I'm also posting this on PCPowerplay (with a few small edits to see the varying responses for the other side of the fence. This is not meant to flame apple, as everybody here is likely using a mac (including me oddly enough) to post up here, so we all know where most of us stand. This is merely a initial log of my fist real sit down and use of an under 2 year old intel imac (2.1GHZ C2D, With ATI X1600 and 2GB of DDR2-667,) which I'm having to use while staying in Adelaide for a few weeks. I'm commenting as is. Now I've got a PC (user JFAllen) and while it has its flaws which were obvious to most on PCPowerPlay and clearly pointed out, I'm going to say that the hardware is near as possible to top shelf, (or at least was at time of purchase, Dec2009-March2010.) Now the iMac and OS-X... Things I miss, or are leaving a sour taste -The use of the ALT key to access menus and associated keyboard short cuts -General lack of keyboard shortcuts. -No drafting or mine design packages work, and the systems specs mean running boot-camp (woot for XP support only) to run them is an exercise in patience boarding that of a saint. -The use of a proper 2 button mouse (the apple mighty mouse's second button is and has always been dogey) -As a follow on having to use the control key to bring up the right click options -Mouse linearity and accuracy, (while moving a mouse slowly in osx it barely moves, making selecting menus tedious or inaccurate) -More than 3 USB ports, my PC has 8 on the back and 4 at the front. -No optical or coaxial audio output. EDIT Not true, I've been enlightened and tested the mini optical output embedded in the headphone out -A task bar that displays all open windows, not just open programs -Safari, that's ok since Mozilla SeaMonkey is OSX binaries -Very noisy DVD drive, and still no blu-ray in any apple products?? odd when they are marketed as a video and graphics editing package. -Slow key repeat and courser movement when typing. -No native DivX or Xvid support in Quicktime, I mean seriously. -Video up-scaling isn't done very well, or at least significantly worse than Winamp or WMP. -Having to use iTunes -System response is generally sub-standard. Videos stagger when using other programs, even using the slider on a web browser. Also the system crashed big-time while attempting to import 300GB of song data to iTunes from and external HDD. -lack luster specs vs PC's of the day (2008) but a nice screen for 2008 -Poor system specs mean that even though steam is coming to the mac, one would not be able to fully enjoy the games catalog. -I can't figure out how to turn dashboard off Things that aren't leaving a sour taste -Tech support, the mouse began to phone it in, (had movement but no functionality.) Not knowing my way around OSX overly well the Singapore based support lad was great. But stopped short of talking me though how to reinstall the mouse only using keyboard shortcuts. Was easy enough though, so that gets points. -Pinching the mouse fits all open windows on the screen, making a "windows / linux style task bar" less necessary. would be better with a better mouse, but would then lose a USB port. Still it's well thought out, but not perfect as minimized windows are in the dock. -SeaMonkey, Open office, Tomato Torrent all work, but VLC development has stalled, pity really but at least it is still available. -The included software package is rather good though not overly useful since no office suite is included, would it kill apple to formally support open office (which is free) out of the box. -Installing programs is pretty much drag and drop, as is removing them -the on board speakers are better than most laptops, but lack of digital out isn't a full redemption. -In the Finder I've always found the fact that there is a menu at the top to be reasonably useful. -TextEdit is better than window's notepad but no-one uses them for programing these days. -OSX doesn't automatically start playing a CD when it's inserted like OS9 did. (Seriously for those that don't know or can't remember, OS9 would play a CD with no player open as soon as it was inserted. You'd then have to open a media player and stop playing it.) Final comments No operating system is perfect, and none are even close and as you become familiar with one or another you learn to forget to see it's problems and learn the quick way around. Likewise no hardware configuration is perfect, and we learn to accept what is in front of us. My PC draws on the wrong side of 1kW from the wall socket, when under load and as a result is noisy and bloody hot. The iMac (aside from the noisy CD drive) is neither noisy nor hot, and might draw 1/5th the power under full load. My 2 24" SGi are huge limiting physical desktop space, the iMac could be mounted to the wall. My PC has more connectability than I know what to do with, the imac is somewhat limited, likewise with expandability. Over all I would find it difficult to hand over my hard earned for an iMac or MacPro, (keep in mind my profession as a Coal seam gas Engineer.) As for the soccer mum and general user it's a harder recommendation. The new iMacs are faster than this one, and since it's not mine it's file system is full of junk unlike my PC (lean and mean.) For out of the box computing + open office and a better mouse 'n' keyboard combo the iMac might just be worth the ticket price. For professionals (even graphics and video editors,) gamers, power users and the do-it-your-self crowd I'd have to say that a custom build or HP/Dell/SGi workstation would much better suit your needs. Given that save Final Cut Pro all programs available for mac are also available for Windows / Linux / BSD(UNIX) It's been interesting, but I'd have much rather typed the back 9 of my 40,000 word thesis on my PC as I did the the front 9.