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  1. Debbie Lee Wesselmann says:
    111 of 113 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wowzer — powerful iMac just got better, May 18, 2011
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    Debbie Lee Wesselmann (the Lehigh Valley, PA) –
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    I’ve been a Mac user since the very first model, so I’ve lived through a lot of ups and downs through the Mac generations/models. This 2011 iMac is the most elegant, most powerful one I’ve owned, taking up less space (no tower, not even the small footprint of the Mac Mini) with greater expandability.

    If you aren’t familiar with the concept of the iMac, you need to know this: the iMac is an “all-in-one” — that is, the CPU (the computer part) and the monitor are combined into one unit with an integrated stand. Your SuperDrive (for playing and burning CDs and DVDS) and memory-card reader are located on the right side of the screen, and all the ports in the back. It comes with a wireless mouse (called the MagicMouse) and a wireless keyboard (no numerical keypad, although one can be purchased separately. Everything you need comes in the box. If you aren’t familiar with the Mac OS, go to the Apple site for a tour or to an Apple store to see a demo. Chances are, you’ll love it, although some Windows users do experience an adjustment period.

    The monitor/screen is gorgeous in keeping with other recent iMac models. For many people, the stunning display is the selling point, mostly because you cannot find anything like it on any PC monitor. You’ll likely be blown away when watching HD content. Wow. Simply wow. If you, like me, have a lot of windows open while working, the huge size of the screen allows better viewing of multiple windows, in full, without have to click back and forth. I had my Mac Mini attached to what I considered an excellent ViewSonic LCD monitor, and when I had both machines up and running during the transition period, I couldn’t stand to look at the ViewSonic anymore. Some people have complained about glare, but I haven’t experienced any problems at all — not from floor lamps or desk lamps, although, to be fair, my windows are directly behind my screen, so that sun never hits it directly.

    Another reason to upgrade to this iMac is the now-standard quad-core Intel i5 (or, with the customized upper end 27″ model, i7) processor, better graphics chip, 1T internal hard drive (standard), and memory that can be expanded up to 16 GB. Since the 21.5 inch version is expandable only up to 8 GB, users who expect to tax the memory either now or in the next few years will want to get this larger screen with its four memory slots. Although I haven’t increased the memory, online instructions make it seem like a breeze. Note: installing memory yourself will not void your warranty or AppleCare, although any damage incurred as a result of self-installed memory will render that part of the warranty void.)

    This iMac is nimble as it tackles tasks that used to make my Mac Mini struggle. If you want a machine that mostly does email, web surfing, and word processing, you won’t notice much of a speed difference except in start up time, but if you do video and photo editing, play games, or use any high-demand software package, you will notice the improved power at once. Note/Update: this Mac now ships with Lion, Apple’s newest operating system.

    Apple has made a big to-do about the two Thunderbolt ports (one on the new 21.5 model, two on this one), but right now, that’s not going to do most of us much good since few devices that use the technology exist. If, however, Apple is correct in predicting the near-future explosion of the faster data transfer of Thunderbolt technology, it will put new Mac owners ahead of the curve. Right now, though, Apple has chosen to skip USB 3.0, and instead includes four USB 2.0 ports along with the Thunderbolt ones. I’m not happy with that decision, but if Thunderbolt becomes widespread, I’ll change my mind.

    If you already own a Mac, I highly recommend getting a firewire cable to transfer all your settings and files to the new one. My Mac Mini has a six-pin firewire, and this iMac has a 9-pin, so I bought Tripp Lite F017-006 IEEE 1394b Firewire 800 Gold Hi-speed Cable, 9pin/6pin – 6ft. If you plan to do this, buy the firewire in advance of receiving the iMac so you’ll be able to use it during set up; it saves a lot of time rather than having to go back and use Migration Assistant, although it’s not difficult to do. I had 118 GB of files and applications on my Mini, and it took about 3 hours to transfer everything. But when it did, I had all my applications, settings, photos, iTunes library, videos, email (with passwords), keychain, browser bookmarks, etc. on my new iMac. I expected to spend days setting up a new computer — and it did most of the work itself. Of course, there were things I still needed to do, such as authorize my ITunes account to this computer and perform some software updates to be able to use the included iLife 11 suite. And I…

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  2. M.P.H "Mandy" says:
    43 of 45 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    First Time Mac Owner– Blown Away!, May 19, 2011
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    M.P.H “Mandy” (Charlottesville, VA) –
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    After waiting and saving for several months, I have just unboxed my brand new 27″ iMac and am absolutely blown away! Being a first time Mac user, I can attest to the ease of transition into the world of the Mac OS. The iMac could not possibly be easier to set up (there’s just the power cable to plug in). When it first boots, it visually instructs you to turn on your mouse and keyboard and literally guides you in less than 30 seconds through a total set up. This particular model comes with the latest version of the Mac OS 10.6.6 and, of course, has iTunes pre-installed along with iPhoto, iMovie, Safari web browser, FaceTime, PhotoBooth and Garage Band. If you have any familiarity with using a current iPhone or iPad, you’ll have a leg up on other newbie Mac users as there are several similarities between the full-scale Mac OS and the mobile devices.

    In terms of the hardware: this is the *new* Intel i5 Quad Core Sandy Bridge processor (the latest generation of desktop processors) featuring two of the new Thunderbolt high-speed data transfer ports. While presently the Thunderbolt interface is too new for consumer devices, when it becomes standard issue this will be an amazing, cutting edge feature. However, the most impressive and notable feature of the 27″ iMac is it’s incredible high definition, ultra-high resolution display. This is NOT just any 27″ LCD display– the 2560 x 1440 resolution is an amazing selling point (compare that to the typical of 1920 x 1080 resolution on run of the mill monitors) and you will be blown away! This display is huge, gorgeous and an absolute dream to work on. When used as a television your 1080p videos couldn’t possibly look any better. It’s also worth noting that on it’s own, a monitor (from Apple or any other manufacturer) with this resolution will easily run you $1000-1300. When combined with the newest generation Sandy Bridge i5 and all the other components, the iMac itself is a tremendous value.

    After having used PC’s my entire life, I am beyond pleased with my opening impressions on the new iMac. I will be using this as my sole home/office computer (my iPad goes with me on the road). Being a Chemistry PhD student, I am swamped with dozens of lengthy PDF’s to read through on a daily basis and reading on this screen has, thusfar, been a great experience. If you are considering the transition to a Mac, I couldn’t recommend the new iMac more highly. Its a phenomenal machine at a great price. It sure doesn’t hurt that it looks beautiful to boot!

    Overall: A+, Highly highly recommended!

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  3. CT says:
    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best of Both Worlds, July 14, 2011
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    I bought this iMac to replace my aging 6 year old Windows desktop. The price tag is much higher than a Windows PC with comparable spec, so I was hesitant to commit to such a big investment. After long hours of research and actually playing with it in an Apple store, I finally decided to bite the bullet. That was almost two months ago.

    The 27″ display is amazingly beautiful. The resolution is higher than a 1080p HDTV. The available workspace on screen is huge. I could have multiple applications running and their windows don’t even overlap! It’s fast and reliable. OS X is so intuitive that you don’t really need any manual to use it.

    The best feature? You can run Windows (and other operating systems) on it too! I have Windows 7 installed alongside the Mac OS with the help of an application called “Parallels Desktop for Mac”. Now I can run Windows applications (e.g. Office 2010), while at the same time run Safari, or any other Mac applications. This is truly “two machines in one.” I have all the benefit of the Mac for family use, plus the ability to run necessary Windows applications for my office work. All of them work together side by side in harmony. How beautiful is that? The keyboard and mouse are both wireless (Bluetooth), so my desk looks extremely clean. No cables whatsoever beside the power line in the back. Incredible.

    If you still hesitate about buying this iMac, don’t. It’s the best computer I’ve ever owned. For a guy with over 20 years of experience on various UNIX, Windows and Mac computers, that’s saying a lot. My next project? Put Linux on it.

    Highly recommended.

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