For the past month I've seen a huge number of people who have been very critical of the new iMac design, i.e "who needs a desktop computer so thin"? Well I said I would reserve judgement until I saw this new machine. This morning it arrived, and I was blown away at how freaking beautiful it looks. Using this machine is just a blast; it looks like something straight out of science fiction. The 5mm edge looks great, and the bulge actually looks kind of trendy. As for Apple removing the optical drive in favor of a thinner design, I'm not sure if that was the correct decision in terms of the consumer, at least not right now. I certainly never use an optical drive, but I'd imagine there are a lot of people out there who still do, they want to view DVD's on their computer, they want to burn certain stuff to a disk, and yes some software still requires a disk. Fortunately though, this issue really is a small one considering how cheap external DVD drives are today. My two biggest annoyances about this machine are: 1. The re-positioning of the SD Card slot. I find it a lot more convenient to have it on the side as I'd imagine a lot of you do. 2. The lack of user-upgradable ram (21 inch), Apple charge an arm and a leg for their ram, so the inability to upgrade it is a huge annoyance. 8GB is fine for me now, but in a year or two I might need to upgrade to 16GB and I would have really liked that option. So to sum up: I firmly believe this re-design was a good option, I'm still quite astonished to have all this power in a machine that's this thin. I've been waiting for this machine since April and I can say it's certainly been worth the wait. It's exceeded my expectations! I'm ecstatic I'd appreciate your views on the re-design.