My New Apple iMac 20″ 2.66 GHz

As I mentioned in my previous post, I just got my brand new Apple iMac 20″ 2.66 GHz on Saturday.

It cost me RM5,299, which according to Google is US$1624.

I carried the box quickly to the car park, and headed for home. On the way to the lifts, I could see many people staring at my iMac box. I think most of them didn’t know what it was (probably thought it was a TV or a monitor).

Some gave me an envious look. Now I got a taste of what it feels like to drive a BMW.

So I arrived home and put the box near my computer table. Immediately Uncle Adino and Baby Patrick climbed on top of the box, because they were so excited. Their tails were wagging and all.

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The next photo shows my computer table, and my current computer setup. There’s my Dell Inspiron 5100 in the middle and a pair of speakers beside it. I want you to look at the mess of cables under the table.

The next photo shows you the size of the iMac box compared to a Nintendo Wii box.

When I opened the box, there was a small rectangular cardboard box which contained the keyboard, OS X installation CDs and manuals.

The next photo shows my new iMac 20″ sitting on my new computer table. I think the iMac just made my computer table look bad.

I realize that it looks like the table is bending under the iMac’s weight, but that’s not so. The table is warped because it wasn’t assembled properly.

I have to mention that the iMac’s keyboard is slimmer than a cracker biscuit! There are even two USB ports on either side of the keyboard!

All this excitement made me hungry.

This photo shows the back of the iMac 20″. As you can see, there is only one cable that fits to the back of the Mac.

Okay I’m cheating. The keyboard, mouse and Ethernet cable have not been fitted.  If you accidentally trip on the power cable, it is designed to come off cleanly.

The screen swivels up and down to adjust for different viewing heights.

Another shot of the back of an iMac. It looks gray because I used my camera flash in this shot to reflect the Apple logo.

This is the Super DVD drive on the right side of the screen. It supports writing dual layered DVDs.

The setup is complete. I’m averagely tall in height (179 cm), and the monitor towers over me, which is great. No more neck pain from looking down on the screen.

A top down view of the iMac.

The iMac comes with a small remote control. I thought they bundled a free iPod by accident!

Using the remote control will open up a media menu, which interfaces with iTunes to play all your music, pictures and movies. I guess the iMac can be used as a media centre too.

The iMac posing beside my Dell Inspiron 5100. My old laptop looks like those X-wing starfighters that have been laser scorched through many space battles.

The Apple startup screen.

The iMac played a welcome video, and I continued snapping away like a tourist.

When I was creating a user account, I suddenly saw myself on screen. The built-in webcam activated to capture a user profile picture. I took a picture of the computer taking my picture.

My first pose. Note my messy hairstyle.

I decided to go with this photo until I got a haircut.

I spent the whole of Sunday installing applications, transferring my files, testing out the different hardware components and getting used to the Mac interface.

I have to say that it takes some getting used to. But the interface is really Cool (with a capital C).

It’s not that difficult to learn how to navigate around. If you know what you want to do, then there is a Mac way to do it.

I’ve fallen in love with my iMac, and so has Poey Chin.

I’ll write a technical review of the iMac some time next week, after I’ve used it for a while. I will describe the hardware specs, the applications, and the experience.  Look out for that post soon.

The iMac Is Here

I just came home from One Utama, where I just got my iMac.

A detailed blog post will be up some time next week, but here are some teaser photos for you while I spend time familiarizing myself with OS X.

This blog post was written with my new iMac!

P/S: How come WordPress doesn’t recognize Mac’s Return key as an automatic paragraph? WordPress problem or Safari problem?

Update: Safari 3 problem… I’ve downloaded Firefox 3 already. Cannot stand it…

The Apple iMac Temptation

I needed to get a new computer to replace my 5 year old Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop.

My needs are simple:

1) Space saving
2) Good quality
3) Should not be obsolete for another 5 years

Okay, maybe my needs weren’t so simple after all.

Requirement 1 means most desktops are out of the picture. My condo is cluttered enough, and both Poey Chin and I agree not to add to the mess.

Requirement 2 is important because I don’t want to buy something cheap but have it break down after using it for one year.

Requirement 3 means I don’t mind paying a bit more right now, to get something that will last for a long long time.

At first I was looking at the various Dell laptops like Izzie, then I seriously thought of getting the Mac Mini, which is a cube shaped computer that can sit in the palm of your hand. It costs just RM2300 for the entry model.

I did a detailed study among the different specs, options and prices, and it came down to three choices. The Dell desktop is the cheapest, but it would violate Requirement 1. Lower range Dell laptops are cheap, but I doubt they meet Requirements 2 and 3. Higher range Dell laptops were my best bet.

And then, I came upon the Apple iMac. Oh yes, the iMac. I think it stands out in a class of its own.

This is the whole computer (without power cable and mouse). Minimal cables and space.

This is the keyboard. Drool….

Right now I’m deciding if what I should get. A Dell, or an iMac.

Update: Thanks to Precious for letting me know about the Dell Hybrid, launched yesterday. You can order it from the Dell Malaysia website. A machine with comparable specs to an iMac entry level will cost RM700 less. Sigh… so hard to choose.

A certain percentage of you dear readers are using the Safari web browser, so I think there are a few Mac users amongst you. Can you tell me if I should go ahead with buying the iMac? Every review I read online either worships or hates the Mac.

This sounds a bit like the “Which car should I get” post I wrote a few months ago.

I am leaning quite heavily toward the iMac. In fact, I will go and purchase it this Sunday from the nearest Mac City.

P/S: Anyone know a way to get discounts for a new iMac 20″ 2.66GHz? Current retail price is RM5300 *ouch*

Photo Credits: Apple Computers