Product Type: Apple PC desktops
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Apple iMac MC508B/A
Member Name: missgroovychick
Apple iMac MC508B/A
Advantages: Large screen, no viruses
Disadvantages: They do freeze if over loaded, REALLY expensive, and so is the software
Coming from a consistent PC user, I first thought that the Mac was more style over substance. My university forced me to use a Mac for my digital graphics course and well, my complaints are subdued.
The screen that I have is HD and 21 inches and well needed for doing a heavy graphics course such as my own. Although I do admit that if the sun is on it due to the glossy screen you cannot see a thing, so the computer lab at uni always has curtains drawn. A matte screen would have been much easier but there is not even an option for this.
So editing images becomes more detailed and easy to do pixel by pixel and so tabbing through various footage can be done easily with a cheat button on the keyboard which no windows computer has had so far in my opinion unless you do a fancy Ctrl+something+something.
This computer has dual core processors which is fantastic for dealing with heavy media so the computer can deal with two streams of data at once, which means I can be rendering a film with one program and streaming on the internet with another... the machines at uni have 3.2 GHZ processor which is just enough, I dislike it greatly when the pinwheel comes up and then I'm stuck scratching my head because Ctrl+alt+delete does not work on macs! It has 4GB Ram but so does my PC laptop and sometimes that freezes too. Technology needs to keep up with the media.
The machines at uni come with a "Superdrive" but its a DVD burner/rewriter. To open this you have to press a button on the keyboard instead of on the drive itself like most computers. My biggest worry that my cd gets jammed in there and there is no way of opening the drive itself.
Regarding ports, there is a USB port on the keyboard which is handy for pen drives at uni however it is not strong enough for DSLR camera data transfer so the four USB ports at the back of the CPU have to be used.
I do not know much about the software that comes as standard I just know that we are running on
Mac OS X 10.6.x and it makes it very hard to get viruses and malware on a mac. iLife suite is included as well but for uni we use the Adobe Creative Master Suite 5 and these sometimes can put a strain on the system because when rendering Flash video, it has frozen on me a couple of times and I have lost my work!
Also being a PC user mainly, all the shortcuts I am used to become totally redundant... and I have had to get used to "My Computer" being called "Finder" and various little nuances that I am not accustomed to. I do not think macs are particularly user friendly unless you have been taught how to use them as I am never sure if a program has fully shut down or not as they are always jumping up and down in my task bar at the bottom of the screen.
You have to buy the windows office suite seperately and annoyingly the font sizes seem to be incredibly different opposed to the windows run office. Size 12 on a windows comes out like size 10 comparatively to the mac and this has frustrated my lecturers immensely. Though this is a software problem, not a mac problem.
The cost of this machine for me to buy at home is just short of £1000 and that is far too much for a student to be spending, despite getting a 15% reduction just before term resumes, it still is too much. I think it is great that the university provides a suite for us to use.
A nice touch is when the networked macs have been linked, the main computer linked to the projector in the lecture room can show work from other computers by "screen sharing" which I find is so much easier than to upload your work on a usb and then give to the teacher and then faff about, sometimes films do not fit on a USB so screen sharing is the best revelation for teaching media.
Summary: Use only to be a showoff or if you are involved with the media, otherwise, stick with PC.
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