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I'm at the Apple Store using one right now... God this thing is huge!!!

It looks pretty, sure, but I'm not sure... The screen looked nice, it's huge and it gives you a lot of space to work, but I doubt you can justify spending that much...

How much does a decent IPS screen cost?
Edited by Icekilla - 5/27/11 at 2:09pm
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My question is... Is an iMac worth it for it's price tag?

I'm not starting a flamewar or anything, but everything you can do on an iMac like that can be done on a custom PC too, right?

Don't get me wrong, it looks like it is a real beauty and I'm glad Apple finally packs some hefty hardware with the iMacs, it was really needed. Then again, I think the price tag is still too high for what they offer.

The only thing I'd think it would make it worth it for me is the IPS screen, it looks gorgeous.
I often think this. After buying a Macbook from a member here for a present to my girlfriend, I have to say I am very impressed with it. It has an awesome GUI and it is just refreshing and pleasant to use.

It's hard to describe really.

I can imagine the same sort of experience from an iMac too.

But I am with you. Due to us being hardware enthusiasts, we look at the price tag and see that we can build something for cheaper. Your standard folk don't see it that way because they aren't clued up. So I can see why it is a big hit among non enthusiasts and I can also see why some enthusiasts would invest. If I had a serious amount of disposable income I would happily buy one, but for now it is on my 'too expensive to justify' list.
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The monitor is on par with other monitors in the 200-400 CAD range.

BY MY UNDERSTANDING. They didn't really give that good of a review on the display itself.
I would love to get my hands on a 27" IPS display for that much...
post #34 of 110
$200-400 CAD 27" IPS... lol suuuure

Too bad you can't change out the default HDD this time around though
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To get a decent, top of the line 27inch iMac, excluding an SSD, its going to cost you ~$2,800 after tax/shipping. If you game, don't except to do much gaming on OS X side and be prepared to install Windows (which kinda defeats the purpose of owning a Mac).

Imagine what you can build with $2,800. You can build a much better and faster computer with that much money.

Are they worth it? Only if you really want an all-in-one computer. Besides that, they are really over priced machines.
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To get a decent, top of the line 27inch iMac, excluding an SSD, its going to cost you ~$2,800 after tax/shipping. If you game, don't except to do much gaming on OS X side and be prepared to install Windows (which kinda defeats the purpose of owning a Mac).

Imagine what you can build with $2,800. You can build a much better and faster computer with that much money.

Are they worth it? Only if you really want an all-in-one computer. Besides that, they are really over priced machines.
iMacs aren't tailored towards do-it-yourselfers... You could build yourself a car that's half the price of a Ferrari 599 but it wouldn't have a complete warranty over every component inside or be something you'd want to be caught dead driving in either. They have discounts called student pricing and re-certified which shave off hundreds of dollars. They're not as expensive as they used to be 10 years ago. Get with the times.

As far as gaming, OpenGL works great. Don't forget who killed off OpenGL in the 90s.

Edited by PoopaScoopa - 5/27/11 at 4:14pm
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i guess if none of the games are taxing sure. but if they run a somewhat graphic intensive game at native rez they WILL notice. and some people, expecting to the buy the best, will be pissed.


they are absolutely gorgeous, but the AIO's are just not my cup of tea.


if the laptops were cheaper...heck yea i'd buy one, but im still not a fan of apple
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iMacs aren't tailored towards do-it-yourselfers... You could build yourself a car that's half the price of a Ferrari 599 but it wouldn't have a complete warranty over every component inside or be something you'd want to be caught dead driving in either. They have discounts called student pricing and re-certified which shave off hundreds of dollars. They're not as expensive as they used to be 10 years ago. Get with the times.

As far as gaming, OpenGL works great. Don't forget who killed off OpenGL in the 90s.
So.. Like I said, If you want a nice looking all-in-one computer that cost ~$2,800 to run Photoshop, angry birds and WoW on, then yeah, they're great.. If you don't want or care about an all-in-one, they're not worth it. Oh yeah, btw, this is an enthusiast forum, so don't be shocked if many of us say "build your own."

Oh, btw, that's great and all that OpenGL is still great at building games with, but besides StarCraft 2, Source based games, and WoW, can you name me other major games that run natively on Mac (no cedgea/cider games which are not native nor angry birds)? For Windows, I can name a hundred. On Mac, well I think I already listed them.
Edited by konoii - 5/27/11 at 4:37pm
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It may just be me, but imo, selling a computer based on screen size just seems wrong
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iMacs aren't tailored towards do-it-yourselfers... You could build yourself a car that's half the price of a Ferrari 599 but it wouldn't have a complete warranty over every component inside or be something you'd want to be caught dead driving in either. They have discounts called student pricing and re-certified which shave off hundreds of dollars. They're not as expensive as they used to be 10 years ago. Get with the times.

As far as gaming, OpenGL works great. Don't forget who killed off OpenGL in the 90s.
Not to be a prick, but I would rather have to deal with the manufacturer over the middleman when it comes to warranty / repair.

It gets done quicker if you go strait to the source, but as is apple users cannot do that, even though the hardware is 90% identical to what you can buy on the street. That is the point it's not 100% identical, you are now stuck in a box where it's only apple.

But as it has been said not many people that use the all in ones need the luxury of upgrading.

This reminds me of my uncle, he would buy the top of the line sports version of the Holden Commodore. When the warranty ran out like (3-5years or 300,000 km) he would trade in to get the newer model there fore getting the best second hand price he could.

I guess in ways it would be the same with apple because they hold value surprisingly well.
Edited by smash_mouth01 - 5/27/11 at 5:08pm
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