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The New iMac!

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I am really interested in getting a new iMac, I am looking at either the basic 20" model (about £949) or the basic 24" model (about £1,199) (more likely to be the 24" one though). I have been to PC W… Read More
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8y, 4w agoPosted 8 years, 4 weeks ago
I am really interested in getting a new iMac, I am looking at either the basic 20" model (about £949) or the basic 24" model (about £1,199) (more likely to be the 24" one though). I have been to PC World and had a play with the iMacs many times now and I really do like them but I am still concerned about making the switch from PC (Windows) to iMac (OSX).

Does anyone here own an iMac if so would you recommend them? I have been thinking about getting one for the last few months and I am thinking about ordering one tonight so any advice / opinions would be great!

Thanks
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8y, 4w agoPosted 8 years, 4 weeks ago
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#1
You'll get the lovers and haters of Mac - but from my personal point of view, I've had a Mac Powerbook for 4 years now at home and wouldn't go back to Windows. Never had to open it up to upgrade hardware and it hasn't failed me at all. OSX is great and definitely preferred to Vista or XP. Haven't had any virus or spyware programs running at all, so your system doesn't get clogged up or slow down with all that kind of software.

They are more expensive than perhaps the Windows equivalent with a similar spec, but I believe you get what you pay for. I'm pretty sure that by now, if I'd had a Windows PC, I would have spent money on it upgrading it or changing to a newer model at least once.
#2
I'm a self confessed mac fanboy but for good reason!
I have a Macbook Pro and a 24" iMac. Could not live without them.
Once you go Mac, you'll never go back (well except to play games perhaps lol).
#3
I would say 'go for it'.
I bought my sons Mac off him at Christmas as he was upgrading to the newer, larger one and I love it. As the previous thread says....no virus's, no spam. Its neater & faster than windows.
I did buy the book - Mac OSX Tiger Edition of "The Missing Manual" by David Pogue, and it helped with the transition and also gives some good tips and hints.
Good Luck.
#4
meandog101
You'll get the lovers and haters of Mac - but from my personal point of view, I've had a Mac Powerbook for 4 years now at home and wouldn't go back to Windows. Never had to open it up to upgrade hardware and it hasn't failed me at all. OSX is great and definitely preferred to Vista or XP. Haven't had any virus or spyware programs running at all, so your system doesn't get clogged up or slow down with all that kind of software.

They are more expensive than perhaps the Windows equivalent with a similar spec, but I believe you get what you pay for. I'm pretty sure that by now, if I'd had a Windows PC, I would have spent money on it upgrading it or changing to a newer model at least once.


Yea, I have noticed the whole love hate thing! Some people really seem to hate them but most of them are people who have never even used an iMac!

The thing that makes me more drawn to the iMac is that I have had three Dell PC's in the last four / five years, all of them have ******ed up within about a year and I have either had to replace them or pay out to repair them. These weren't cheap Dell's either, we are talking like £900 each!
#5
Magic_monkey
I'm a self confessed mac fanboy but for good reason!
I have a Macbook Pro and a 24" iMac. Could not live without them.
Once you go Mac, you'll never go back (well except to play games perhaps lol).


Are iMacs that bad for gaming? I occasionally play the Sims :oops: and I will definetely be getting the Sims 3 when it comes out in June - they are releasing it on a disc compatible with both PC and Mac. The specs for that are fairly low so shouldn't be a problem.

Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
Intel Core Duo Processor
2GB RAM
6.1GB HDD Space (with at least 1GB additional space for custom content and saved games)
128MB ATi X1600, nVidia 7300 GT or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
#6
Performance wise, they're not bad at all for gaming. Especially with a game like the Sims. That should run absolutely fine.

It's just that very few games are produced for macs. So gamers will chose PC's due to that fact and becasue they're easily upgradable and you can overclock them etc to get more performance.
#7
Magic_monkey
Performance wise, they're not bad at all for gaming. Especially with a game like the Sims. That should run absolutely fine.

It's just that very few games are produced for macs. So gamers will chose PC's due to that fact and becasue they're easily upgradable and you can overclock them etc to get more performance.


Nah, I only play on the Sims - the only thing that concerns me is the amount of Expansion Packs that are released for the Sims games - the Sims 2 had about 8 or 9!! Although the expansions don't take up much room so shouldn't cause much of an issue.
#8
Always worth checking the Apple refurb online store as well, if you didn't want to splash out full price for one. Bought a few products from there in the past and made a saving and stuff always comes to you like new - the only thing you don't get is the original box packaging - it tends to come in plain brown boxes.
#9
im in the exact same position as i am ready to buy an imac, but wait till WWDC between 8th-12th June as ive heard rumors of a new imac (yes i know they releassed one in march) but ill wait till september because ill get a back to school offer as im at college, i dont know if that applies to you :)
#10
bandish1888
im in the exact same position as i am ready to buy an imac, but wait till WWDC between 8th-12th June as ive heard rumors of a new imac (yes i know they releassed one in march) but ill wait till september because ill get a back to school offer as im at college, i dont know if that applies to you :)


I actually spoke to someone about this and was told as the new iMac was released in March they aren't going to be releasing a new one any time soon. There are rumours of a new operating system called Snow Leopard though.

Nope, left school a few years ago and now work full time so I can't get the education discount.
#11
kimbyanne
I actually spoke to someone about this and was told as the new iMac was released in March they aren't going to be releasing a new one any time soon. There are rumours of a new operating system called Snow Leopard though.

Nope, left school a few years ago and now work full time so I can't get the education discount.


snow leopard will be out in the next few months, and apple have releassed new macs 3 months after refreshing the range before so its possible they will do it again, i suppose we will find out at the WWDC, and keep in mind the march release was only a refresh of their range, ive heard of a completley new display, faster processor and better graphics card type system and its the perfect time to release it to coencide with snow leopard
#12
Get it mate! I've been a mac fan/user for about 6 yrs now and haven't looked back :) I've had imacs and macbooks and all of the models I've used have lasted. I've only had to take a macbook in for repair once in the 6 years and that was due to a RAM fault there end, which was all covered under warranty within 24hrs!
If you're really worried about the windows/os x change (for running games or .exe files, etc) you've always got bootcamp on leapord anyways which will give you the ability to use both OS's from boot anyways....I've got Ubuntu, Leapord os x and Windows 7 running on my macbook presently tripple boot...works like a dream :)

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