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I absolutely adore Apple products, like most out there, they are a lot pricier but they really are worth the money. Now, before I begin I will not try and pretend that I know what I'm talking about with GHz and RAM etc I know what all mean but to try and get too technical is not me. I am going to explain my experience of using my iMac as best I can. I use mine at work and being a designer this is the best piece of equipment I could ask for I have the 27 inch model with 4GB memory at 3.2GHz.
This model is stunning to look at, one of the best things about it is the fact that there is just one cable and everything else is wireless so it really is a clutter free device. It looks stylish and with the back lit LED it just makes it all look bright and easy to look at. It has a silver stand and a black gloss monitor with a silver metal background. Its dimensions are Height: 20.4 inches (51.7 cm), Width: 25.6 inches (65 cm), Depth: 8.15 inches (20.7 cm) and Weight: 30.5 pounds.
IMAC 27 INCH
This computer, where to start with as I could praise it forever but to be a bit more detailed about it is where to go first. This computer is 3.2GHz and an Intel Core i3 processor and I have to say ever since using this from a PC wow have I noticed how quick this moved. It is so fast and I can have so many open programs sitting on the dock and its speed does not faulter but remains to keep moving and keeping up with me and responding so fast. There are a few odd times it does go slower but really never painfully slow like my last PC.
From using this, you get 4GB of memory and the display is so vibrant and clear. It will dim down when not constantly using it and also you can adjust the brightness easily as well as being able to move between screens with the slide of a mouse. You can stop this feature if the mouse is too sensitive that your screen is moving around crazily but this just takes some getting used to and is handy in the long run. The dock sits at the bottom of the screen and this is where you click all of your applications and see what is open.
The iMac has your 4 USB ports on the reverse which is a good amount as well as having an SD card slot and room for an ethernet cable to be inserted. It also has the power button on the back and it has a CD-ROM drive but it is all so secretive and compact it may take some getting used to. Once you know where it all is, everything is so simple This comes with a built in camera and microphone also to make it easy if you are using programs like Skype as you have it all here.
This computer has built in wireless technology which is expected here and it connects so quick, the computer starts up very fast when you switch the power button on.On closing down you can log out, sleep or shut down and it is all quick to act. Also this has built in bluetooth which is good if you want to send things from your phone to your computer or from other Apple devices, it just makes life so much easier when you can transfer data between other devices.
When playing music from this computer, it isn't too bad on the sound and it even has a bass which is brilliant and you will find you really don't need to bother with speakers as it is fine on the Mac. If you do want to adjust the volume it is just a quick tap on the keyboard and you can mute or turn down the volume. The iMac comes with Safari but I prefer to use Chrome on it but you get so much Mac only software and short cuts are all different but I find it just works better and it is so easy to install fonts and things like this.
I really cannot think of anything negative to say about the iMac, I am that impressed that there are no negatives to be said. The graphics on this are so advanced that being a designer, I really feel the bonus using this and it comes with an ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory which explains the quality being so sharp. The operating system for this is Mac OS X which I find really easy to use and never have ever had any problems with it as it runs smoothly in the background.
The camera is great if you are using Mac apps such as Facetime as it is so easy to use and the picture is that clear. I use Mac Microsoft Office and find this a lot better but I also have Libre Office installed too which isn't as great. I use Mac Mail too but don't like this as much as Outlook Express. There are some Windows/Mac difference that are hard to get over but really they are so minor that I wouldn't go back to a PC. Apple is one step ahead and a leader in the computing market.
If it appeals to you to get the 27 inch iMac then you can get it from Amazon where it will cost you £1497.40 direct from Amazon with free delivery. You can also buy it direct from the Apple store where you can buy Apple Care etc. This starts at £1,399 for a 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 but for 3.1GHz it is £1,649.
The official Apple UK website is http://www.apple.com/uk/.
Since christmas, I've had one problem after the next with my desktop. I let my Dad loose with it for an hour, and after clicking on some rather precarious links looking for a holiday, it was destroyed past the point of no return. Never before, nor since, have I seen so many virus'ey toolbars installed and the likes. Added to this, the fan decided to pack-in, forcing me to break apart my shiny silver tower to replace it.
In terms of laptops, I've slowly been migrating towards using a MacBook for 90% of my day to day tasks. In the past I used to justify windows by saying how much free (well, free if you know where you're looking) software there was. But now I'm a bit older, and working, I find it 1000x more convenient just to buy the things I use. I know where I stand with my pretty MacBook, it just... works, to be quite frank.
When my desktop finally gave up, and went to Microsoft heaven, I decided that I'd finally take the plunge and give in to my desires, I bought an iMac. It's like deciding to have a baby, there's a lot to take into consideration.
So, after an afternoon pottering around John Lewis, I brought my new baby home. I'd cleared out my desk in preparation, not a bit of dust in sight, no half drunken cups of coffee, just a clean, shiny glass desk. I was past the point of no return, not a single item in my life now ran windows, I'm fuc**d if I decide I want to play "Minesweeper" now.
I opted to by the 27" model, as top-spec as I could get my hands on. I've had my MacBook for years now, and it's never yet gone wrong, so I thought it was a worthwhile investment. If I think back to how much I spent on desktop PC parts a year, then the iMac has already paid for itself.
***SETTING IT UP***
The setup is pretty straight forward, nothing like the lengthy windows process. There's only 3 cables, power, keyboard, and mouse. Idiot-proof. Once you turn the power on for the first time, there's a bit of clicking to do, but then you're home and dry.
If you're used to windows, you might be a little disheartened. There's no 60-day trial of Office, not a 40 day trial of McAffee. HOWEVER. Theres iTunes, iMovie, iLife, Garageband...... basically, you can buy an iMac and start working right away. The only thing I was insistent on buying was Microsoft Office, and this is only an issue of personal taste, I do a lot of academic writing, and I didn't fancy the hassle of having to learn how to use apples proprietary office software for this.
I agree. That there isn't SUCH a wide range of software/hardware available for Mac. I won't go through an exhaustive list of what I've found to work... but to name a few that might be of interest to you lovely people:
-Logitech c510 webcam, works fine
-Wacom Bamboo Medium, works fine
-Seagate external hard drive, works fine
-Wacom CintiQ, works fine, took a while to configure though!
This model of the iMac has 4GB of RAM (I've since upgraded this to 8, why not 'eh), a 1TB hard-drive (plenty of 18MP photos and HD movies), Bluetooth (easy file transfer with phone), Wireless (so no long wires to the phone terminus).
IMHO, the specification is pretty special. The Mac OS is a bit more intensive than Windows 7 to run in some respects, but with 1TB of hard drive, and 4GB of RAM as standard, you should have no issues.
I ran a HD movie in the background, whilst playing HALO, and skyping a friend. There was no noticeable lag. I challenge you to find me a windows machine capable of doing this when bought straight off the shelf.
Yes, the screen deserves a special mention. PHWOAR. I love how the screen looks, 27" of pure, unadulterated design (Men, don't ever be told that size doesn't matter) . However, as I've said many times before here, I hate how shiny they are. Whilst it looks pretty, it is without a doubt completely un-practical. You accidentally touch the screen, fingerprints, you sit near a window, glare, the room is dusty, particles stick to the screen. AAAAARGH!!! Honestly, it's higher maintenance than being married to a wag. If you've got children around, you really don't want one of these, no matter how functional they are.
I find it a little hard to try push people onto Apple products. They ARE expensive. There's no denying it. For 90% of people, it probably is too much of a big investment. My point is that for the price I bought my iMac for, you could buy a top of the range PC and have a few hundred left over, to be frank, you could probably even buy a second-hand car for the price of an iMac (its lucky I cant drive). And for this, I think it's important to be sensible. Owning an iMac is a bit superfluous, I was willing to spend that cash, but I wouldn't have got myself into my overdraft to get one. As nice as they are, unless you're into hardcore design or video production, it's pretty much all about the looks.
The all-in-one iMac packs a complete, high-performance computer into a beautifully thin design. 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 i3 3.2 GHz - Monitor : LCD 27"|
|Localisation:||English / United Kingdom|
|Processor:||1 x Intel Core i3 3.2 GHz ( Dual-Core )|
|Processor Main Features:||Hyper-Threading Technology|
|Cache Memory:||4 MB L2 Cache|
|Cache Per Processor:||4 MB|
|RAM:||4 GB (installed) / 16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1333 MHz - PC3-10600|
|Storage Controller:||SATA ( SATA-300 )|
|Hard Drive:||1 x 1 TB - SATA-300|
|Optical Storage:||DVD±RW (±R DL)|
|Monitor:||27" - LCD - 2560 x 1440|
|Graphics Controller:||ATI Radeon HD 5670|
|Video Memory:||512 MB GDDR3 SDRAM|
|Video Input:||Integrated in graphics card|
|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):||65 cm x 20.7 cm x 51.7 cm|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Gold|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|