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One day special, cheapest current price for this iMac and not sure if it's a glitch but when you add it to your basket they throw in an external 1TB drive to boot.

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#1
same price at pc world

oops, missed the external hard drive bit

Edited By: zurich on Dec 06, 2010 20:20
#2
If its true then its a good deal.. hot from me
#3
Its an offer atm you get a free external hdd with it. ( or was it half price i cant remember)
#4
As a Comet employee that would make it £809.19 for me. It's almost a good deal - not a Mac fan myself but this isn't too bad.
#5
Smithers37
As a Comet employee that would make it £809.19 for me. It's almost a good deal - not a Mac fan myself but this isn't too bad.


lol, i still don't get it. why do people spend twice as much for a mac as you would for a windows 7 pc?
2 Likes #6
zurich
Smithers37
As a Comet employee that would make it £809.19 for me. It's almost a good deal - not a Mac fan myself but this isn't too bad.


lol, i still don't get it. why do people spend twice as much for a mac as you would for a windows 7 pc?





Edited By: aScottishBloke on Dec 07, 2010 00:53: .......
#8
zurich
Smithers37
As a Comet employee that would make it £809.19 for me. It's almost a good deal - not a Mac fan myself but this isn't too bad.


lol, i still don't get it. why do people spend twice as much for a mac as you would for a windows 7 pc?


You literally have to own one to understand. They do just work, and the quality of the hardware completely blows some pc's away.
#9
aircanman
zurich
Smithers37
As a Comet employee that would make it £809.19 for me. It's almost a good deal - not a Mac fan myself but this isn't too bad.


lol, i still don't get it. why do people spend twice as much for a mac as you would for a windows 7 pc?


You literally have to own one to understand. They do just work, and the quality of the hardware completely blows some pc's away.


yeah but my pc "just works" too. it's not like this "hardware" is noticibly different from a pc.
#10
It's the same hardware, it's Intel etc.
3 Likes #11
Poor people will never understand Apple
1 Like #12
Here we go again... The old Mac v PC debate! Geez, this gets so boring on these posts.
#13
yep zzz. I own two pcs (running xp and win 7) and three macs (two running win 7 as well as mac OS). I also have an android phone... all for work and play and because I like to tinker with stuff.

The mac OS and the build quality is just that bit better. That's my opinion, and I'm sure that many PC owners will have their own. At the end of the day though, let's not forget that they are just computers people - if you love em that much then there's something wrong.
1 Like #14
zurich
Smithers37
As a Comet employee that would make it £809.19 for me. It's almost a good deal - not a Mac fan myself but this isn't too bad.
lol, i still don't get it. why do people spend twice as much for a mac as you would for a windows 7 pc?


Because it's twice as good, both in design and usability. Apart from that damn SD card slot position.
#15
They are giving away a free Iomega external drive if you buy the Mac?
When they start to give away a PC with a Mac, I'll be interested.
banned#16
Good price. Voted hot.

I love the design on the Mac's (iMac, Airbook) but dont want to pay that much + theres no point for me because I need windows :(
#17
publicnme
zurich
Smithers37
As a Comet employee that would make it £809.19 for me. It's almost a good deal - not a Mac fan myself but this isn't too bad.
lol, i still don't get it. why do people spend twice as much for a mac as you would for a windows 7 pc?


Because it's twice as good, both in design and usability. Apart from that damn SD card slot position.


no, it's not. but your paying twice the price?


FunkyMonkeyDooDa
yep zzz. I own two pcs (running xp and win 7) and three macs (two running win 7 as well as mac OS). I also have an android phone... all for work and play and because I like to tinker with stuff.

The mac OS and the build quality is just that bit better. That's my opinion, and I'm sure that many PC owners will have their own. At the end of the day though, let's not forget that they are just computers people - if you love em that much then there's something wrong.


in what ways is the os and build quality better? i genuinely want to know, not just trying to turn this into a pc vs mac debate.
1 Like #18
Macs have less risk of being infected with a virus and are also more stable than a PC therefore much more stable. There is a reason for high price and quality, also macs are more suited for Audio work or Design work and preferred by people in these fields.
#19
Kanye Pest
Macs have less risk of being infected with a virus and are also more stable than a PC therefore much more stable. There is a reason for high price and quality, also macs are more suited for Audio work or Design work and preferred by people in these fields.


the virus part is not true. the design part maybe true (for some areas) but how many mac users are buying to design crap? audio proffesionals tend to use windows software not macs.
#20
zurich
no, it's not. but your paying twice the price?


IMO it is. And I didn't pay twice the price, mine cost the same as what my PC sold for when Comet had their voucher mishap last Christmas.

TCO of an Apple is a lot lower too as they retain their value and don't need upgrading everytime a new OS is released.
#21
zurich
Kanye Pest
Macs have less risk of being infected with a virus and are also more stable than a PC therefore much more stable. There is a reason for high price and quality, also macs are more suited for Audio work or Design work and preferred by people in these fields.


the virus part is not true. the design part maybe true (for some areas) but how many mac users are buying to design crap? audio proffesionals tend to use windows software not macs.


Of course it's true, Microsoft are still the dominant OS out there so probably 95% of viruses target Windows

Not getting dragged further into the debate with some who just wants an argument, this is a hot Apple deal
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#23
I thought the Mac's operating system was built with specific hardware in mind unlike windows which is built to work on 'any' PC configuration system you or anybody builds
#24
publicnme
zurich
no, it's not. but your paying twice the price?


IMO it is. And I didn't pay twice the price, mine cost the same as what my PC sold for when Comet had their voucher mishap last Christmas.

TCO of an Apple is a lot lower too as they retain their value and don't need upgrading everytime a new OS is released.


thats just your opinion which you haven't, in any way, justified.


publicnme
zurich
Kanye Pest
Macs have less risk of being infected with a virus and are also more stable than a PC therefore much more stable. There is a reason for high price and quality, also macs are more suited for Audio work or Design work and preferred by people in these fields.


the virus part is not true. the design part maybe true (for some areas) but how many mac users are buying to design crap? audio proffesionals tend to use windows software not macs.


Of course it's true, Microsoft are still the dominant OS out there so probably 95% of viruses target Windows

Not getting dragged further into the debate with some who just wants an argument, this is a hot Apple deal


i'm not simply looking for an argument at all, i just asked a pertinent question.
#25
It is a good deal for that item. Voted hot.
4 Likes #26
Zurich: build quality of my mac machines compared to the pcs I have are better in terms of the materials used and their product design - this is down to ergonomics and design aesthetic. The OS itself - well, there are a lot of elements that make me prefer the mac platform, the general one being that in terms of workflow (I'm a designer by trade) I simply get much more stuff done in the same time on a mac.

Now, wether people here believe me or not is entirely up to them. I've used computers all my working life and yes, at one point, being a designer, using a Mac was pretty much what one did. The is simply not the case any more and all the software I use is available for macs and PC.

A few years ago I switched to PCs (not entirely, but I used a PC over a mac about 80% of the time). This was because at the time I was building a lot of websites and there were enough differences then to warrant running, building and testing almost exclusively on a PC. Now this isn't such a big deal, and there's much more freedom to create on a mac safe in the knowledge that it will look good on a PC.

So, one final thing. When I bought my latest computer... a 27 inch imac I also bought windows 7. Don't forget, an imac is capable of running the mac OS AND windows 7.

Just because I like to push what I know, I decided to only use windows 7 for two weeks... apart from the fact that there are plenty more games available on the windows platform, it wasn't a great experience for me. I have to admit that it was a relief to get back to the mac platform.

Macs aren't the be all and end all. They won't make you into a better person, they won't save the world and they certainly are not the most important thing in my life, but in my opinion, I just get more done with them in the same amount of time.

Leaving me more time to spend with my 5 year old son. Who is the most important thing in my life.
#27
zurich
publicnme
zurich
no, it's not. but your paying twice the price?
IMO it is. And I didn't pay twice the price, mine cost the same as what my PC sold for when Comet had their voucher mishap last Christmas.TCO of an Apple is a lot lower too as they retain their value and don't need upgrading everytime a new OS is released.
thats just your opinion which you haven't, in any way, justified.
publicnme
zurich
Kanye Pest
Macs have less risk of being infected with a virus and are also more stable than a PC therefore much more stable. There is a reason for high price and quality, also macs are more suited for Audio work or Design work and preferred by people in these fields.
the virus part is not true. the design part maybe true (for some areas) but how many mac users are buying to design crap? audio proffesionals tend to use windows software not macs.
Of course it's true, Microsoft are still the dominant OS out there so probably 95% of viruses target WindowsNot getting dragged further into the debate with some who just wants an argument, this is a hot Apple deal
i'm not simply looking for an argument at all, i just asked a pertinent question.


I did say it was my opinion, and then gave 1 justification with the TCO. I've also already mentioned design - it's a sexy bit of kit. Cable management is needless as it only has 1 cable. The screen is an IPS panel. Lack of virus threat. Lack of crashes, lack of registry...... Google it if you are really that interested to get others opinions.
#28
FunkyMonkeyDooDa
Don't forget, an imac is capable of running the mac OS AND windows 7.


Windows 7 looks gorgeous on a Mac, though the magic mouse is a nightmare with it. Mine dual boots as the OH prefers Windows. When I say she prefers Windows, she knows nothing about Windows, she knows about using Live Mail and Word, which she is used to from Windows.
#29
One really minor thing that does grate - it's minor, but gets me every time. If I look at a website on the mac OS then look at the very same website on the Windows 7 partition on the very same imac you do notice that the rendering of the fonts is that much cleaner, smoother and frankly better on the mac OS - it's minor in that I only notice it because I run both systems at the same time, but why microsoft couldn't have done a better rendering solution on something so fundamental as screen fonts on their latest OS build bewilders me.

Still, publicme is right, go down to the mac store and see the screen on the imacs (yes there are others with good screens on the PC), but I go back to the point that the imacs are capable of running both mac os and win 7 which is a winner for me (and it takes less space too).
1 Like #30
Hmm, all i can add is every time apple updates it's operating system Microsoft seem to trail with an OS that looks very similar a few years down the line.

Also apple OS is pretty much why you guys are able to open windows, and not typing command lines in DOS still. Apple developed a 'windows' based environment (known as a Graphical User Interface) long before Microsoft. Years later people are still influenced by this type of interface. I've had my mac for nearly 6 yrs now and runs the latest OS capably; although it's getting a bit long in the tooth for the work that i do on it.

Simply you pay what you get for, they're a quality bit of kit. I'm sure though if you bought a similar priced Vaio PC or similar it would be of similar build quality etc (but the OS wouldn't be as good.)
#31
FunkyMonkeyDooDa
Zurich: build quality of my mac machines compared to the pcs I have are better in terms of the materials used and their product design - this is down to ergonomics and design aesthetic. The OS itself - well, there are a lot of elements that make me prefer the mac platform, the general one being that in terms of workflow (I'm a designer by trade) I simply get much more stuff done in the same time on a mac.

Now, wether people here believe me or not is entirely up to them. I've used computers all my working life and yes, at one point, being a designer, using a Mac was pretty much what one did. The is simply not the case any more and all the software I use is available for macs and PC.

A few years ago I switched to PCs (not entirely, but I used a PC over a mac about 80% of the time). This was because at the time I was building a lot of websites and there were enough differences then to warrant running, building and testing almost exclusively on a PC. Now this isn't such a big deal, and there's much more freedom to create on a mac safe in the knowledge that it will look good on a PC.

So, one final thing. When I bought my latest computer... a 27 inch imac I also bought windows 7. Don't forget, an imac is capable of running the mac OS AND windows 7.

Just because I like to push what I know, I decided to only use windows 7 for two weeks... apart from the fact that there are plenty more games available on the windows platform, it wasn't a great experience for me. I have to admit that it was a relief to get back to the mac platform.

Macs aren't the be all and end all. They won't make you into a better person, they won't save the world and they certainly are not the most important thing in my life, but in my opinion, I just get more done with them in the same amount of time.

Leaving me more time to spend with my 5 year old son. Who is the most important thing in my life.


thanks for taking the time to write a decent response. i'll take you at your word when you say you get more done (though whether this is just down to familiarity, i'm not sure) and i believe macs are better for design work, as many people say, but i just don't get why regular joe computer users would pay so much more.

a windows pc can also run mac os btw, if you really want to.
4 Likes #32
Sorry but I have NEVER posted here before but I had to post on this thread as this sort of thing winds me up so much.

Everyone IS entitled to their opinion I know but some of the pre conceptions about Mac's are just daft.
The OS is built on Linux, something that you can get for free that Apple happily charge for. Yes, they have done a lovely job at making it look pretty but it's still Linux.
The hardware (as in the computer case, the lovely IPS screen, the keyboard, etc, etc) is fab but the internal hardware including the CPU, GFX, HDD and such is the same as in a standard PC
The idea that "It just works" is built around the idea that Apple remove many things from their software that PC enthusiasts would want to / be able to tinker with inside of Windows. The software is - in my opinion - dumbed down a little. That makes it great for people who don't want to faff with their PC's, don't have time to setup and tinker with settings and so on. If that's you, then col. But you ARE paying over the odds for these small incentives. For the price of this MAC you could get a seriously quick PC that could do ANYTHING the Mac could + play games!

Also, while I'm on, this whole thing about Mac's being impervious to viruses is utter cack. The fact Mac's don't tend to get infected is because virus writers don't waste their time creating viruses for such a relatively small OS user base. Viruses on Macs are starting to appear and will just get worse as more people buy them.

AND (sorry) the idea that "They run more stable, don't crash, etc" I keep my PC clean and free from bloatware and other rubbish. I don't fill it full of things I don't use and in general, look after it. It doesn't crash - ever. That isn't a boast or a lie, it#s just fact. As soon as Apple produce a Mac that is capable of running a set of software as wide and diverse as a Windows PC and that allows for infinite hardware configurations and that doesn't crash - I'll take back everything I have just said.

Rant over.
#33
FunkyMonkeyDooDa
Still, publicme is right, go down to the mac store and see the screen on the imacs (yes there are others with good screens on the PC), but I go back to the point that the imacs are capable of running both mac os and win 7 which is a winner for me (and it takes less space too).


possibly because the monitors (though not all, as in this deal) are usually higher definition 2560 instead of 1920.


Edited By: zurich on Dec 07, 2010 00:16
#34
zurich
thanks for taking the time to write a decent response. i'll take you at your word when you say you get more done (though whether this is just down to familiarity, i'm not sure) and i believe macs are better for design work, as many people say, but i just don't get why regular joe computer users would pay so much more.a windows pc can also run mac os btw, if you really want to.


Regular joe probably wouldn't, in the same way they wouldn't buy an S Class Mercedes to get from A to B. I bought one because it cost the same as I sold my Dell PC for and 12 months later could still sell it for more than it cost me.

They are expensive (cheaper in the long run), but the emails and words you read in forums like this will be identical on both Mac OS and Windows. It's whether you can afford the extra luxury on your journey to the HUKD forum :)
#35
zurich
FunkyMonkeyDooDa
Still, publicme is right, go down to the mac store and see the screen on the imacs (yes there are others with good screens on the PC), but I go back to the point that the imacs are capable of running both mac os and win 7 which is a winner for me (and it takes less space too).


possibly because the monitors (though not all, as in this deal) are usually higher definition 2560 instead of 1920.



No, 2560 is only on the 27" model. It's because they use IPS panels and glossy screens (which some people hate).
#36
NimrodsSon

l Apple developed a 'windows' based environment (known as a Graphical User Interface) long before Microsoft. Years later people are still influenced by this type of interface.



Xerox pretty much invented GUI before Apple was even born
#37
lol, i still don't get it. why do people spend twice as much for a mac as you would for a windows 7 pc?

Where are all these all in one PCs that cost £400?!!!! Please point out where they all are, I would be grateful.

the virus part is not true. the design part maybe true (for some areas) but how many mac users are buying to design crap? audio proffesionals tend to use windows software not macs.

Ive never met a mac user who has had a virus. Ive never met a mac user who used anti-virus. Its a shame the same can't be said about Windows. Do these half price all-in-one PCs retain their value and is the anti virus free?

If you don't like all-in-one computers then fair enough. If that's the case then you need to jump on the "anti" bandwagon for all the brands. Otherwise you will always be branded as one of the many sheep who hate Apple for no logical reason.

I have a macbook and a windows 7 pc. Whilst Windows 7 is a million times better than Vista, I can't be bothered using it. OSX is just so much more stress-free.
1 Like #38
Zurich: yep - I have a netbook running mac OS too - it's flawed though and it's not for the regular user to attempt.
Trust me, I am very familiar with win 7 (xp too, though managed to avoid vista).

You've got to remember one thing. Regular joe users are not me, or, by the sounds of it you either. Regular users are those who surf the web, spend ages on farmville, do a bit of word and perhaps a few spreadsheets too. Now on the face of it, using a computer as expensive as a mac for such simple tasks (in terms of cpu usage etc.) would seem daft. But it's not. Regular users do see computers as lifestyle choices and this is why apple as masters of marketing, don't focus on techy stuff like OSs and cpu ratings but show how a box of bolts can add value to your every day life. This isn't deception - merely pointing out the stuff that really is important to the regular Joe. Windows never really got that bit right (the 'I'm a PC' ads are in my opinion dire beyond belief).

Of course, windows can do all these things, but they've never quite managed to say how properly. You only need to see what market share apple has gained over the past few years to show proof that more and more regular joe users are enjoying the mac platform. A lot of people know that the iphone isn't the best phone in every way, neither is the mac OS - but the overall package is what people buy into and that's where apple have always understood what is important to the punter.

Anyway, signing off. Good to have a decent discussion that hasn't ended up in a big weeing contest over who's got the biggest hard drive.
#39
davey_g08
lol, i still don't get it. why do people spend twice as much for a mac as you would for a windows 7 pc?


Where are all these all in one PCs that cost £400?!!!! Please point out where they all are, I would be grateful.

the virus part is not true. the design part maybe true (for some areas) but how many mac users are buying to design crap? audio proffesionals tend to use windows software not macs.


Ive never met a mac user who has had a virus. Ive never met a mac user who used anti-virus. Its a shame the same can't be said about Windows. Do these half price all-in-one PCs retain their value and is the anti virus free?

If you don't like all-in-one computers then fair enough. If that's the case then you need to jump on the "anti" bandwagon for all the brands. Otherwise you will always be branded as one of the many sheep who hate Apple for no logical reason.

I have a macbook and a windows 7 pc. Whilst Windows 7 is a million times better than Vista, I can't be bothered using it. OSX is just so much more stress-free.


so you want a pc bolted on to your monitor, omg - that matters so much?

yes anti-virus is free - from microsoft or elsewhere, never ever had a virus myself.

i'm the sheep ? oO lmfao

i don't hate apple just can't understand why they cost so much for the nth time.

Edited By: zurich on Dec 07, 2010 00:31
#40
zurich


the virus part is not true. the design part maybe true (for some areas) but how many mac users are buying to design crap? audio proffesionals tend to use windows software not macs.


Where did you here that? Maybe that's the case for commercial radio stations but music artists always go for macs (for producing music), in my experience. As for video editing and production, mac and final cut are the industry standard.

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