The Apple iMac is an all-in-one desktop computer. It uses Apple’s Mac OSX 10.6 operating system, known as Snow Leopard. It is a completely different user experience to using a PC but it is amazingly intuitive so should only take a few days to get to grips with.
About the iMac
- A stunning sleek all-in-one PC
- Space-saving with no cables or wires
- Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processors
- Good quality, wide screen set up for high definition TV
- Built-in iSight camera, HD webcam, microphone and built-in stereo speakers
- The 21.5-inch screen has a 1920x1080 resolution and the 27-inch iMac has a 2560x1440 resolution
Apple has created a good-looking machine which has all the features many people will need. It’s ideal for people who don’t want to tweak hardware or expand it. If you want a computer you can expand or you enjoy messing around with hardware this might not be the choice for you.
The iMac does allow you to expand the RAM yourself and provides detailed instructions on how to do this. You can buy an iMac that has a minimum RAM configuration, and add your own RAM module.
Available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions, both iMac displays have great visuals using LCD panels with LED backlighting which gives you a wide viewing angle and large contrast range.
The Hard Drive:
You can’t upgrade the iMac’s hard drive so you have to decide about hard drive size up front whether it is 500GB, 1TB or you invest in 2TB. If cost is an issue you can add an external hard drive later - although this perhaps defeats the purpose of an all-in-one.
Apple has also upgraded the graphics on the iMacs, claiming it has ’the most powerful graphics ever in an all-in-one desktop’. With advanced AMD Radeon HD graphics you see more frames per second in 3D games, and you can edit HD home videos with more speed and responsiveness.
Those are just a few facts which hopefully have given you an insight into what life with an iMac would be like - it might not look after you in your old age but it could give you a lot of rewarding years getting there.