Regret buying your mac???

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mojopixel, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. mojopixel macrumors 6502


    Nov 4, 2007
    Somewhere in Time

    I've been reading the messages on this forum and, what with all the hullabaloo about freezing, would like to know if anybody here who has bought a Mac of any variety regrets their purchase? The reason I ask is because I am contemplating switching over to a Mac and I don't really want to spend a whole lot of money on something that doesn't work properly, know what I mean? So, Any Regrets.....BE HONEST!


  2. Cloudane macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweet Apple Acres
    On the whole, no regrets.

    If there's one thing that makes me regret it a little bit, it'd be the top-down gradient issue, i.e. very washed out towards the bottom of the screen especially with greys. I bought the 20", the model which is affected, supposedly due to a cheap TN panel rather than a fault, though it's worse than any TN panel I've ever used (which do have fading towards the bottom but certainly not as bad).

    It's annoying, but I don't care about it strongly enough to go through all the hassle of returning it, even though I'm within the 14 day returns period and could *possibly* get the restocking fee waived. It's either a 300 mile round trip (and associated fuel costs and chaos) or book 2 days off work (one for courier pickup and one for delivery of the new/repaired unit). Just not worth the hassle.

    Ultimately if I had a choice between iMac with iffy display and no iMac, I'd choose the iMac with the iffy display.

    If I hadn't already made the purchase, and knew what I know now, I'd probably have saved up (and made room) for the 24" with the better display, or even a Mac Pro. But on the whole, I don't regret it. I prefer the size, which is why I went for it in the first place.
  3. RickT67 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    I just purchased the 2.4 24" iMac on Saturday and I love it. No regrets and I am a switcher as of 2 months ago. Macs have definitely unleashed the creative "technologist" <- (is that a word?...LOL) in me. I no longer look at the computer and try to think of what I can tweak to make it work better. It just works. I'm having fun thinking of new and creative things that I can do with it.
    I know that anything that is man made is going to have issues, but I haven't had any yet.
    My iMac runs quietly and the screen is awesome. Make the switch :)
  4. OwlsAndApples macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    No never. It's all i'll consider now as well when I get a laptop for university.

    That said, I do have a computer running windows as well, but I haven't used it anywhere near as much as I used to. One of my main concerns was finding equivalent software for the Mac, i've found everything I need and more - all freeware. Only thing I miss is 'filmstrip' view in Explorer, but I guess Leopard's coverflow might work as an alternative now :p
  5. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    I bought a powerbook as my first mac around 3 years ago, and recently bought a new imac (one of the 'infamous' ones with all the freezing problems, and the dodgy 24" screen - actually the screen is great, and I have no freezing issues after several months of hard use). I've loved them both so far, and wouldn't go back to windows.

    That said, macs aren't perfect and are definitely way behind windows in lots of areas despite what many on these boards will claim, and apple's limited range of computers can be very annoying (e.g. the laptops - choice of expensive but very nice high end laptop with a big screen, or a cheap low end one that would be near useless for gaming etc. and with a very small screen).

    I'd say macs tend to be very well built and designed compared to other PCs, and the specs tend to be pretty good. They're actually not expensive really on the whole too. The OS is reasonably secure and stable (I'd say it's actually similar to a windows box that's been well configured), but OSX doesn't seem to get slower and buggier over time whereas windows needs a full reinstall every 12 months or so I find.

    In use, I've found that I've been able to do everything I wanted to on the mac, in general much easier than on PC. Once you find your way around OSX it's much easier to use than windows, and much nicer. You're not constantly harrassed by pop-up messages reminding you that new updates are needed for 3 different bits of software, you don't really need to run a virus checker (at least for now - that could change as macs are getting more popular), and you don't need to worry about spyware and the rest of it as long as you're sensible.

    The main thing though is that they're pretty dependable. I've actually got most of my family moved over from PC to mac in the last couple of years (I provide support them, and got sick of panicking after hearing that the PC had mysteriously slowed down and started popping up adverts when they weren't on the web, but they could still do their online banking!) and have gone from fixing or updating something every couple of weeks to hearing almost no complaints. Same for me - I've had a few issues with both macs, but nothing major, and nothing compared to what I've had with any of my many PCs.

    Overall... I'd say that feeling you get with a brand new freshly-installed pc, where everything works and feels really fast, is what you'll have with a mac after a year or two. You'll keep finding lots of nice little touches that make life easier, and you'll be free from the drudgery of keeping everything updated, secure and working that you get with a pc. You shouldn't have any regrets, if you do you either chose the wrong model or got unlucky and received a faulty one (in which case send it back, don't just hang around on sites like this complaining about it ;) )
  6. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    the only regret i have is that i didn't do it sooner. honestly.
    sure, some macs have issues, but generally, it's not widespread, plus apple's usually good about fixing/replacing issues.

    i cringe everytime i turn my pc on. it hurts me.

    cloudane, you should get it checked out b/c what if something more serious happens relating to this issue? i would, but that's me.
  7. davenet macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2004
    I started 'switching' a couple of years ago with a G4 based Mac Mini. However at the time I wasn't ready to make the wholesale move because of the fact that I really needed some Windows software and emulation wasn't all it was cracked up to be with Virtual PC.

    Fast forward to the Intel based Macs and I'm now 99.5% switched over and not looking back. I'm using a Core Duo based Mac Mini at the moment that is worked just fine. My ACD 23" doesn't hurt either. I run Parallels (or VMware) as needed for Windows. And I love all the great shareware and commercial software out there for the Mac. It seems either Mac software engineers are more creative or Apple's coding tools must make it easier to build pretty looking interfaces.

    I'd never go back, ever!!!!

  8. hankolerd macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I grew up on a mac, switched 3 years ago and built my own pc(because I wanted to be able to game with my friends) and i was disappointed in how much more complicated simple tasks were on windows. after 2 years my motherboard went out and took my processor with it. i priced it out, and i was gonna have to get a new motherboard, so why not get a pci-express board, which means i would need ddr2 ram, and a pci-express vc, and as well a new processor, i priced out what i wanted, and it was about $900. I priced out a sweet all-in-one iMac, and it was $2000...I knew i wouldn't be able to play games on it, but i was ready to have OS X back. I made the order, 2 days later apple released their new iMacs(the one I have now) and i was very pleased to find out that they upgraded my computer at no charge to the new specs, and my 1Gb ram upgrade i had added was upped to 2Gb because 1Gb was now the standard after the upgrade. I was completely stoked with the news. within a couple months the boot camp beta was released, and i was back to gaming with all my friends just like before. I do not regret at all switching back to Apple. I boot into windows 3-5 times a month for gaming, and am in OS X the rest of the time. It's the best.:apple:
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    The iMac I have that doesn't freeze is a beautiful machine. Fast, full-featured and never skips a beat either under OSX or Windows. As for the other one, well Apple says they will fix it until I am satisfied so you really can't say fairer than that.
  10. togermano macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2007
    If they don't fix this problem soon! ITs a piece of a ****! I can't even play the simplest game without the screen ****ing up
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    For me, my only regret was waiting so long to purchase my first mac. I got an iMac in August and so far it has been rock solid. I love it. I am looking to replace 2 other PCs I own sometime in 2008.
  12. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Same here, why did I stay with Windows for so long :eek:
  13. DoogieWoogie macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    it is now! :D
  14. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    I replaced an aging Powermac G4/20" ACD with a new 24" iMac.
    The iMac is a much better computer, although the screen is not quite as nice as the 20" ACD. The larger size mitigates some of the minor differences in IQ.
    Another issue is the lack of internal SATA HDD expansion for Scratch disk and time machine. (My External Firewire drive is slower than the iMac internal HDD and can slow down searches unless excluded from Spotlight)

    Would I purchase the 24" iMac again?
    I doubt it.
    I think would just spend the extra money and get the Mac Pro/23" ACD/3 internal HDD. This system would be more appropriate overall for graphic design professionals.
    I am generally very satisfied with the iMac though.
  15. Jdot macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Fairport Harbor, Ohio
  16. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    It's called the MacRumors Effect.

    More or less it is defined by MacRumors being populated by a majority of people with issues with there Mac. It gives a skewered perspective on how many people are happy vs. upset with their Macs.

    Believe me, everything in the world is fine with probably 80% of Mac users (if not higher!).
  17. Cloudane macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweet Apple Acres
    Trust me, it's very common (search this forum for "fading" or "gradient") and is pretty sure to be a characteristic rather than a fault.

    That said, interestingly it seems to have gotten better over the past couple of days. Makes me wonder about "burn-in period" and all that, or perhaps it's just me adjusting to it.

    The other thing that got me wondering about the decision was that in some ways (graphics chip, laptop style RAM, don't know if it's a laptop CPU) it's a technical downgrade from my blistering and relatively new C2D PC. Of course, because it runs the far more efficient Leopard (which is faster than Tiger) rather than Vista (which as usual is slower than any Windows before it) it's an upgrade in the areas that matter :D Even still I'll probably save up for a Mac Pro, and eventually side-shift the iMac to another room or sell it on. For now though it's superb. And I've still got the Pee Cee for gaming or where the extra 10% of grunt is required.
  18. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    God no. 20" iMac (secondary machine - my main comp is a 17' MacBook Pro) arrived last week. Bloody superb value for money and a pleasure to use. Don't even think about hesitating...
  19. quovadis macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2006
    in PA
    I just celebrated my one-year anniversary (on 10/31) as a mac owner/user (after some 25yrs as a windows user). Regrets? Only one - why didn't I switch earlier?
  20. gorby macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2007
    I'm in love with my new iMac.

    Though I didn't get the aluminum version, which I don't know if you're addressing specifically with your thread.

    I have ran into ZERO issues with mine so far. Certainly no freezing, beautiful screen etc.

    I do have one stuck pixel that I'm hoping I can 'fix'
  21. MattyP30 macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2007
    my new 20" 2.4Ghz imac is the single best computer purchase of my life - i was sick of spending hours messing around with windows pcs!!

    its a seriously amazing bit of kit i'm here:
    - writing my thesis in word
    - creating figures in photoshop
    - listening to itunes
    - downloading
    - checking my mail
    - browsing the net
    - using spaces and expose

    and it doesn't even blink! (considering only 1gb of ram!!)

    my old windows machine had trouble with just doing cover flow on itunes!
  22. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Who'd downgrade from a MacBook to a BIG chunky Dell? Gamers?...Maybe.
    But not me
  23. Colster macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2007
    Hopeman, Scotland.
    No trouble with my MacBook, it just takes time to get used to the way the
    Mac works compared to a pc. never going back to microsoft.
  24. IChing macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2007
    No, I love my iMac

    My old powerbook 1.33hz was not doing the job and I wanted to be able to play some games and improve my photography processing .....minor complaints but most have been resolved and this unit is blazingly fast.
  25. Alloye macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2007
    Rocklin, CA
    I made the switch in 2003 and have zero regrets. In fact, after using Vista at work, I'm glad I'm no longer shackled to the mess that is Windows.

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