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Honest opinions on new iMac

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John Cooney Calculating status...
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Jan 14, 2013 3:28 AM

Hi

 

I need to get a new desktop and wondered if anyone had any experience/opinions of the new iMac?

 

Has anyone used one with a Fusion Drive in?  Are they good?

 

I read that the screen is better - any views on that?

 

Thanks in advance for any responses

 

J

 

 

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  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,490 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 4:05 AM (in response to John Cooney)

    In the truest sense of the word, only those who have already bought are in a position to help ... and that is very few as of now.   But ...

     

    If you want to do your head in ... there is a thread (link below) which will give you many views on the facts known.   It's worth scanning through, however casually.

     

    No DVD drive in new iMac ???: Apple Support Communities

     

    Wish you well

  • Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to John Cooney)

    I can speak to this one, having just taken delivery of my new 27" iMac w/Fusion Drive on January 2nd.

     

    My initial impressions are that the Fusion Drive results in much faster boot times...normally less than 15 seconds or so.  The display is a big improvement over my early 2008 24" iMac (although I wish they still offered a 24" model...I really don't need 27"). The speed improvement is nice as well...I rarely see the beachball anymore.

     

    I remain puzzled, though, on why Apple felt that making the iMac thinner was a big design improvement. From the front, it looks identical to the older iMacs. And, making it thinner required ditching the optical drive and moving the SD card reader to the back of the device. I can live without the optical drive (I had to buy an external Superdrive, though!), but moving the card reader to a very inconvenient location was a step backwards in my opinion.

     

    Overall, I'm VERY pleased with the new iMac!

  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,465 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 8:57 AM (in response to John Cooney)

    personally I could not care less about lack of dvd drive

    but I would make sure to get more then enough memory as it seem to be a problem upgrading  it later on

  • Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 9:26 AM (in response to John Cooney)

    John,

     

    I got 16GB of RAM with mine (although, in hindsight, I should have configured it with only 8GB and upgraded the RAM myself).

     

    For the 21" model, though, I would max it out at 16GB, since the RAM's not user upgradeable on that model. Especially if you're going to be working with music applications like Garageband and the like. (And...when was the last time Apple introduced a new OS that used less  RAM than the previous version?).

     

    Just my $0.02 worth.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,395 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 9:32 AM (in response to John Cooney)

    These may help you:

     

    Review and comparisons between the 21.5” and 27” new iMacs:

     

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/12/harder-better-faster-stronger-a-review-of-t he-27-imac/

     

    MacWorld review of 27” iMacs with different hard drives (surprising results):

     

    http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/?newsid=3420278&olo=email

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