New 27" screen makes me melt

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Apple!Fre@k, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Apple!Fre@k macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2006
    Just picked up my 27" i5 iMac yesterday at the Apple Store. Had it transfer all the files overnight and finally just got it up on my desk exactly how I like it. The speed rocks, for sure, but can anyone else just not get over how insanely awesome the display is. Coming from a 24" 2.16GHz iMac (late 2006), it's like I've moved from the 20th century into the 21st century. The color, the brightness, the clarify, the crispness, and married with the size, it's to die for. Had to make this post because of just how insanely great I think the new display is!

    As far as the speed though, while it's MUST faster, I noticed it's still taking way too long to startup. I'm willing to bet that could be rectified by a fresh install so I think that's what I'm going to do. Will probably take me the rest of today, but I want to experience the true speed of this awesome computer.

    Tip of my hat to the display on this beast. It makes it worth half the price on its own! :)
  2. jgmacrum macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2009
    I see all of these references to long bootup times. Am I the only person that just leaves their machine on? It's a unix machine, unix machines should have long uptimes :) My current machine has been up for about 7 months right now ... that's one way to not worry about boot times :)
  3. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    Change the startup disk, that should fix bootup times.
  4. robotkiller macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2009
    I only turn off my computer when I leave for vacation. Restarts only with system updates.

    On my old Powerbook G4 (OSX Cheetah) I went two years without turning it off or suffering a single system hangup requiring reboot. Rock solid.
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Im with you guys as well.

    I *never* shutoff my macs for any reason except for system updates and vacations.
  6. nicroma macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Midwest, USA
    Should being the keyword here....

    I have rebooted my new iMac almost daily. Snow Leopard does kooky stuff. For example, I created a share and no computers on my network could see it. It was driving me nuts. All my permissions were correct and the other computers could see the iMac but not the share. I rebooted and WALA! it worked. No one should have to reboot after sharing a folder, let alone on a machine that is based off of the all mighty UNIX.

    Now back on topic, I absolutely love this new display. My jaw hits the floor every time I sit down to use it. I also have a nice sun tan now. :cool:
  7. Apple!Fre@k thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2006
    What do you mean, could you elaborate?
  8. Apple!Fre@k thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2006
    Nope. Same here. I go months without rebooting. My assumption, however, was that if bootup is extended and takes about three times longer that it should, than perhaps the system would be faster too, once logged in, if a fresh install was done.

    Solid or flawed logic?
  9. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
  10. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Wow, thanks for sharing! Reading this makes me totally excited to get mine in a few weeks! (been holding out to make sure there aren't any serious problems)

  11. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    The only thing that stops me from leaving mine on all the time is that damn "on" light when it's sleeping. My computer lives in the same room as I sleep, and it's pulsating glow is very unpleasant.

    Do the new iMacs still have this "feature"?

    (When will Apple add a control panel so that you can choose to turn it off?)
  12. ma2ha3 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2007
    yeah glossy is cool, kudos to apple engineers which throw away matt for glossy, long live apple.
  13. mickbab macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    This was only on the white iMacs, the aluminium ones do not have the little white glow.
  14. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    I had a sticker for that... until I got my newer aluminum iMac that didn't need the sticker.
  15. fobfob macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    glossy is nice at night, not great during the day. It's a pain actually :(
  16. Apple!Fre@k thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2006
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  17. wodeh macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2007
    I'm looking into a UPS for my iMac to make sure it can be as truly always-on as I like to keep my laptop. I even leave my Samsung NC10 netbook (running Snow Leopard) always-on simply because I can't abide the thought of waiting nearly a minute to get connected.

    The iMac 27" display is glorious and really is my main reason for wanting one. I looked briefly at the 30" Apple cinema display, but £1140 was too steep for me to justify for something so outdated. For £1600 (after student discount) I get nearly the same display, with the i7 processor to back it up and can even hook my MBP to it when I want the i7s power to run VMs and the MBP to run my work environment (which I will probably not wholly port to the i7 because I need to, well, take it into work).
  18. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
  19. Apple!Fre@k thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2006
    Go with an APC for the UPS. I've owned 3 APC units over the last 8 years and they've never failed me. After about 3 years though, the battery does start to wane, which is why I replace them around every 3 years. The current one I've had for 2 years though seems to be the best yet and still retains almost all of its capacity. The one I have is the XS 1500. Bought it for 200 bucks two years ago and it provides two hours of backup power. Also, great USB integration with Mac. Comes with a USB cable to plug into your Mac. Shows you how much is left on the UPS on your Mac and you can even set your Mac to automatically shut down when X among of juice is left on the UPS.

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