Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Tre003, Feb 14, 2008.
reasons why you shouldnt: 0.00
Because you should buy the Mac Pro and the 30" display.
Because the current generation iMac is reaching the end of its cycle.
are you on crack? the current imac will be with us a while, much too long to wait out.
No, it's not even close to being cycled out. It's only been out for six months.
iMacs are generally updated every 6 months.
Plus with all of Intels new mobile processors out, Apple is behind since they haven't been using them.
I would definitely expect and update sooner than later.
Just STFU and buy the machine
Resistance is Futile.
because the 20" is good enough
(i like mine anyways )
i have the 20'' maxed out with third party 4gb ram. shoulda went with the 24''
If you don't mind having external drives for when you fill up the internal it should be fine. I mean, you can pop it open and swap drives, but that would be a hassle.
because it sucks for games and the hardware is outdated for the price. I was going to get one too but decided to build a monster PC with 24" for much cheaper. I still have my powerbook though.
because its a pain in the ass to upgrade the internal hard drive
but connecting an external only takes a second
I think there's not much overlap between the group of people who want an all-in-one computer embedded in the monitor and the group of people who want to play video-games and have a 600w power supply fan screaming at them out of a behemoth of a tower.
my only concern with the iMac (any all-in-one system really) is that it seems so wasteful. by building the system and the monitor into one unit, you are forced to throw out a potentially useful monitor once you want to upgrade the system. in my years owning PCs, i've always found that the monitor way outlives the life of the computer that it is attached to. i can usually keep a monitor for the life of 2 separate PCs.
i understand that Apple computers generally have a longer useful lifespan than a traditional PC, so that may make the lifespan of the computer part closer to the monitor.
Good point. Could the monitor in the iMac work as a stand alone second monitor if the machine failed/became obsolete/some kids stole my hard drive?
the issue you have though is that Apple doesn't give you a choice. you can go very low end or very high end for a separate monitor and system. for the mid-range where most people shop, they only have the iMac line.
it is a great form factor. it looks slick. the price is reasonable for a 24" monitor on a decent Apple system. there is really nothing i would complain about other than the waste. aside from dead pixels, it just seems like LCD monitors last a very long time. i wonder if Apple will (or has) put together an iMac recycling program.
Just make your own hackintosh. I built one for about 1000.00. It has 2gb of Ram, Quad-Core CPU in it and 500GB Hd connected to my 24" monitor. It rocks.
The problem is that there's a fairly large gap between an iMac and a Mac Pro.
I would be one example. I would personally use a Mac if I they had an affordable, tower-based chassis that came with a Core2Duo or Core2Quad. I would want around 4GB RAM, and probably a 250GB or 500GB drive. I would also want a mid-range discrete graphics adapter -- along the lines of a 8600GT or 2600/3850XT.
The problem is that you jump in price from a $1000 system with a $500 built-in monitor to a $2500 system.
I want to see a $1000-1500 system that is tower-based, easily upgradeable, discrete graphics, etc.
I think we would see a lot more Mac "power users" if that became an available product. As great as I think the Mac Pro is, I just don't think it's a good buy.
if you buy a new mac, they will recycle your old one.
this is my exact issue. I find the iMac does not give me what I want. Yet the Mac Pro is simply too much money. I really want an in-between system.