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Great machine for me,
This review is from: Apple iMac MD094LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
This is my eighth Mac. The sleek slim appearance of the new iMacs is a matter of taste. It does mean laptop chips are used to save space (and power), along with a compact, slower hard drive. This is not exactly the latest and greatest technology in all respects. The absence of an optical drive (CD/DVD) in the new 2012 iMacs is highly controversial. Apple is pushing us toward internet connections instead, increasingly wireless, and deeper into the Apple ecosystem of iCloud and App Stores that it controls, and gets 30% from. Question is, how often do YOU need CDs on your Mac? If you do need a drive, Amazon has several that are actually less expensive, faster, and more reliable than Apple's own optical "SuperDrive." So hopefully we save a little money not getting one built-in. Most of them can sit quietly on the iMac's stand discreetly under the screen, stacked with a compact back-up drive if you wish. (Lacking a CD drive could be much more problematical with a laptop.)
Less explicable is omitting FireWire, a connector that Apple pushed so hard, and now abandons in favor of Thunderbolt (to which few products currently can connect), and right alongside speedy USB 3.0 (a great improvement on USB 2.0)! There's no longer a pulsing light to let you know a dark screen is only sleeping.
The new screen, allegedly 75% less glossy (reflective) than the previous models, is a great selling point, IMO. There IS less glare, while the bezel is as shiny as ever (lovely fingerprints), but maybe you don't have to grab the iMac so hard to adjust its angle, for the machine is much lighter than before. The screen is a bit shorter as well as wider than the old 20" model. Because it stands a little lower, it should be easier on your neck if you wear bifocals.
I am now using a trackpad and gestures, another direction Apple is pushing us (a la iPhone and iPad). I hated the one on an old iBook, but the sensitivity now is much better controlled to eliminate close passes in favor of an actual touch--all sorts of touches in fact. (No idle drumming of fingertips!) I find it odd that in order to get a "right click" I need to also hold down the Shift key, just like in the old one-button mouse days! I think trackpad use may be tiring: it takes a harder push than on a mouse to produce a "click," and there's no place to rest hand or wrist without activating something unexpected, eh? The trackpad and keyboard both slant up rather than downwards, and have no tilt adjustment. I thought ergonomists showed the healthy trick was to keep your wrist straighter, by keeping your hand level, or even sloping downwards away from you.
Customer service: I spent a very pleasant 1.5 hours online with two Apple technicians getting OS X Mail to work. For the first time in years I can open Apple's OS X Mail (rather than continue with a different email client). These folks are amazingly good! This experience is also a warning about using Migration Assistant: it can bring forward arcane bad settings from your earlier computer. It can also "break" some of your non-Apple software (e.g., Microsoft, Adobe, Epson), requiring you to re-enter product codes, or even insert an original program disk!!! (You do still have them, right?) Apparently not a problem if you bought them recently from Apple's own App Store. The Apple website has vital information on what to do on your old machine before using Migration Assistant.
Otherwise, setup is fast and amazingly easy. Apple does it right. It then took me about a minute per GB to migrate old files, twice the forecast time. Startup time with OS 10.8.2 on this machine is just 20 seconds!
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Initial post: Jan 4, 2013 7:19:34 PM PST
In reference to Trackpad...turn on "tap to click" so you don't have to press down on the trackpad. This should also enable two finger tap to be a right click.
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