Best Wintel iMac clone?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by godslabrat, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. godslabrat macrumors 6502

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    Hi all.

    By coincidence, I'm working with three different people right now, trying to figure out what would be the best new PC for them. They've all been interested in the iMac all-in-one form factor, and I do agree it is a good match for their computing needs. While I can heartily recommend the iMac, I feel I'd be doing them a disservice to make it my only consideration-- I know most other companies are working on a Windows-based AI1. I've briefly played with an HP Q series, which just seems like overkill (not to mention being more expensive than an iMac!). The Gateway One series has a nice form-factor, but I've had a lot of bad experiences with GW. Dell has something similar too, but I've never had my hands on it.

    If we look strictly at non-Apple AI1s, what's the best deal in terms of usability, practicality, and durability? Of course, my primary reccomendation will eventually be the iMac, but I think options are important.
     
  2. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    You may want to consider those slimline pcs, which are not all that unlike mac minis. I personally think :apple:'s iMac is the only all in one out there right now that really works together.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The iMac is the best all-in-one Windows machine. :D

    Except when it comes to upgradeability but that's not really expected from an all-in-one.
     
  4. n1ght macrumors member

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    iMac
    - Starts at $1199
    - 2.0, 2.4, and 2.8GHz processors
    - 20" or 24" display
    - Discrete video card standard
    - Only 1GB RAM (laughable)

    Gateway One
    - Starts at $1299
    - 1.5 and 2.0GHz processors
    - 19" display
    - No discrete video card on low-end model

    Dell XPS One
    - Starts at $1299
    - 2.2GHz and 2.33GHz processors
    - 20" display
    - No discrete video card on low-end model

    The Gateway One is extremely overpriced.
    The Dell is the best choice for Windows preinstalled.
     
  5. zap2 macrumors 604

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    If you really want to help them out, you could say get a iMac, then put Windows on it

    Possible cheaper, if they have XP install disk
     
  6. godslabrat thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's the way I'm seeing it too. Looks like it'll be between the iMac and the XPS One, with a strong personal reccomendation towards the iMac. :)

    Thanks all.
     

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