Crave at CNET: Apple’s gorgeous 24-inch iMac should tempt you to switch

“A few years ago it looked like Apple would stay in its niche market forever, while Windows PCs ruled the world. But the latest Macs are competitive on price with high-end systems from companies such as Dell, and the new Intel-based machines will run Windows in a sandbox, helping people make the daring transition to OS X,” Crave at CNET reports.

“To top it all off, yesterday Apple released a gorgeous 24-inch iMac, the fastest iMac ever. If that doesn’t tempt you to switch, you clearly have an iron will (and possibly an ‘RTFM’ t-shirt),” Crave reports. “The 24-inch iMac (from £1,349) runs a 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor at 2.33GHz.”

“As with previous iMacs, the entire system is embedded in the monitor — even though the chassis is impressively thin. Thanks to some crafty engineering, the iMac is barely thicker than a 24-inch Dell LCD screen,” Crave reports. “This is a pretty brutal tool for anyone who works with digital video or photography. We’ve used Macs that are half as powerful to edit full-frame HD video in Final Cut Pro and they’ve flown. Budding filmmakers take note: this is much more powerful than the Power Mac that Walter Murch used to edit Cold Mountain, and a fraction of the price.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike in Helsinki” for the heads up.]

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  1. Hmmmm. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    I have the 20 inch iMac (G5)and the screen is HUGE. I cannot imagine the 24 inch. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />. Plus iSight !!

  2. ==
    You think they’d let me bring in my new 20″ iMac I got the other day and trade it for a 24″ iMac? (even if I have to pay the difference)

    Sure…difference plus 10% restocking fee.

    They’ll gladly take $169.90 from you.

    Question is, wtf did you buy it this close to what was a no-brainer announcement?

  3. Brad,

    Either try to return it (no restocking fee if it’s unopened) or see if you can get a credit (essentially a discount for buying a discontinued model).

    If you already spent the cash for the old 20″ model, I think it’s worth spending a little more to get the 24″, even if you have to pay a bit more. That extra $169 will soon be forgotten, but you’ll be enjoying that big bad 24″ screen and 50% more speed for the next several years, every single day.

  4. Brad, Apple normally has a 14 day return policy and as NewType noted, a restocking fee. But, like all things at Apple, this is not engraved in stone and your best best is to take it to a larger Apple store when it is very busy, and with your saddest puppy eyes (bring your brother’s 5 year old son in with you) and say it was a gift for a birthday (thus, extending the 14 day policy).

    The larger store has more flexibility and latitude in taking the hit for the lost revenue, and their loud “cha-ching” of dollars flowing in while it’s busy will make them want to make the sale rather than trying to explain the return policy during the rush. As a last resort, with the manager standing there denying you the return, turn to the 5 year old and tell him, “You can’t get the better computer because this is how big companies do things.”

    “Every problem has a solution!”

  5. But the latest Macs are competitive on price with high-end systems from companies such as Dell, and the new Intel-based machines will run Windows in a sandbox, helping people make the daring transition to OS X

    Is it me or is it not actually more daring to carry on risking your the security of your data, the privacy of your identity and your continuing sanity by using Windows in any form?

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