“Not only is the new iMac a spectacular example of computer jewelry — but you can now run Windows XP in addition to OS X on it. I have to admit, it will be very difficult sending this computer back at the end of the test period,” Gary Krakow writes for MSNBC. “Apple was kind enough to send me one of their new iMacs with a 20-inch wide-screen to play with. It just might be the best personal computer on the market today… Using the new iMac is a breeze. Everything you need to use a computer is presented right there in front of you. With all of the built-in software that comes with the latest version of the Mac OS (version 10.4.x) you are ready to do just about all the tasks most people need to do on their computer.”
“As for speed, OS X flies on the 2.0 GHz Intel T500 processor. It’s one of the fastest computers I’ve played with in a long time. For those keeping count, my test computer came with 1 GB (out of a maximum of 2 GB) of memory and a 240 GB hard drive. There’s an available 500 GB hard drive as well. As configured, the test computer would retail for $1,999. Did I mention that the 20-inch, high-definition color screen is amazing? Actually, what’s really amazing is that the entire computer is right behind that beautiful screen — and the enclosure is only and inch and a half deep,” Krakow writes. “As much as I like the latest version of OS X, like many people I need to use Microsoft’s Windows XP for work. The site’s publishing system, built in-house, is only available in Windows. (MSNBC.com is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC.) So, before Apple’s release of Boot Camp, I was stuck using any number of PCs — some very good, others less so.”
“The result is the fastest version of Windows I’ve ever used. Please believe me, I’m not exaggerating. Windows XP flies on this machine. To be safe, Apple warns that not all Windows stuff might work as you expect under Boot Camp. Baloney! For me, everything works as well — or better — than on my very up-to-date, super-duper Windows laptop,” Krakow writes. “Deserving of special mention is the iMac’s standard, wired mouse. When you use it in OS X it’s a terrific one-button mouse. And when you navigate with it in Windows it performs as a two-button mouse.”
MacDailyNews Note: Wha? Mac OS X also uses the second and third-buttons (side squeeze) on the included Mighty Mouse. Extensively. More about Apple’s Mighty Mouse and how it interacts with Mac OS X here.
Krakow continues, “What you really need to know is if you’re in the market for a new Apple computer you should put the new iMac on your short list. Same if you’re looking for a new PC. With the advent of Boot Camp — which is also set to be included as part of the next OS X upgrade — Apple is marketing one of the best computers available today. Period.”
Full article with much more here.
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