It may be too late to order a Christmas present, but if you’re in the market for a new desktop computer and have your eye on an Apple then today is your lucky day. It’s not often you can get a discount on any Apple product,but today the 21.5″ iMac is on Woot, the bargain hunter’s dream web site.
The 21.5 inch iMac starts at $1199 both in-store and on the Apple web site and sales are rare at best. Woot, today only, is offering it for $1049. This model comes with a 2.5 GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, a Radeon 6850M graphics card, and 802.11n WiFi. These are brand new iMac’s, not refurbished models.
While this deal is good news for those shopping for a new Apple computer, it may also signal that new models are on the way. That seems to frequently be the case with electronics that show up on Woot, which has had several tablets available recently in their daily deals. Products like this also frequently sell out quickly, so if you want to get one then you better head over to Woot now.
I decided to jump on the bandwagon in May and purchased an iMac as a replacement for one of my PCs. While I was not expecting an epiphany I must say I am a little underwhelmed by the experience. Apart from the small differences in mouse use and where to look for menus I have really not found it any different from a windows PC, and definitely quite similar in feel to my KDE desktop. I guess I expected to be more impressed with my experience.
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So far the Mac has been justifying the main reason I purchased it admirably so far. The PC it replaced was the family one and even with anti-virus software I was still finding myself cleaning out some sort of trojan or malware every few months. After 3 months I have had to do zero maintenance on the Mac, so in that regard I am pleased.
Most of the actual issues I have with the platform probably relate more to my experience level than any inherent problem, for instance OpenOffice is still not running as well as I would like. I am also not that impressed with Safari even though v4 is a definite improvement (I see a Firefox install in the near future).
What I do really like is the quality of the design. The only cable involved is power and it looks good enough that I am considering moving it out into the family area. The one bundled app I have fallen in love with though is iPhoto, especially the face recognition feature. I haven’t found the photo editing any better though.
While I am not dissapointed in the Mac, it has not impressed me enough to change my main system from a Windows/Linux machine. If any of the experienced Mac hands out there have any suggestions on how to improve the taste of the kool-aid please send them in. As long as the box stays trojan free it will remain appreciated.