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Imac 27" Advice

Does anybody have the imac 27" computer, if so whats it like positives and negatives.
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Re: Imac 27" Advice

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Does anybody have the imac 27" computer, if so whats it like positives and negatives.
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I can vouch for the 21.5 as that is what I have, there were one or two issues with early 27" iMacs last year but that has been dealt with.

Quality wise iMac monitors are fantastic but you can see that for yourself when you see them working in your nearest Apple store or Apple outlet.

Before you buy go to the Apple web site, scroll down the options and on the left close the the bottom you will find their refurbished page.
They come with the full 12 month warranty and Apple care can be purchased as normal to extend warranty to 3 years plus support.
They are packed just like a new one and look just like new, and to all intents and purposes are new. That's where I bought mine and saved a lot of money. I shouldn't hesitate to buy a refurbished item if the model you want is offered, but I should only buy refurbished from Apple.

My MacBook I bought new from Amazon at a great price, stunning monitor on that as well.

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The absolute best computer I`ve had,great screen,great sound and nice design,can certainly recommend it.Peder.
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Re: Imac 27" Advice

Been running iMacs and MacBooks now for three years, don't have a 27in but have 24's and 21's all are perfect for just about anything. No problems at all, great monitors, great performance, great reliability. Wouldn't swap for any other machine. Watch monitor brightness though - way to high. I run all mine with the brightness turned to it's lowest setting. Calibrations slip easily too. Tends to be an issue with LCD's. I find mine need re-calibrating at least every month, ideally every 2 weeks.
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Re: Imac 27" Advice

Thanks guys, ive just looked on apple site and there are some good bargains, saving of about 200 quid off new for the 27 incher.
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Re: Imac 27" Advice

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Been running iMacs and MacBooks now for three years, don't have a 27in but have 24's and 21's all are perfect for just about anything. No problems at all, great monitors, great performance, great reliability. Wouldn't swap for any other machine. Watch monitor brightness though - way to high. I run all mine with the brightness turned to it's lowest setting. Calibrations slip easily too. Tends to be an issue with LCD's. I find mine need re-calibrating at least every month, ideally every 2 weeks.
A lot of new premium quality screens now have LED backlights and these are far less prone to brightness and colour shifting over time.

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Re: Imac 27" Advice

The 27" are led, am I right in thinking you can't get the 24" in led?
Also Im aware that you can run windows on the macs with intel chipsets but does this run alongside the mac operating system at the same time or do you have to choose on boot up?
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Re: Imac 27" Advice

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Think you are right about the 27's, the 24's were not available with LED backlights.

On intel macs ou can run Windows. Apple Boot Camp is part of the O/S I believe but you have to choose the O?S at boot, to change you have to re-boot. Annoying. There are software packages that allow you to run Windows alongside OS X. I use VMWare and it works very well. you can move seamlessly between Windows and OS X both of which are running at the same time. You can cut and paste between the two etc. All in all it works perfectly for what I do. A similar app is Parallels. The only downside really is that you have to buy a copy of Windows to run. Not a problem if you already have a copy with install disks though.
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Think you are right about the 27's, the 24's were not available with LED backlights.

On intel macs ou can run Windows. Apple Boot Camp is part of the O/S I believe but you have to choose the O?S at boot, to change you have to re-boot. Annoying. There are software packages that allow you to run Windows alongside OS X. I use VMWare and it works very well. you can move seamlessly between Windows and OS X both of which are running at the same time. You can cut and paste between the two etc. All in all it works perfectly for what I do. A similar app is Parallels. The only downside really is that you have to buy a copy of Windows to run. Not a problem if you already have a copy with install disks though.

I use Parallels and find that also works well, I have recently created my Windows virtual machine on a external hard drive which is useful as it can also be connected to the MacBook to use Windows should I wish. Other platforms such as Linux can also be setup.

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Re: Imac 27" Advice

Mmmmm interesting stuff, thanks alot for the info, I cant run windows on my power mac as its a g5 processor and the case is just taking up too much deskspace, the ultra high rez screen of the 27" imac is very appealing, just been and had a play with one today and I wan't one yesterday
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Re: Imac 27" Advice

Sod you Ash, now you've got me thinking it is time to upgrade so I've just been to the Apple Spain shop and had a look at the refurbed machines - a couple of nice looking 27in iMacs at really good prices - looks like the credit card might be making another appearance. 2nd hand iMac anyone ?
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Re: Imac 27" Advice

Thanks Patrick for your advice on the refurbished models on apple's website, I was litterally a click away from ordering when i came across a minter on ebay for collection and saved a bundle, blown away by the screen and speed of the thing everything else is redundent and going on ebay
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Re: Imac 27" Advice

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Thanks Patrick for your advice on the refurbished models on apple's website, I was litterally a click away from ordering when i came across a minter on ebay for collection and saved a bundle, blown away by the screen and speed of the thing everything else is redundent and going on ebay
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Glad your happy
Every time I followed an iMac on ebay the price always seemed to finish to close to the refurb price, and since the refurbs are fully supported like a new one including a full warranty I couldn't see the point in buying off ebay. Sound like you were lucky and got bargain.
How are you getting on with software? I converted Photoshop and a number of other of my licenses from Windows to Mac at no cost.
I have seen some machines on ebay with software preloaded that would cost more than the machine, I suspect in these cases it bootleg unless they supply the original disks.
The screen quality is superb isn't it and worth the move on its own.

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Re: Imac 27" Advice

I had to dload elements 8 from adobe, my windows key does not work so I would be interested to no how you converted for mac. A new copy is not going to break the bank but when you have already purchased it you should be able to use it on either system, lets face it they could fit both versions on the dvd if they really wanted to.
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