Is iMac portable

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  1. Liamcow macrumors member

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    I Know this isn't a "rumor" but i had no place else to go


    I'm a colledge student who runs a DJ buisiness, I need a computer to run my playlists instead of burning like 400 CDs, Naming and indexing them. But I don't want to use an iBook because I've heard they arent stable, or a Powerbook because I don't like using laptops for everyday use. would the new iMac be portable enough to put in my car and DJ with, or will the internals get messed up?? I Need HELP!!
    BTW a PowerMac is just plain out of the question:D
     
  2. sparkleytone macrumors 68020

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    it should be just fine for you. just be careful as it would be your source of income. i'd recommend transporting it with the original box, altho it may be too clunky for you. if it can go thru ups that way it can stand anything. good luck and i think itll just add to the cool factor.

    another idea you may not have thought of is to get one or two 20GB iPods and use that for DJing. you can go out to any preamp or receiver from it and its ridiculously easy to use.
     
  3. elensil macrumors regular

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    iMac's iron arm is stable enought to carry the whole unit:D
    On the other hand I don't think that when Apple designed the iMac they thought that it would be carried around by its arm on everyday basis.
     
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    One of the reasons why I love MacRumors is that i can spot some incredible products I would have missed otherwise.
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  5. Liamcow thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool, thanks everyone! plus the snappy response time was great, i really appreciate this you all!
     
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    Hey, thanks for the link, Rower_CPU! I could really use this! :cool:
     
  7. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Timing is everything...I just saw that case on MacNN and MacMinute this morning!
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  8. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    Re: Is iMac portable

    please elaborate.
     
  9. mymemory macrumors 68020

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    Man, quit the pot for a month and think everything over again. I know you are in love of the facy look of the iMac but:

    1. Is gonna take one entire seat of your car.
    2. You are gonna look 90% stupid, 10%snob carrying that stuff around that is heavier than a marriage.
    3. You are going to carry that stuff twice, the first time doing your "portable iMac" experiment that is gonna result in a mistake, the secund time trying again your experiment with the same results.

    To get an iBook and learn to use it is a better (smart) deal. Portables are never as good as desk top computers but the other way around is the same thing.

    Unless you are a rody.
     
  10. job macrumors 68040

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    Ehm...not really.

    A DJ in England (when I lived there anyways) sometimes hauled one of the old CRT iMacs to a gig and those are much larger and heavier than the LCD ones.
     
  11. kansaigaijin macrumors 6502

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    mac portables

    the iMac is pretty robust but also heavy. I wouldn't want to move one around too much.

    an iBook or a Powerbook would be much much better. Never heard anything about iBooks being unstable, and Powerbooks are fine desktop replacements, especially with video out and av out. iMacs only mirror display.
     
  12. neilt macrumors regular

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    Although the iMac can be carried by its arm, Apple recommends that you always keep one hand under it for support.

    neilt
     
  13. Liamcow thread starter macrumors member

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    Re: Re: Is iMac Portable

    This is for zimv20:
    I'll elaborate for you; I need a computer that i can use as a regular work machine, but a stable (non-crashing [bumpy]) computer because, think, if i'm doing a party, and I set my playlist while getting a drink or something, i need a computer that will not request my attention and then have a kernel panic or something. my friend pointed out that his ibook sometimes will do this like 5 times in a certain day for some reason. to sum it up, i just need G4 stability:)
     
  14. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    The new PowerBooks (DVI) are rock solid under OS X. No matter what you get, you WILL want to increase the memory. With the TiBook, you can access BOTH memory slots, where you can only access one in the iMac (LCD). You can also attach an external FireWire drive to the TiBook and have an extra 60GB of storage (bus powered) or 160GB of drive space (AC adapter required).

    At under 5-1/2 pounds the TiBook is EXTREMELY portable as well as powerful.

    No matter what you get for a system, place it someplace very stable/sturdy, and away from edges. You also should invest in lock down kits for both the computer and external storage devices.

    BTW, The current line of TiBooks are nothing to scoff at. I know more then a few people that have rev. a TiBooks for everyday use and are extremely happy with them. I know that my rev. c TiBook has more then enough power for everyday use. It excells at Quark, Photoshop and Illustrator work as well as 3d applications (Bryce, Cinema 4D to name just two).
     
  15. Biggles macrumors member

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    Your friend has one seriously messed up iBook if it crashes that many times! I have one, and I can very honestly say that it has not been restarted in a number of months and is still running like the day we got it. It is extremely reliable under OSX, and i never fear that it will crash. And my iBook's situation is not uncommon. I've never heard of one being unstable before today.
     
  16. swahilibill macrumors 6502

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    Mine was horrible, the orginal ice one, 500MHZ, until they replaced it, I took the damn thing into apple store every 2 weeks for something, it was not very reliable, but I love my new iMac.
     
  17. backspinner macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe you should try the eMac. Extremely heavy, but stable and very strong and child proof.
     
  18. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    Re: Re: Re: Is iMac Portable

    that's a bad unit. my 3 friends w/ ibooks (2 600 MHz's and 1 700 MHz) love them and haven't had a single complaint. (and they're not new to computing -- two of them i did a computer science program with in the 80s).

    i've been using the 700 MHz one (running OSX) all week and it's been rock solid. quite impressed. more solid than my dual g4 running os9. way more solid.

    rather than thinking in terms of g3 vs. g4 for stability, consider the OS (9 vs. X) and the apps you're running.

    and i'd hazard an informed guess that the ibook has more built-in on-the-road protection than any desktop machine.
     
  19. Liamcow thread starter macrumors member

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    oh, so you think the ibook might be unstable because of OS9? that's what he runs off it. i'd actually love to get an ibook (less money) but if anyone knows of ibooks messing up under OSX, please tell me and i'll just get the Powerbook. thanks
     
  20. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    or more succinctly: os9 is less stable than osX. most likely, your friend's problems have to do w/ the software (including the OS) and not the hardware.


    i'm all over the ibook. the experience i had this week was _very_ positive.

    also, don't know if you saw this on the ibook page:

    from:
    http://www.apple.com/ibook/
     
  21. Liamcow thread starter macrumors member

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    actually, i did see that, i quote "i'd actually love to get an ibook":)
     

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