Opinion on iMac Huff Post review.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DelMac, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
  2. macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2012
    I think they made a huge mistake with using 5400rpm hard drives, if you are going to spend at least 1300 on a desktop put a better hard drive in it! They are not that more expensive and they do make a difference
  3. macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2012
    It's an unsubstantial review. Yes, the 21" has a 5400 RPM drive but she says nothing about the 27"s 7200 RPM drive. She claims to speak for all of us about the lack of an optical drive, but there are many of us who use it so seldom it's not missed at all. For many of us design is an issue. My iMac sits prominently in my house and I appreciate the incredibly good looking package. Finally, she represents the new design as being totally unserviceable and yet if you read the blog about tearing down the new iMac you'll see comments that this machine is easier to work on than past generations. Yes, Apple holds the screen on with tape instead of magnets. But in order to achieve the screen lamination that cuts down much of the glare they had to. Magnets couldn't take the weight.

    I certainly don't think this review is any more than a gloss over by someone who hasn't really done their homework.
  4. macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    I think that the first paragraph says it all: "This article was originally published on Nemoscope, a blog about technology from a teen's perspective."

    Myself, I don't usually seek or consider a teen's perspective when making buying decisions—no offense intended; I look for experience and other qualifications.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 1, 2007
  6. macrumors newbie


    Oct 23, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    Kinda feels like she's hating for popularity. I mean come on, desktop stuck in a laptop body?

    Little too similar to "The iMac is just a glorified laptop".
  8. macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2008
    I got as far as where they defined RPM as 'Rounds per minute' and stopped reading. They don't know what they're talking about.

    Haha, didn't realise that @Binarymix essentially said the same thing ;)
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
  10. macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Why are you @ing people like this is Twitter? Rofl
  11. macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2011
    I think it's what many of us have been saying right from the start - form over function. Apple has ruined the 21.5" version of the iMac. Viewed from the front (which is the view most of us have when using the iMac) it is identical to my mid 2011 model and I know which of the two I am pleased I own. I appreciate you are trying to put a brave face on it and justify your purchase but IMO the new iMac is a pile of pants.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Computer review?

    Huffington Post?

    Must be a very slow news day!
  13. Hexley, Jan 12, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    Her parents probably do not allow her access to iTunes so DVDs and CDs borrowed from her friends are essential to her entertainment needs.

    I haven't had a need of a Superdrive in almost a decade as I source my entertainment needs from the web. Her complaint of lack of a Superdrive is like how people complained about the lack of a floppy drive nearly two decades ago with the original iMac.

    If I did not do photography or video then the Air and iPad could easily be my main machines.

    What allows Apple to easily charge more than Dell, HP, Lenovo, et al is the aesthetics and design of their products. If they did not push the envelop the competition would catch up to them with bargain basement knock offs.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    I do agree with some points and i felt the same way until i actually started using my 27" iMac. After actually using it im very impressed and my previous fears of the smaller chassis causing heating issues have faded away. As for the optical drive, sure it would be convenient to still have it built in but for the amount of times i use it an external is fine. Also my 27" has a 7200rpm drive, actually it has one of the fastest platter drives on the market!!
  15. macrumors 6502a

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
  16. macrumors 68000


    Jul 19, 2002
    A fusion drive should have been standard, even if it ended up being a 500gb 5400 rpm drive paired with a 64gb module. It doesn't seem to be affecting sales, or on second thought maybe it is since they have already added a fusion option now to the entry 21.5".
  17. macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2008
    Yeah, it's not super in-depth. More like a long Amazon review.

    But the criticisms are valid, especially the attitude of Apple to go for chic design at the expense of utility.

    Hard drives should be user serviceable. Apple changes screw configurations just to thwart DIYers. Really? Disposable desktops. Just what the world needs.

    I sure hope they resuscitate the Mac Pro. Love the iMac screen, but not gonna upgrade.
  18. macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2010
    It's not really here or there for me. They're analyzing from the standpoint of their own requirements. The yellow display complaints would be one of my concerns here. I still need to get to an Apple Store to see them up close, but I definitely wouldn't (personally) touch a first generation product here.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    You missed a great rant that seems like it was pulled from the cesspool of the CNET comments section. The unrealistic expectations and ignorance of inconvenient facts was... classic.
  20. macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2011

    iPad on a stick how I describe it.

    My new Mac Pro will crush your skinny new iMac....although it has a good chance of outrunning before that happens.

  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    Wow lol.

    We were not expecting a retina display because we knew the current best in the world GPU couldn't power that size screen.

    We do have a primary SSD option.

    We have the one of the best GPUs on the market.

    I don't think that is nothing. This article is clearly biased and against Apple. Just another ruthless Apple hating sheep.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    if you look at her other posts you can see she is extremely anti apple. She uses windows and ubuntu and mocks Apple every article she writes. I think Apple shot her dog.


    You know the iMac is outperforming the most recent Mac Pros right? lol
  23. macrumors regular

    May 22, 2012
    QUOTE "But the criticisms are valid, especially the attitude of Apple to go for chic design at the expense of utility."

    Quit with the sour grapes about the review. Yes, the rounds per minute is silly, but if you go back and read the reviews on these same forums, particularly the early ones, her basic criticisms are widely agreed upon. Making the 2012's slimmer or lighter while giving up the built in ODD was a costly mistake IMHO and of many others as stated in these forums.

    I had to include an external ODD in my order to input audio not available on line and Turbotax and lots of other non Apple stuff but help Apple hold the cost by probably $25.

    It's hard to find a good reason for the 5400 drives.

    Closing the 21" to adding RAM by the owner IS dumb.

    It's still a great update and my order was placed on 12/18 for a 27" 8GB 3TB FD 680MX-BUT.......

    I would have preferred a 21", but 1TB isn't enough for my music and photos, and with the growth of software, IMHO 8GB isn't going to be enough RAM fairly soon, but Apple wants an arm and a leg for RAM anyone else sells for far less, and the 21" is closed anyhow.

    Same for growth of processing of game graphics and the GPUs.

    The FD is an admission by Apple that they should be using more SDD already.

    They're the technology leader - right? Well they used to be:(

    That's why I've been using Macs since my first Little Mac in 1984 - through about a dozen of the things - up to now anyhow.

    So, for the sake of a 5 mm edge and a few pounds of irrelevant weight, I get suckered into spending about an extra $800. OK, amortizing it over the years, I'll enjoy a great machine, but it wasn't necessary.

    I think the review is generally on target.
  24. Hexley, Jan 12, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009

    You bothered reading her other posts? I see this in two lights. A) She has no money thus whines about iMacs for not having everything or B) she is trying to get more hits for her blog.

    Having the display integrated into the system doesn't add anything, said people back in 1998. All-in-ones still aren't the norm with people opting for a separate LCD and ATX case.

    Do most people open up the ATX to drop in memory, storage or daughter cards? Probably not.
  25. thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    If a 2012 iMac is your 1st Mac then congrats. It's a beauty of a visual and I can see someone in that position wanting to defend it like it's their kid. But to someone like myself who has owned multiple iterations of Macs, I expected more. When the dimensions of the iMac make a bigger splash than what's inside of the Mac itself, to me it's not a good sign.

    The only thing that impresses me about the new Mac is that it's 11 pounds lighter than before. That's way more significant than a thinner edge especially when you need to move it around for whatever reason. I'm surprised they haven't marketed a real positive like its weight reduction like they have the all too important thinner edge.

    With that said, the 2012 Mac is an easy Steve Nash no look pass for me. Can't wait to see what Apple surprises us with down the line whether good or bad.

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