do I get the white Imac or the Alu Imac..help???

Discussion in 'iMac' started by girlinpa, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. girlinpa macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I want the Imac only for illustration work, some photo retouching, so I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS3..

    I hate glossy screens, and I already returned a 20' inches Aluminum with other display problems because of that...but also that unity was running hot.

    Now I want to get a 24'.......not sure if I get the previous Imac or the new one.

    Is the performance from the C2D White Imac 24' 2.16 GHz to the
    new Alu 24' 2.4 GHz a lot higher?
    More than 10% of the speed???

    Im considering getting the white Imac and add 3GB memory ...

    Another thing..this will be my first mac, I work on a PC that is so outdated, I have a Pentium 4 , 2.4 GHz with 2GB memory , so
    so I think I will feel a huge difference with the Intell Imac...

    Thank you

    Girl in PA
     
  2. hologram macrumors 6502

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    If you hate glossy screens, doesn't that answer your question right there? If you thought you MIGHT like it, that's a different story, but if you hate it, don't buy one.
     
  3. Mitch1984 macrumors 6502

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    Get the alu one, no one really complains about glossy screens now that they are used to them, same with the iPod Phatty Nano.
     
  4. Slip macrumors 6502a

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    ^ Agreed
    And on the topic of performance, I doubt the white iMac will be too far behind the aluminium one, it's not that much older.
     
  5. girlinpa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If the white's performance was way to far behind the Alu, I would
    get the glossy, and probably hook up another monitor I have here...
    but is not the ideal...

    Now as someone said , if the white is not far behind the Alu, I will go for the matte screen...so I'm leaning more towards the white now...

    I wish apple had offered the option matte / glossy lolol


     
  6. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    Unless you have a direct source of light aiming at the iMac, the glossy screen is not an issue. The Alu iMac that I have is just amazing and I love the screen.
     
  7. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    Since you already returned an ALiMac because of the glossy screen; your choices are limited. Mac Pro and choose your screen of choice... or a Mac mini and you can still choose your screen. It's not like the plastic iMac is a quantum leap in the background and it may be better then a new Mac mini.

    I don't think I helped you any but there you go... good luck...

    PS I love my ALiMac to bits and never notice the glossy screen; but I made that active decision to not be bothered by the reflection; I really never notice it until I go looking for it. :apple:
     
  8. gorby macrumors 6502

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    I got the white mac instead of the alu, because:


    - Cheaper: Mine was more expensive than the base Alu 20", but I didn't want a 20" screen (especially after hearing that they are terribly in quality). The price I paid for the white 24" was a good deal cheaper than the entry 24" alu

    - Matte screen: I prefer it

    - Lots of 'issues' reported with the Alu's: They seemed to have died down a bit recently, though I haven't been really following. I just didn't want to worry about potential freezing/gradient/condensation problems.
     
  9. newkeyboard macrumors regular

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    I'm in the same boat as the OP. I want a new mac for illustration work and some photo stuff. I'm waiting for the new mac pros but to be honest they are probably too much for my needs. I tried and disliked the glossy screen imac. I see Apple UK has a refurbished old 24" imac for £945 which seems quite good. or I could go for a new mini and 23" cinema display. How does the speed of the new mini compare to the old imac? Also would the ACD be better than the lcd of the 2.16 imac?
     
  10. je1ani macrumors 6502

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  11. newkeyboard macrumors regular

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    Can't find any in the UK :(
     
  12. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    I have a 2.16GHz white iMac and have had no problems. I haven't tried an Aluminum iMac so I can't really compare them speedwise, but the white one should be more than enough to support your needs with running CS3.
     
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Given you detest glossy screen, get the white iMac.
     
  14. newkeyboard macrumors regular

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    Thanks :)
     
  15. wexford macrumors member

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    if you'd consider a 20"... this is what i bought recently and i think it's a steal:

    http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MA759LL...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1197927119&sr=8-1

    $1,200 includes brand new white iMac 2.16ghz, 1gb memory, wireless mighty mouse and keyboard (old style), iLife '08 drop-in, 250gb harddrive, etc. from amazon, i got free shipping and NO applicable sales tax. deal!

    and you can upgrade to leopard for $10 from apple (my upgrade turned around in 3 days including shipping!).

    i only wanted to spend $2k total, and did that easily, while still buying the new apple keyboard, 500gb external drive, 4gb thumbdrive, airport extreme base station, a 2gb memory upgrade, microsoft office, etc.
     
  16. jnc macrumors 68020

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    Get the white 24". I had the 20" Core Duo and it was amazing, I can only imagine how great the Core 2 Duo would be, and with an even bigger screen! Last sensible iMac Apple put out!
     
  17. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    Get the old one for the matte screen, but I don't understand why you returned the aluminium because it was getting hot. It's designed to be hot - it means the insides aren't frying because the heat is being dissipated.
     
  18. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Not true. I test-drove a 20" ALU and a 24" ALU for one month each. I started
    out neutral/ignorant on gloss vs. matte -- but quickly came to hate the gloss.

    Upgraded to a 20" white -- and wouldn't trade it even-up for any of Stevie's
    Aluminum-and-Glare Wonders.

    ...hmm ...why are all the Cinema Displays matte?

    LK
     
  19. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Well I'm sure the fact that the product line hasn't been updated in 16 months doesn't have anything to do with it. :rolleyes:

    I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if glossy screens were not at least offered as an option in the next product cycle and that may be as soon as MacWorld Expo in a few short weeks.
     
  20. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    My bad. I didn't realize glass was invented less than 16 months ago.

    LK
     
  21. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    See that's the beauty of life. Even a great intellect such as yourself can always learn something new.

    In the Apple world "glass" was invented 19 months ago when glossy displays first appeared on the Macbook and Macbook Pro. 15 months later it was on the aluminum iMacs and the Apple Cinema Display line is now long overdue for a refresh. In fact, the 30" ACD hasn't seen a change in 21 months now.

    You asked why all the ACD's were matte and I suggested they might not be for long, at least not all of them. Give it time. ;)
     
  22. jnc macrumors 68020

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    If Apple makes glossy ACDs, I will personally NUKE CUPERTINO.

    Then buy a Dell 3008.
     
  23. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a

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    1. The glossy screen is not that big a deal. My design studio has 5 windows in the room with full sunlight. I work in photoshop EVERY DAY and there are NO issues with the glossy screen!

    2. Watch a movie sometimes? Colors have better saturation than on a matt screen.
     
  24. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    In your position I would get a white iMac. Since you've tried, and disliked, the glossy screen, the aluminum iMacs are out. And the performance differential is fairly minor--you can look at Macworld's benchmarks for an idea.

    I'm with you on the glossy screens--I can't stand them, though I know that is a personal opinion. And you can get a refurb white iMac from Apple now for $1099 for a 20" and $1399 for a 24". So go for one of them!
     

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