Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Apple iMac(x86) first impressions
First and foremost: This is NOT intended to create a another MAC vs. PC thread. We had plenty of them already. Everybody know anyhow which one is better, so there is no point in discussing the difference again. Now, having said this, here are my first impressions:
For the folks that don't like to read it all: Evrything just works, as usual with Apple, just faster.
The firm I work for, decided to install off site backup for all the data that are being used in the day to day business, and I as the Director of IT decided we are going to try the new Apple, especially thinking about how the off-site backup can be established and run. (That is another thread and we can talk about that)
So,,, our day to day volume is about 70GB, witch means with a 5 day retension and rollover a 500GB disk should do the trick. That settled the amount of disk needed and the rest was just specified by our Director of IT.
In the end we got:
wireless(bluetooth) keyboard and mouse.
Unpacking the beast:
If you have already seenan imac, you know, in essence it's a 2" think LCD monitor, and everything is included. When turned it asked to turn on the mouse, paired the mouse, and then the same with the keyboard. So now I have a working keyboard and mouse. "Big deal" Some may say, but remember, this unit is a virgin. so no driver loading, no nothing. OS X boots just as usual, nothing to be seen that this is not a PPC. OK, next test: Get the Office CD, load Office. Since M$ felt there is no real need for a special X86 version of Office, this will run in Rosetta. I expected at least some kind of hint/warning/whatever that the software I am loading is not x86 code, but no, it loads the CD, installs Office, and everything just works.
Now, after having played with this unit now for 3 hours, I can say:
It really is distinctly faster. The usual .1 to .4 seconds of waiting when changing programs are just gone. And I compare it to a PowerMac also with 2GB of Ram, so that should be about the same.
Now another cool thing is the remote control. That way Lanette or I can control iTunes and the complete 80GB music library from across the room. Or use it as a DVD player with integrated 20" monitor.
Tomorrow I will play a bit with the windows integration, see how windows programs are going to run.
in short: I likes!
'14 GSAW soon:
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