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Just when you thought iMac had everything, now there’s even more. With the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 memory standard, and Mac OS X Leopard and iLife ’08, it’s the ultimate all-in-one. iMac packs amazing performance into a stunningly slim space.
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Date First Available
April 27, 2008
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Would can I say? A wonderful machine. This time, the package was without fault. Last time, I had to send the machine was damage beyond repair. Yes, I sent the computer and keyboard back and received complete prior to Amazon receive the return!
I've been using PC's since apps were run from 5-1/4" floppy disks, and have, like most people, gone the MS-DOS to Windows route. I had never used an Apple computer until I unpacked and set up this one. Although the switch from PC to Mac is hardly painless, in my estimation it was worthwhile.
The iMac is beautifully designed, and the all-in-one construction is quite convenient. I had read some reviews that called the "shiny" display into question, but I love it and have no problems with reflections or screen quality. I am still learning about the Mac OS, so much of my fumbling is probably due to lack of familiarity with features and functionality.
This would be a five-star machine, in my opinion, with some minor additions. First, it's odd to include fax functionality without a modem. I believe the modem should be self-contained, or at least included. The Apple modem costs about fifty dollars. Additionally, the fax software itself is very basic, and as far as I can tell does not provide the ability to view an actual fax that you've already sent (you know you sent something, but you can't review the fax itself). I have also found the documentation and "help" to be a bit lacking in depth and detail; a separate manual like the one by David Pogue is highly recommended, especially for Mac newbies.
For those switching from Windows, an application called VMware Fusion can be purchased separately which actually allows you to run a Windows instance on the Mac. I had very low expectations for this interface, but it actually works flawlessly and allows me to continue using some Windows apps that I'm not ready to give up (e.g. Quicken, and Outlook for it's task functionality).
After about 25 years of PC's, I'm a happy Mac user now!
I will break this review into three parts: (1) The Machine (hardware), (2) its Mind (OS X.5 and other included software) and (3) Everything else
(1) The Machine:
Let me just state that in order to truly appreciate the beauty of this computer you have to admire it from two feet away! Words can't do justice to such wonderful piece of artful engineering - ultramodern, sleek, stylish and yet eminently environment friendly. Solid anodized aluminum body with shiny black glass front and matte black metal back barring the shiny apple logo - it is perched on a strong tiltable base in a seemless fashion. There are 2 firewire ports (400+800) and 3 USB2 ports on the back, right lower portion along with a gigabit ethernet port. Theoretically the only wire you will need to run this gorgeous yet ferociously fast beast is the power cable! As it ships from amazon it comes with a wired beautiful, very low profile, solid aluminum base keyboard with white keys and a wired mighty mouse. If you order it from Apple store online, you can choose the wireless (bluetooth) keyboard+mouse as an option for extra $40. It is probably the only computer that ships with a black suede-ish polishing cloth - to keep your machine at its shiny best.
It boots up very quickly and runs whisper quiet. You do not hear hard drive spinning sounds or fan noise when performing processor intensive tasks. As for performance, the 2.8 GHz dual core processor with 1066 MHz front side bus and 2 Gb RAM gets you through your tasks sliding smoothly like you are skating on ice. Let me get to the important part - the screen, some people harp on that issue quit a bit. I just adore the ultra-sharp glossy screen with 1920x1200 pixels (more than enough pixels to see 1080p HD video). It is very bright even at the lowest brightness setting, with extremely good contrast, and the colors are rich and vibrant. Your average photo will look terrific on this screen - you have to see it to believe it! Yes, as it is designed with glass in the front, you only get the glossy screen and no option for the older matte screen. And I am using the machine in the worst case scenario - with three windows right behind my chair! So understandably, I was quite worried by those criticisms that it might be unusable in my desk. When the machine is sleeping, you will see the black glass screen reflecting the whole room like a dark mirror - but once you wake her up, you will notice that the reflections almost completely disappeared as your eye's focal plane automatically shifts from the reflective exterior surface to your desktop displayed crisply on the LCD screen, several mm deeper from the surface. So yes, if you want to refocus your eye and just keep seeing the reflections, you could choose to - but chances are you will most likely notice that the reflections have magically disappeared once the screen comes to life. Also let me further qualify that I am not a professional in photo/video field - but I am a serious amateur photographer and am very happy with editing my pictures in this machine (love Aperture 2.0).
(2) The Mind
(i) OS X.5 Leopard: I will not rattle out all the 200+ new features on this current version of the Mac OS compared to Tiger. But I will tell you my favorite ones - (a) Time Machine - backs up the entire system every hour with zero intervention from the user's side. It runs for 2-10 minutes in the background backing up only things that have *changed* in the last one hour of usage. It is the best back up solution I have encountered thus far. (b) Coverflow with Quicklook - more useful than you might think, for navigating through the average folders. This feature gives gives a preview (actual view - not an 'icon') of the document without having to open the application and you can flip through the contents like they are pages of a book, by just scrolling your mouse wheel. Just amazing. (c) Multiple desktops - group together the applications you use together in their own desktop without being distracted by other open applications/windows. You can quickly flip through upto 16 desktops although I don't use more than 2 currently (could be a great boon for multitaskers) (d) New Mail and Calendar: Now google's IMAP mail and apple mail work wonderfully well together better than ever before. Calendar runs in the background all the time and dates and events on your email are automatically understood and underlined - you can add them to your calendar without opening calendar at all. (d) Widgets and Spotlight launch faster and perform better than in Tiger (e) As mentioned before, boot up times are extremely fast, although I have already 80 GB of data on the hard drive and tons of applications installed. However, unless a software update asks for a restart I don't do it - putting it to sleep is quite energy efficient and the iMac doesn't slow down at all even if it is running for weeks without rebooting. (f) System wide spell checker, grammar checker, dictionary and thesaurus. Now the dictionary/thesaurus includes an apple help/reference guide as well as wikipedia! I think I can go on and on with all the little features that I discover everyday - but the bottomline is if you are upgrading from *any* operating system, 10.5 will thrill you.
(ii) The bundled applications are top of the class programs (called "Apps" for short in the mac world) that are extremely well designed and are ones you can actually use - as opposed to the crapware, trial ware and bloatware that comes bundled with PCs. iLife suite is a gem - although for my photography needs, I use Aperture 2.0, which is bought separately, instead of iPhoto which is very good for the average user. It even comes with all the drivers you need for booting Windows XP or Vista on a separate partition (BOOT CAMP) if you need that at all for some reason or other.
(3) Everything Else:
(a) Just one power cord for the mac and one for the Time Capsule (read about it elsewhere) replaced *EIGHT* power cords and power adapters I had before. Just imagine the jungle of wires that just disappeared with this all-in-one.
(b) Unparalleled esthetics and the legendary ease of use
[...] I personally do not have ANY negatives after 3 weeks of using the machine and will update this review if I find one.
My 3 yr old Imac G5 was about to die so I upgraded to the new Imac 2008 Aluminum. What an unbelievable improvement! I also have a new Dell Quad Core PC with a 24" screen and it can't keep up with this Apple Imac Monster. The only thing I added to this package is the 4Gig Memory to replace the 2Gig Memory it comes with.
I was a believer in quad core and was going to wait until Apple incorporated the quad core into the Imac since it is already standard on the Apple Pro. But let me tell you here and now - the dual core processor that comes in this machine blows away my Dell Quad Core PC.
All I can say is WOW! This is truely a great IMAC.