|Screen Size||17 inches|
|Processor||1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo|
|RAM||512 MB DDR2|
|Memory Speed||667 MHz|
|Hard Drive||160 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||ATI Radeon X1600|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||128 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11G, Bluetooth|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
Apple iMac Desktop with 17" Display MA199LL/A (1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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I start clicking on applications, everything is so fast and responsive; especially native applications. I open a finder window and it appears instantly in front of me. I grab the corner and start resizing it; no delay, the window corner goes where I drag it. Open non native FireFox running in Rosetta, opens quickly but has noticeable lag. Click on the corner of FireFox and drag, feels like OS 10.1, the window takes a fraction of a second to follow the cursor; still very usable.
iPhoto. I import my old library (by dragging the folder from my old pictures folder to my new pictures folder). Open iPhoto. It says it needs to update my library, it does that flawlessly and opens. Takes 1 or 2 minutes for several thousand photos. I scroll through my library; everything is so fast. As I scroll through my film rolls a big black semi-transparent box pops up with the roll name. I go to my 6 MB RAW photos from my digital rebel. I double click on one to edit. It only says "loading picture" for about half a second. I start clicking the next picture arrow, instantly loads the next RAW photo (it must be caching them). I hit the next about once a second and it never stops to think, I hit next much faster and it starts saying "loading picture" I stop, and it pops up in about half a second. Not in 5 - 10 seconds like my old iMac.
I open full screen mode. I click on a photo, loads quickly.Read more ›
When Steve Jobs announced the new iMac, with Intel Core Duo processors I was almost certain I wanted to buy it. Why? Macs are well known for ease of use and capabilities, but they have managed all that for years, with processors that are not always top-notch.
Processor in the new iMac
The Intel Core Duo processor in the new iMac is an amazing chip. What have I noticed about the speed of the machine featuring this chip? It is incredibly fast. You'd be surprised by how much faster even web browsing is, when you have a processor as powerful as the Core Duo. However, what I've really been impressed by is doing things such as video encoding. I've encoded videos in H264 as much as eight times faster than my Powerbook G4. Furthermore, the iLife applications that are included on the iMac fly, with the speed. iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and Garageband perform like never before. I've really been impressed by the speed.
The Core Duo is a great processor. It offers exceptional desktop PC performance, in a design that can fit in small computers and notebooks. It features two cores on a single die, which effectively gives you the performance of two processors. Don't let the 1.83 GHZ clock speed fool you. This Core Duo Chip will outperform 3+ GHZ Pentium 4 processors. It really is an amazing breakthrough, from Intel.
The new iMac features an ATI Radeon X1600 graphics processor using PCI Express
128 MB of GDDR3 video memory. This is the best graphic card Apple has *ever* included with a consumer Macintosh.Read more ›
Pros: It's true... it just works. Ten minutes after first powering on the iMac, I was already surfing the web and had access to my home network! The iMac immediately recognized my WEP secured wireless network. All I had to do was enter my security code! This is the same thing that took at least one hour (at first) on my Windows systems. The iMac also recognized my home network with no problem at all! I was able to transfer files from my Dell notebook by just dragging them over to the Mac. It took me almost an hour to get my two Windows computers to "see" each other on the home network. I haven't figured out how to make the Mac visible to the Dell just yet.
The iLife software bundle, although not Pro level, is great for basic home use. I just made a DVD using iDVD and iMovie HD. I had a VHS tape that I transferred to a mini DV using a camcorder and my VCR. I then imported the film into iMovie via firewire. After inserting chapters markers, I imported the film into iDVD. It was easy to figure out how to add titles and music to the menus. One cool thing I've already noticed about the Mac OS is that I can drag files into the applications from any window. I don't need to search for the file from within the program I'm using. For example, I wanted to import a photo and a song as the background for the DVD's main menu. I already had a window open that had the files I wanted. I just dragged the files over to the iDVD program and dropped them in. The program did the rest.
If you are worried about MS Office compatibility (my biggest concern), I haven't found any compatibility issues yet. The iMac came with a free 30-day trial of MS Office for Mac.Read more ›
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Very disappointed the screen started to go bad after 1 year! thats right after one year! shame on you for selling this product!Published 12 days ago by S. Foster
After 2 years and 3 months two vertical lines appeared on the LCD. A quick search on Google tells me this is a common problem for iMac's from late 2005 early 2006. Read morePublished on July 27, 2008 by Pedro Ramirez
I had a G4 titanium laptop then "upgraded" to the iMac because they said it was fast and would run the Adobe CS stuff better -- not. I miss my laptop. Read morePublished on December 6, 2007 by webdesigngirl
This machine has a lot of bells and whistles but they don't always work nearly as well as advertised. Read morePublished on May 1, 2007 by Iowa Eddie
I used to use a PC, and still have a Dell laptop but once i got the imac, i was in love, and have never looked back. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by KhyberNY
This is a great computer. Easy and fun to use and comes with everything you need right of the box. Elegant and powerful. Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by J. Quintero
My compputer is a great unit. After replacing the logic board and the disc drive which were causing a probem with playing music, it seems to be okay now.Published on November 5, 2006 by Sylvia L. Jeppson
Before i tell you what the iMac 17" is, let me tell you what it's not.
It's not revolutionary. Read more
My kids love these (we own two) because it can runs Windows and they can play PC games. I've never seen Windows run faster. Read morePublished on September 10, 2006 by Gordon M. Wagner