New iMac.. give me the WOW factor...??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by davemulheran, May 20, 2009.

  1. davemulheran macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    UK - London/Kent
    I've got a top of the range iMac 3.06 1TB with 4GB ram and the ati 4850

    Yes its a great machine and does things well.. but i havent really had the wow factor from it.. seeing as its nearly £2000 worth!

    Is there a specific type of game / program internet link that I could buy or access that will show off the iMacs prowess?
  2. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    I don't really know what you're looking for in terms of a wow factor. Its a great specced machine and is highly capable but the kind of things that make people go wow isn't stuff most people would appreciate as much (i.e. time to do video encodes etc). Just sit back and bask in the beauty of your new machine, that should be wow enough!
  3. unid macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009
    I know exactly what you mean, I bought a Le creuset casserole dish last week, the best money can buy apparently. It's a gorgeous burnt umber colour made of high grade cast iron and cooks things really evenly and well (although I admit I have only boiled eggs in it so far).

    Somehow I am yet to be overwhelmed by it though. Perhaps there's a ready cooked meal you know of that will demonstrate its superiority?
  4. srexy macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2006

    LOL - To continue the analogies...

    I bought a MINI Cooper Clubman S last year and was strangely underwhelmed when it finally arrived. I think it was probably the waiting that caused the deflated feeling.

    However, after a year of ownership I've really come to appreciate what a fantastic vehicle it is. In fact I'll happily bore anyone rigid about it if they ever give me the opening :D

    Sometimes the WOW only comes after a period of familiarisation.
  5. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    I bought a very expensive home 4 years ago. The home is really nice looking and I've had virtually no problems, this home is really nicely constructed and worth every penny that I paid for it.

    I'm just not seeing the "wow" factor. Is there something I can do with my house, like throwing a certain kind of party that will really make me feel good about my purchase?
  6. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    It seems to me the OP doesn't really "need" such a high spec'ed machine as he doesn't really know what to do with it. This isn't an art piece meant to be admired although you certainly can do so, but at 2k pounds, you could buy other things to admire.

    If I bought a Farrari and used it to run some errands, I certainly wouldn't be wowed by it as well. At least not after 15 minutes.
  7. armoguy94 macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    If you want to be WOWed with a computer that you spend $2,000 on next time spend that $2,000 on building your own computer and install OS X on it yourself. An iMac is an all-in-one system, AIO's are not known for their power capabilities, and especially not their price to performance ratio.. but neither is any of Apple's other products.
  8. Stevamundo macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2008
    What do you want it to do for you? Tell you the meaning of life? IT'S ONLY A COMPUTER!

    Tell you what, if you're still unimpressed by it, just give it to me! :D
  9. the-sandman macrumors regular


    Apr 17, 2009
    Leicester, UK
    There's your answer. Just throw an iMac warming party, there'll be a lot of wowing there! ;)
  10. kurosov macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    download some 1080p porn and be wowed at all those scabs, blemishes and bruises you never noticed before.
  11. avihappy macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2006
    The WOW comes from the little things about OS X that surprise you and make life easier.

    Here is one:
    For example, create a new document inside and save it. Then drag the little icon in the titlebar of the document window onto's dock icon. You'll get a new email with your new document attached. If you right click on the same icon, you will see the path where you saved the file, and you can even click on of the the folders in that path to view it in the Finder.

    If you want something to show off your iMac's power, try some games like Call of Duty 4, Oblivion, or others. I recommend getting the PC versions to play in Boot Camp because the Mac versions can be slower than the windows version.

    Another way to get some of the WOW is to use some of the absolutely incredible third party apps like Delicious Library, PLEX or Boxee, Tweetie, Handbrake, Airfoil + Airfoil Speakers iPhone, Adium, and Quicksilver.

    However, there is not much that when you show your friends, they will go WOW!
  12. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Windows 7?
  13. macDonalds macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    You want the WOW factor? Go to *******.com and tell the ol' lady you're going to be late for dinner.
  14. Tom Dahl macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Massachusetts USA
    What was your prior personal computer?

    Mine was a circa-2004 iMac G5 with 1GB of RAM. This new system (same CPU, video, and RAM as yours) is ten to twenty times faster, in the things which matter to me. This includes a video game (World of Warcraft) and an image-editing application (Capture NX).

    When I first set this iMac up and started using it nearly six weeks ago now, I felt like I had been asleep and had just woken up in Nirvana. :)
  15. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    Load up bootcamp/Windows Vista and go and buy a badass shoot um up game!

    Or Whack on a blu-Ray! That always impresses me!
    but you need like, a blu-ray drive and power dvd 8 or 9 ;)

    Or get eyetv DTTV! Turns your idle mac into a monster TV! That my fav!

    And don't forget the Powered Speakers! For that WOW! FACTOR ;)

    Just got the audio Engine A2's TODAY! for my kitchen mac and they are so cool! A5's on my 24"
  16. rikun macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    The current design of the iMac has been around for some time. I think people did get the wow when the iMac G4 or G5 first appeared.
  17. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
    Umm. It's a computer. :rolleyes: It can only 'Wow' you if you have something amazing to do on it, otherwise it will just sit there with the dock at the bottom of the screen and a wallpaper. ;)

    I think it's also good to get over the 'Wow' thing. It was a failed Ad campaign run by Microsoft to push Vista. And we all know how well that went. :D
  18. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    It really depends. What did you expected to be the "WOW" factor? It's still only a computer, it's not a car or an airplane which will take where ever you want.

    For me the wow factor was everything. OS X is so stable and all programs work as they should. "It just works".

    I wanted to test my Macs limits so I installed Windows 7 and BF 2142 (that game sucks but it's only one I had atm). All settings at high and 1600x1200 resolution. No lag and ~50 FPS all the time. It gave me the wow factor and I knew I made right decision.

    It comes from little things. I'm always so happy because everything works fine so I don't have to struggle with not responding programs all the time
  19. Nordichund macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    Open up a new document in Pages or Word or even Text Edit. Then using big letters write "WOW FACTOR"
  20. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
  21. TRunkAmps&8008s macrumors newbie


    Apr 30, 2009
    Plug it in next to a full bathtub, pick it up and hop in!

    --bet it will blow your mind
  22. quetzaal macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2009
    WOW. Funniest thing i have read all day. granted i just got up...
  23. tonka2 macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Wow factor

    I would assume you had read about all the things that make the iMac great, including but not limited to, no viruses or spyware to constantly worry about as on a pc. I also assume you have read the 300+ features in Leopard, but if not, try this:

    After being on a PC for over two years, running the various programs to keep it clean, it's just so great to sit back and have a machine that "just works" so that as soon as you connect, you can just play, no worries. Now, if that isn't a "Wow factor," then I don't know what is. I am not including all the various free programs and apps that you can choose and use to make your Mac experience individually pleasurable.

    Of course, it won't do these things if you don't first press a button or click on a link. In other words, just looking at the screen will not produce your "Wow factor;" you have to use it for awhile to appreciate it.
  24. LagunaSol macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    Yes, because a home brewed Frankenbox is such an impressive, mind-blowing creature... :rolleyes:

    I just received my new 2.93 24" iMac (4850) last week, and I have to say I'm wowed by it. Huge, beautiful, brilliant display, whisper quiet, fast. Runs my essential Windows app in VMware Fusion without skipping a beat (unlike my old 20" 2.0 ghz iMac) and plays a fantastic game of Team Fortress 2 when booted into Windows. And the thin aluminum keyboard is the best desktop keyboard I've ever used. Super fast, super quiet, great touch feel.

    Is the OP expecting some sort of religious experience? :confused:
  25. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    This post really makes me sad. What kind of awful consumer society are we living in that we expect that merely buying the most expensive thing available to us will bring us happiness. It doesn't work that way.

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