Product Review: Apple iMac

When computers came into everyday life (depending on who you are, where you live and how old you are) one of the many problems was the fact that along with a screen, a computer needed a tower. The gigantic eye-sores took up way too much space and often whistled to the tune of a fan in order to make sure it didn’t overheat and possibly burn down your home. Then, in 1998, Apple released the very first iMac (the Bondi Blue), revolutionizing the combination of speed, power, space and aesthetic.

Fast forward a little over a decade and Apple has made huge strides with the concept of joining the tower and screen together as one. The latest installment of the iMac boasts the exact same tangibles as the original, where the high-powered computer fits nicely into a small space. Although the iMac is far from a perfect machine, it has come a very long way since the release of the Bondi Blue G3 iMac.

It is perfect because…

The iMac is a gorgeously-designed machine straight out of your favorite sci-fi movie. Coming in either a 21.5 inch or whopping 27 inch screen, the latest installment is perfect for the visual creative looking to do a little bit of everything. The screen really is the most enticing part about the iMac as the 16:9 wide screen display can play both the part of computer screen and cinema screen to experience media in all formats. With 1920 X 1080 HD resolution and IPS technology that allows you to see it from almost all angles, you could really lose yourself in a freshly downloaded movie from iTunes. Underneath the hood, the iMac isn’t a slouch either as performance is one of the major reasons why it is so popular. Equipped with the ability to upgrade to a Quad-Core, the iMac is able to feed information to the core of the computer faster than ever before allowing application programs to run very smoothly. From a noise perspective, the iMac could also be described as a ninja as the fans rarely go Exorcist and when they do, manage to cool everything down in a short period of time. If you’re a sometimes designer, sometimes video editor, sometimes photographer and all the time media consumer, then the iMac is actually the perfect machine; especially because it is currently starting at $1,199.00.

It kind of sucks because…

One of the criticisms from my standpoint is that the iMac, like all Apple products, is made to be upgraded. Unless you do some extensive research on the processing power you might need, you could very well see yourself looking for more RAM. This machine isn’t a sprinter by any means, although it is fast, it’s not F1 fast and could pose some speed issues later on. Another big issue surrounding all iterations of the iMac is that because of the one-stop-shop design, you can’t replace one component. If something goes wrong with you screen, your computer is basically down entirely until fixed. The same would go for a processor or anything else under the hood — it’s all connected. The last disappointing fact about the iMac that I’ll mention is a bit of a double standard. If you do decide to purchase one, chances are you’ll become an expert at “something.” Whether this is editing photos, cutting together videos or designing something visual, the iMac allows you to try it all. The only problem with this jack-of-all-trades concept is that it really isn’t powerful enough to get you over the hump. iMac‘s are a great way to introduce yourself to a bit of everything, but it is hardly the perfect machine for an expert.

Depending on…

Let’s face it, buying a computer can be a wonderful or stressful task. On one hand it’s exciting to finally lay down all the cash you’ve been saving on something that will help with your everyday. But on the other hand, computers are famous for making themselves obsolete and trying to stay ahead of the curve is a nearly impossible task. The iMac is no different as Apple seems to redesign this machine once every few years. Depending on your budget and comfort with a Mac OS, the iMac could be the best thing you ever buy, or a curse worthy of Indiana Jones status. If you are looking for the all-in-one, the latest version of the iMac is probably your best choice out there. But if you plan on editing a feature film or running twenty five programs at the same time, you might want to invest in a tower.