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I went down to the Apple store in the mall of america yesterday... to get a look at the "iLamp" and it is cool...

doesnt really look that much like a lamp in person...

the store was packed and the new iMac had a "ever present" crowd of people around it... you had to wait almost 10 min in line just to get to play with it...

the base was a bit larger than I thought but by no means large... and it is cool looking to / futuristic...

The most impressive thing i realized was there "IS" a fan...!!! And it is always "ON"... The base is "Cool" to the touch - YES I said "Cool" to the touch and I couldnt hear the fan... I had my ear up next to the base an nothing... There was a crowd but they werent that loud... you could feel a breeze coming thru the top all of the time...

I am impressed... the screen isnt as easy to push around as they would have you think... it isnt hard... but it isnt as light as a cloud either...

If I had the money I would buy one...

I sat outside the store for about 20 min just watching the store catch peoples eyes as they walked by... it was kinda cool how almost every one on that side of the hall stoped to go in, if not just browse thru the windows... for a minute... almost every one under 18 stopped to tell their parent how cool the iBook was in the display...

They held a couple 10.1 shows in the back and I learned a whole bunch of little things about 10.1 that I didnt even know...

just FYI...

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Nice, nice. Oh why doesn't Apple build a store here? Argh!
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post #4 of 27
Where is the Sleep light on the new iMac? Does the light look cool?
post #5 of 27
are there any controls on the monitor (eg for sleep)?
post #6 of 27
The iMac monitor has holes on the bottom left and right. Left hole = microphone. Right hole = light

I was under the impression the iMac fan was not always on.
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post #8 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by trystero:
<strong>are there any controls on the monitor (eg for sleep)?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Nope. Just two holes like Eugene said.
post #9 of 27
why is the mic on the bottom of the LCD ?
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post #10 of 27
Well, it's at the top of the old iMacs, and with the new ones, people are likely to have the LCD up higher than the base. Makes sense I guess to lower the microphone location.
post #11 of 27
Does anyone actually use the internal mic?
post #12 of 27
If the mic wasn't there people would have something else to complain about!
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post #13 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by MacsRGood4U:
<strong>If the mic wasn't there people would have something else to complain about! </strong><hr></blockquote>

That's true
post #14 of 27
I guess it's useful. As mentioned in the iMac documentation, it saves people the expense of buying an external mic if they just want to add a basic commentary in iMovie.

And it comes in handy for Voice Verification, that amazing new technology that appeared with OS 9... oh wait... that amazing new technology that disappeared with OS X...
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post #15 of 27
Is the internal mic any good?
post #16 of 27
Im posting here instead of starting a new thread.

I got to play with my first iMac last night...WOW!! Much cooler in person. I was really impressed by it. The looks are great.

The base has a satin finish and the metal arm is VERY sturdy. People were yanking it back and forth the whole time I was there (I imagine it had been that way since it was first displayed). It feels solid.

The screen is beautiful (I wouldnt mind a bit more resolution though). I hadn't realized how nice it is to be able to easily move the screen in any direction to adjust it or get it out of the way...sweet!

I didnt try the mic, but it is in the front.

I would have liked to play with it more, but there was a line the whole time I was there (Apple Store in Tysons Corner). There was one hard-core macgeek there who was almost scaring off all the customers because he was helping the staff a bit too much. Then he started to explain the 'insider' stuff about the machine. The sales woman just smiled politely.

Anyways, I give it a 9.5 out of 10.
post #17 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Keda:
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Anyways, I give it a 9.5 out of 10.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I'd definately give it a 10.
post #18 of 27
Indeed, a 10.
post #19 of 27
I'd say an 8. Loses points for the design taking precedence over ease and expense of memory upgrades. The one thing that consumers are likely to upgrade over the lifetime of a computer is memory, and yet the iMac's design makes this both awkward and more costly than it needs to be.

If we're being really picky, also knock another point off and make it a 7 for announcing a product that wouldn't ship for at least three weeks.
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post #20 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
<strong>If we're being really picky, also knock another point off and make it a 7 for announcing a product that wouldn't ship for at least three weeks.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Unfortunately a common Apple practice. I wouldn't ding them a full point though, maybe a .5. In my book that makes the machine an 8.5 out of a possible 10. (only one color? White? BLAH...)
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post #21 of 27
What the hell? If a consumer wants 1 gb of ram in an imac they should probably get a damn Powermac.
post #22 of 27
Most consumers won't upgrade to 1GB.
post #23 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Macintosh:
<strong>What the hell? If a consumer wants 1 gb of ram in an imac they should probably get a damn Powermac.</strong><hr></blockquote>
It's not about having 1GB. It's about the fact that the design of the iMac requires you to shell out for more expensive SODIMMs for the user accessible slot, while the "qualified technician" slot takes much more affordable DIMMs. 128MB on the low-end machine is not enough to run OS X happily, and 256MB on the other two models is a bare minimum.

It just seems to be very anti-customer.
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post #24 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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It's not about having 1GB. It's about the fact that the design of the iMac requires you to shell out for more expensive SODIMMs for the user accessible slot, while the "qualified technician" slot takes much more affordable DIMMs. 128MB on the low-end machine is not enough to run OS X happily, and 256MB on the other two models is a bare minimum.

It just seems to be very anti-customer.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Jon Rubenstein made that decision sometime during the early stages of development probably because of the space issue for some reason. Maybe it was done in order for the imac to be it;s current form?
post #25 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Macintosh:
<strong>Jon Rubenstein made that decision sometime during the early stages of development probably because of the space issue for some reason. Maybe it was done in order for the imac to be it;s current form?</strong><hr></blockquote>
Yup, most likely. So like I said - design taking precedence over ease and expense of memory upgrades - and points off.
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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Yup, most likely. So like I said - design taking precedence over ease and expense of memory upgrades - and points off. </strong><hr></blockquote>

A good decision in my mind. Form with function is the Apple way not form over function. At times Apple's innovations collide with the technology itself. A small price to be payed for innovation.

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post #27 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Macintosh:
<strong>A good decision in my mind. Form with function is the Apple way not form over function. At times Apple's innovations collide with the technology itself. A small price to be payed for innovation.
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But this is definitely a case of form over function. It's all fine and well making the memory slot easily accessible, but you screw it up when you use two different types of memory, make one servicable only by a qualified technician, and choose to make the open memory slot require more expensive modules.

The iMac in its current form has one DIMM slot and one SODIMM. I'd like to see the technical or design reasons behind making the SODIMM slot the accessible one.
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