Originally Posted by Techboy
I like the overall redesign, but I'm absolutely disappointed in tech specs. It's nearly identical to the old iMac line it's replacing. Where is the upgrade? The entry 20in model looks like a solid buy @$1200 because of it's flexibility to run both Mac and Window but rest of the line is lame for the price they are asking.
For about $1500 of the 20in iMac, I can build a brand new Intel Core 2 Quad, with a better GeForce video card, Dell 24in/Viewsonic 24in monitor, 2GB memory, ASUS P5W motherboard with remote to start up!
Ouch, I can't believe I waited nearly a year for this new iMac. I have always love Apple design, that isn't the problem... but where is the value for my dollar? It doesn't even come with OS 10.5! Does Steve really expect people to buy/upgrade hardware and to spend extra on OS as well? I rather they wait and introduce this new line with OS 10.5 at the same time, it would have made it more irresistible!
I was so looking forward to a bit of speed bump and better specs considering how long it took them to redesign this line. Now, I'm having second thoughts about getting one... maybe, just maybe I'll upgrade/rebuild my PC instead.
So, go and build your Dell. These machines are not for you.
everyone who has followed the iMac since its inception knows that it is not going to be a killer 3D machine. There should be no surprise to anyone there.
As far as the computing power available, it's plenty. Would I have rather seen a Nvidia 8600GTS? Sure, that's a better gpu, no question. Apple should have offered it, or an equivalent, for more money, as they did with the last 24".
But, they didn't.
For most people, who, after all, don't play high end video games, this will be fine.
Those others will have to look elsewhere.
A good number of people will find these slightly upgradable machines to be more than they need, and Apple is happy with that.
I'd like to see a mini tower, but, for the near future, at least, it's not to be.
Cheap PC's are just that. Apple doesn't build them.
Sometimes you pay for something a bit better made, or elegant. This is one of those times.
People buy their Tv's according to both specs and looks. There is no reason why they shouldn't buy their computers that way as well.
If you don't want to, that's your choice.