Any Reason not to Buy an iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Xander562, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    I was wondering if there was any reason not to buy a 20'' iMac.
  2. cyberddot macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2003
    in a forest
    Other than waiting to see if something/nothing happens in June (ie speed-bump), none that I can think of. Though that is exactly what I saw happen 6 years ago when I bought in May. ;)

  3. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    No, not really. Unless you want to wait for a iMac Core Duo Rev B to be released later on this year or for a super-fast intel powered Power Mac/Mac Pro. :)
  4. osxnewbe macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2006
    If you enjoy viruses, spyware, malware and spending countless hours installing security updates and scanning your machine....then no you don't need mac. :)

    With the introduction of Boot Camp, I am starting to think about getting rid of my Dell Inspiron for a MBP...... However, it won't happen for at least a year if maybe a year....

    A dual boot mac will hopefully elminate the small need I have for a windows machine (GIS software, mathcad & a cad program mostly).....
  5. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    No reason whatsoever. I´m saying this because I ordered one last Thursday.

    I don´t think the rev.B will be much different (other than a speedbump, but of course I might be totally wrong:eek: )

    I don´t think this is the moment to play the waiting game, unless you don´t mind waiting for half a year. You need it, buy it & enjoy it:)
  6. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    No reason not to...

    You could wait for an updated one to come out. But, then, you could always wait for an updated one to come out.

    Those are great machines by any standards--get one if you want/need one and can afford it (oh, here's a reason not to get one: if you have to go into credit card debt to get one, wait and save your money...:D )
  7. lonelemur90 macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2006
    New Jersey
  8. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    That's not very helpful?
  9. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Or you can say the iMac is a MBP, for less money with a much bigger screen. What do you choose?;)
  10. MattyP macrumors member


    Dec 13, 2005
    San Francisco

    If you are looking for a great computer and aren't planning on switching out video cards or doing any modding then no. It appears that the imac will at least in theory be upgradable so you will probably be able to add a faster processor in the future. But if you want to do major expansion it is probably best to wait for the powermac.
  11. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    My problem with them is that a 20" LCD monitor is expensive and serviceable for a long time, whereas the computer will be out of date in 4 years (give or take, depending on your needs, that's typical for computers). I'm tempted by the idea of a mini and a separate monitor so that 4 years from now (or so) I could replace the computer and keep the monitor. The mini might also be more useful as a little media server down the road in a way that the iMac would not be so useful.
  12. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    If you are talking Intel Adobe products. ;)
  13. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I was considering that option as well. To me the simplicity of having a all in one set up is the more important. It´s a good reason not to buy one if you think the opposite.

    4 years down the line you could use it as an extra TV if you don´t think it can serve your need as a computer any longer.

    Add an EyeTV EZ and you can hook up a Playstation or XBox and use the iMac as a games monitor.
  14. iHeartTheApple macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2006
    Boston, MA
    A great point, indeed! :D But (for the OP), in general, I don't think there's a reason to not buy yourself an iMac if you need it or want it now. :) Good luck with your decision.
  15. bah-bah'd macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2006
    Ahh, I wish this was the only reason ppl wanted to dual boot... :(

    That is my exact plan with my iMac G5... When I upgrade 'workstations' it will be the music player / doorbell. Yup byaches... I'll be video chatting with who is at the door... :D
  16. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    The biggest problem I had after switching was trying to find out what to do with the extra 5 hours I got each week from not having to reformat, and reinstall windows every week. So I guess that may/maynot be a deal breaker.
  17. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Only negative to getting an iMac is that it is Intel, meaning you have to wait for Universal Binaries for apps. What I'm saying is the iMac's aren't fully supported yet by software companies (those companies are working on it). Other than that, dive in and enjoy your iMac.;)
  18. Compatiblepoker macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2006
    Jacksonville Beach
    Are you familiar with Macs period? When I first got my Mac I had tons of trouble because I was used to a PC. The worst thing is downloading certain software programs because a lot of stuff is made for Windows. Things are getting better. Just be patient at first and you'll love it.
  19. Etrain macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2005
    Land of Cleve
    I bought my iMac G5 last May and would buy it all over again. I have no need for a new computer obviously, but even if I did I would not buy an Intel Mac now. I got some really good reasons:

    1. Programs which are not universal run significantly slower on the new Intel Macs. This will obviously change as more programs become universal, but the full transition may take awhile.

    2. These are Rev. A products. It seems Rev. A products are more susceptible to problems.

    3. The PPC is by no means obsolete. Outdated sure but not obsolete. Apple will continue to offer software for them for the next few years.

    Remember when the new iMac G5 came out how it seemed nobody wanted the iMac G4 anymore? The same is happening right now with everyone trying to sell their iMac G5s for the new Intel iMacs. If you look on eBay now though for a iMac G4 they are getting allot of $ for them! The same will happen with the iMac G5 after about 2 years.

    If I was in the market to purchase a new computer I would get an iMac G5 iSight. You can get them cheap and they are super fly.

    The way I look at it is when I am ready for a new computer in about 2 years I will be able to buy about a Rev.E Mac Book.
  20. turbopants macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2006
    I personally don't think the iMac will get a revision until the later part of the year, so now is as good a time to get one. :D
  21. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I agree. Apple has other machines to make Intel, before it updates the intel machines that are already out. I think they'll update it in early fall, for the Christmas season. Of course, you never know. :)
  22. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    • You don't have $1699 to spare?
    • Your work space will only handle a 17"?
    • It clashes with your decor?
    • You're Steve Ballmer's son?
    • ...

    Sent from my 17" Intel iMac I gave up trying to justify away.:D


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