I got this Mac just under a year ago. I've always been a PC user, but have always wanted to try a Mac as I spend a great deal of time video/photo editing and had heard that Macs are where its at for creative work.
I'm definitely not a technical person. But I can say, that for video/photo/art/music work, this machine is fantastic. It really handles graphics very well, is fast, responsive and is in my opinion the best system I've used for video editing. (And I've used a few!) I have no complaints with the sound quality, considering its an all in one.
So for creative projects, I can't fault it. However, I also really like it for casual use. The screen is enormous and has a great quality picture display, so its lovely for watching films etc. I do find I want to put my glasses on when I'm working on something intricate/detailed though. But then I do have a tendency to put my face as close to the screen as possible!
Finally, and I feel a bit shallow saying this, its rather beautiful. Its very sleek and smart looking, very unobtrusive. Probably around the size of a small to medium flat screen tv. Everything is all self contained, which is fab. Little slot on the side for cd/dvd drive. No Tower! That surprised me when I first took it out of the box. (I didn't choose it, so had no idea what was coming!) Small and light keyboard/mouse. I have the wireless versions and I would really recommend spending out on high quality rechargeables. I have been through endless amounts of lower quality batteries, but I finally bought some Energiser rechargeable ones and they last for ages.
All in all a really impressive bit of kit. Fabulous for 'arty' projects, but also great for general use.
This 21.5" iMac is a good choice for those wanting a desktop, but taking up as little space as possible.
Having said that, you won't be squinting at the screen - despite not being as big as some TVs, the quality is tremendous, with a bright, sharp, contrasty and colourful picture. Whilst the glass front can cause a reflection, this is only a problem in extreme lighting conditions.
The 4GB supplied RAM is plenty to do virtually any amount of multitasking, whilst the 1TB hard drive is generous for all but the most hard core video lovers, or photographers.
The Radeon HD 4670 graphics card is capable of very smooth gaming, and photoshop runs beautifully.
I went for the wireless keyboard and the magic mouse - both of these are excellent, and the lack of being tethered is very useful.
The design, of course, is stunning, sleek and unbelievably slim, considering the the iMac has a CD/DVD drive in-built.
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.
|Product Description:||Apple iMac - Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz - Monitor : LCD 21.5"|
|Localisation:||English / United Kingdom|
|Processor:||1 x Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz ( Dual-Core )|
|Cache Memory:||3 MB L2 Cache|
|Cache Per Processor:||3 MB|
|RAM:||4 GB (installed) / 16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz - PC3-8500|
|Storage Controller:||SATA ( SATA-300 )|
|Hard Drive:||1 x 1 TB - SATA-300|
|Optical Storage:||DVD±RW (±R DL)|
|Monitor:||21.5" - LCD - 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )|
|Graphics Controller:||ATI Radeon HD 4670|
|Video Memory:||256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM|
|Audio Output:||Integrated - stereo|
|Networking:||Gigabit LAN, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR|
|Power:||AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )|
|OS Provided:||Apple MacOS X 10.6|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||52.8 cm x 18.9 cm x 45.1 cm|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Gold|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|