Why buy an Imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gamerz, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. gamerz macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006
    Hey, This may be a dumb question for some of you, and you might say that it's totally up to me to make the decision myself. What i want to know is Why should I, or people buy an iMac? I would like some actually answers instead of having people say that it's up to me. Also state some reasons why we should buy imac's.

  2. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    I'm going to buy one and the reasons will be its got pretty good horsepower, and the price differential between it and the mac mini makes sense for me since its more powerful and I don't already have a monitor and keyboard I could use with the mini. I don't want to spend as much as a full tower system, since I don't need the expandability or extra power, so the iMac is perfect. I'm just waiting for 10.5 and hopefully a iMac revision before I buy.
  3. gamerz thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006
    Good answer... I am pretty much in the same seat as you... To wait for a revision and 10.5... or to buy now...
  4. cognomen42 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2007
    Warboys, UK
    Because it's still the coolest looking complete package there is.
  5. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    I went back to a PC.....Not liking current model
  6. wizwaz3 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2006
    Northern Arizona
    Here are a few:

    • Ease of use
    • Design
    • All-in-one form factor
    • Speed
    • Size Availability (17", 20" or 24")
    • Intuitiveness
    • Software (OS X, iLife, iWork, etc)

    Lots of people argue that all-in-ones aren't that good because you can't upgrade much, but honestly, all you will really upgrade is RAM and MAYBE hard drive which is easy enough on an iMac. Computers are generally good for a couple years before they're considered obsolete. In that time, another computer will come along with all the new stuff you may have wanted to upgrade. Also, the iMac itself has everything you need:

    • iSight-webcam
    • Built-in Speakers
    • Built-in Mic
    • Remote
    • Bluetooth
    • Airport-wireless card

    and not to mention...

    • Built-in Display

    Hope these reasons are enough! :)
  7. TheManOfSilver macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2004
    I'm in the same boat.

    Essentially, buy an iMac if you love it's beautiful and simple all-in-one design, especially if it provides the horsepower and customization options you need. Don't buy an iMac if you need a true professional-class computer with the need to throw in extra hard drives, change the graphics card, etc. (then you'll want the newly revised Mac Pro which inevitably will be released later this year).
  8. dbater macrumors member


    Nov 4, 2006
    Victoria, Canada
    It has excellent preformance, beautiful build in screen up to 24" and it's an all in one model for what the majority of user require.
  9. sellitman macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2007
    I bought the 17" 2GHz model and...

    I am thrilled with it. It does everything well and looks great to boot. As soon as the Leopard Operating System Upgrade is realized I will spend the $138 bucks on it and never look back. I also enjoy the .mac deal I got with it. It gives me a way to share photos, get free software and sync my Apples with ease. I will never buy another PC again. Mac's rock!
  10. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    Here are the +'s:

    -form factor (all-in-one, small footprint, no cable clutter)
    -noise (very quiet and runs cool, assuming you get a good one)
    -OS X
    -built in isight (iChat is cool! you can also use skype)
    -beautiful screen
    -very fast
    -can run windows if you need
    -speakers sound pretty good if you're not an audiophile . I am not, but i will still buy an external set. I am still surprised by how good they are though

    I dont care much for upgrading..unless it's ram. by the time you want to upgrade, you wont feel like dishing out $$ when you coudl buy a new machine that will mop the floor with it. I anticipate my iMac will be good for 3 years - by then theyll be so much newer and better stuff that Ill want to upgrade to that...and not just a better video card or what not.
  11. The Stig macrumors 6502a

    The Stig

    Nov 4, 2006
    On the track
    The only reason given here that a MBP doesn't have is "[*]Size Availability (17", 20" or 24")"

    That is 1 reason to buy a iMac over something else like a MBP. Price is a good reason over an iMac then a MBP.

    Sorry, I just didn't think you reasons were very good.

    I know, he didn't say why buy an iMac over another Mac, but still. Why buy an iMac over a MBP?

    The Stig
  12. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    The Imac can be faster than the MBP becuase it has better cooling.
    to the OP. an imac compared to a MB? MBP? PC? MP? 7 year old gateway?
  13. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    iMac vs MBP should be obvious...portability or not. It would be dumb to buy an iMac if you want portability, and it would be stupid to buy a MBP if you plan on hooking it up to a display 24/7.
  14. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    My reasons are pretty simple:

    • All in 1 design
    • Core 2 Duo (64 bit and reasonably fast)
    • Beautiful display
    • Great hardware (iSight, mic, remote, bt, wireless, etc)
    • Great software (OS X, iLife 06, etc)
    • Small footprint
    • Quiet
    • Does everything I need

    GFs reasons:

    • Cute
  15. McGarvels macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    LOL. GFs can be so adorable sometimes. My favorite quote from my gf about my 20 incher (iMac of course). "Awww...It looks pretty on your desk". Gotta love 'em.
  16. wizwaz3 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2006
    Northern Arizona
    There aren't any other reasons, though. And about the iMac over MBP, price is the biggest factor. For the same money, you can either get a 24" iMac or a 17" MBP. Price, man, price. :)
  17. Keirdre macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2007
    I bought an iMac because I really dislike laptops. I've never really liked the feel of them, and I have no need for portability. iMac is great for me :)
  18. KingofAwesome macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2007
    I just ordered an iMac because it is the best fit for a desktop system at a great price point. I countered the limited upgradability by starting off with an upgraded video card.

    I was originally going to get another mini, but then I did my best to spec a Mini against an iMac, and it cost considerably more (and was still slightly inferior on paper) to the iMac.

    As far as reasons for an iMac vs. an MBP, that is going to depend on what you're willing to sacrifice for certain benefits. If portability is worth the decreased screen size, slower HD and higher price, then the MBP is a better choice. But I've never owned a laptop and I have no real need for the portability, so the choice was easy for me.

    It will be arriving on Friday. I can't wait.
  19. volk macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    I started on the Mac platform with a consumer level machine back in the day, and quickly moved up to the pro end from there. I loved my Power Mac very much, but when the time came for me to upgrade last October, I broke my own rules and went for the 24" iMac, and this is why:

    1. Intel. Every Mac made at this time is very fast, and in my experience, is faster than the same hardware in Windows. The gap between performance in the iMac or the Mac Pro was really minimal unless you are making a living off the highest end video or 3D apps. In fact, when running typical software, the iMac actually has a speed advantage. This made the Mac Pro a lot more expensive for negligable performance improvements for all but the most demanding users.

    2. The 24" iMac. I had to take a long hard look at my computing needs, and when I did, I discovered that because of the Intel upgrade, my needs fell clearly into the "prosumer" range. The 24" iMac provided a very good graphics card, nice storage options, a brilliant screen, and the means to high speed external storage through Firewire 800. A 3 gigs of RAM ceiling and a potentially upgradable gfx card were icing for me. For the first time ever, Apple had put together an iMac with enough features and power to finally bridge the gap between pro and consumer, and do so at a reasonable price point.

    3. Design and consumer link. The iMac is compact, stylish, and even semi-portable if you are in a bind. One of the nice things about it is that it is still linked to the consumer market, making it a focus of all kinds of aftermarket goodies. It is a small thing, but it has some nice benefits.

    If you MUST have the latest and greatest gfx card, you don't want the iMac. If you are rendering 3D or HD video all day, you probably want a Mac Pro. If you want to run the hottest games on the market at high quality for the next 2 years, you probably don't want a Mac at all. Otherwise, an iMac, and specifically the 24" will likely surprise you with just how capable it really is...
  20. maccompaq macrumors 65816


    Mar 6, 2007
    iMac early demise

    Many people I know have had their iMacs die within 2 years. Usually a video board or a logic board. Then it is cheaper to buy a new computer rather than have it repaired.

    I also question the heat factor in such a compact unit. Maybe that is why they die so young. I prefer the Power Mac so I can muck around inside. I had my optical drive die recently. I just bought a new drive, and I am back computing. In an iMac, I would be out of business.

    If Apple brings out a Mac like the Mac Pro, but with a lot less power and a much cheaper price, I will buy one.

    Any comments?
  21. Stesus macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2007
    Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Well, if laptops can do it in such a compact unit... Most of the hardware placed in a iMac is 'laptop' hardware...

    Well, i quess you could replace the optical drive in the iMac. Besides that, you can always buy a USB or Firewire-drive, hook it up and you're back in business.

    Very tru, I would do the same thing. To bad the MacPro looks like a real computer though... ;)
  22. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    That's only with the newer intel iMacs though. The iMacs he is talking about are probably all the G5 models. They would have run a lot hotter due to the chips in them.
  23. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Um, yes. That only really applied to the iMac G5s and only with some Revision A and even fewer Revision B iMac G5s, as in before there ever were built-in iSights. And besides, if you have a qualifying iMac, it should be repaired for free by Apple.
  24. BilltheCat macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2007
    Sanford FL
    The best reason to buy an iMac is because it is an Apple :apple: .

    What Apple you get is purely based on portability, price, and added goodies.

    You simply cannot lose with an iMac in my opinion however! :p
  25. maccompaq macrumors 65816


    Mar 6, 2007
    When I referred to iMacs, I was including the G3 & G4 models as well as the new models. According to Apple, you cannot perform any work on the new iMacs. I almost decided to buy a new iMac until I read a number of stories about the $900 cost to repair them. Don't get me wrong. I love Apple. But I do not need the power of the Mac Pro. I want a new Mac, but they do not make one I want to buy. I will probably have to buy a Power Mac G5 to go along with my 2 Blue & White Power Macs (G3) and my 2.41 GHz Compaq.

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