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3 thoughts on “Apple iMac MC812LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

  1. A. Kilgore says:
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth the expense., July 29, 2011
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    A. Kilgore (Madison, WI) –
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    My old PC was over 4 years old and just not keeping up any more. I didn’t consider getting a Mac until I’d kicked around the idea of learning iOS programming which requires OSX. After looking at the prices of these computers I balked, I could build a bleeding edge “Hackintosh” for what they were asking and still have money left over! A little research into installing OSX onto a non-Apple machine nipped that in the bud, it seems more headache than it’s worth. So I sucked it up and bought an iMac and wow am I glad I did. The specs may not be top of the line, but everything else about this computer is!

    First, the hardware. The screen is the most obviously amazing thing here, it makes the very nice Viewsonic monitors on my Windows box look washed out and blurry in comparison. Colors are vibrant, text is crisp, pixels are nearly invisible. If you’re deciding between this and the larger iMacs, the 21″ looks huge on my desk and I can’t imagine how monstrous the 27″ would be! Processing power is also stellar, it’s been able to take everything I’ve thrown at it so far whether it’s games or video stuff or anything else. The Magic Mouse is an unexpected surprise, I never thought I’d be impressed by a mouse but this little thing is extremely cool – gestures and scrolling without wheels and buttons hasn’t gotten old yet.

    The software is excellent as well. I’ve been a Windows guy as long as I’ve been a computer user and I took to OSX immediately, as though I’d been an old pro. It’s a cliche with Apple stuff but really – It Just Works. It is rock solid too, despite my blind Mac-newbie messing around I’ve only gotten it to crash once and it was totally my fault. 3rd party software is plentiful and many Windows apps and games are available for OSX as well, don’t look only in the Mac App Store though, better prices can often be found in other app stores (Steam, for example) or from a developer’s own web site. Upgrading to Lion was dead easy but give it a couple hours after Lion’s done installing, it reindexes all your files and the computer runs kind of slow while this is going on.

    I’ve only had this computer a week so I know I’ve barely scratched the surface, but already this iMac has transformed a life long devout Windows guy into one of those insufferable Mac people. It’s every bit as easy to set up and use and just as well designed as Macs are reputed to be. If you’re thinking about switching, go ahead and do it, you’ll be glad you did!

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  2. A. Ellinor says:
    20 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    If you want the best that money can buy, June 3, 2011
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    A. Ellinor
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    This review is from: Apple iMac MC812LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (NEWEST VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    This iMac takes up minimal desk space, has absolutely no wires (except power), yet still has really rocking specs. I setup Boot Camp, so that I can dual-boot to either Windows or MacOS (because I need to be able to run some Windows-specific software for work). Running Windows on this machine is like watching a non-HD channel on an HD TV, though…as soon as I boot to Windows, I look forward to booting back to MacOS. MacOS has the stability of Unix/Linux, but with a GUI that’s more crisp and fresh than Windows.

    The hardware is an excellent product. They do make a 27″ model, too, which seems better, at least on paper. But that big of a screen on my desk would look ridiculous. This 21″ looks a little large on my desk, but the look works, because the iMac’s appearance is so simple and clean.

    This is the first Apple computer that I have ever owned (or used), and now that I own one, I can’t think of a single reason that I would want to own any other computer (except to save money, obviously). If you want a better “bang-for-your-buck”, go buy a Dell or an HP, because they have dozens of cheap PCs under $1000. But if you want something that you’re really proud of and look forward to using everyday, then go buy this iMac.

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  3. Roi Soleil says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    PC defector….happy at last!, July 3, 2011
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    Roi Soleil (United States) –

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    I’ve been building and using PCs for almost 20 years, but the last system crash finally provided the straw that broke my PC back. My daughter had been using a MAC for graphic art work and I was always impressed by the image and seemingly simple commands and user interface. She convinced me to go Mac, which I finally did with this purchase. Its fast, its relatively easy to use (but I’m still learning) and the graphics quality simply is the best I’ve ever seen. Most important to me however, is the security and lack of activity I observe on my anti-virus (aVast) and spy ware programs…that’s a GOOD THING! The system runs faster, absolutely without question. I don’t want to drone on about it, but I’m glad I switched, and my blood pressure has gone down as a result.

    One thing I do miss however, is the ability to really get into the system and be able to tweak it, access all its command structure and other geek aspects of Windows. Maybe there is a way to do it with Mac, but I haven’t learned it yet.

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