Originally Posted by IQatEdo
Ready to order - interested in experiences...
I received my i7 more than two weeks ago via Shanghai, China. Packaging was fine and the computer fired up right away. There were no screen craps or other damage to the computer.
My first impressions of the computer:
1) Wow, this screen is big, crisp, and bright. However, during start up when the screen is one color, it is apparent the screen suffers from noticeable non-uniformity with respect to back-lighting. Instead of seeing a uniform, bright white or light blue screen, I see a marbled, cloudy sort of pattern with varying tonal changes due to less or more hot spots or cold spots, for lack of better words. Is this normal? I imagined LED back-lighting to be much more uniform.
2) Daily tasks (i.e., opening up many images via Preview, opening/closing apps, etc.) are not as fast as I expected. Ive been using a Dual 500 MHz G4 PowerMac tower from 2000. Yes, 9+ years of straight t use (turned on about 80-90% of the time) without issue. Dont get me wrong, it is MUCH faster than my PowerMac, but I guess I was expecting more. I have yet to stress the computer with H.264 encoding, for example, so I cant comment on top performance.
3) FireWire, ohhh FireWire, why dont you get along with iMac? A single FW800. Thats fine. After all, you can daisy chain and through the use of beta clouds, both FW400 and FW800 can operate at their maximum speeds on the SAME bus (for none believers, I can provide technical citations). So, here is my current FireWire setup:
i7 iMac (FW800 port) --> OWC Mercury Pro Quad-Interface Dual HD Case with 2X 1TB drives (FW800) --> Focusrite Saffire 10 audio interface (FW400)
As many studio audiophiles have said, you should separate your audio recordings and projects from your startup disk. Ive done so. However, call me naïve, but I did not imagine that EVERYTIME my external drive read or wrote data, my audio interface would go into a state of distortion (like raising the gain on a track as high as it can go). When the activity of the disk drops below a certain level, the audio interface usually switches back to clean pristine audio. I am experiencing this within a studio environment (Logic Pro 9) and with simple CoreAudio iTunes playback via my audio interface. How is this possible? I mean, how can Apple assume customers are okay with such a blatant limitation? If anyone can provide me with a solution or a convenient work around (i.e., not telling me to turn off my hard drive and connect my I/O directly into the iMac every time I start up Logic), I will provide you with a craft beer. :-)