My new iMac 2.8 is HERE! A fanboy's brief review

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 50548, May 30, 2008.

  1. 50548 Guest

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    Yes, I got it today after selling my good ol' iMac G5 ALS...for those of you still on fence, I am gonna cut it to you:

    THIS MACHINE IS SIMPLY AWESOME!

    Specs:
    iMac 24", 4gb RAM, 500Gb HD, NVIDIA 8800GS, wireless keyboard and mouse, Creative X-Fi and JBL speakers.

    Remarks:

    - machine shipped from Czech Republic, package opening and setup FLAWLESS; NO noticeable gradient problems, NO stuck/dead pixels, NO installation issues;
    - fast as hell in all senses, especially for someone coming from an iMac G5;
    - BEAUTIFUL and BRIGHT screen; I haven't noticed any excessive glare even having a small window behind my back;
    - importing all my stuff now, EVERYTHING so far works perfectly well, including wireless printer, network and Internet;
    - VIRTUALLY SILENT in comparison with my iMac G5, both in terms of fans and HD activity.

    In line with pretty much EVERY review out there, the new iMacs simply ROCK! These are easily the BEST, most BEAUTIFUL and fastest AIO desktops on Earth. Thank you Apple, again, for such FABULOUS products!

    Again: for those on the fence because of a few problem reports, I can tell you...they are a minority and things always seem overblown in these forums.

    I can assure you, the millions of iMac customers out there are just enjoying their excellent machines as much as I do now...no wonder the company is growing more than ANY OTHER maker in the market...GO APPLE!
     
  2. Morod macrumors 68000

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    Congrats!

    You sound like you got exactly what you wanted. Good for you! Life is too short to put up with "almost good enough". Good on you! :)
    Morod
     
  3. ww3proggy macrumors newbie

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    I also just received my 2.8 ghz iMac with 8800 and 500 GB. It looks good but I have two stuck pixels right in the middle of the screen. Is this something that Apple will replace my computer for? I'm glad yours came problem-free.
     
  4. 50548 thread starter Guest

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    Proggy, as I said, I haven't noticed any problem with the screen...as for stuck pixels, try some of the solutions proposed in these forums...just google for them and you might find a quick fix for it.
     
  5. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    No Apple wont replace only 2, but as said it should be too hard to get rid of them yourself. As long as their stuck not dead.
     
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  7. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a

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    Enjoy :)

    Congrats .. did you get the ram from Apple? why? I am thinkinkg of doing so.
     
  8. harry454 macrumors 6502

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    i second his post with my 20 inch iMac, mines absolutely perfect, theres only a very small percentage of users who have issues, and the ones that don't, never post about it because they have nothing to complain about. A+ Machine and Congrats
     
  9. 50548 thread starter Guest

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    Yes, straight BTO from Apple online with my order...the price was not that higher compared to third parties, so I chose this convenient way with no hassles...
     
  10. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    I'm glad to hear you're satisfied with your new iMac. I love mine too.

    My first Mac was a 20" Core Duo (white) which had a logic board go bad 6 weeks out of the one year warranty (I had decided to save some cash on Applecare). That cost me a cool $550. :(

    I had a bad display on my 24" iMac when it first shipped. Apple replaced it with a panel that had a bad backlight. Both the first and second panels had some level of left to right color gradient, worse on the second. Finally, the third panel seems great with no gradient and minimal backlight bleeding.

    The 10.5.3 update has just managed to get the nVidia 8800 to bench at about the same speeds as the ATI 2600 in Core Image apps (Apple's own).

    I love Apple's products as much as the next guy. Heck, after paying $550 to replace the logic board on my 20" Core Duo I auctioned it and shelled out the cash for my current 24" alumiMac. (I bought Applecare this time :p)

    I'm just not going to jump up and down and do backflips and proclaim Steve Jobs as the second coming of Christ because Apple and its products are far from perfection.

    That's fanboy behavior. Oh wait, you said you are a fanboy, sorry. :p
     
  11. PcBgone macrumors 6502

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    Wow What a coincidence...I got the same machine, however I didnt get the ram from apple...its coming from newegg..

    After reading some of the forum posts about the screen issues, I did have some doubts...but I love this machine, its absolutely GORGEOUS!

    I would tell anyone thinking about it but holding back because of the negativity of the screens to pull the trigger...

    Im certainly happy I did.
     
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Didn't get the big bugger myself, but I certainly have no complaints after coming from a PC *pitue* background.
     
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  15. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    A review without pictures? What year is this, 1988? :D
     
  16. 50548 thread starter Guest

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    Thanks! :)

    Just some additional updates after a couple of days' usage:

    - I can't believe how SILENT this machine is! Even at high loads, it's hard to tell if the machine is asleep when the screen is turned off!

    - Screen is indeed really bright, but the good thing is that there is NO glossy concern even with an open window and natural daylight behind me..!

    - Due to lack of optimization and updated coding from Aspyr (already acknowledged in an Apple Customer Support thread), Call of Duty 2 never gets above 50fps with the 8800GS, whereas I can play Call of Duty with everything maxed out..! They said the 8800GS is a newer card and CoD2 was developed way before...go figure...:rolleyes:

    - NO artifacts or graphics glitches whatsoever with normal operation so far...10.5.3 must have REALLY corrected any issues that some people had with the 8800GS...

    - I tried downloading the CrossOver Mac demo but it doesn't run on the 10.5.3, I presume...it always crashes on startup.

    All in all, a GREAT machine!
     
  17. tanism macrumors newbie

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    Congrats!

    Congrats! Can't wait to receive mine in a few days!
     
  18. minik macrumors 65816

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    or youtube video. :D

    jk
     
  19. ww3proggy macrumors newbie

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    Alright couple questions for you...

    1. Did your computer come with a USB extension for the keyboard? All my other Macs have but this one did not and the shorty on the keyboard won't reach behind my desk so it is hidden.

    2. Is there any way to dim the screen even more than all the way down? In my room at night even at the lowest brightness setting it still is a tad too bright.
     
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    Calibrate it and set to windows style gamma (2.2 I think)
     
  21. 50548 thread starter Guest

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    1. No, I don't think so. But from what I could see, the keyboard cable is more than enough for connecting to the back of the iMac; I don't use it though, as I have an Apple wireless keyboard.

    2. Yep, it's bright indeed, and I always prefer to turn on some side lamp to avoid too much stress on the eyes. Anyway, you may also use two apps for dimming the iMac's display even more...either Shades or Brightness Control will suffice.

    Edit: I am currently using ScreenShade and it does the trick too.
     
  22. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    No, you will have to buy a USB extension cable. This is another of my pet peeves with the iMac. The Apple Keyboard's cable IS ridiculously short.

    Yes, with software you can simulate a darker screen but as for actually reducing the brightness of the backlight itself there is no way other than the brightness controls on the keyboard or in system prefs.

    Some do complain about the 24" aluminum iMac being too bright but I don't find this to be the case myself. I run it at about 60% brightness level.
     
  23. Grokgod macrumors 6502a

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    i got one also

    I just got one actually I got a 20" also from FRY's to compare

    The 24" screen is FAR better in everyway from the 20", a sad comment on APPLE's way of short ending people,hope it stops soon.


    But mine unit seems to have a fan on constantly, I am not enjoying that at all, compared to my previous 20"

    Is your 24" fan on always?

    and the screen is TOO bright, not good for the eyes, I have mine all that way down and still.

    Does anyone know where to find wattage on cpus from previous generation Imac to compare with the new versions?

    ... okay the fan just shut off, whew, thats better, I guess it heats up the unit if you were playing a dvd?
     
  24. Darkroom Guest

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    really? i owned an iMac G3 and an iMac Intel (White) prior to this iMac 2008, and none of them came with a usb extension... however, i do agree with you that the cord is too short. i'm using my 1ft extension that came with the elgato eye tv on my keyboard, eventhough i wish i had a longer one so i could hide it better.

    i'm assuming you want the display still lit but just much dimmer than it is... but if you are like me and hardly ever turn your computer off, you can set one of your screen corners as a hot corner to activate screen sleep, so it actually turns off the display but the computer is still running. whenever i'm going to bed i just throw the cursor up to the top right corner and that's that.
     

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