View Full Version : What do you think of the new iMacs?
Phil St. Romain
01-24-2002, 08:59 AM
NOTE: You don't need to post to this thread to vote. You can just vote.
I like what I've seen, but haven't seen one in person yet.
"If I were a rich man. . . ." I'd probably buy one.
Craig R. Arko
01-24-2002, 10:28 AM
When I watched the Keynote I didn't like them very much. But after playing with them a bit on the MWSF show floor they started to grow on me. :)
Other than the 1024 X 768 max resolution, I'd have no qualms about owning one of these.
01-24-2002, 10:37 AM
I wish I had the cash and compliant spouse and I'd get one for my 3 year old. He's already playing games on my computer and going to playhouse disney.
It's the right size for a kids miniature desk.
01-24-2002, 10:45 AM
"They're OK." I've heard that they look better in person and that the screen moving mechanism is very smooth and responsive while staying put when it should. The base...that's another story. I could always paint some stitching on it an make it look like a baseball, a Mariner baseball. ;)
Phil St. Romain
01-24-2002, 11:18 AM
[i]The base...that's another story. I could always paint some stitching on it an make it look like a baseball, a Mariner baseball. ;) [/B]
Someone who owns a print shop ought to make decals and other goodies to dress it up a bit. . . make it a little more "masculine." They'd make a fortune!
(This idea is owned by Philip St. Romain. All rights reserved. Entrepeneurs may send a private message to discuss business opportunities.)
01-24-2002, 12:43 PM
I like the strange-looking little guy. I can't justify buying one since it's not as powerful as what I've got (plus I couldn't go to a smaller screen) but I've been recommending them to other people who are in the market for a new home computer.
I've already "sold" 3 people on getting one :)
01-24-2002, 01:16 PM
Shouldn't be too hard to make an after-market housing that turns the dome into a cube. You'd need to have some vents, and the bottom of the back would have to be a bit odd to accomodate the ports. You'd also probably need a channel in the top of the box to handle the lowest monitor position, but that's about it. Bingo, instant revision to the Cube!
Not sure how much it would cost to do such a thing, nor how complex it might be to build, but it seems quite reasonable if the demand is there.
Having seen one in person, it's definitely better looking in 3D than it is on a screen or poster. The base is a solid, substantial thing, and the neck is an amazing creation. You can literally push it around with a finger, it sticks where you push it to, and you can (and I did!) pick the thing up by the neck.
If it would've done 1280x1024, even on a 15" screen, I probably would've ordered one on the spot :-).
My first impression of the new iMac, was, "Yuk, that's ugly", however that's based on a small photo. I think it's probably going to look a hell of a lot better in real life.
The other problem I have with it is the complexity of the layering of components inside the hemisphere. I saw a step-by-step de-layering of the base at some website and it screamed of over-engineering. These things are going to be impossible to work on outside of a qualified workshop.
01-25-2002, 02:34 PM
First impression : yuk
First impression + ten minutes : I want one... now, dammit!
[ Which just about sums up every reaction I've had to Apple's products since the original iMac ;) ]
What made me want one was when I saw one set up with a keyboard and speakers. You then realise what they mean when they say the screen seems to "float"... I'll try and find a pic to show what I mean
hmm. Can't find the pic I was looking for. Basically, with a keyboard in place, all you "see" is a keyboard with a screen floating above it.
01-25-2002, 05:30 PM
I like the LCD flat screen and the compact base unit. The small speakers that come with the up-tier units are neat. And anything beats the hockey puck mouse.
The aspect I like best is the G4 800MHz performance. Now if I could just find about $1900 (S&H, etc.) for the SuperDrive model, I would be quite happy.
Of course, I'll save my envy for a DP unit and a G5.
01-26-2002, 04:34 PM
I loved the new iMacs at irst site...but was talking about it with my mom (network admin for a school district out here) and we were contemplating the strength of the monitor holding "arm". Has anyone tested how strong they are? I am reminded of another peice of eye candy that broke in the schools alot was the cover for the CD tray in the B&W g3's...please reply it could be to the advantage of many school children...thanx
01-26-2002, 09:38 PM
I agree with the component issue. I support Macs for a living and I think this is the first Mac I will probably not be able to take apart and work on, excluding PowerBooks. That includes the old SEs.
I think the form factor is nice and probably the best thing is that they bumped it to G4s. If we get any and they need work, it's really going to hurt to have to take it to the repair shop.
Other than that, I think Apple has hit another home run.
01-28-2002, 03:27 PM
Here's the pic I was talking about:
Apple iMac with keyboard (http://registration.euro.apple.com/asnews/jan2002/uk/images/story1_pict.jpg)
01-31-2002, 04:29 PM
Mine is on the way have been tracking it via fedex since yesterday hope it arrives by monday. It left Japan about 15 hours ago.
01-31-2002, 05:14 PM
Originally posted by nice.scientist
... we were contemplating the strength of the monitor holding "arm". Has anyone tested how strong they are?I picked one up by the neck at Macworld, and it felt incredibly sturdy. As in strong enough that if I were going to carry the thing, I'd probably carry it by the neck!
Note this is probably NOT recommended behavior, but it feels very very well attached. Only time will tell, however, how well it stands up to hoards of attacking youngsters! ;-)
02-03-2002, 02:19 PM
i Think they're cool other than that i wish you could buy the top model without superdrive since i know i'm not going to need to be able to burn dvds any time soon
02-18-2002, 12:54 AM
I've seen a couple threads on other pages where users actually "strangled" the iMac, that is to say they shook it pretty hard by the arm. It held up fine. Apple also has a knowledge base article posted recommending the arm as the best way to carry the iMac. I've yet to see one, but I hear the arm is a pretty tough metal and solidly connected to the base and monitor. Hope this is of some help.
02-18-2002, 10:30 AM
Thank you everyone, your posts have been very helpfull and with a little time I'm sure I can get some of the new iMacs into the schools (and hopefully at least one into my own ;))
03-12-2002, 08:57 AM
If you can take apart a cube, then you should have no trouble with the new iMac, provided you have a tube or two of thermal paste around, and you watch what you are doing.
03-17-2002, 06:46 PM
Originally posted by lerkfish
...I'd get one for my 3 year old... Ha ha! We've all heard that one before...
It is not a very credible argument... and a 3 year old is definately too young to use the "will help with school homework" argument. :)
03-17-2002, 06:50 PM
Originally posted by Komainu
I've seen a couple threads on other pages where users actually "strangled" the iMac, that is to say they shook it pretty hard by the arm. It held up fine. Apple also has a knowledge base article posted recommending the arm as the best way to carry the iMac. I've yet to see one, but I hear the arm is a pretty tough metal and solidly connected to the base and monitor. Hope this is of some help. Here is the knowledge base article (http://kbase.info.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/kbase.woa/wa/query?type=id&val=88300&KCID=14058&dialogIdfirstname.lastname@example.org|118222788) that, in fact, says the arm is the reccomended way to carry the imac.
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