with either their iPhone's or iPad's and they replaced it for them! Also apple has won the Customer service award from Which with a customer score of 94%, which is good considering companies like dell received 70%. (http://www.which.co.uk/technology/computing/reviews-ns/desktop-pcs/best-buys/)
The iMac may not be my choice, but if a windows machine could be designed like an iMac it would be amazing! The iMac has an astonishing design as it is very slim (the screen is about 2cm thin) and sleek, considering it is an all-in-one desktop.
There are no ports at the front of the screen and all the ports are at the back, these include the USB 2.0 and ethernet cables. The dvd writer does look modern as it is just a rectangle space where you just insert the disk and in it goes, to eject the disk all you need to do is press a button on the keyboard. I don't mean to state the obvious here but the iMac is white!
The keyboard itself astounds me, this is because it is so light and thin. It is a full size keyboard and yet looks small and compact. Typing on the keyboard is much better than typing on another keyboard. This is because the keys are easily pressed and require little effort.
With any iMac you will be given a magic mouse. It is basically an ordinary mouse but with no gaps and lines. The left and right click are just the left and right sides. There is no gap separating the two, this is not an issue as it works great.
The main specifications you may want to know are:
* Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz-Processor
* 4GB RAM and be upgraded to 8GB at additional costs- Memory
* Radeon HD 6770M- A good video card which makes watching videos on-line faster.
* 21.5" Screen
* 4 USB ports
* All in one casing
* 500GB internal Hard drive
* 1 year warrenty
* Built in Bluetooth
* Built in Network adapter- Able to connect to the internet wirelessly!
The iMac is very impressive when looking at the specifications. A 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 is more than enough for any standard user and could even cope with professional software's like Adobe Photoshop. The new generation of Intel's processors are much better as they run a lot quicker and are more efficient.
The 4Gb of RAM seems to be plenty for the iMac, I don't know why it runs many programs so quick and effectively with only 4Gb but it does! WIth my iMac I seem to have an issue whenever switching users, as the iMac eventually crashes I do not know why, but it just happens all the time.
Using the iMac is not enjoyable and most of the time frustrating. This is because I believe it is not as easy to use as an ordinary windows machine, and figuring out what you need to do is painstakingly long. The simple software's that are available for windows do not run on an iMac and therefore you need to turn the system off and re-run boot-camp (software that run's window) which is just a tedious job, as you buy the mac to use the mac and not windows. Turning the iMac on is very quick as it takes around 5 seconds.
An iMac is a product that you need to consider a lot before purchase. If you already own an apple computer/laptop then go ahead you will love this product. However, if you are an avid windows user and understand how to use it easily, then this product may not be for you. I strongly recommend that you check the software's that you use often and check if it is compatible with the MacOS. For me I was not happy with the end result, which is why I brought another Desktop PC which is much better than the iMac and has better specification in comparison, considering I only paid £650 for this one!
As a lover of apple products, having already owned a macbook and my iphone (temperamental but I still love it all the same) I decided for the new year to invest in a desktop computer for my house. I have not had one before, and I thought it would be a good option as I am often glued to my macbook and my partner likes to do his work sometimes or browse the internet, so we went halves on this iMac. A much cheaper version as the screen is smaller than others on the market we have to say we absolutely LOVE IT!
It has a great streamline design, lightweight in comparison to other desktop screens I have been in contact with, it has a clear screen, which we let our daughter watch peppa pig on and it was immensely easy to set up. No messing around with loads of wires, and attempts at connecting it to wifi it did everything almost immediately after putting it on the computer desk from the box. It's fast, I've been able to transfer all my music, videos etc via wifi using homeshare from my itunes on my mac to this iMac which helps make life easier. The built in webcam is perfect for taking pictures, and as an avid skype user its perfect for my conversations to friends and family abroad (or sometimes not even abroad!)
only downside I would say is that there is sometimes a glare off the screen so we have positioned ours in a corner of the room where it is unlikely to be affected. As we have only had it a short period of time I am unable to comment on the longevity of the iMac but I am assured by friends who have had theirs for 3 years + so this model I would assume is just as reliable!