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iMac Review

So after 4 years of a Dell desktop that got progressively slower and slower, I decided to finally make the switch and get a Mac. Already I have an iPhone and iPad and I enjoy and prefer the Apple user interface and ecosystem. I also don't like the way Windows is heading with Windows 8, which is honestly horrible to use. I had to use it at my internship. With money in hand I headed to the Apple store in Manhasset to pick up the iMac.

I got the 21.5 inch model with the 2.7ghz core i5. Luckily they had one left in stock when I got there. The first thing I noticed when i brought it home was just the wonderful amount of detail Apple puts into all their products. The box itself is a work of art with bright graphics, something you rarely ever see anymore with computers, most of them nowadays show up with a nondescript cardboard box.

Build Quality

One of the first things I noticed after unpacking it was just the amazing build quality. There are no creaks or flexing in the cases like the dell's I used to own, nor is there cheap plastic anywhere. This iMac is solid, made out of aluminum and glass. The wireless keyboard and magic mouse are also made out of high quality materials.

Display

The display on the new iMac is awesome. Its super bright, much much brighter than my old 20" dell widescreen display. The iMac features a 1920x1080 display, with sharp, bright colors, perfect for coloring artwork or editing photos.

Setup

Setting up my computer was a breeze, it took me a few hours to get my programs installed, as well as move my files over. Mac OS handles shared folders from windows better than windows does. No wrestling with drivers to get my printer and tablet working, everything just works. The trickiest part was getting my external HD working because its in the ntfs file format which is what Windows uses. This external HD is from my previous computer. A quick install of ntfs-3g and the drive works.

Issues

Very little issues to report, but if I had to be picky I miss the numeric keypad, however I am planning on buying the usb keyboard with numeric keypad, and the lack of upgradeability initially was a downside for me but in the 4 years I owned my previous computer, I never upgraded the RAM or the Hard drive in it, so I am sure I can live with it with an iMac, especially because Mac OS X is less memory intensive than Windows.

Verdict

If you have a decent budget for a computer, I strongly recommend getting a Mac. They're built a lot better, the OS is much nicer, and they last a lot longer than Windows computers. You get a well established network of places to go for support, each Apple store has a genius bar for questions and to schedule repairs if in fact something does go wrong. The extra money is well worth it when you get the nice, easy to use, experience that just works and doesn't give you trouble. I don't have the time to mess around with errors and things that don't work, when I want to do something on the computer, I just want everything to work. If you can't afford the iMac, the mac mini is also a capable computer that will work with all your existing accessories. If you got a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse from your old computer, then you are all set! Later on you can accessorize with Apple keyboards and mice. This current iMac takes the existing popular all in one desktop to new heights. The old one was a damn good machine, this new one is even better, with the brighter screen and the slimmer profile.
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SparklyStarStudios Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's the weird thing with Dells... But then again software makes all these changes that the old hardware can't keep up with.

So... you got one of the new slim-profiled ones?

Our campus got new iMacs over the summer break last year and they're okay, at least they ordered them with the numeric keyboards- now if only they'd use the Magic Mouse and not that basic mouse they use, not too fond of it. Ours also have the Intel Core i7s at 2.8 GHz the 2600S which I'm also iffy about, for a computer that is going to find purposes in media/video editing they should have considered the regular 2600 but ehh...
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PudgeyRedFox Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
theyre not going to order them with wireless keyboards and mice cuz the students will steal em lol
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SparklyStarStudios Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah lmao sadly... The keyboards are fine wired, they should make a wired Magic Mouse IMO!
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