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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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Early iMac Reviews Praise Design and Display Enhancements




With Apple's new iMac going on sale today, the first reviews of the new machine are starting to arrive. The reviews come alongside some early teardown photos and benchmarks offering an early glimpse at Apple's redesigned flagship desktop.

CNET has a thorough review of the 27-inch model, which won't be shipping to customers for several more weeks, noting that while the design is the major change to the machine, iterative improvements on already impressive performance-related specs keep the iMac in solid position.
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You might be alarmed by the fact that the design is the most interesting thing about the new iMac. A thin bezel is nice to look at, but it doesn't improve processing speed, workflow, or overall utility. Fortunately for Apple, it evolved that design from a computer with a strong technical foundation. It is the updates to that foundation, and a few points of polish along the way, that keep this iMac on elite footing.
CNET's review machine, a souped-up $2599 model with 3.4 GHz Core i7 processor, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX graphics, performed quite well in benchmark tests and features Apple's new display lamination process that greatly reduces reflectivity. The new iMac compares relatively favorably to Dell's XPS One 27 in many respects, with the Dell's touch capabilities and Blu-ray drive perhaps being significant factors in its favor for some users.

The Verge has also reviewed both sizes of the new iMac and was similarly impressed by the new display process being used by Apple.
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The IPS panels are the same as in last year's iMacs, but they're better integrated now -- Apple says that by laminating the display to the glass it reduced reflections up to 70 percent, and indeed the glare problems that beset so many displays are much less present here, though there's still some reflection and glare. The improved manufacturing also makes whatever's on the screen feel closer to you, almost like things are jumping out of the panel. The display's glossy bezel, which houses its HD FaceTime camera, is actually the most reflective part of the whole machine now.

I have to say, I was really surprised to see how much better the screen could be without a single change to the actual technology -- but hey, I guess plastic surgery can work wonders. Both screens have fantastic color reproduction, are remarkably (like, blindingly) bright, and have near-180-degree viewing angles.
Overall, The Verge gives both iMac models scores of 9.0, noting that it is "still the best all-in-one device out there" but suggesting that the door is open for Windows 8 machines integrating advanced features like touchscreens and media center software to compete strongly with the iMac.

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop. a tablet.. yes.. but desktop my arms would have to keep hovering in the air frequently to do tasks if i were to really forego the traditional keyboard/mouse
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:26 PM   #6
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Desktop with mobile graphics?

I'd still prefer to have a slightly bigger machine with desktop-level graphics instead of a mobile GPU.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:26 PM   #7
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maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop. a tablet.. yes.. but desktop my arms would have to keep hovering in the air frequently to do tasks if i were to really forego the traditional keyboard/mouse
That is the entire premise of windows 8, touch for the sake of itself. Not because you need it, or because its the right tool for the job, rather because it's touch and that's awesome, ignore that it makes simple tasks on a traditional computer less intuitive and more time consuming.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:52 PM   #8
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That is the entire premise of windows 8, touch for the sake of itself.
Indeed. It's all about Microsoft's self-gratification… or to put it another way, Microsoft wanting desperately to report some tablet sales. If they have to do it by shoehorning a desktop operating system in there too, so be it—usability be damned!
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maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop.
The point is the option is there if you want it. I have an iPad in a stand next to my monitor, and often after tapping on it find myself tapping on the Mac's screen - not so much because it's comfortable, but it's the natural action under the circumstances and intentions. If having a touchscreen entails negligible (if not zero) cost & space, why not have it? there if you want it, don't use it if you don't.
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The point is the option is there if you want it. I have an iPad in a stand next to my monitor, and often after tapping on it find myself tapping on the Mac's screen - not so much because it's comfortable, but it's the natural action under the circumstances and intentions. If having a touchscreen entails negligible (if not zero) cost & space, why not have it? there if you want it, don't use it if you don't.
you only quoted the first line of my post. in my last, i said in the case that users have to forego the use of keyboard/mouse and rely on touch completely.

touchscreen entails cost, of course: R&D, materials, production. it's not zero cost.
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maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop. a tablet.. yes.. but desktop my arms would have to keep hovering in the air frequently to do tasks if i were to really forego the traditional keyboard/mouse
It's not you. It's common sense, and exactly why Apple has _not_ entertained the idea of a touch-screen computer. That said, as people use touch more on tablets and phones, the expectation to touch the screen on regular computers is growing. I've even found myself trying to interact with the screen on my laptop only to realize that I wasn't using my iPad. hahaha

Macs will eventually have a touch-screen monitor, simply to stay in line with consumer expectations, but the time is not right just yet.
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It's not you. It's common sense, and exactly why Apple has _not_ entertained the idea of a touch-screen computer. That said, as people use touch more on tablets and phones, the expectation to touch the screen on regular computers is growing. I've even found myself trying to interact with the screen on my laptop only to realize that I wasn't using my iPad. hahaha

Macs will eventually have a touch-screen monitor, simply to stay in line with consumer expectations, but the time is not right just yet.
Why will the time be right when Apple does it? Will Apple have a less awkward way to use touch on a desktop monitor?
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It's not you. It's common sense, and exactly why Apple has _not_ entertained the idea of a touch-screen computer. That said, as people use touch more on tablets and phones, the expectation to touch the screen on regular computers is growing. I've even found myself trying to interact with the screen on my laptop only to realize that I wasn't using my iPad. hahaha

Macs will eventually have a touch-screen monitor, simply to stay in line with consumer expectations, but the time is not right just yet.

very nicely put. Often i did the same, fearing i might one day poke a hole in the screen! i think one day all desktop computers will have touch screens, it wont be a primary way of interaction, i think mouse is the best pointing and working device for desktop and fingers are best for tablets and phone (sorry Sammy for Notes!)
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maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop. a tablet.. yes.. but desktop my arms would have to keep hovering in the air frequently to do tasks if i were to really forego the traditional keyboard/mouse
I can't even reach the screen on my 24" from the normal seating position at my desk (ie from a comfortable viewing distance).
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maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop. a tablet.. yes.. but desktop my arms would have to keep hovering in the air frequently to do tasks if i were to really forego the traditional keyboard/mouse
That would be why they didn't try to do a touchscreen

What I loved about this review were things like him claiming it is wider than Apple said. Uh no, they showed the bulge themselves. And the implication Applesaid it is reflection free,which they didn't.
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maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop. a tablet.. yes.. but desktop my arms would have to keep hovering in the air frequently to do tasks if i were to really forego the traditional keyboard/mouse
Yup...please email MS and let them know. Metro sux on desktop.
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maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop. a tablet.. yes.. but desktop my arms would have to keep hovering in the air frequently to do tasks if i were to really forego the traditional keyboard/mouse
A lot of tech bloggers and journalists have no clue what they're talking about. I like the Verge, but they sometimes say some really dumb things, like what you just pointed out.
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maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop. a tablet.. yes.. but desktop my arms would have to keep hovering in the air frequently to do tasks if i were to really forego the traditional keyboard/mouse
Not only ergonomically, but just complete nonsense to have touch screen capability on a desktop or laptop.
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Is there already cinebench or cinegeek stats for the 27'' / 3.4 i7 ???
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/ Sarcasm .. Doesn't the editor know he can build a better desktop with 1/2 the price

I'm thinking bout buying a Mac mini or a rmbp .. any advice guys ???
I am also considering the Air as I don't do much heavy work . just work related reports

I've gone through 3 hps in the past 3 years , rubbish build quality as the screen always lets go . How is the build quality on the air as opposed to the mbp?

Appreciate the advise
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It looks nice.
Remember this display is not height adjustable.
I know with the Cinema display, that's a real pain in the Ass.
If you want to raise the display you can use books.
But, to lower it? No Option.
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CNET's review machine, a souped-up $2599 model with 3.4 GHz Core i7 processor, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX graphics, performed quite well in benchmark tests and features Apple's new display lamination process that greatly reduces reflectivity. The new iMac compares relatively favorably to Dell's XPS One 27 in many respects, with the Dell's touch capabilities and Blu-ray drive perhaps being significant factors in its favor for some users.
Surely that price can't be right! The same system costs 2.649,00 euros ($3.444,79) in Germany...
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Surely that price can't be right! The same system costs 2.918,00 euros ($3.794,68) in Germany...
I'm afraid it can be right.
The price in US$ is tax-free, and Apple always had a thing for screwing non-Americans.
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I'm afraid it can be right.
The price in US$ is tax-free, and Apple always had a thing for screwing non-Americans.
It's the taxes by the euro governments. Not Apple's fault.
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I'm afraid it can be right.
The price in US$ is tax-free, and Apple always had a thing for screwing non-Americans.
No, it's non_american governments that that have a thing for screwing their citizens with purchase tax. I'm not sure what sales tax is in the US, but here in Switzerland it's about 8%. In some EU countries it's anything up to 25%.

Don't get angry with Apple, they don't collect or benefit from the tax. Greece does.
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