It’s funny how borders get drawn in technology. In particular the border between PC people and Mac people. The fact is both sides of the fence have advantages and disadvantages, and personal preference usually rules the roost. The new iMac presents an interesting take on all-in-one compact computing, and even manages to take it to the next level. The tech specs of a basic Apple Store model break down like this: 21.5″ LED Backlit TFT Screen, AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, Built in speakers, ATI HD4670 Graphics processor, iSight built in web cam, 3.06Hz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, Slot Loading Super Drive for DVD’s and CD’s, all put together with the OS X Snow Leopard operating system with an impressive array of included software, plus the Apple wireless keyboard and wireless mouse. The display, processor, and graphics cards are all upgrades from the previous model of iMac.
While all that tech talk can be a bit confusing, the easiest way to describe the iMac is this machine is fast. In fact, it seemed blistering fast, noticeably faster than older iMacs plus better visuals. This is baseline lowest you can go specification model unit, and is available at the Apple Store for $1199, and seems worth the price from just about any vantage point. However, just like the bulk of PC fans who will likely pass on this gem from Apple, the glory is in the application. While the 21.5 inch screen delivers fantastic images and the built in speakers deliver more than adequate sound, the experience is somewhat clouded by the problem of what exactly does one do with all that horsepower? The short answer of course is somewhat complicated. The new iMac is great for digital photography fans, as images load quickly and can be processes, altered, spun around, etc, with relative ease thanks to the powerful graphics processor, RAM, and Intel i3. Of course, the same goes for anyone who loves to do video on the computer as well.
The AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi supports just about any Wi-Fi connection, and it delivers fast page loading times, and even makes streaming movies ultra simple and without delay. Again, the ultra-impressive screen makes just about every web page pop with colors. Uploading and downloading photos and videos is less of chore now than ever. Because of the speed and versatility, this is one machine that works well on a podium, desktop, or on the kitchen counter. The range of applications is really unlimited. In short, Apple really delivered on this particular piece of technology, and anyone looking to upgrade to a new iMac really can not go wrong. Even PC users should stop and check out the demo units where they are available, it is hard to walk away impressed.