Unpacking a 2011 iMac from Amazon

Discussion in 'iMac' started by aComicBookFan, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. aComicBookFan macrumors member

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    I received my 21.5" 2.7 GHz iMac this past Thursday from Amazon. Hooray! I thought it would be helpful for prospective buyers to see how everything unpacks. This probably old news to current owners. Here goes.

    The shipping box is not from Amazon. It looks like Apple's own packaging.

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    There's a sticker on the box with what looks like the date of manufacturing. The computer is relatively fresh.

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    Inside is the iMac package. It's a snug fit.

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    Crack open the iMac package and you are greeted by the packed keyboard and mouse.

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    The arrangement is clean and neat. Documentation, warranty info, and stickers are on the right. There's not much in those documents you couldn't find better online. Still, you may want to thumb through it for the novelty of it.

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    Underneath the documentation is the neatly wrapped mouse and a slip of paper showing a quick overview of the gestures you can perform on the surface of the mouse.

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    Take out the Styrofoam and you can pull out the computer. Be warned, it is hefty and it felt huge! I'm glad I didn't get the 27" display size model.

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    The computer is neatly wrapped all around like a freshly diapered baby. Peel carefully just in case you need to return the computer.

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    The screen is covered with a protective plastic covering. After taking off the plastic covering you can see the clean and shiny glass front. Even if you don't like glass fronts it is still beautiful to behold.

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    Here's a side by side view of my iMac next to my older PPC G5. I thought it was interesting to see that the overall height of the computers is about the same.

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    Here's what desk used to look like with the PPC G5.

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    Here's what the desk looks like now with the iMac.

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    It fits perfectly. Again, I'm glad that I didn't get the 27" display. The bigger screen is probably awesome by itself but it wouldn't fit into where I work. For what I do the 21.5" is just dandy.

    I read some of the reviews on Amazon for the other 2011 models that these iMacs were shipping with Snow Leopard instead of Lion. My iMac came with Lion.

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    I had the system check for updates and install them. Now I am at v10.7.3. I know a lot of people aren't too hot for Lion. I am coming from Leopard having skipped Snow Leopard so I had no prejudice.

    I spent the rest of the evening downloading the latest versions of my PPC G5 programs like Firefox, VLC, Neo Office, etc. It is nice to finally be current. While I did all that I transferred my iTunes library through Home Sharing. I had 2,258 files to move. 13 of those files were movies. Everything else was music. It took all night.

    After transferring my iTunes library I connected my iPad and iPhone to create that sync. I should have Google'd this because it was more complicated than I anticipated. iTunes wants to delete the iDevice when it is synced up to a new computer for the first time. I diddled around and successfully got my apps transferred but having the instructions from online ahead of time would have helped.

    My keyboard tray in my desk has an edge on it to keep traditional sized keyboards from sliding off. The iMac's keyboard is extremely thin and shallow so it ends up "sinking" under the edge. I like the keyboard's feel so I will adapt my desk for a better fit. The lack of a numeric keypad is a huge hit for me and I will eventually get a wired keyboard with the pad. The mouse takes some getting used to but it is truly awesome! My fingers tend to hover and lay on the mouse in what must be odd spots because sometimes I induce unintended gestures.

    Overall, I am very excited about and very pleased with my new iMac! I hope it survives as long my PPC G5.

    -=- Boris
     
  2. alksion macrumors 68000

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    Awesome man, enjoy! That old iMac was aging a bit.
     
  3. tips macrumors member

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    Good to know everthing works great.
    Had same experience when I bought my iMac 21.5 few months back, not from Amazon.
    But I am still thinking about 27'' iMac just for its resolution.

    Yes keyboard and mouse take least space and they are very responsive.
    Enjoy.
     
  4. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

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    Great pictures, Boris. Thanks for taking the time to do this. I've just purchased one of these as well and look forward to its arrival.
     
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  6. Caliber26 macrumors 68000

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    Something very strange happened to me with my Amazon iMac that I got in early February. The box is just like yours (shows the Lion wallpaper). However, when I powered it the first time, it played the welcome video found in Snow Leopard. Did that happen to you too?

    By the way, awesome pics and details. :)
     
  7. aComicBookFan thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the kind feedback, everyone! :) I hope the pictures and text helps prospective buyers.

    I honestly don't remember what kind of video it played and I don't even remember much of it except that it was pretty to watch on the glossy screen. All I know is that I was up and running in what seemed like five minutes.

    -- Boris
     
  8. creepy crab macrumors member

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    Apple had/ still has loads of iMacs sitting around with snow leopard preinstalled on their hard disks. it's likely you got a new iMac with a snow leopard hard disk in it, packed in a new box. Did it arrive with snow leopard installed?
     
  9. Caliber26 macrumors 68000

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    Well, here's the thing. On the product page it clearly stated that it came with SL and the reviews confirmed it. When I turned it on it played the SL Welcome video, but right after that, I was prompted with the chance to restore from a backup. The backup I restored from was from a 2011 Lion MBA that I had just sold, so maybe there's a possibility that by restoring from the backup, that did away with my need to download Lion? I never got to see SL on my iMac. It's a mystery to me.
     
  10. aComicBookFan thread starter macrumors member

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    I took a glance at Amazon's current description of the 21.5" iMac I bought and it states that the computer will come with Lion. It also states that I will get "install/restore DVDs" which I obviously didn't receive (but also didn't expect). I'm sure there was a period of time when Amazon was receiving new iMacs with Lion while selling off older units with Snow Leopard.

    I wasn't going to sweat over which operating system I was going to receive. Just being on an Intel platform was good enough for me! :) I figured I could have waited the few extra months for Mountain Lion to come out and then upgrade.

    -=- Boris
     
  11. aixporter macrumors member

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    Congrats on the purchase!
    What made you opt for the high end model? I couldn't justify the price difference myself. But you are right, 27" is overkill for my desk as well.
     
  12. madrag macrumors 6502

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    nice post, thanks for sharing your experience with so many pictures and congratulations!
     
  13. aComicBookFan thread starter macrumors member

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    I usually buy the base model of expensive products because whatever the base can provide is almost always more than enough for me. This case was a little different. I bought one step up from the base.

    The base model has a 2.5 GHz process and a 500 GB hard drive. Going one step up gave me a slightly speedier 2.7 GHz processor, a 1 TB drive, and an ever so tiny bit faster GPU. When I bought my PPC G5 iMac seven years ago, I had no idea that I would keep it for so long and that it would serve me so well. I want this model iMac to last just as long if not even longer! :) This prompted me to get the faster processor to give me room to expand so to speak. I have a huge library of movies and photographs which I keep on external drives and I really wanted to consolidate everything onto one. The 500 GB drive was just too small for me and I didn't want to futz with upgrading it right off the bat. This was another prompt for the next model up. Not having external USB drive is nice. It's like a boat without barnacles. When I run out of space on the internal 1 TB drive then I will add another 1 TB drive inside.

    Next month I will start accessorizing and customizing my computer but I want to take some time and get used to what I have first. The engineering team at Apple thought long and hard about how to package this computer and how people will be using it. There's a reason for almost everything behind this machine. Before I upgrade it I want to understand that reason. The prime example is the mouse. At first it was kind of awkward to use. It felt funny, it worked funny, and it has batteries. After a couple of evenings I learned how to use it and it is the best mouse I have ever used - period! I want o buy another so I can use it at work but I have a gross Windows machine there. Sad.

    -- Boris
     
  14. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    I'm feeling quite a bit jealous. I'm waiting for the next release before taking the plunge on my first Mac. One of the things I love about Apple is the way they package their goods. Great looking machine and I hope it gives you many years of hassle free service.
     
  15. malias4 macrumors 6502a

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    enjoy ur new toy my friend!
    its an amazing feeling unboxing an imac eh? :D
    i got mine last september !!:apple:
     
  16. aComicBookFan thread starter macrumors member

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    The packaging is well designed. There really isn't too much of it: four Styrofoam blocks, a cloth wrapping, a plastic protective sheet, and a cardboard box for the keyboard and mouse. Not only was it easy to work through but there's very little to throw away when you're done with it!

    With that said, I'm going to hang on to the box so I have something to ship the computer in when I sell the computer down the road.

    -=- Boris
     

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