“The new Intel-powered iMac shares the same form factor as the late-2005 iMac G5, sporting the same giant-iPod design in an ultra-slim case that looks more like a stand-alone LCD monitor,” Chris Chong writes for The Star (Malaysia). “More than just good-looking, the iMac really is an outstanding feat of engineering. For starters, the whole unit feels like a high-precision instrument – it tilts up and down with a very satisfyingly damped movement (I know it’s not really important but, hey, it’s cool).”
MacDailyNews Take: Actually, the details really are important. Attention to detail in hardware (and software) is an important reason why people buy Macs in the first place.
Chong continues, “The other thing you’ll notice is that the iMac runs almost silently. In fact, it’s quieter than most air-cons or ceiling fans – a far cry from the mini hairdryer sounds that emanate from most computers… the iMac range has one of the best LCD monitors you’ll ever find in the market – at least in terms of colour rendition and changes in contrast across the viewing angle range… the iMac is the first to be bundled with iLife ‘06, which is the best iteration yet of Apple’s multimedia software extravaganza for music playback (iTunes) and creation (Garageband), video editing (iMovie HD), DVD authoring (iDVD) and building web pages (iWeb). The fact that such a highly integrated software package is bundled with every iMac makes it incredible value for money… The new iMac is a big step ahead of its already-accomplished predecessor.”
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