New iMac 24" - received today! Review coming soon!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CBAviator, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. CBAviator macrumors 6502

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    WOW! :eek: That's all I have to say about this beauty! I have yet to turn it on and play with it. I am on lunch and if I turned it on, I'm afraid I wouldn't go back to work :D

    The size makes it look kind of ridiculous on my computer stand...but I don't care! I feel like this thing is going to give me a sunburn when I turn it on.

    I know there are many people here still on the fence with the 24", so I'll tinker with it tonight and provide a brief review up to that point! Now back to work. I've got to find a way to make a couple more hours fly by!
     
  2. ironjaw macrumors 6502

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    Congratulations !!!

    I got mine fully loaded on the 16th, its a beauty, so fast, its better than a new car:D

    Handbrake works great btw...

    Anyone wanting a good id3 tag for itunes I highly recommend MetaX
     
  3. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    Congrats!

    What cart do you have? Care to post a picture?
     
  4. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    Sorry nothing is better then a new car :)
     
  5. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Congrats! I just got my replacement 24" 2.8, since the 1st unit that came last week had screen issues. Crossing my fingers that when I get home tonight and set it up that this one is cherry. Looking forward to popping in the extra RAM I got last week and benching it with 4GB.

    Anyway I see you are up in Avon. I lived in Vail for 2 years when I first moved to CO, but have been down in Denver for 10 yrs (actually this past weekend was exactly 10 yrs in Denver). I still go to Vail to go riding and occasionally to The Beav.
     
  6. blumoon macrumors member

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    Congrats CBAviator! Looking forward to hearing how you like it and of course some pics. :)
    Enjoy.
     
  7. CBAviator thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK. Well at this point, all I have to say is WOW :eek: This computer is amazing so far. I got home late from work this evening and haven't have a lot of time to play on it so far. I have tomorrow off so I'll certainly get some good playing time in and update everyone on my experience!
     
  8. kwfl macrumors 6502

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    please post your feedback, i am planning to buy one.
     
  9. CBAviator thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Update!

    I have now had a few hours to play with my new computer and here's my take on it...

    First off, I absolutely love it. I debated for a while over getting the 20" or the 24" screen and had a hard time making up my mind. Macrumors members finally talked me into the 24" and I couldn't be happier! Just as most people said, it looked somewhat large when I first took it out of the box and set it up. It took a little bit to get used to. The extra screen real estate on the larger monitor is such a luxury. To be able to browse the web and have a few iChat sessions going on at the same time on the same screen is so nice.

    The screen is very bright. I felt like I was going to get some sort of sunburn if I say in front of this thing too long last night! Turning down the screen brightness is going to be a common occurrence when working on the computer at night. The resolution is outstanding and I will confirm that the viewing angles are great! There is next to no color shift for most viewing angles (confirmation that it isn't a TN film monitor). The corners do experience some SLIGHT darkening and there is a very minimal backlight bleed when the screen is completely black. Again, it is VERY MINIMAL to the point of no concern or annoyance at all. Lastly, no dead pixels.

    Screen reflection. Here we go on this topic. I realize it bothers some people and I don't want to start a 20th argument on this thread about it. However, for me, it doesn't bother me even the slightest bit. I totally even forgot about the whole screen reflection until late last night that I remembered I should be looking for it. Even then, with a lamp on behind me it was very minimal and only when I focused on it. This screen is just so bright that it drowns out much interference. It's pretty much like watching a reflective television, however, I think my television might even be a little worse---even then it doesn't pose any sorts of problems. Overall, the glass panel really brings out the colors on the screen. It simply looks amazing.

    I watched a movie last night on the iMac. The quality was WONDERFUL. Even viewing this baby from a distance is a pleasure. Connecting external speakers is really the way to go. The quality can be great beyond those internal speakers. I will say that they are better than laptop speakers, but they are still internal screen speakers and perform as that. They are certainly better than nothing though.

    A few people have expressed concern about the heat issues. So far, mine has been hot to the touch near the top. It hasn't been too hot as to not be able to hold my hand on it for an extended period of time. It's best to keep in mind, however, that this aluminum will dissipate heat MUCH easier than plastic so it's expected to be warmer (this is, obviously, a good thing). According to iStat, here are some numbers right now (I am doing no intensive work right now, so this is more of an idle temperature).

    94% Idle
    GPU A - 106
    GPU - 133
    GPU Diode - 133
    GPU Heatsink - 131
    Ambient - 76
    Memory Control - 119
    HD Bay 1 - 126
    Optical Drive - 112

    FANS
    Optical Drive - 699 rpm
    CPU Fan - 1206 rpm
    Hard Drive - 1200 rpm

    The keyboard, up to the point, has been absolutely wonderful. Although I'm very used to typing on a laptop, this keyboard still has a different feel. It's going to take a little getting used to, however, I'm loving it so far! I purchased the wired version as I wanted a number pad.

    I have Aperture and iWork '08 but really havn't gotten to use either to their full potential. Once I do, I can answer any questions on their performance. I need to go get myself a good CompactFlash card reader to speed up the transfer process of my RAW photos.

    Sorry this is not TOTALLY detailed, however, I'm just getting started with the whole experience. For those of you on the fence between the 20 and 24...if you think you've got the room, then DO IT. It will certainly be worth it.

    Pictures coming...
     
  10. roland.g macrumors 603

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    I got my replacement 24" yesterday (dead/stuck pixels) and the new one is great. Put my 4GB RAM in and it just flies. The replacement does have one stuck pixel - stuck on red, but it is 1/2 cm from the right edge about 1/2 way up so it isn't right in my field of view. I tried running jscreenfix on it last night for about 20-30 minutes and it didn't correct, but they say that sometimes they do over time. As much as I want a flawless screen, I'm not going to complain about one stuck pixel out of the way or go through the process of waiting for another replacement, etc. I'll run the screenfix some more at some point and hopefully it will eventually unstick.
     
  11. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    Congrats!

    I was checking them out at the local Best Buy. They had the entire new lineup with a big sign to check out their new Apple area.

    I stopped by the Apple store to show the wife the new iMacs. She wanted me to forgo the iMac, get a Mac Pro for the kitchen and move my current 20" iMac to my office. I'd rather have the new 24" iMac, but I have no real pressing need. My crappy Dell finally committed suicide last week, so I have had a little interest ;)

    I may wait for the Penryn chips due out later in the year.

    Thanks for the review!
     
  12. CBAviator thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here are a couple pictures. I included a screen shot to give some people an idea of scale on the new 24" iMac.

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  13. rainydays macrumors 6502a

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    You managed to get two screens with dead/stuck pixels? Hmm, I wonder what the odds are for that.
     
  14. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Don't know. I want it to be flawless, but I don't know that I can really complain about one pixel, especially near the edge. I was hoping after the first one that I would have better luck the 2nd time around.
     
  15. mike000 macrumors member

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    iMac 24" Chin

    :rolleyes: Just wondering if anyone would be helpful enough to give me the width in centimeters or inches of the new 24" iMac's "chin" (the silver base under the monitor). As im looking forward to find a way to place it on my old iGo table. Thanks
     
  16. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    i found this on apple.com? so u could calculate it

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