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Apple iMac 20" 2.0GHz - £699.30 delivered

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8y, 9m agoFound 8 years, 9 months ago
Dixons have reduced the prices of Apple iMac computers

The base model with 20" display and 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor is now priced at £716.35 + £2.95 delivery, and code PR20 will knock £20 off that.

There is also a possible 3% Quidco - about £21.

However, these seem to be earlier models with OSX 10.4 Tiger instead of 10.5 Leopard, and although it states you can upgrade for £5.95, I believe the Apple upgrade program finished on January 26th.

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#1
Voted hot, shame that the £5.95 upgrade to leopard appears to be over though.
#2
Yea that's hot.

Just on another note. Unlike Windows OS's, Mac OS's don't require any activation codes or serials *hint hint*
#3
Personally I would wait - the imacs are overdue an update. After last weeks Macbook updates I wouldn't be surprised that the imacs will get updated in the next few weeks with faster processors and video.
#4
And Mac OSs are 100x easier to use, more robust, viruses are virtually unheard of....
#5
scrooge
Personally I would wait - the imacs are overdue an update. After last weeks Macbook updates I wouldn't be surprised that the imacs will get updated in the next few weeks with faster processors and video.


Up to 512mb graphics in the new MBP, insane! Makes mine look rubbish now :oops:
#6
Magic_monkey
Up to 512mb graphics in the new MBP, insane! Makes mine look rubbish now :oops:


The 512MB graphics makes no difference tbh. 8600M GT can only handle properly 256MB.

Personally disappointed with the updates in Feb, hope theres more to come when the new intel platform is released over the summer :thumbsup:
#7
and there will be 2 chances this week with tuesday and the thursday key note

and this price drop indicates the update more
#8
Money Spinning
Voted hot, shame that the £5.95 upgrade to leopard appears to be over though.


wont these be new stock and ship with leopard?


and Colour: White :S
#9
The Apple refurb store currently has the next model up (better CPU, HD and graphics) with Leopard for £779 instead of £949. Quidco would be over £23 too....
#10
Wow.. Some Apple fanboys are worse than i thought..
#11
"My name is Sam Tyler, I was online looking at Macs and I woke up in 2004. 1 GB of memory? Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever's happened, it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can go home."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/graphics/2007/04/13/ftphil13.jpg
banned#12
Fanboys... Gotta love em.
#13
IMy opinion - in summary - Macs are dearer to buy, but a much more elegant interface, they dont slow up the more apps you add, but as for software you need - much less of it, and it will cost you- but quality wise - better.
#14
Megamix
IMy opinion - in summary - Macs are dearer to buy, but a much more elegant interface, they dont slow up the more apps you add, but as for software you need - much less of it, and it will cost you- but quality wise - better.


I've used both Windows and now on Mac OS-X - There is no comparison, Mac is fantastic!! :thumbsup:
#15
i managed to get my 20" imac from play.com with a 10% voucher before xmas. With quidco, i paid around £680.
This is the closest i have seen to my bargain. Easy to upgrade to leopard as mentioned.
Fantastic computer.

Although minor bumps to processors may be due, the machine will be basically the same for the next couple of years.

These will sell out very quickly...
#16
stapsell
i managed to get my 20" imac from play.com with a 10% voucher before xmas. With quidco, i paid around £680.
This is the closest i have seen to my bargain. Easy to upgrade to leopard as mentioned.
Fantastic computer.

Although minor bumps to processors may be due, the machine will be basically the same for the next couple of years.

These will sell out very quickly...


And here the lesson endeth. Mac is brilliant!!! :whistling:
#17
Psk.

I'm triple-booting Windows Server 2003, Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux on my Acer laptop (5685WLMi from Woolworths last May, bldy bargain).

Which OS do I use most?

Linux.

All applications I need are free. No hidden "extras." No viruses. No spyware. Yes, you can't always click and run, but if my Dad can work it most people can.

Mac OS looks nice. It runs well. But it's limited. Have you tried using the keyboard to navigate? You can't. If you just want to select the cancel button on a dialogue box without taking your hand off the keyboard, you can't.

Windows for games. That's all I use it for now. Bit of CoD4, bit of WIC.

Finally, how much to upgrade Windows XP to Vista? £100?
How much to upgrade OSX 10.4 to 10.5? £100?
How much to upgrade Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.04? £0. They'll even send you the CD for free.

Back to the topic, this is a good price for a nice (if overpriced) bit of hardware.
#18
A Mac is a bit like a VW- A conundrum...
#19
mr.velvet
Psk.

I'm triple-booting Windows Server 2003, Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux on my Acer laptop (5685WLMi from Woolworths last May, bldy bargain).

Which OS do I use most?

Linux.

All applications I need are free. No hidden "extras." No viruses. No spyware. Yes, you can't always click and run, but if my Dad can work it most people can.

Mac OS looks nice. It runs well. But it's limited. Have you tried using the keyboard to navigate? You can't. If you just want to select the cancel button on a dialogue box without taking your hand off the keyboard, you can't.

Windows for games. That's all I use it for now. Bit of CoD4, bit of WIC.

Finally, how much to upgrade Windows XP to Vista? £100?
[COLOR="Red"]How much to upgrade OSX 10.4 to 10.5? £100?[/COLOR]
How much to upgrade Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.04? £0. They'll even send you the CD for free.

Back to the topic, this is a good price for a nice (if overpriced) bit of hardware.



Where have you been shopping at that price?

Thought RRP was £85
#20
I wish Linux success but its simply not for everyone, surely you must accept that. While I've handed down all my past Macs to family members they've never had no trouble at all using one. You can't just drop Ubuntu onto a machine and shove it at someone.
#21
sparc;1657041
I wish Linux success but its simply not for everyone, surely you must accept that. While I've handed down all my past Macs to family members they've never had no trouble at all using one. You can't just drop Ubuntu onto a machine and shove it at someone.

Yeah, I mean look at the Asus EEE, you can't give that to a PC or Mac user and expect them to use it! It would take someone forever to learn it!

Seriously though, it will take a good few years (look how long it's taken FF)

I prefer windows to mac tbh. Although these look like a steal:thumbsup:
#22
Megamix
IMy opinion - in summary - Macs are dearer to buy, but a much more elegant interface, they dont slow up the more apps you add, but as for software you need - much less of it, and it will cost you- but quality wise - better.


The argument of they don't slow up the more applications you install on macs has always irritated me.

Number one, all the Macs I have seen have seemed pretty slow anyway an less it was just web browsing, so certainly never lightning fast to be slowed down anyway.
Secondly, there are so few applications available for macs compared to PC's that you just don't get the oppurtunity to load it up to such an extent that it becoms a disorganised mess like you can with a PC.

Frankly, macs are the best web browsing kiosk machines and may have a good piece of graphics editing software, but there is nothing that a Mac is actually better than a PC at, and for miniscule ammounts of money you can always upgrade your PC to make it better if you find a Mac gaining on the PC in a certain aspect.
#23
Magic_monkey
Yea that's hot.

Just on another note. Unlike Windows OS's, Mac OS's don't require any activation codes or serials *hint hint*


Nor do Dells. Mac's just charge you £85 for a service pack:thumbsup:
#24
Pretty but only 1Gb memory for £700? Seems a bit odd to me... maybe you can upgrade the memory to 2Gb for £15? People often go on about how amazing macs are, but my macbook crashes just as much as any Windows pc ive used. I think its a myth. They are prettier though, just cost a bomb for the same spec as a pc :S
#25
mr.velvet
Mac OS looks nice. It runs well. But it's limited. Have you tried using the keyboard to navigate? You can't. If you just want to select the cancel button on a dialogue box without taking your hand off the keyboard, you can't.


System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts > Full keyboard access.

What's next? Mac's can't right click? :roll:
#26
Lexeus
The argument of they don't slow up the more applications you install on macs has always irritated me.

Number one, all the Macs I have seen have seemed pretty slow anyway an less it was just web browsing, so certainly never lightning fast to be slowed down anyway.
Secondly, there are so few applications available for macs compared to PC's that you just don't get the oppurtunity to load it up to such an extent that it becoms a disorganised mess like you can with a PC.

Frankly, macs are the best web browsing kiosk machines and may have a good piece of graphics editing software, but there is nothing that a Mac is actually better than a PC at, and for miniscule ammounts of money you can always upgrade your PC to make it better if you find a Mac gaining on the PC in a certain aspect.



Exactly what i was going to say :thumbsup:

The fanboys that I hate the most in the world are undoubtedly macboys :x
#27
why can't anyone mention an offer with apple without it turning into which OS is best debate?

it gets boring when it happens as it's the same thing. if you don't agree with the apple pricing or whatever why can't you keep it to yourself or just accept if it's a good deal or not?

I think it's a not bad deal. Always look on the refurb store before going to high street stores, i just got a 15" macbook pro for £1049
#28
Ah, just like any thread online about Macs. Someone says "I like Macs" and then a dozen Mac haters descend moaning about "Mac Fanboys". Sounds like there are a lot of "Mac Haters", who probably last used a Mac in 2001 when they were complete and utter pieces of rubbish.

My iBook has never crashed. And I'd say that a Mac OS X update is pretty similar, in terms of added features, to the upgrade from XP to Vista.

Mac prices are comparable to similar quality and specification PC hardware. It's just that with the PC you have the option of cheaper stuff that's more than adequate for most people. Of course, Windows XP is a pain in the ****, and Vista even more so (but at least it is prettier for some). The only software that the Macs lack is games, apart from a few big ones. Sad really that Apple underspec the graphics on so many of their products.

Typing this on my self-built (yay £10 Google discounts last year) Ubuntu PC, btw.
#29
I have a Vista PC for gaming and a Mac for everything else.
#30
It does seem strange that they underspec the graphics cards on these things given most people in graphics editing industries use macs. I spose they pay for the higher end £2k+ models tho...

I love my macbook, its really nice to use, but both OSX and Vista have problems and its silly to argue otherwise. I just wish Apple would spec these things at the same price as equivalent PCs, then there would be no contest as people would choose Apple due to the aesthetics. Instead they take the p1ss by putting 1Gb memory in their boxes! I mean how much does that save them? £10? £20?
#31
isn't leopard based on unix?
#32
ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG!!!!

People talk about myths regarding Macs. The biggest myth is that you cant mention Macs without all the mac fanboys descending to tell you what they think. The real problem is actually the ANTI-MAC FANBOYS

Everytime a deal is posted to do with a Mac, or indeed any post on any message board about Macs all these people come out of the woodwork to moan that Macs are expensive, have **** specs, are just for people trying to be cool, and that the only people who like Macs are annoying Mac fanboys.

No one cares what you think OK. If you dont like Macs keep it to yourself.

Sincerely yours

An XP user.
#33
belovedmonster;1657434
ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG!!!!

People talk about myths regarding Macs. The biggest myth is that you cant mention Macs without all the mac fanboys descending to tell you what they think. The real problem is actually the ANTI-MAC FANBOYS

Everytime a deal is posted to do with a Mac, or indeed any post on any message board about Macs all these people come out of the woodwork to moan that Macs are expensive, have **** specs, are just for people trying to be cool, and that the only people who like Macs are annoying Mac fanboys.

No one cares what you think OK. If you dont like Macs keep it to yourself.

Sincerely yours

An XP user.


Glad we cleared that up.... for a minute there I thought this Mac only had 1Gb of memory and cost £700 - of course youve clarified it now so obviously it doesnt ;)
#34
why is the 1gb such an issue?? there's been loads of laptops advertised here that come with vista and only 1gb but although it's only commented on it's never got the same attention as this.

Lets look at the deal...yes apple's are more expensive, that's usually accepted or moaned about but the idea of the OP was to highlight the fairly good price of the iMac...so it's a hot deal yes?

not a mac vs pc debate that's been done to death!
#35
I never wade into these things usually, but I feel like saying a few words in this case.

I was a full-time PC user for about 15 years, and so have seen the evolution of Windows and Linux on those machines since the beginning. I didn't like Macs at all back in about 2002, but gradually found myself becoming interested in the way that OS X worked, and how easy it was to set up and use for virtually anyone.

In 2004, I took the leap, and bought a Mac.

At the time, I didn't know if it would last, and thought it might just be a 'phase'. But... here I am three and a bit years later, and I'm sitting here typing this on an aluminium iMac (my second Mac, with the first deployed as a secondary machine downstairs in the Kitchen of all places - streaming media during breakfast anyone?).

I can safely say I have never had a problem with either of the Macs I've owned. I USE these machines. They act as Home Studio recording rigs, media servers, Photoshop workstations etc. The only thing I don't do with them is play games. I've got an Xbox 360 for that.

I have never actually needed to format and reinstall Mac OS. My original Mac is now sitting downstairs with MacOS 10.5 on it (two upgrades (not reinstalls - UPGRADES) up from where it was when I bought it. It actually runs as fast as it always has. Oh - and the upgrades are not equivalent to Service packs. The latest OS X - Leopard - is a big jump from the last, and I went back to a Tiger mac the other day, and found it very restrictive. Apple generally listen to people, and provide USEFUl upgrades, which despite looking nice, are also extremely functional.

Mac OS just WORKS! I got so sick and tired of Windows being a pain in the **** in various different ways. Don;t get me wrong - some people love tweaking and fiddling all day, but I want to actually USE the machine, not fiddle with it all day to get things running optimally.

I got rid of my last PC about six months ago, but still run Windows in a virtual machine for the odd thing that I can't get for the mac. this is mainly Tversity Media Server, which at the moment is Windows only. This virtual PC runs as fast as any stand-alone PC I've ever owned, with no discernible effect on the speed of OS X. In fact, sometimes I leave it running on my second monitor for days, and as I don't always have it switched on, I forget its there, as the main OS runs the same.

For those who think Mac OS X hides the 'guts' of the OS from you - in some ways that's true. However - it's Unix-based, so is as configurable as hell, and you can do virtually anything you want to on it if you set your mind to it. Again - the majority of users, if they allowed themselves to have a change in mindset, would find that having a machine that just works, without you constantly having to fiddle, is actually a good thing.

I can safely say that as long as the current state of play remains, I'll be staying with the Mac side of things.

The bottom line? Yes - you pay for hardware. However - it's quality hardware, with an OS written to make the best of what's in the box. Hence, it runs more or less flawlessly. Generally, if a Mac is regularly crashing, then there is a hardware problem, or you may be using cheap RAM etc. OS X is written to get the max out of hardware. In the end, Apple decided to avoid the 'clone' route (unlike IBM with the original PCs), and so they know what they're writing for, and can keep it standard and much less bloated. It's quite a feat the MS have to produce an OS that will run on so many different setups, and hats off to them for that, but it comes at a cost of reliability.

My mac runs very quickly - it boots (to full desktop ready to go) in about 23 seconds. Also, I just put it to sleep every time I finish with it, and it's back when I need it in about 2 seconds.

My uptime on the Mac without a reboot can be several weeks at a time, and I just sleep it when I'm not using it.

In the end - I've had both Macs and PCs, and I would never go back to PCs unless there was a massive shift.

Cheers.
#36
belovedmonster
ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG!!!!

People talk about myths regarding Macs. The biggest myth is that you cant mention Macs without all the mac fanboys descending to tell you what they think. The real problem is actually the ANTI-MAC FANBOYS

Everytime a deal is posted to do with a Mac, or indeed any post on any message board about Macs all these people come out of the woodwork to moan that Macs are expensive, have **** specs, are just for people trying to be cool, and that the only people who like Macs are annoying Mac fanboys.

No one cares what you think OK. If you dont like Macs keep it to yourself.

Sincerely yours

An XP user.



Macs simply aren't as good as a PC, not customisable, unreasonably expensive (they're still plastic..), less support for them. I mean, the reason they don't have viruses is because the majority of people use Windows platforms. If you're gonna code a virus to screw everyone in the world because you're angry that your teacher told you to stop texting or something, you're not gonna aim it at the lower % of OSX users, you're gonna cripple the masses by going for Windows. If everyone used OSX, there would be just as many viruses on there.

Macs are more stable because you have no CHOICE what hardware to use. Most software designed for single platforms doesn't crash, but when Windows has to cater for AMD and Intel processors, SATA, IDE, SATAII interfaces, 1000's of motherboard chipsets, 100's of graphics cards and people wonder why things crash? Macs only have to support G3-Present products, which is about 10000th of the stuff windows must support.

Macs DO have a nicer looking OS, and it's more functional, but not enough 3rd party product support for me to even consider moving away from Windows, you should be able to buy a mac and run everything in a mac, not bootcamp Windows.

Macs make sense as laptops as most laptops are not very customisable, but their product line is outdate and very expensive for the most part, if they were £200-£300 cheaper they would be almost universally used, but Apple are possibly more money hungry than Windows, at least Microsoft don't profit from the hardware too.

Oh, and why say you're a XP user? Is that to validate your argument or something?

Alot of people who moan do like the concept of a mac, the problems are that they are expensive, underspecced etc, which is what's stopping them buying one, surely you can see the point? I would have bought a Macbook last summer for a laptop if I wasn't getting 2x the processing power for £250 less.
#37
Cold, 18-bit LCD panels (red, green, and blue (6 + 6 + 6 = 18)). Try to keep up with the technology Apple.
The 24 inch version has 24 bit (8 + 8 + 8 = 24) "TrueColor"
#38
going back to the deal, its a great price, paid a few hundred more for this at christmas, it does the job, and looks pretty, but also have the 24" which is my fav, it makes you feel that little bit more exclusive, and the wireless mouse and keyboard are really easy to use and stylish
even if an update does come this silver model is still not even a year old and memory can be upgraded yourself for around £50 if your that desperate, and again the leopard issue can be resloved, but i would actually say leopard its self is still littered with probs, so stick to tiger till the rest of the industry has made itself leopard compatable
#39
cougarslam
isn't leopard based on unix?


It is Unix, yes - it actually has Unix certification.
#40
mr.velvet
Psk.
Mac OS looks nice. It runs well. But it's limited. Have you tried using the keyboard to navigate? You can't. If you just want to select the cancel button on a dialogue box without taking your hand off the keyboard, you can't.
.


Time you learned the Mac keyboard shortcuts my good man. ;-) You can do almost everything without using the mouse including canceling which is normally done with the Escape key. :thinking:

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