Product Type: Apple PC desktops
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The looks say it all.
Apple iMac MC309B/A
Member Name: MamaC
Apple iMac MC309B/A
Advantages: Amazing design, easy to setup & use, cracking monitor, powerful.
Disadvantages: It's not cheap.
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)
Summary: A must have purchase for a great reliable and powerful computer that you will WANT to use.
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