|The Apple iMac MB952LL/A, with LED-Backlit display, allows you to tune the brightness according to light conditions giving a brilliant color display. With Intel Core i5 quad-core processor across the line, this Apple 27-inch desktop works speedily, 1.7 x faster, giving quick access to applications. Featuring a multi-touch mouse, this Mac desktop’s wireless device works with just one click, swipe, and scroll, the whole surface being the button, just like a magic trackpad that responds to the slightest finger-touch. This Apple 27-inch desktop, customized with FaceTime HD camera that is barely visible, blends in perfectly with the screen design and still captures a clean picture. The Thunderbolt ports of this Mac desktop have two 10-GBps data channels that speedily connect external devices. Integrated with AMD Radeon HD graphics processors, the Apple iMac MB952LL/A enhances your movie and gaming experience, running picture frames 3 x times faster than usual.|
|Processor Type||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Processor Speed||3.06 GHz|
|Number of Cores||Dual-Core|
|Video Output Interface||USB|
|Motherboard I/O Ports||FireWire (IEEE1394b) x 1, RJ45 Lan Port x 1, USB 2.0 x 4|
|Bus Speed||1066 MHz|
|Screen Type||Flat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix)|
|Hard Drive Capacity||1 TB|
|Hard Drive Rotation Speed||7200 RPM|
|Hard Drive Interface||Serial ATA II|
|RAM Technology||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Installed RAM||4 GB|
|RAM Supported Speed||1066 MHz|
|RAM Max Supported Size||16 GB|
|RAM Memory Slots Qunatity||2 x SODIMM|
|Installed Cache Memory||32 KB|
|Max. Cache Memory||3 MB|
|CD / DVD|
|Optical Drive Type||DVD±R Dual Layer/DVD±RW/CD-RW|
|Optical Drive Read Speed||24x (CD), 8x (DVD)|
|Optical Drive Write Speed||24x (CD), 4x (DVD+R DL), 4x (DVD-R DL), 8x (DVD+R), 8x (DVD-R)|
|Optical Drive ReWrite Speed||16x (CD-RW), 6x (DVD-RW), 8x (DVD+RW)|
|On Board Graphic Processor||ATI RADEON HD 4670|
|Max. Video Resolution||2560 x 1600|
|Installed Video Memory||256 MB|
|Video Outputs||DVI x 1, DVI x 2, Dual-Link DVI x 1|
|Audio Input||Integrated Microphone, Line In (3.5mm), Optical Digital In|
|Audio Output||Headphones, Optical Digital, Optical Digital Output, Speakers|
|Data Link Protocol||AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n|
|Networking Type||Bluetooth, Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card, Integrated Wireless LAN|
|Release Date||October, 2009|
|Exterior Color||Aluminum, Silver|
|Other Features||Built In Web Camera, Hyper Thread Technology Ready|
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If you are thinking of switching from a PC to a MAC computer, I highly recommend it. Yes they are more expensive but well worth it.
My husband and I debated over whether to get another PC computer that we seem to have replace every two years, or switching our common PC Desktop purchased for a Mac. After researching Consumer Reports and talking to people who work at my husband's newspaper, we decided to make the investment and bought a Mac.
We decided to buy the iMac because of its ease of use and its wonderful space-saving design. Rather than having a separate hard drive component, the iMac functions with such its wonderful large 27 inch screen. The screen has a web cam, dvd/cd slot, a slot for photo SD cards and USB cords. There is only one wire/cord to connect it to the Internet, and its bluetooth technology means the keyboard (which is small & light) and mouse are wireless.
A major factor in us buying a Mac was that it does not need Windows to run. I haven't like Windows since Windows 98 and believe that no matter how much Microsoft updates it or comes out with new versions, it never operates perfectly. There always seems to be problems associated with Windows and a big one for me is when it starts crashing. It seems that Windows only needs to crash once for it to become a common problem.
Also, PC computers are targets for viruses and other problems. It was no longer worth the grief.
The iMac comes with Apple's iWorks, which includes a photo program, movie program and a design program to create professional-looking documents such as brochures. Apple does have its own software that is meant to compete with Microsoft Office, but we did opt to buy Office for Mac, because we are familiar with its programs like Word and Excel and felt it was necessary if we were going to email documents or transfer files to use at work.
I am still learning how to use some of the iWork programs and working on learning about the other applications that came with the iMac. So far the applications don't seem too complicated to use but I haven't had the time to really explore all the features of each.
The biggest problems I have had with using the iMac are remembering the commands for things like copying and paste are different from a PC and copying text is often more complicated or takes more steps than a PC. I am also having trouble with copying images online, but I am learning what to do, but it is kind of a hassle compared to the ease of doing it on a PC. Another problem is that there are some programs, especially new ones, that are not yet compatible with a Mac.
I think these problems are minor and since I really don't download many programs online, that problem isn't that much of issue for me. It is something to consider before purchasing however.
I love my iMac and I can never see myself buying another PC desktop again, and I decided this within the first week of usage.
If you are thinking about switching your desktop PC to a Mac, I believe it is worth the investment and that you will fall in love with it as I have with mine.
The iMac Desktop computer is visually stunning to behold, with all its elements, including the CPU, monitor, and speakers contained within one space-saving area. Yet this great outer design has some drawbacks. All USB recepticles for peripherals and speakers, as well as the power button are at the bottom rear of the unit. That provides an overall uncluttered area, but it is less convenient to access. Once the computer is powered-up the incredibly gorgeous display is startling. As a long-time Windows user I had some difficulty getting to know the Mac OS, and I bought several independent guides to help me get started, since the little manual supplied with the Mac is
The OS, Snow Leopard X contains many included applications (or in Windows lingo, "programs") that should fulfill many of the needs of most users, although specialists in certain areas will want to install more advanced applications. I had my Mac equipped with an app that allows for it to run
on the Windows 7 OS so that I can continue to use them along with those that I
may purchase for use with the Mac. However, I have had problems getting my
printers, scanner and external hard drives to work well, even when Mac drivers
were installed, and Mac Support, although fast, responsive, and thoroughly
professional can offer little advice for any independant programs used for running the dual operating systems. I hope that with time and experience more will be learned. The iMac has a built-in feature, Boot Camp that allows the hard drive to be partitioned on-the-fly and a full version of Windows, as well as Unix to be installed, but one can't share files between the two operating systems using this format.
Another plus for the Mac is the obvious choice of the finest built-in components available. Sadly, except for adding additional RAM, no components can be added internally, at least not by a skilled technician. PC users, however CAN add or upgrade internal hard drives, sound and video cards, mother boards, and more. Then again, the MAC's internals are so good that few may see the need for making internal changes.
Overall as I become more proficient with the Mac, both inside and out, I'm confident that I'll come to LOVE, rather than merely like this lovely computer!
I thought a lot for a while bewildering whether to get iMac 21.5 or Quad 27". I went through a lot of reviews: some are technically written and some others were written based on practical day-to-day work done such as movie editing, copying, burning or video/DVD ripping. Some were based on simply Start-up and Shut-down time to evaluate this majestic creation. Then I, all of a sudden, getting tired of reading and analyzing to chose one out of a few configuration and size choices, chose iMac 27" Quad i7 2.8GHz with 8GB of Memory.
My Good Lord, as it got arrived, for my extreme surprise, it instantly won my heart with its gorgeous HUGE DISPLAY. It's really really wide and unjokingly heavy. I must say I struggled a few minutes to get it out from the box having a real firm grip on the base and top of the giant leap that I had made to pounce such an extra ordinarily HD desktop, all-in-one, a little too much to say it. I gonna write about it later in here.
I operated it with a gentle push to its hidden power button behind it on it's bottom right. And with a chime it got started. I anxiously waited to see its eye-blinking performance, but it's not so. It didn't open the way I imagined a quad core i7 extreme would explore from the moment you rode it. I obviously felt a little uncomfortable since I already won MacBook Pro 15.4" with 3.06GHz 8GB RAM and 6MB L2C, which I happened to arrange an imaginary comparison with this new iMac and assumed the i7 would blow it away. It's not the one that gonna happen. What happened it, it opens the same way with the same time, may be a couple or so seconds earlier or later due to the machine primary setup while you are having first time hands on it.
Then, twisting my impressions apart, for another greatest pleasure in handling computer since 1990, what really blows me away, at this point, is the tune, tu tu tuu, tuuu tututu tuuu.... with the rhythem of the languages say "WELCOME". The real nice feeling sound with the speakers underneath the iMac. The built-in sound output is so incredible that you are instantly a fan of the music you listen to or the web video you watch or you rent movies online or listen to the music in iTunes.
Now the computer comes to its full desktop view! Wow! Just put any of your best photo as desktop background and now view it. The second you do it, you just love your 27" iMac, just love it. I liked to stay there the way my baby's pic glosses. If you turn the web browsing, you may feel pretty uncomfortable with your sitting and viewing angle at the desktop because the screen is too big to make a focus at the web browsing you are attempting. So you have to pull the safari down or sides to fit your sitting posture so that your eyes are comfortable to view and your neck and shoulder is not stressed or strained. I bought a new chair to fit this situation. I suggest you buy a chair that the back goes high enough to support up to your head. This is very helpful to enjoy your new iMac 27".
The movie watching experience also blew me away. I didn't care the glossy display that reflected the image at first but I found a way out to fade it away quickly bringing the brightness of the display to its extent and that reduced the naturist reflections to almost zero. And then, I had popcorn in my hand with munching jaws and the breathtaking Star Trek in Action.
If you want to chose one amongst various iMac options, my advise gives favor to i7.
I have only been working with the iMac 27" for a couple of days, as with all Apple products that I have purchased the 27 inch is great. I was busy cross loading several files and setting up my Mac Book Pro for a business trip when my wife came into my office to see the new iMac. I was showing her how to navigate around the Mac OS (we've been on PCs) and I went back to the Mac Book. After working with the iMac for several minuets she realized that she had not put on her glasses.
She said;"I hate to tell you this but size really matters", referring to the display of course!!!
The only problem that I have encountered so far is that my desk feels smaller because of the real estate that the iMac takes up. The wireless keyboard is a little small for my hand, but I am starting to get use to it. Going from a scroll wheel mouse to the Apple mouse is also has a learning curve, play with the settings a little and you'll get it dialed in.
I love the wireless keyboard, and the new magic mouse... the right clicking works flawlessly, and the touch scroll is awesome! 27" is just big enough to be awesome! and the computer is fast enough to be totally awesome! I love that it came pre-loaded with software, definitely a great package!