Apple iMac MB953B/A PC Reviews: Mac Os X Computer

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+ This desktop computer scores very high on design. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.2 out of 10 based on 37 reviews.
Apple iMac MB953B/A with Intel quad Core i5 2.66 GHz Quad Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 1024GB Storage on Mac Os X. DVD drive See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser General user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Apple is apple! Exciting, quickly engaging and easy with great support on-line.
Bad points:
i works should have been included with a purchase this expensive.
Overall rating 8.0
How easy to set-up 10.0
Software bundle 4.0
How easy to connect to internet 7.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Oct 2010

Confirmed purchaser General user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It's a Mac - Perfect!
Bad points:
It's a Mac - No bad points
Overall rating 10.0
How easy to set-up 10.0
Software bundle 10.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Oct 2010

Ashley, The North General user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This is my first Mac and I am still learning. So much quicker than my old PC. Excellent screen.Very quiet.
Bad points:
None that I can think of.
Overall rating 10.0
How easy to set-up 10.0
Software bundle 9.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Nov 2010

Colin, Newport Music & entertainment fan

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Superb product really easy to set up and enjoy straight from the box
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
How easy to set-up 10.0
Software bundle 9.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Oct 2010

Bob, Stanmore General user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The quality of the screen, keyboard and mouse. The Magic Trackpad is worth adding but note that OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) has to be updated to the latest iteration for it to work.

I am an existing Mac user so I knew what to expect. If you are switching from PC based computing, then get a copy of David Pogue's "The Missing Manual: Switching to the Mac". Mac's do things differently (and usually more elegantly) and it takes a few weeks to get used to the changes. In transitioning data, there are no real problems with the exception of getting email database across from Outlook but it does come across eventually!

At the same time as acquiring this Mac, I also spent a bit of time setting up a PC based laptop for my mother in law for basic use of the Internet, email and Word. It proved an interesting comparison. A lot of time was spent on removing unnecessary crud provided as freebies with the laptop. For the Mac it was more a case of configuring what was there to my own personal taste and adding a couple of things (notably, Office for Mac and Intego Internet Security).
Bad points:
In terms of transition from PC, see point about email transfer above.

In terms of general set up, no problems.

In terms of living with it long term, I don't think I will go back to PC based computing.
Overall rating 8.0
How easy to set-up 8.0
Software bundle 8.0
How easy to connect to internet 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 14 Oct 2010

Confirmed purchaser Design or photo editing

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Simply not being windows. Breath of fresh air to clear away the stale montrosity of a lifetime of frustratingly annoying windows.
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 9.0
Software bundle 9.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Oct 2010

Ronnie, Edinburgh Design or photo editing

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Mostly everything is good about this machine. This is my first Apple computer, and it would seem that they really like to make every small detail perfect so that you receive the best possible experience. From taking it out of its box to having it fully set-up and showing the desktop it takes less than 10 minutes. And once you are at the desktop it isn't filled with bloatware (that software that some manufacturers put on your PC so they can earn money from the advertising), instead it comes with iLife, software that you will actually want to use and will enjoy doing so.

The hardware itself seems to have a very solid and sturdy. The aluminium gives the machine and its mouse + keyboard a nice finish. The whole front of the machine is taken up by the edge-to-edge glass that covers the display - there isn't a large bezel that can distract you from the screen. The size of the screen may seem daunting for some or indeed some may argue that it can't be good for your eyes to be staring at such a large screen from a close distance. When I first saw it myself in my own home, granted, it was a bit bigger than I expected. However, it really didn't take long to get used to and I find that if you sit at a suitable distance it really isn't a problem. Thanks to the resolution of 2560x1440 there is a lot of screen real estate to work with here. I was able to have 2 and 3/4 full webpages side by side on the screen.

The ports provided are adequate, but nothing too special. On the back there is 4 USB ports, 2 Firewire ports, a Mini DisplayPort that works as input and output, a line-in and a line-out. As I mentioned the Mini DisplayPort works as an input, given you have the correct adapter you can input almost any other PC so that it can use the iMac's 27" display.

Overall this machine aims to impress, and I think it does it really well. Everything just seems to work the way it should and it wouldn't look out of place in a museum of art either.
Bad points:
Would really have liked a Blu-ray drive fir the price - DVD quality video really doesn't do much for the beyond full-HD screen. Lack of USB 3.0.
Overall rating 9.0
How easy to set-up 10.0
Software bundle 10.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Dec 2010

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Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 27
Operating system Mac Os X
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 1024
Number of cores Quad
Processor brand Intel
Processor series quad Core
Processor number i5
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.66
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number Radeon HD4850
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 512
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Connections Firewire
Number of USB ports 4
Chipset brand Intel
Release date 2009-10-20

Also known as: Apple iMac -, Apple New Apple iMac MB953B/A, Apple iMac 27", Apple iMac (MB953)

 

Manufacturer's Description

Overview

The Apple iMac MB953B/A comes with a quad-core Intel® Core™ i5-750 Processor and the advanced Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system, which combine to deliver stunning computing power and sophistication.

The massive 1TB hard drive gives you room for all the media and documents you need at hand – and then some – while 4GB of RAM means even your most demanding applications won’t slow this desktop down. The memory can be upgraded to an astonishing 16GB should your future needs demand even greater performance.

But perhaps the key feature of the Apple iMac MB953B/A is its 27-inch widescreen LED-backlit display. Delivering uniform brightness from the moment it’s on, this gorgeous screen uses IPS technology to provide rich colour and contrast across a very wide viewing angle. The 2560 × 1440 pixel resolution makes great use of the LCD’s real estate, allowing you to keep multiple applications in view simultaneously. Your films, home movies, and digital photos have never looked so good!

This 27" Apple iMac MB953B/A is also the first to bring you the wireless Magic Mouse – get ready to wonder how you ever used anything else! Instead of scroll ball and buttons the Magic Mouse uses Multi-Touch technology – turning the whole top surface into a button and letting you scroll, swipe and click effortlessly. It’s also totally wireless, just like the keyboard, so your desk can stay completely clutter-free.

Boasting connectivity for everything you can think of and more, the iMac MB953BA has 4 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet amongst others ports; while high-speed 802.11n wireless technology lets you surf, network and print – even play your iTunes through your home stereo – without wires and without getting out of your chair. Amateur photographers will be delighted to know an SD memory card slot is featured too.


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