Apple iMac 27 inch £1288. @ Amazon
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Apple iMac 27 inch £1288. @ Amazon

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List price £1399. At least it's the latest generation

Is it really a bargain though? I would expect a lot more for my money at that price.

4-7 week dispatch as well.

rootbeer

Is it really a bargain though? I would expect a lot more for my money at … Is it really a bargain though? I would expect a lot more for my money at that price.


Please don't start this argument. EVERY single Apple thread somehow turns into that. Compare Apples to Apples, Windows to Windows....

rama26285

Please don't start this argument. EVERY single Apple thread somehow turns … Please don't start this argument. EVERY single Apple thread somehow turns into that. Compare Apples to Apples, Windows to Windows....



Only compare brand names or operating systems against their own other versions?

That makes no sense at all

Should get a windows!

Original Poster

Apples are a lot better to use and last a lot longer!

Just compare it to the price of the same model elsewhere.

If it's cheaper here, then it's a Hotdeal and HOT!

For £1288, I would want a better GFX card, bluray drive, more storage, an SSD for the OS and Apps and a second generation i7 Processor!

Original Poster

Name a windows that would last as long as an imac!

I agree, not a windows fan, just a fan of not being totally ripped off and paying extortionate amounts for an apple on my computer. It's a lot just to say you own an iMac!!!

chagzy1

Apples are a lot better to use and last a lot longer!



Any proof to back that up? Steve Jobs fed that BS to any sheep that were dumb enough to listen.

Mattcafc

Only compare brand names or operating systems against their own other … Only compare brand names or operating systems against their own other versions? That makes no sense at all


My point is this isn't a review website, it's a deals website. Why start bringing up value for money compared to different products (windows). It's a case of whether you can get this exact model cheaper elsewhere.

Yep i can back that up... In the music industry where i work Macs are alot better to use!

By the way... I use a C2D MacBook Pro for producing music for various record labels.

releaseyourself

Just compare it to the price of the same model elsewhere. If it's cheaper … Just compare it to the price of the same model elsewhere. If it's cheaper here, then it's a Hotdeal and HOT!


Couldn't have said it better myself

Heat from me.

Find me a 27" IPS monitor with 2560x1440 res and a PC with the same spec for under £1300 and ill be surprised

Roughly same price at Dixons in stock for immediate delivery - quidco too!

dixons.co.uk/gbu…tml

Please don't start this argument. EVERY single Apple thread somehow turns … Please don't start this argument. EVERY single Apple thread somehow turns into that. Compare Apples to Apples, Windows to Windows....



Not sure why you even bother posting in that case??

You could say...

BMW 3 series Vs BMW 5 series?

or BMW vs any other car?

here we go again same old same old.apple v windows arguments, its a good price

dewponds

Not sure why you even bother posting in that case??


I tried to stop the inevitable but failed miserably... lol I've never come into an Apple deal thread and just seen a discussion about the deal or the exact product.

Evostance

Heat from me. Find me a 27" IPS monitor with 2560x1440 res and a PC with … Heat from me. Find me a 27" IPS monitor with 2560x1440 res and a PC with the same spec for under £1300 and ill be surprised



Dell U2711 Ultrasharp - £569.98 @ Amazon
1GB Sapphire HD 6670 ULTIMATE (Fanless) - £77.59 @ Scan
Intel CPU Core i5 2320 - 3GHZ - £145.38
Asus P8H67 Rev B3 with Sata 6 & USB 3.0 - £76.40
1TB HDD - £40
Coolermaster Elite 334U Case - £33.35
Coolermaster Elite CM-RS500 PSU - £33
Corsair TW3X4G1333C9A XMS3 4GB - £20 @ Amazon

£997.35 and has better specs. Could possibly save a bit more shopping around for parts, but I couldn't be arsed hunting around, as it was just to prove a point.


Edited by: "Ross_87" 27th Dec 2011

Ross87

Dell U2711 Ultrasharp - £569.98 @ Amazon1GB Sapphire HD 6670 ULTIMATE … Dell U2711 Ultrasharp - £569.98 @ Amazon1GB Sapphire HD 6670 ULTIMATE (Fanless) - £77.59 @ ScanIntel CPU Core i5 2320 - 3GHZ - £145.38Asus P8H67 Rev B3 with Sata 6 & USB 3.0 - £76.401TB HDD - £40Coolermaster Elite 334U Case - £33.35Coolermaster Elite CM-RS500 PSU - £33Corsair TW3X4G1333C9A XMS3 4GB - £20 @ Amazon£997.35 and has better specs. Could possibly save a bit more shopping around for parts, but I couldn't be arsed hunting around, as it was just to prove a point.



While I agree that the product in question is too expensive for what you get, most people aren't capable/not interested in building their own computer from components.

Ross87

Dell U2711 Ultrasharp - £569.98 @ Amazon1GB Sapphire HD 6670 ULTIMATE … Dell U2711 Ultrasharp - £569.98 @ Amazon1GB Sapphire HD 6670 ULTIMATE (Fanless) - £77.59 @ ScanIntel CPU Core i5 2320 - 3GHZ - £145.38Asus P8H67 Rev B3 with Sata 6 & USB 3.0 - £76.401TB HDD - £40Coolermaster Elite 334U Case - £33.35Coolermaster Elite CM-RS500 PSU - £33Corsair TW3X4G1333C9A XMS3 4GB - £20 @ Amazon£997.35 and has better specs. Could possibly save a bit more shopping around for parts, but I couldn't be arsed hunting around, as it was just to prove a point.



As someone who has built many computers for myself, I'll say the big advantage of a Mac is that the components are tightly controlled and tested to work reliably together. I often got inexplicable blue screens, many of which probably had to do with hardware mismatches. Also, you would get no support, and you've left the operating system, Bluetooth keyboard, bluetooth mouse, and software out. This would have double the resale value in two or three years time of your system and lastly many people are willing to pay for the aesthetics of this system over a beige/ black box.
Edited by: "alphamusic" 27th Dec 2011

I'm not interested in the Mac v PC argument, but I am quite surprised to see how poor the tech is in these computers. The funny thing is, the iPhone sells as well as it does because it has some genuinely superior features. For example, that 3.5" screen with its 960*540 display is the sharpest and clearest display in the business, and the 4S' camera is on a par with that of most compact cameras. Okay, I'll admit that there's nothing brilliantly persuasive enough about the iPhone to lure me away from my Streak, but you get my point. iPhones are indisputably excellent phones.

These computers on the other hand, they're just gash. 1TB mechanical harddrive? Ugh. Just 4GB RAM? A measily 512MB video memory? i5 instead of an i7? It all seems so poor. I like the idea of Apple, and I like the idea of a single premium payment that safely secures an elegant assembly of all the market-leading technologies. This just isn't it, though. I did nearly buy an iPhone a couple of months ago, and although I decided against it, I'm sure that if I had gone through with it, I'd have been very happy with what I'd bought. These though, I think I'd have just felt cheated.

Remember guys and girls... Its not how big it is, its what you can do with it that counts!

Many people buy the best of the best and never utilise what they have!

Depends what you want to use your system for and my old C2D Mac is still going strong and earning me money!

Heat added - it's rare to get any money off! This is a good price! Personally I'd go for the Dixons one (same week delivery!) - I bought the 21.5" (£886.35), I live in Northern Ireland and it was delivered in 3 days!

Ross87 - wheres the ThunderBolt port, FireWire connection, BlueTooth, Wireless N, HD web cam, optical drive, wireless keyboard & mouse, et all? Oh and as alphamusic mentioned you've left out the OS & software...
As I stated in the 21.5" iMac post - have you actually used a Mac (with an intel CPU) for anything more than a day? If you did you would get an appreciation of where the money goes. BTW I'm running Windows 8 (I'm a developer), but still prefer my Mac for graphics...

Banned

WARNING - Mac OS-X is horribly insecure, and one of the most hackable OSs on the planet (except for Linux which is even worse)

secunia.com/adv…96/
secunia.com/adv…92/

OS-X has over 1600 known vulnerabilities versus only 180 for Windows 7 and about 450 for Windows XP!


Another big consideration is that Macs dont last as long as PCs and have planned obsolecense, Fon instance you can install Windows 7 on hardware that is ten years old (1 Ghz Pentium). On a Mac that is more than a few years old, you cant install a current OS version as Apple simply dont support it any more.

And in a Mac Book Pro, Apple uses special Apple specific 5 point screws to prevent users from being able to change the battery, so that it is useless once the battery is dead unless you want to pay a lot of money for Apple to fit another one...
Edited by: "richto" 27th Dec 2011

Ross87

For £1288, I would want a better GFX card, bluray drive, more storage, an … For £1288, I would want a better GFX card, bluray drive, more storage, an SSD for the OS and Apps and a second generation i7 Processor!



Well dont buy it then. Can you see it cheaper? If so, list it and help others that want one

richto

Fon instance you can install Windows 7 on hardware that is ten years old … Fon instance you can install Windows 7 on hardware that is ten years old (1 Ghz Pentium). On a Mac that is more than a few years old, you cant install a current OS version as Apple simply dont support it any more.



Ummm where do I start? Have you tried running Windows 7 on a 1 GHz Pentium (I assume you mean Pentium III in that kind of age range and processor speed). Not an experience I would wish upon anyone. It's true Snow Leopard marked the official end of support for non Intel processors, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with 10.5 and it is still supported with updates. An old G4 running 10.5 is still highly serviceable, and with a modern OS. See lowendmac.com

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alphamusic

Ummm where do I start? Have you tried running Windows 7 on a 1 GHz … Ummm where do I start? Have you tried running Windows 7 on a 1 GHz Pentium (I assume you mean Pentium III in that kind of age range and processor speed). Not an experience I would wish upon anyone. It's true Snow Leopard marked the official end of support for non Intel processors, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with 10.5 and it is still supported with updates. An old G4 running 10.5 is still highly serviceable, and with a modern OS. See lowendmac.com



Windows 7 on a PIII is quite useable provided you have the recommended amout of memory, and at least it is possible!

The point is that this is far more of an issue with Apple products and they dont last as long as PCs.

Apple dont even commit to how long they will support their products for. With Windows you know you get 5 years support after the last Service Pack is released. With Apple, they usually support the current and previous OS version only - with no time scales!
Edited by: "richto" 27th Dec 2011

chagzy1

Apples are a lot better to use and last a lot longer!


plus when you go to sell on, you 100% don't loose the value when you re sell, windows, well i don;t need to say anything more. Apple haters... get a life, get a Mac :-)

loll1es

I agree, not a windows fan, just a fan of not being totally ripped off … I agree, not a windows fan, just a fan of not being totally ripped off and paying extortionate amounts for an apple on my computer. It's a lot just to say you own an iMac!!!


dude, you they are expensive, granted, but when you re sell you get much more back than the depreciation on a windows. i have an imac from ebay, and its aluminium 21" and pain £300 for it. bargain.

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djmalone1985

plus when you go to sell on, you 100% don't loose the value when you re … plus when you go to sell on, you 100% don't loose the value when you re sell, windows, well i don;t need to say anything more. Apple haters... get a life, get a Mac :-)



They dont last longer - as already covered above. Quite the reverse.

They sell for more 2nd hand because you got stiffed with an Apple tax in the first place, plus hardly anyone buys them and they are obsolete sooner, so there are not so many on the 2nd hand market and the resale values reflect that.


Edited by: "richto" 27th Dec 2011

If I can tip my thoughts into the mix! I am typing this on windows pc but also have access to 2 other Macs in the house. One of them is an 8 year old G5 processor Imac. Not only does it still look good, runs l;ots of current applications (even though a bit slower) and crashes far less often than my windows system. The main issue is price - I bought a high end gaming pc for the same price as entry level Imac, but there are days when I wished that I had went for the Mac - you have the same company making (or assembliong anyway) hardware and designing software so the combination will usually tend to work far better together.

Don't hate if your a windows fan.



Don't vote hot if you are a sensible shopper!

kinseybaby

If I can tip my thoughts into the mix! I am typing this on windows pc but … If I can tip my thoughts into the mix! I am typing this on windows pc but also have access to 2 other Macs in the house. One of them is an 8 year old G5 processor Imac. Not only does it still look good, runs l;ots of current applications (even though a bit slower) and crashes far less often than my windows system. The main issue is price - I bought a high end gaming pc for the same price as entry level Imac, but there are days when I wished that I had went for the Mac - you have the same company making (or assembliong anyway) hardware and designing software so the combination will usually tend to work far better together.



Finally, a sensible balanced comparison

It's a good price for a new machine. Would be about £1220 as a refurb from Apple as they are normally priced 15% below retail price.

Ross87

Dell U2711 Ultrasharp - £569.98 @ Amazon1GB Sapphire HD 6670 ULTIMATE … Dell U2711 Ultrasharp - £569.98 @ Amazon1GB Sapphire HD 6670 ULTIMATE (Fanless) - £77.59 @ ScanIntel CPU Core i5 2320 - 3GHZ - £145.38Asus P8H67 Rev B3 with Sata 6 & USB 3.0 - £76.401TB HDD - £40Coolermaster Elite 334U Case - £33.35Coolermaster Elite CM-RS500 PSU - £33Corsair TW3X4G1333C9A XMS3 4GB - £20 @ Amazon£997.35 and has better specs. Could possibly save a bit more shopping around for parts, but I couldn't be arsed hunting around, as it was just to prove a point.



Everybody knows you can build a PC cheaper than an Mac. Trouble is you are using cheap component, it will look like a piece of junk, it will be noisier, it will consume more power, it will have very little resale value in 3 years and surely your time building it is worth something? Even worse, at the end of all your time you would still be running Windows!

You also seem to be missing out the cost of Windows 7 ultimate, a high quality bluetooth keyboard, bluetooth mouse, HD webcam, no thunderbolt, no 802.11a/b/g/n wifi and the iLife suite of applications is worth a good £100.

Also what is the cost of excellent customer service and the ability to visit an Apple store and receive free training and coaching?

Really think its time to start banning the trolls who jump into every Apple thread spreading their bile about "Apple sheep" or "I could buy 10 Windows PCs for that price". Best price for this product, no need to mention other products - not the point of this website.

Use you Windows computer - be happy - move along! Better yet close your hukd account and go away....

I was going to avoid posting this as someone else put it this is site about the best deals (HotUKdeals in the address gives it away!), it shouldn't be about this hardware is better than that hardware - and in fact the best way to prove that is to install Mac OS X on your PC. Try it and then report back...
I tried it a while back when Mac OS was first available for the x86 CPU and I had an Intel board running a P4 at the time with a Microsoft keyboard and mouse. Installing Windows XP at the time was a real chore (have you ever installed a retail version of XP?). It stops about half a dozen times to ask you all sorts of questions (product key, do you want to register, account name, location - everything defaults to US settings!) once you answer all these questions and you finally get onto the desktop it then reports that it has found new hardware and forces you to restart. You then have to activate Windows and it's best to download the latest service pack and drivers (which is around 1Gb of files!) Once you have done that you are forced to make a choice of web browser to use - you can't get rid of this without making a selection (or messing with the registry!). Oh and lets not even talk about the press the start button to shut down the machine!
Try removing your Microsoft branded USB mouse and reconnecting it - it'll ask for the drivers!
I'll skip over Vista and report that Windows 7 saw a lot of improvements in terms of retail copy install (I'm talking purely home users here - I know you can create answer files or use slipstreaming or install assistance software) - the best one has to be the location selection - choose UK and it'll change everything to suit (GMT, UK keyboard, £, etc.). You still have a lot of nursing to do to get on the desktop though and you are still faced with the browser choice and forced to select a backup device... (BTW Windows 8 (alpha) installs very similar to Windows 7 - although the final version may be a very different beast)
Now onto Mac OS X - even when installing it onto an HP machine! You select English as your language and you can skip through the next 3 screens, it installs and there you are on the desktop ready to use! No nagging about registering, activation or backups. You can then select your location, on the HP (IIRC it was a DC5700) it was using generic drivers and didn't complain - I can still surf the internet and print out my emails to my Lexmark printer.

ThunderBolt is used under license from intel - who have decided to delay it's launch onto the Windows platform, so straight away there is nothing other than a Mac that can run this (off the shelf anyway)
Bluetooth - well you can buy a USB dongle out of poundland - however bluetooth keyboards and mice are silly expensive.
802.11 a/b/g/n cards can be purchased although they are a little expensive in PCI-e form.
HD web cam - cheapest option is to get a PS3 eyetoy - the resolution isn't quite the same though.
FireWire cards can also be purchased starting around a tenner for the 400 version - around £30 for the 800 version...
iLife - I haven't found anything similar on the Windows platform...

Oh and finally Photoshop CS5.5 on the SAME hardware runs better under Mac OS X than Windows (Try scaling a photo - there is a noticeable delay when zooming on my HP 6000 Pro running Windows 7 (16Gb of RAM - both 32bit & 64bit with a 5550 graphcs card - running Mac OS I can slide the zoom bar up and down with the image zooming in unison!)
For all you Mac haters - please save us your opinions unless you have actually proved the points yourself!


Edited by: "aLV426" 27th Dec 2011
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