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Well I have waited a month before reviewing my iMac, let me tell you the story,
First I purchase an iPhone, then an Ipad , these purchases started my Apple journey that as lead to the purchase of this IMac, so impressed was I with the quality, design and simplicity of the iPhone and Ipad, the Imac was the nest logical step,
But as a 15 year user of Windows PC's you can imagine the amount of data I had created on the windows operating system!!! this really did put me off buying the imac as the new imac would be at the heart of my network of two Windows PC's and a network storage drive, over the years I had replaced my old windows PC as they needed upgrading and the transfer of data between them was never easy, right thats the background now the review (at last I hear you say),
On unpacking the iMac its quality and design is striking, so simple yet elegant just a screen and a power lead came out of the box, I soon plugged it in attached my network cable, the usb printer, and the usb iphone dock cable, the switched it on, as it went through its set up routine,
I was asked for various info, name, Apple account,email details etc this took about 5 mins to complete, then off it went setting stuff up, what I didn't really know, but I was still concerned about setting up my network drive as that was were all my info was, in preparation for this I had downloaded loads of stuff to help me set the drive up manually,
then wham it was all over, my desktop appeared with the row of docked items in line, I clicked on the finder to start to set up my Network Drive but to my great joy it was already there !!! along with my networked PC's, I soon was in to the drive transferring stuff across, Itunes imported my music from the drive very smoothly, iPhoto imported my pictures from the drive and sorted them out into events (slick), and then I heard the new mail sound and again the mac had set up my email account (Gmail) using IMAP and downloaded all my folders from Gmail and new Mail, (outstanding )
my involvement was truly minimal it used the info I gave it on set up and just went off and did the rest, now compare this with setting up a new windows PC !!! since then in the month thats passed I have been really impressed with the iMac it as awakened my interest in computing everything is so easy, I have installed Crossover Mac this is a program that creates a virtual windows environment to run windows stuff you cant get on a mac, in my case Quicken and Office 2007, its easy to set up and works well, but in the month I have installed Office 2011 for Mac, and IBank (Trial)
you don't need to switch the Imac off just put it to sleep as the power drain is minimal, but if you do switch it of it takes 3 seconds to shut down, and 20 seconds to boot up (again Outstanding) so if like me you are hesitating about the switch from Windows be assured it is really easy, just prepare you data on an external media and let iMac import it, don't hesitate just buy this wonderful Computer you will never regret it,
I had issues running DHCP. This is a well documented bug. Apple's attitude was....oh we know about it and maybe we'll fix it. Just because the own the market their attitude sticks.
Cool review but I have both OS and whilst Windows may be a bit sluggish at times you can tailor it to what you want, for example I have 2 TV tuners in my desktop. Can you do that with an iMac ??