While Apple’s iMac hasn’t changed all that much in the past few years, it is still a sight to behold sitting on my desk and taking up a good part of the room. For those of you playing at home, 27″ rivals the size of a number of TVs you’ll see in catalogues nowadays, and has a screen resolution (the amount of pixels) that surpasses even that of a 50″ Full HD Plasma!
So, who needs this ridiculous size you may ask?
The fact is that the majority (in my opinion) of desktop users would simply be overwhelmed by anything of this size and it therefore caters only to a somewhat niche market of users. The greatest of these being graphic designers, and web designers, however in reality it is really for anyone else who makes a career out of using computers, as opposed to those who use computers incidentally to their work.
The one we have to play with is a customised 27″, i5 (dual core) with 4Gb of Memory (RAM). On Apple.com.au’s store it is currently selling for $2,489 AUD, a price that is slightly more expensive than a lot of the other computers we see. The computer comes pre-configured with all the regular Apple goodies such as the operating system Mac OS Snow Leopard, iLife (including iPhoto, iTunes, and iWeb) and plenty more to keep you occupied.
The hardware is amazingly fast, and in my extensive use over the past weeks I have barely come to get near the potential of the system, even doing advanced batch modifications using software such as Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator (both of which run 100% on Apple comptuers).
Visually, the computer is an extremely impressive aluminium structure, with a screen that is clearer, sharper and brighter than many others on the market. Being an all-in-one system, there is also no box sitting under the desk, and all disc drives and USB ports are located on the side and back of the screen. Not only that, the system itself is incredibly quiet and hardly noticeable when it’s on.
For the Microsoft Windows users reading this, moving your personal or business system over to Mac OS is quite a significant move, however I’d argue that it is a step that is worth taking in many cases. Apple computers nowadays can fully install Windows using Apple’s Boot Camp and can therefore simply be an aluminium frame to hold what you’ve always done, but the Mac OS operating system is no longer the confusing transfer that it used to be and you will (arguably) be up and running in a matter of a couple of weeks. Apple has a way with operating systems as has been the success of the original iPods and now the iPhone and iPad, and this is especially evident in their original (and largest) OS on their Mac computers.
What a lot of people don’t realise is that Macs now run the full array of Microsoft Office software natively, and coming early next month the new edition (Office 2011) is sure to make improvements on an already solid base. Most if not all of your software can be either run using cross-system software (giving you the ability to run your Windows applications on a Mac), natively on Mac because the company has made a Mac version or using similar but different software that was created for Macs.
So is this one worth buying? If you can budget for it, and want to play with an amazing Apple computer, most definitely!
Read more about Apple’s iMac at www.apple.com.au