Originally Posted by Joe_the_dragon
people want to be able to use there own screens and the mini is a poor system all around.
SOME people want to use their old monitors.
The screens in the imac are not that good the 20" ones are still the same old ones used the older imacs
They're no worse than the large majority of monitors out there. Most people don't notice these things anyway. Only expensive graphics monitors are really any good. The monitor on the 24" is pretty good. I have two of them here.
Real old chipset, Small laptop hd,slow cpu, dvd / cdwr / 1gb of ram hard to open cases next to other systems for $599.00 add $200 get a little faster cpu, 40gb more hd space, and a dvd / rw. $799.00 with 1gb of ram and 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo?
Again, who cares? You're mentioning things that don't matter to most people. When most people go into a computer store, they don't know anything about any of this. If the salesman even bothers to mention it, they stare back, because all they want to know is whether it will be suitable for them.
And please stop with how "difficult' the case is to open. first, it's not difficult at all. But almost no one opens their computer to upgrade it. This is an old, and tired, issue.
The base imac at $1,199.00 with only 1GB memory is not that good at least it has a ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB memory.
You can take the $1,199.00 imac drop the screen put in desktop parts up the ram to 2gb and put in a ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory at the same price.
Alot of systems with video cards can run 2 screen even the low end ones.
Also systems in the percentages have better Intel on board video or a better ati / nvidia on board video chipset.
Again. Who cares? you have no idea of what most computer buyers know about, or care about.
I've had a number of PC people buy iMacs after they looked at them. Three people I took to the Photo Expo here last year bought iMacs after seeing them at the show. I've had PC using friends over the past few years buy iMacs, and one buy a Mini.
You make the same mistake that other critics make, you equate what YOU think is important to what most consuers think is important.
Fortunately for Apple, most consumers don't agree with you. Otherwise Apple's desktop sales woudn't have taken such a large jump while those from PC makers are flat to down.
If Apple's OS was 100% compatible with Windows programs out of the box, Apple would already be selling 20 million machines a year.