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Oct 13, 2005, 08:34 AM
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2GMario
Oct 13, 2005, 12:15 PM
i think the way Apple did the "media pc" is much better than the way MS did it, simply because, all macs look like they will come with this software, where as not all pc's come with media software

use it, dont use it, use it only for partys, use it only on the weekend, but its there if u want it, unlike spending extra on a PC with media center installed, that by the way, run more than an average off the shelf pc does.

not to say that Apples version is perfect - the remote is probably lacking with no mouse controls, and no TV in card (stock) hurts, but by all means, both can be fixed with purchases from elgato and ATI for the remote wonder...

either way, i like it, but Apple should highly consider a video / s-video out. i've been looking for a DVI or ADC to video / svideo and have yet to find one... (probably not looking hard enough)

i also think these new features on the iMac would have been better carried out on the Mac Mini

I'm much more willing to use a $500 mac mini with / next to my tv, than a 1500 iMac instead of my tv.

-Mario

nagromme
Oct 13, 2005, 04:55 PM
I don't even see it as a competitor to media center PCs--but as something else, very useful and very simple. And as you say, something you can use or not. No biggie. A LOT of people will just use it for iTunes, but that alone is great.

(Can you use the remote for iTunes, DVD Player, QuickTime without running Front Row? That would actually be my preference most of the time. I want to be able to get up and "do more" with the mouse and keyboard sometimes.)

solvs
Oct 14, 2005, 04:11 PM
either way, i like it, but Apple should highly consider a video / s-video out. i've been looking for a DVI or ADC to video / svideo and have yet to find one... (probably not looking hard enough)
All new Macs have the ability to output to video with a ~$20 adapter you can buy at the Apple Store. Have for quite awhile. With the hack, you can use dual displays on any recent e/iMac/book. If you have a G4 Tower, you can get a video card (AGP or PCI) with TV-out.