Why go Pro when iMac goes faster?: “The new Core i7 iMac is a potent machine — so potent, in fact, that it outpaces a couple of Mac Pro models in benchmarks. It’s also an incredible bargain, offering tremendous power given its price.
A nice little slideshow of the New Apple hardware, thanks Macworld
(See it HERE HERE )
Troll Touch announces SlipCOVER touchscreen system for iMacsPosted by Dennis Sellers
Troll Touch, provider of custom touchscreen systems for Apple hardware has released a user-installable SlipCOVER touchscreen for the current 20 and 24-inch aluminum iMacs. Both sizes feature the company’s analog resistive touchscreen technology that supports user input via fingertip, gloved hand or stylus.
averatec all-in-one pc looks nothing like an imac
Korean PC manufacturer Averatec has tossed their hat back into the all-in-one computer ring with this new model that bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s latest iMac models.
The Averatec All-in-One (AIO) PC looks much like an iMac dressed in black. But under the hood, it’s all about Windows. The system sports a built-in 22-inch LCD monitor and houses all of its brains inside the box, which is only about 2 inches deep.
The AIO is powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 CPU, and comes pre-loaded with Vista Home Premium. The standard config also includes a 320GB hard drive, 2GB of DDR2 RAM and an nVidia GeForce 8400 GPU. There’s also a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam, and the system includes a wireless keyboard, mouse and MCE remote control in the box.
Expect the Averatec All-in-One PC to start showing up at retailers in the next couple of months, with a MSRP of $1299 USD, $100 more than Apple’s bottom-of-the-line 20-inch iMac.
MacWorld: Forget the Mac Pro, Buy an iMac
Macworld has some interesting, contrarian advice about buying a Mac these days.
A couple of years ago, pro users would never consider a low-end iMac or MacBook portable for work: it just wouldn’t be powerful enough.
But because Apple is using powerful dual-core Intel chips across its entire line, the difference between machines is blurring.
After running a battery of tests, MacWorld concludes that for most people, a new iMac or MacBook Pro is good enough — pro, power users included. The savings add up to $1,000 or more.
… for most mainstay applications, the high-end iMac and MacBook Pro models are plenty fast (the 3.06GHz build-to-order iMac even beat the Mac Pro in some of our tests). Even Adobe Photoshop, a heavy-duty program that conventional wisdom has long argued should be run only on a high-end system, works acceptably well on just about any Mac (unless you’re editing gigantic files).
(Via Cult of Mac.)
Apple iMac (24-inch, 2.8GHz) Desktop reviews – CNET Reviews
The good: A minor specification update results in some significant performance gains; graphics upgrade an option on this 24-inch model; sleek, polished design didn’t receive an update, but we won’t start clamoring for a new design until the current one is at least 12 months old.
The bad: Free phone support runs out after 90 days.
The bottom line: A slight bump to the specifications for the same price in addition to a much appreciated option to upgrade the graphics means the 24-inch iMac keeps the Editors’ Choice it earned last year when the brushed-aluminum-and-glass design was first introduced.
Specs: Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.8 GHz); RAM installed: 2 GB DDR II SDRAM; Hard drive: 320 GB Standard See full specs >>
Price range: $1,721.15 – $1,798.99
PC Magazine reviews Apple’s new 24-inch iMac: Editor’s Choice, King of the all-in-ones
The Apple iMac (24-inch Penryn) is the iconic all-in-one desktop that others try emulate. Its aluminum and glass face evoke the iPhone and iPod Touch, a look that works well,” Joel Santo Domingo reports for PC Magazine.
“This newest iteration of iMac is powered by the new Intel ‘Penryn’ (45nm) Core 2 Duo E8235 processor, which offers lower energy usage and greater computing power than the ‘Merom’ chips in older iMacs. The extra power helps the iMac keep maintain its place in the vanguard of all-in-one PCs,” Santo Domingo reports.
“Like all Macs, the iMac is bloatware free. Just about the only sales pitch iMac owners are subjected to is the offer to sign up for a .Mac subscription (which provides online services such as photo sharing and 10GB of online storage at rates starting at $99.95 per year) when you first set up the system. You don’t need to worry about 30-day subscriptions to antivirus (not needed on a Mac so far, although you’ll still need to watch out for spam, phishing and ID theft) software updates of OS X and the pre-loaded programs, including iLife ’08 are free; and if you use your own XP or Vista setup disc, your Boot Camp partition will be free of bloatware, too. This leaves you more space for music, photos, and videos,” Santo Domingo reports.
“Since the introduction of the first aluminum iMac model in August 2007 a bunch of competitors have cropped up… even though there are a slew of new competitors to the iMac, none of them have quite enough innovation or execution to dethrone the king of the all-in-one desktops,” Santo Domingo reports.