New Apple iMac 27" All-In-One Desktop PC (LED Backlit Screen, 3.20Ghz, Core-i3, 4Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD, ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics, Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) (Launched July 2010) - £1279 Delivered at Amazon - HotUKDeals
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This new iMac model is £1399.00 from the Apple store so this looks to be a good saving!

All-in-one desktop PC with supercharged performance, speed and graphics
Intel Core i3 processor sets a new benchmark for iMac performance
Dedicated ATI graphics processor for everything from film editing to advanced gaming
LED-backlit display with widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for flawless HD video
Magic Mouse gives you two ways to pinch, swipe and rotate
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#1
Good price, hot from me
#2
bikerjodie
Good price, hot from me

Yeah, I've been looking at one for a while and just spotted this! I've not seen much in the way of discount on iMac's in the past so thought this was good! Not sure why some people are voting it cold, maybe its because they can't afford it? ;o)
4 Likes #3
there was a time when an Apple Macintosh was good value and a good alternative to a corporate monster; unfortunately Apple seems to have become an iMonster corporate yuppy
#4
Hot for me too. Have the model before.

Usual cold voting from the fannies!
#5
Kopter
Hot for me too. Have the model before.Usual cold voting from the fannies!

Yep, you've got that right!
#6
Scorching hot from me.
suspended#7
Wonderful piece of kit from a solid reliable company who treat their customers well. Pity those who don't like Apple just vote cold for all things Apple related...
1 Like #8
Balstars
Not sure why some people are voting it cold, maybe its because they can't afford it? ;o)


Maybe 'some' people don't see it as good value for money! ;)
#9
Also, if you have a Nectar card you get 3 points for every £1 spent at Amazon. So that's just under £20 worth of Nectar points.
#10
Hot from me. It's true not everybody will see this as good value if you think it was overpriced in the first place, but the fact remains that many people do want a Mac and they are very difficult to get any kind of discount on them. A £120 saving is very worthwhile.
I don't want a lot of the things I rate as hot but I try and rate them as though I was interested in buying it and whether it represents a genuine, useful saving if I did want it - and this does. If i was in the market for this kind of iMac, this is easily the best deal I'm going to get and it's a genuine, significant saving with no downsides I can see. Therefore I think this is a hot deal.


Edited By: RSteve on Nov 28, 2010 23:04
1 Like #11
not voted, but wouldnt an pc equally spec'd me half the price? plus you can upgrade what you want when you want at reasonable prices, plus you can play games on a pc. If you into photoshop and all that, that's also available on pc, so I dont get it? what is it?

If its customer service, than I guess apple can offer that......its in the price "already". I wouldnt like to know what their profit margins are on these machines, but someone pls explain, why you going to pay so much, when you can get the same for much, much less, that gives you much more options?

Edited By: jg213 on Nov 29, 2010 00:04
1 Like #12
jg213
not voted, but wouldnt an pc equally spec'd me half the price? plus you can upgrade what you want when you want at reasonable prices, plus you can play games on a pc. If you into photoshop and all that, that's also available on pc, so I dont get it? what is it?

If its customer service, than I guess apple can offer that......its in the price "already". I wouldnt like to know what their profit margins are on these machines, but someone pls explain, why you going to pay so much, when you can get the same for much, much less, that gives you much more options?


No. A similarly specced pc would probably cost more going by all the all-in-ones available on the market from Dell, Sony etc. This has a 27" LED backlit IPS panel screen at 2560x1440 resolution. You pay more than half the cost of this computer alone for that. Just try finding a screen. There aren't many available and the Dell one is ccfl backlit.

If your argument is that all-in-ones do not provide the best value for money as a concept in design then that is another story. I wouldn't disagree. However, since Apple pioneered this format and others have followed, there is clearly a market for these things. You pays your money and you takes your choice.
1 Like #13
The screen is worth about £800 on it's own...those components for a PC build would be around £250-£300...

All in a unique aluminium body, an OS that doesn't get "clogged-up" over time and low depreciation (probably still be be worth £800 after 3 years if you look after it).

Frankly, this is a fantastic deal, if you've the budget.
1 Like #14
spraint
This has a 27" LED backlit IPS panel screen at 2560x1440 resolution. You pay more than half the cost of this computer alone for that. Just try finding a screen. There aren't many available and the Dell one is ccfl backlit.


Correction. Nobody else does a LED backlit screen at this resolution :)

I believe that professional monitors still use CCFL for better colour accuracy
#15
jg213
not voted, but wouldnt an pc equally spec'd me half the price? plus you can upgrade what you want when you want at reasonable prices, plus you can play games on a pc. If you into photoshop and all that, that's also available on pc, so I dont get it? what is it?

If its customer service, than I guess apple can offer that......its in the price "already". I wouldnt like to know what their profit margins are on these machines, but someone pls explain, why you going to pay so much, when you can get the same for much, much less, that gives you much more options?


If you don't get it and don't want it then walk away and buy yourself a pc, you're in the wrong thread!

Have some heat OP as I certainly haven't seen anyone else come up with a better price.

Edited By: thehitman on Nov 29, 2010 10:04
#16
although they are expensive, although they are hyped up by fan boys - my god are they worth it - 20 years with a PC, just 3 with a Mac - never rebuilt the mac and its still as fast.
#17
Amazon / eBuyer always have apple products at this level of discount. It's nothing new or special. Not voting.
#18
Excellent price, considering the cheapest anywhere else seems to be £1339 (and even then you'd have to deal with Dixons/PC World/Currys and their hideous customer service).
#19
YAY! Literally just got a new one of these at work this morning!

Great piece of kit
#20
The screen on these are amazing and are worth at least £600 alone I would imagine.
#21
Voted hot. Only downside of buying the standard version off a site like Amazon is that you can't customise the spec like you can on the Apple store. But on the other hand you get the discount. Swings and roundabouts.

Tempted to sell my 24" and pay some extra to get this. My mate has a new 27" and the new screen is sexual.
#22
As a Windows/website developer got myself the high end one of these and its fantastic - wouldnt go back to a pure PC. Use Parallels or bootcamp if you need Windows Apps.
Dont forget to check out Apple refurbished stock as they can be even cheaper but any discount is good.
Heat added
#23
This is still nearly £50 more than buying the exact model via the higher education discount.. which is easy to do.
#24
same price.... http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FB953?mco=MTM4NzI4MjE refurb i5 - believe these are provided "as new"

Edited By: PineappleJ on Nov 29, 2010 10:56: additional info
#25
I've used both PC and MAC, and would never go back to PC. Yes, the MAC is expensive, but their customer service is second to none. I had a 4 year old iMAC, well out of warranty, it developed one minor flaw in the screen, and Apple replaced it free of charge. They also extended the warranty for free, so that when another, unrelated problem, came up within 3 months of the original repair, they repaired it again for free, and gave me yet another 3 months free warranty. I don't know any other company with such brilliant customer service. I also was able to sell my previous iMAC for 70% of the price I bought it for, after two year's use. They definitely hold their value. I can't even get anyone to take away my old PC for scrap!
2 Likes #26
"Intel Core i3 processor sets a new benchmark for iMac performance "

ROFL
#27
For:
Operating system really is a pleasure to use (coming from a windows die hard who likes to tinker and fix)
Hold their value well.

Against:
Spec is poor compared to a PC. if I had £800 for a screen for non business use I would get a projector or huge LCD for same money. I would also probably be tempted to go back to a power monster PC for less money, as soon as technology moves on and/or a AAA game is released.
Horses for courses though.
#28
PineappleJ
same price.... http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FB953?mco=MTM4NzI4MjE refurb i5 - believe these are provided "as new"


This refurb i5 deal is the much better option. Bought 4 in the summer for work, refurbs come as new, just not in the original printed box
#29
chrisbbacon
My mate has a new 27" and the new screen is sexual.


It is, yeah. When I was trying to decide whether to go for the 21" or 27" I went into PC World to take a look at them side by side. After that, there was never any question! It's just beautiful.
#30
voted hot as its a good deal. It is a bit tiring reading all the guff on both sides. Windows 7 is not xp or win 95. I wonder how many mac users have used a modern PC to base their opinion on. To counter, I wonder how many PC users would benefit from the security and uber high build quality of macs.
banned#31
searam
This is still nearly £50 more than buying the exact model via the higher education discount.. which is easy to do.

Yes much better to go through the education site, plenty of links out there and 3 year warranty to go with the saving too.
1 Like #32
spraint


No. A similarly specced pc would probably cost more going by all the all-in-ones available on the market from Dell, Sony etc. This has a 27" LED backlit IPS panel screen at 2560x1440 resolution. You pay more than half the cost of this computer alone for that. Just try finding a screen. There aren't many available and the Dell one is ccfl backlit.

The LED backlighting is actually a disadvantage in this case as the Dell's conventional CCFL backlighting offers a wider colour gamut than the Apple version. In addition the Dell version doesn't use a glossy finish which is another disadvantage for the Apple version as well as the lack of inputs.

If your argument is that all-in-ones do not provide the best value for money as a concept in design then that is another story. I wouldn't disagree. However, since Apple pioneered this format and others have followed, there is clearly a market for these things. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

There's not many have followed and I think there's a lot of issues with the format, you essentially get the worst parts of a laptop and the worst parts of a desktop for not much benefit as portability is clearly not much an issue on a desk but at the same time you throw away the ease of upgrading and maintenance a desktop offers. In this case you have a beautiful high resolution monitor which is going to be stuck with relatively basic hardware which over time is going to become more dated.

My main issue with the Imacs is not the value for money but having had to repair them it's the appalling internal design which attempts to stop people from doing even simple upgrades such as changing the hard drive (or data recovery if the motherboard fails) which people may not be aware of. This is a five minute job even on laptops but it's a much longer job on the Imacs as you need to take out the LCD panel to get to the drive itself, I've only had to do so on the smaller Imacs and can't say I'd fancy trying to do the same around the valuable 27in panel:

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/27/the-joy-and-pain-of-upgrading-a-27-inch-imac-with-a-ssd-video/

Incidentally I haven't voted cold on the deal.

John
#33
mcfly
This machine includes a £600 surcharge for the apple logo on the front. There is absolutely no reason to be spending this kind of money on a home PC.

Dell All in One with the spec below for £879

Intel® Core™ i5-460M
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64Bit
1GB ATI® Mobility Radeon™ HD 5470 Graphics
6gb Ram 1333 MHz Dual Channel DDR3 [1x2GB + 1x4GB] Memory
1TB Hard Drive
6X Blu-Ray Combo (BluRay read, DVD/CD read & write) Drive



http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home/Desktops/inspiron-one-2310-intel/pd.aspx?refid=inspiron-one-2310-intel&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&
~oid=uk~en~20211~inspiron-one-2310-intel_d00o2315~~


That one has a screen which is 'Size: 23" with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution'. Much smaller screen and lower resolution.
#34
mcfly
This machine includes a £600 surcharge for the apple logo on the front. There is absolutely no reason to be spending this kind of money on a home PC.

Dell All in One with the spec below for £879

To be fair to Apple, that Dell machine isn't at all comparable as it has a relatively basic 23in screen whereas the Apple has one of the best consumer panels there is. Any comparison should be with the Dell U2711 panel although if that's still the stupidly low price it was the other day (£540 odd) it shouldn't be hard to put together a much better package.

John
#35
jg213
not voted, but wouldnt an pc equally spec'd me half the price? plus you can upgrade what you want when you want at reasonable prices, plus you can play games on a pc. If you into photoshop and all that, that's also available on pc, so I dont get it? what is it?

If its customer service, than I guess apple can offer that......its in the price "already". I wouldnt like to know what their profit margins are on these machines, but someone pls explain, why you going to pay so much, when you can get the same for much, much less, that gives you much more options?
some people dont like the UI of clunky windows software.
3 Likes #36
some people dont like the UI of clunky windows software.

Windows 7 is a big leap forward but at the end of the day a fool and his money are easily parted and Apple are the masters at getting people to spend hundreds of additional pounds for branding. Sony arent too far behind them.
#37
If you are going to be editing photos then you should have a read of this

Yellow Screen

I had 3 replacement before giving up.
#38
Thought most people were savy who use HUKD, Who In there right mind would pay around £700 for a slightly better screen! Talk about "fool and theire money easily parted" ...Its not what youve got its what you do with it!...Uber cold..
#39
Switched from a PC to an iMac 2 weeks ago, I went for the i7, 2.9 16GB, all I can say is if your thinking about getting one, do it.
Check out the Apple refurb section, loads of excellent bargains !!!
Good post !!
#40
Johnmcl7
spraint


No. A similarly specced pc would probably cost more going by all the all-in-ones available on the market from Dell, Sony etc. This has a 27" LED backlit IPS panel screen at 2560x1440 resolution. You pay more than half the cost of this computer alone for that. Just try finding a screen. There aren't many available and the Dell one is ccfl backlit.


The LED backlighting is actually a disadvantage in this case as the Dell's conventional CCFL backlighting offers a wider colour gamut than the Apple version. In addition the Dell version doesn't use a glossy finish which is another disadvantage for the Apple version as well as the lack of inputs.

If your argument is that all-in-ones do not provide the best value for money as a concept in design then that is another story. I wouldn't disagree. However, since Apple pioneered this format and others have followed, there is clearly a market for these things. You pays your money and you takes your choice.


There's not many have followed and I think there's a lot of issues with the format, you essentially get the worst parts of a laptop and the worst parts of a desktop for not much benefit as portability is clearly not much an issue on a desk but at the same time you throw away the ease of upgrading and maintenance a desktop offers. In this case you have a beautiful high resolution monitor which is going to be stuck with relatively basic hardware which over time is going to become more dated.

My main issue with the Imacs is not the value for money but having had to repair them it's the appalling internal design which attempts to stop people from doing even simple upgrades such as changing the hard drive (or data recovery if the motherboard fails) which people may not be aware of. This is a five minute job even on laptops but it's a much longer job on the Imacs as you need to take out the LCD panel to get to the drive itself, I've only had to do so on the smaller Imacs and can't say I'd fancy trying to do the same around the valuable 27in panel:


http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/27/the-joy-and-pain-of-upgrading-a-27-inch-imac-with-a-ssd-video/


Incidentally I haven't voted cold on the deal.

John


I agree with much of what you have to say John but would say that the majority of people that buy all in one systems don't plan to look at their innards. I think the footprint of these systems is one of the main reasons for purchase, I would strongly recommend getting Applecare on an Imac as 'if' anything goes wrong outside of the normal warranty then it would most likely cost more than the cost of Applecare just to get it looked at yet alone repaired.

By the way, why do people keep jumping on the 'Apple' is expensive routine get a pc, we all know that Apple products are expensive, FACT. Everyone has a choice, if you don't like Apple then why deter people who do or my want to give them a try (and burn a hole in theirs and not your pockets). Apple are expensive but you get what you pay for.

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